2011 lexus rx 350

2011 lexus rx 350

2011 Lexus RX 350

Key specs of the base trim

  • Overall refinement
  • Gas mileage
  • Seat comfort
  • Optional Pre-Collision System
  • Optional dual-screen entertainment system
  • Road noise
  • Leather seats not standard
  • Joystick-operated navigation system
  • No third-row seat offered

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2011 Lexus RX 350 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Cars.com’s Bill Jackson takes a look at the 2011 Lexus RX 350. It competes with the Acura MDX and Buick Enclave.

The luxury market is a diverse one. Some buyers expect a car that’s fast but also has a pretty interior. Others want a boulevard cruiser so they can tool down the road in a mobile living room. The Lexus RX 350 crossover is more of the latter type. That’s not to say it’s a lumbering beast, but nor is it meant to blast down country roads.

The RX 350 is a very comfortable, nice-looking crossover that will carry you, your family and your stuff on a long drive, leaving you none the worse for wear.

Driving Impressions
The first thing that struck me about the RX 350 was how light and precise the steering is; it’s easy to handle the RX in a parking garage or any tight space. That’s not impressive in itself, but the fact that the RX is also not twitchy on highway drives is very impressive. Often, a car that’s easy to steer in a parking lot can be too light at speed, meaning you constantly have to correct it. Not the Lexus. It didn’t give any feedback through the steering wheel — as other cars do — but I guess you have to give something up sometime.

It’s largely the same for the accelerator and brake pedal: light and precise. I thought the brake pedal was a bit too light — it was hard for me to judge my stopping distances — but others who drove the RX disagreed. Either way, it’s something you should pay attention to if you test-drive an RX.

As far as handling, well, this car is tuned for luxury. I noticed more body roll in the . Show full review

The luxury market is a diverse one. Some buyers expect a car that’s fast but also has a pretty interior. Others want a boulevard cruiser so they can tool down the road in a mobile living room. The Lexus RX 350 crossover is more of the latter type. That’s not to say it’s a lumbering beast, but nor is it meant to blast down country roads.

The RX 350 is a very comfortable, nice-looking crossover that will carry you, your family and your stuff on a long drive, leaving you none the worse for wear.

Driving Impressions
The first thing that struck me about the RX 350 was how light and precise the steering is; it’s easy to handle the RX in a parking garage or any tight space. That’s not impressive in itself, but the fact that the RX is also not twitchy on highway drives is very impressive. Often, a car that’s easy to steer in a parking lot can be too light at speed, meaning you constantly have to correct it. Not the Lexus. It didn’t give any feedback through the steering wheel — as other cars do — but I guess you have to give something up sometime.

It’s largely the same for the accelerator and brake pedal: light and precise. I thought the brake pedal was a bit too light — it was hard for me to judge my stopping distances — but others who drove the RX disagreed. Either way, it’s something you should pay attention to if you test-drive an RX.

As far as handling, well, this car is tuned for luxury. I noticed more body roll in the RX than I did in other high-end crossovers I’ve driven. Its ride is good, though, and it absorbed bumps on the highway well. I prefer a firmer ride than many others do, but even taking that into consideration I wouldn’t hesitate to say the RX has a good ride.

In fact, the RX excels at long highway drives; it’s a car I’d consider if I had to drive from Chicago to Oklahoma. Visibility also makes it good in the city. It’s easy to judge passing maneuvers or whether you have enough room to squeeze between two delivery trucks hogging the entire street.

I tested the all-wheel-drive version of the RX. It differed from most all-wheel-drive cars I’ve driven in that I never felt the system “dig in” to carry me around a turn. In many other cars, I feel the outside wheels turning faster than the inside wheels, giving the sensation that the car is slinging itself confidently through the turn. I never got that sensation with the RX — it just glides through turns. It’s not a bad thing; it’s just different.

All in all, the RX is an easy car to live with. While it doesn’t offer the driving thrills that other SUVs do, it also doesn’t feel ungainly or out of place in any driving situation I put it in.

Gizmos & Amenities
Our test model came pretty nicely equipped with the stuff you’d expect in a luxury car: heated and cooled seats, navigation system, power-closing hatch, rear-seat entertainment system, and leather upholstery and trim.

Everything is well-executed, and that’s the key. A lot of cars these days have leather seats, for instance, but that doesn’t mean the leather is any good. It is in the Lexus. Also, the real wood trim is very tasteful. That’s something I detest on most cars, but Lexus chose good wood and didn’t go overboard applying it everywhere.

The navigation system/multimedia interface works well. Instead of a touch-screen or dial, the RX has a mouse-like controller. I’d read about the system and wasn’t sure I’d like it, but it turned out to be easy to use. Lexus did a nice job of incorporating into the touch-screen only those functions (audio, navigation, etc.) that should logically be there. You don’t have to go through the screen to change the climate-control settings. That’s how it should be.

