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By Cars.com Staff
July 1, 2010
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
Electronic stability system
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