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What is the best used Lexus SUV to buy?

By Mike Richards Updated: 09/02/2019 Posted: 08/14/2019

What is the best used Lexus SUV to buy? We take a look at the top contenders, and their stats.

1. Lexus RX 350

used lexus rx350

The RX 350 made by Lexus has been a hit in terms of sales and popularity in the luxury midsize crossover SUV segment. The RX 350 is a non-hybrid version of the model that topped many SUV charts across the North American market. It shares the same 3.5-liter engine with its hybrid sister. The third-generation of the RX conquered the market while the latest, fourth generation that has been in production since 2015 has been surpassed by the competition. However, the RX remains Lexus’ top SUV model.

Ratings by U.S.News & World Report

Critics’ Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 9.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:5/5

2. Lexus RX 350L

The RX 350L is the 7-seater version of Lexus’ most popular SUV. While the model shares all its characteristics with its 5-seater sisters, the hybrid and the non-hybrid models, it does not really enjoy the same popularity. While the interior is quiet and the ride is comfortable for the five occupants in the first two rows, the same can’t be said for the third row passengers. Adults will find it uncomfortable to spend a long trip in the third row. But it ranks high due to the fact that, if needed, you have the extra two seats, and if not, you have a great luxury midsize crossover SUV to drive around in.

Ratings by U.S.News & World Report

Critics’ Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 9.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:5/5

3. Lexus RX 450hL

Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus has been capturing a lot of attention with the RX 450hL, a mid-size crossover SUV based on the Toyota Highlander. This SUV first hit the market in 1998 and has seen four generations since. The latest, fourth generation has been redesigned and on the market since 2015. However, the third generation has been a popular choice among Lexus buyers as well as SUV buyers in general. According to the U.S. News & World Report, the 450h, with a 295-hp hybrid engine and seating for 7, ranked #1 in 2015 on the Hybrid SUVs chart, and #2 in Luxury Midsize SUVs and Used Luxury Midsize SUVs $30K to $40K. The car has a spacious interior and comfortable and the quiet ride you’d expect from a luxury SUV. The hybrid model also boasts great fuel economy.

Ratings by U.S.News & World Report

Critics’ Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 5/5

4. Lexus RX 450h

Lexus RX 450h (hybrid)

The Lexus RX 450h is the hybrid model of the company’s most sold SUV. It was introduced in 2009 as a 2010 year model. It received an upgraded engine, a 3.5-liter producing 297 horsepower on its own with 22 more horses added by the electric motors on the front wheels. The 450h boasted 20 percent better fuel efficiency compared to its predecessor, the 400h. When it came out, it hit the ground running ranking #1 in many hybrid SUV charts and remaining among the best ranked luxury hybrid SUVs when it was new, and now as a used vehicle.

Ratings by U.S.News & World Report

Critics’ Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 5/5

5. Lexus NX 200t

Introduced in 2014, the Lexus NX is a compact luxury crossover SUV made by Toyota’s luxury division. It falls just behind its midsize sister the RX, not only in terms of size, but also in terms of popularity. As with any Lexus, it offers space and luxury. But compared to the competition across the range as well as in-house, it lacks luggage space and the infotainment system is rather complicated. This can’t be compensated even by the above-average gas mileage. It comes with a 2.0L, four-cylinder turbocharged engine turning out 235 horsepower.

Ratings by U.S.News & World Report

Critics’ Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 5/5

6. Lexus GX 460

Lexus GX

The GX 460, is the second generation mid-size luxury SUV sold by Toyota’s luxury division Lexus in the North American and Eurasian markets. It was introduced in 2002 while the second generation began production in 2009. It is a capable off-road vehicle with a 300-hp 4.6-l V8 engine. While its off-road ability lifts it high in terms of popularity compared to the full Lexus range of SUVs, points are taken away for slow transmission and a rather underpowered engine compared to outside competition. It provides seating for 7 but the rear seats don’t provide as much comfort as is expected from a Lexus. It still ranked high in midsize SUV charts that were topped by its sister RX 350 model.

Ratings by U.S.News & World Report

Critics’ Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.4
Safety: N/A
Reliability:5/5

7. Lexus LX 570

The Lexus LX 570, the largest SUV of Toyota’s luxury brand went into production in 1995, and has since seen three generations. Lexus’ most expensive SUV is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser. The third generation has been in production since 2007 as a 2008 year model in the United States and Canada. The SUV features a 383-hp engine and seating for up to eight people, and it has always been among the top of the luxury class SUV rankings. In-house rankings put the large LX 570 at the back of the list in terms of sales.

Ratings by U.S.News & World Report

Critics’ Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.5
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 5 of 5

8. Lexus NX 300

The Lexus NX 300 continues the Toyota luxury division push in the midsize SUV market. The model is basically the renamed NX200t, although it features a new 2-liter turbocharged engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The luxury feel on the inside remains and the vehicle is the second most sold Lexus SUV for the year 2018.

Ratings by U.S.News & World Report

Critics’ Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.6
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3/5

9. Lexus NX 300h

For the model year 2018, Lexus renamed its NX 200t model to NX300 giving it a newly made 2-liter turbocharged engine. However, it added a 6-speed automatic transmission and did some more work on its NX 300h, the hybrid model. The 300h now features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor producing 194 horsepower combined. The engine is shared with the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

Ratings by U.S.News & World Report

Critics’ Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.2
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3/5

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