Our RX also featured two cameras to assist with parking maneuvers. One is a standard backup model; the other is mounted on the passenger-side door mirror, facing down. I found it helpful when snuggling up to curbs, but it wasn’t much use at night in parking lots. Something about the glare off the pavement and paint of the parking lines made it hard for me to use. However, I preferred this system to others that offer a view on all sides of the vehicle, like Infiniti’s Around View Monitor. Those systems provide too much information to be useful at a glance.

If there was one flaw that really stood out, it was the heated and cooled seat buttons. It’s a roller switch, and it’s too easy to switch from a heated seat to a cooled seat when you’re just trying to turn it off. A minor issue, you say? Try sitting in a heated seat when it’s 90 degrees out, and then we can talk. In any case, if a car model is to be the best, its manufacturer has to sweat all the details, and Lexus could’ve done better here.

Mileage, Models, Reliability
The RX is offered in both front- and all-wheel drive, as well as a hybrid version called the RX 450h. Choosing between the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions likely won’t hinge on gas mileage, as their mileage is estimated at 18/25 mpg city/highway and 18/24 mpg, respectively. The hybrid versions get an estimated 32/28 mpg with front-wheel drive and 30/28 mpg with all-wheel drive. Premium gas is required for all.

The RX 350 was redesigned for 2010, and there’s not a lot that’s different between this year’s model and last year’s, but you can compare the 2011 with both the 2010 and the previous generation of the RX here to judge for yourself. The most interesting thing to me about the 2010 redesign is that Lexus made the RX slightly larger, but only by a few inches here and there. Lexus said its owners appreciated the smaller size, and the automaker listened.

The 2010 RX is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick. It scored the Institute’s highest rating, Good, in frontal-offset, side-impact and rear crash tests, as well as in a roof-strength test. It’s predicted to have better than average reliability.

RX 350 in the Market
The RX was arguably the first luxury crossover SUV, and this model remains competitive in a segment that’s exploded with new offerings.

It helps that Lexus clearly decided to build a comfortable luxury car that was also practical and easy to live with. It didn’t feel the urge to suddenly switch things up and make, say, a hot rod.

When other automakers are offering extreme touch-screen navigation/multimedia/climate-control options, it’s nice to see someone come up with a system that might not look as fancy, but is more functional. In fact, that’s probably the best way to summarize the RX: It’s not the newest, flashiest SUV out there, but it is one of the better-executed ones.

2011 Lexus RX 350 Review

    Premium cabin design and materials, plush ride, composed handling, energetic acceleration, comfortable seating front and rear, top crash test scores, user-friendly multifunction controller. No third-seat option, expensive options packages, not as entertaining to drive as sportier rivals.

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The 2011 Lexus RX 350 leads when it comes to providing a plush ride, a luxurious cabin and everyday utility. For most buyers, those attributes should be enough to overcome its rather lifeless driving dynamics.

Vehicle overview

When it comes to luxury crossover SUVs, the 2011 Lexus RX 350 delivers what the vast majority of shoppers want: pleasant driving dynamics, plenty of space for people and cargo, high-tech features, impeccable interior materials and solid build quality. While there are some shoppers who desire more than five seats or more athletic performance, there is no shortage of alternatives for that minority. As it stands, the RX 350 fits quite nicely into that Goldilocks zone with broad appeal that seems just right.

After a redesign last year, the Lexus RX 350 returns essentially unchanged, and that’s a good thing. With this crossover you get pretty much everything Lexus is typically known for, including a class-leading interior that surrounds passengers with top-notch fabrics, leathers and rich wood trim. It’s also exceptionally quiet on the freeway and has a ride as smooth as Barry White’s voice. For power, the RX 350 has a 275-horsepower V6 that provides snappy acceleration and respectable fuel economy.

Besides providing blissful transportation, the RX 350 will please the pragmatic as well as tech-loving early adopters. There’s plenty of cargo space for trips to the local home improvement superstore or for a long-distance family road trip. Some options, though costly, add a 21st-century flair. Lexus’ Remote Touch interface utilizes a mouselike controller with tactile feedback – a more elegant setup than the more complicated systems found in competing vehicles. Entertainment options like an audiophile-pleasing Mark Levinson sound system and rear-seat video screens round out the RX 350’s impressive portfolio.

As impressive as the 2011 Lexus RX 350 is, you still might want to check out a few alternatives. The 2011 Lincoln MKT, 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class and 2011 Volvo XC90 can provide a third row of seats for those with bigger broods. And if you want a crossover SUV with spicier performance then the 2011 Acura MDX, 2011 BMW X5 and Infiniti FX35 would all likely be better choices. But overall, we think most shoppers will find the RX 350’s combination of luxury, comfort and utility to be very appealing, indeed.

