2011 Lexus RX 350 Review, Price, Specs, what car reviews, The RX 350 is Lexus’ midsize luxury crossover SUV that is redesigned for the 2010 model year. Available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations, Lexus introduced the RX 300 at the 1998 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit and the RX 300 went on to become the best-selling Lexus model. In January 2003, the second-generation RX was unveiled at the NAIAS, renamed the RX 330 to reflect its larger-displacement engine. RX 330 production began in Japan and in September 2003 Lexus began production of the RX 330 at an assembly plant in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, the first Lexus model to be built outside of Japan. The RX 330 became the RX 350 for the 2007 model year with the addition of the 3.5-liter V6 engine.
The all-wheel-drive version features an Active Torque Control AWD system that optimizes torque depending on driving conditions, resulting in improved efficiency and performance.
The new RX has a long list of high-tech gadgets, including an available Hard Disk Drive (HDD) navigation system, featuring an all-new “Remote Touch” controller. Positioned on the center console, Remote Touch is comparable to a computer mouse.
Lexus RX 350 Specs:
The engine in the Lexus RX 350 is a 3.5 liter V6 that delivers 275 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is a six-speed automatic with artificial intelligence shift control that uses multiple driving sensors to improve the performance of the vehicle and increase its fuel economy. The vehicle is available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive uses an active torque control that uses front wheel drive until it senses the necessity to add power to the rear wheels based on road conditions.
Fuel economy for the Lexus RX 350 depends on the drive type with the front-wheel drive version rated at 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway and the all-wheel drive version rated at 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Premium gas is a requirement. Towing capacity is 1,500 pounds without the optional Towing Prep Package and increases to 3,500 pounds with the towing package. The Lexus RX 350 has scored the highest rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with high scores in the frontal-offset, side impact and rear crash tests.
The Lexus RX 350 seats five in two rows of seats. The cargo capacity of the vehicle behind the rear seats is 40 cubic feet and expands to 80.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The interior is well thought out with high quality leather seats and real wood trim tastefully applied. The navigation system is easy to use with a mouse-like controller that includes functions for audio, navigation and whatever else belongs in a navigation system with functions like climate control using its own buttons.
The Lexus RX 350 is a good-looking crossover vehicle that is as easy to handle in a parking garage or tight space as it is on the highway. It handles well on the highway, absorbing bumps as they come along with a good, firm ride that excels at long highway drives. The all-wheel drive kicks in smoothly as it glides through turns. Overall, the vehicle is well designed and not flashy and one of the better executed crossover SUVs on the road.
The all-new RX offers a wide-angle side view monitor. With a camera located under the passenger side-view mirror, the driver can check hard-to-view areas on the passenger side of the vehicle by simply selecting a button on the navigation screen or the steering wheel and view the camera image on the navigation screen.
Lexus Rx 350 Prices :
RX 350 4×4
Base Retail Price (MSRP) : $40,475
Base Invoice Price : $36,630
Destination Charge : $875
RX 350 4×2
Base Retail Price (MSRP) : $39,075
Base Invoice Price : $35,363
Destination Charge : $875