By Cars.com EditorsDecember 1, 2010
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Cars.com's Bill Jackson takes a look at the 2011 Lexus RX 350. It competes with the Acura MDX and Buick Enclave.
(upbeat instrumental music) <v Narrator>Cars.com Auto Reviews. (upbeat instrumental music) Hi. I'm Bill Jackson with Cars.com And we're here with the 2011 Lexus RX 350.
It was one of the first luxury SUV crossovers, and it still remains pretty popular. So we're gonna walk through some of the features that make it that way. Now the RX was redesigned for 2010, and it's just more of an evolutionary change than a radical redesign. Also, one of the things that makes the RX popular still I think, is they listen to their owners who said that they didn't want the car to get a lot bigger. So while it's redesigned, it is slightly larger. It's only an inch here or an inch there. So it's still a really easy crossover to live with. It's easy to park and easy to drive. And like I said, the RX is an easy car to live with. One thing to keep in mind though, this isn't a sports oriented crossover. It's more aimed to the luxury buyer. So the ride is a little softer, and there's a little more body roll in it than you would get in other SUVs and crossovers. Also, the steering is light. Now that's not necessarily a bad thing. One thing though, that a lot of other automakers don't do is, when the car is at highway speeds, if you have really light steering, you feel like you have to hang on for dear life, and the RX was not like that. I really think it was a standout feature that it was easy to drive around the City, but also good on the highway. Passing powers was okay. It's not a world beater, but it's fine. And overall, I'd say it's a good car for a long highway drive. Now as far as practicality goes, the RX is actually pretty nice here as well. As you can see, leg room is good, this is where I would have the seat. Head room is also very good. And if you're the type of person who travels with small kids, the seats slide forward if you wanna bring the infant seat closer to you, and they also recline, if you're stuck back here for a long road trip, I think you'll be pretty comfortable. Finally, as far as cargo area goes, these seats fold over and give you a lot of room, but even with the seats up, there's a lot of space. (upbeat rock music) (car revving) Now I go into the features, and things like mileage in my full review at Cars.com So you wanna check that out. But I can say this, if you know that you want a crossover, and you know that you want something more luxury oriented than sport oriented, there's still kind of practical. I think the RX is gonna be worth your time to check out. <v Narrator>For more car related news, go to cars.com or our blog KickingTires.net