2011 Lexus RX 350 models

The five-seat 2011 Lexus RX 350 is a midsize luxury crossover SUV that’s offered in one well-appointed trim level. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, automatic headlights, heated outside mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, 10-way power front seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, second-row seats that slide and recline, cloth upholstery, wood interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a nine-speaker stereo (with a six-CD changer, steering-wheel-mounted controls, an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio).

Most options are grouped into packages. The Sports package adds 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and Lexus’ Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system. The Premium package adds a sunroof, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, leather upholstery, a power rear liftgate, driver seat memory settings, a rear-seat armrest and an iPod/USB input/interface.

The Premium package is required for the addition of the Comfort, Luxury and Navigation packages. The Comfort package adds heated and ventilated front seats, bi-xenon adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers and an upgraded 12-speaker audio system. The Luxury package includes 19-inch wheels, power-retractable outside mirrors, upgraded leather seating, right-hand sideview camera, a wood and leather steering wheel and extendable front seat cushions. The Navigation package features a hard-drive-based navigation system (with real-time traffic and voice control), Lexus’ Remote Touch interface, a back-up camera, increased Bluetooth functionality and the Enform enhanced telematics features.

Individual options include front and rear parking sensors, a premium Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, a dual-rear-screen DVD entertainment system, a head-up display and adaptive cruise control paired with the Pre-Collision System (primes the brakes and tightens the seatbelts if a collision is deemed imminent). Some of the various package features are also available à la carte.

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2011 Lexus RX 350

The Lexus RX was completely redesigned and re-engineered for 2010, so it’s carried over for 2011 largely unchanged. This latest-generation model features a wishbone, rather than strut-type, independent rear suspension and an improved all-wheel-drive system, and the entire car was improved. A mouse-like controller Lexus calls Remote Touch is used instead of a touch screen to operate climate, audio and the navigation system.

We’ve found the RX to be softer and smoother than the other SUVs in its class. It’s also more fuel-efficient. The RX 350 beats the fuel economy ratings of the Acura MDX, Mercedes ML 350, and BMW X5 xDrive3.5i. The RX 450h hybrid gets better mileage yet, and is among the cleanest vehicles yet devised by man.

The RX 350 and RX 450h are offered with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system is lighter and more efficient than in the previous generation. It works electronically without the locking center differential in previous models.

The RX 350 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic multi-mode transmission. Compared to the previous model, this latest RX 350 is a little heavier due to stouter rear suspension components, which provide upgraded crash performance.

Like all Lexus vehicles, the 2011 Lexus RX adds Smart Stop Technology, which automatically reduces engine power when the brake and accelerator pedals are applied simultaneously under certain driving conditions. Aside from some new paint colors, there are no other changes for 2011.

When it was first launched as a 1999 model, the Lexus RX was at the leading edge of a revolution of sport-utilities built like cars rather than like trucks. Today, nearly all but the largest SUVs are these so-called crossovers. The RX remains the standard against which many are measured, and this latest-generation version is the best RX to date.
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The Lexus RX was completely redesigned and re-engineered for 2010, so it’s carried over for 2011 largely unchanged. This latest-generation model features a wishbone, rather than strut-type, independent rear suspension and an improved all-wheel-drive system, and the entire car was improved. A mouse-like controller Lexus calls Remote Touch is used instead of a touch screen to operate climate, audio and the navigation system.

We’ve found the RX to be softer and smoother than the other SUVs in its class. It’s also more fuel-efficient. The RX 350 beats the fuel economy ratings of the Acura MDX, Mercedes ML 350, and BMW X5 xDrive3.5i. The RX 450h hybrid gets better mileage yet, and is among the cleanest vehicles yet devised by man.

The RX 350 and RX 450h are offered with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system is lighter and more efficient than in the previous generation. It works electronically without the locking center differential in previous models.

The RX 350 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic multi-mode transmission. Compared to the previous model, this latest RX 350 is a little heavier due to stouter rear suspension components, which provide upgraded crash performance.

Like all Lexus vehicles, the 2011 Lexus RX adds Smart Stop Technology, which automatically reduces engine power when the brake and accelerator pedals are applied simultaneously under certain driving conditions. Aside from some new paint colors, there are no other changes for 2011.

When it was first launched as a 1999 model, the Lexus RX was at the leading edge of a revolution of sport-utilities built like cars rather than like trucks. Today, nearly all but the largest SUVs are these so-called crossovers. The RX remains the standard against which many are measured, and this latest-generation version is the best RX to date.
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