2011 Lexus RX 350

Change Vehicle

2011 Lexus RX 350

Available in 2 styles:  2011 Lexus RX 350 4dr AWD shown
Print


Kelley Blue Book Retail
$32,100

Est. MPG

18 city / 24–25 hwy


See Photos & Videos


Summary

    Expert Reviews 2 of 3

By 

Cars.com National
Vehicle Overview
Vehicle Overview Lexus' popular RX crossover was redesigned for 2010, and it shares a lot of components with Toyota's Venza crossover. The current RX is slightly longer and wider than the previous generation, and it packs a slightly more powerful V-6 engine. All-wheel drive is optional. Rivals include the Acura MDX, Buick Enclave and Lincoln MKX.

Mechanical highlights include a six-speed automatic transmission and a rear suspension Lexus says frees up more cargo room and improves handling over the previous RX's simpler setup. Other firsts include a joystick-like controller for the navigation system, conversational voice-recognition software and a dual-screen rear entertainment system.

The five-seat RX comes as a gas-powered RX 350 or gas-electric hybrid RX 450h. The latter model is covered separately in Cars.com's Research section.


What's New for 2011
A brake override system that reduces engine power if the brake and accelerator pedals are pressed at the same time is a new standard feature. Other than new colors, the only other changes are that a 12-volt outlet has been moved from inside the center console to outside for easier access, and models with the optional navigation system no longer have a compass in the inside mirror. (The nav system comes with a compass.)

Exterior
Though slightly taller than its predecessor, the RX 350 looks more carlike than ever. Its dimensions are wider and longer since the 2010 redesign and give the crossover a downright wagonlike stance. In back are frosted taillight effects that are similar to what the previous RX had.
  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 19-inch wheels
  • Water-repellant front door glass
  • Automatic on/off headlights


Interior
The RX's interior swaps much of the prior generation's symmetrical shapes for swooping panels and futuristic controls. Chief among them is Lexus' Remote Touch system, which uses a knob to navigate menus with a mouselike cursor on the dashboard display screen. Other features include voice-recognition software that Lexus says will pick up conversational prompts rather than formal, specific commands.

High-tech options include a head-up display with LED lighting that's purportedly bright enough to read even on a sunny day.
  • Cloth seats are standard; leather is optional
  • Real wood interior trim
  • 10-way power front seats
  • Third-row seat not available


Under the Hood
A 275-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 is standard; it works with a six-speed automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds, a rating the MKX matches and the MDX and Enclave can beat.
  • Standard front-wheel drive
  • Optional all-wheel drive
  • Premium fuel recommended for 3.5-liter V-6
  • Six-speed automatic with sequential shift feature


Safety
Ten standard airbags include four in front — the two required chest airbags plus two knee airbags — as well as seat-mounted side airbags for the first and second rows. Head-protecting side curtain airbags span both rows. Lexus' Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system, which better integrates the electronic stability system with various other systems, is optional. So is a radar-based Pre-Collision System that can cinch the seat belts and prime the brakes for maximum response should it detect an imminent impact. A side-mirror-mounted camera system gives drivers a wide view of the adjacent lane.

Other standard safety features include:
  • Active front head restraints
  • Four-wheel antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system



    Expert Reviews 2 of 3

People Who Viewed this Car Also Viewed

Select up to three models to compare with the 2011 Lexus RX 350.


Featured Services for this Lexus RX 350

  • Sell your current car quickly and easily on Cars.com.

Search Inventory Near You

Calculate Monthly Payment

What will my monthly cost be?

Check Payment

Calculate Affordable Price

What is the most I can afford?

Check Price

More Calculators

Compare finance offers to decide what's right for you.

Certain specifications, prices and equipment data have been provided under license from Chrome Data Solutions ("Chrome Data"). ©2013 Chrome Data Solutions, LP. All Rights Reserved. This information is supplied for personal use only and may not be used for any commercial purpose whatsoever without the express written consent of Chrome Data. Chrome Data makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, with respect to the data presented here. All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice.