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You'll Like The 2010 Lexus RX If...

If luxury, utility, reliability and resale value are top considerations for your next car, the RX is definitely worth your consideration.

You May Not Like The 2010 Lexus RX If...

If you like a little sportiness in your luxury crossover, the RX’s soft road manners may not be your cup of tea. Instead, an Audi Q5 or BMW X5 might better suit your driving style.

What's New

While the exterior of the RX has had some work done for 2010, it’s the interior that sees the greatest number of changes. Those sitting inside will see an entirely new space, from the seats to the displays to the navigation-controlling remote haptic touch.

Interior Features

The interior of the RX is a mix of organic, flowing lines and soft-touch surfaces. Up front, redesigned (and standard 10-way power) supportive front seats and bright, easy-to-read gauges make driving long distances a less tiring experience. In addition, all trims now feature an "Eco Driving" bar graph included in the gauge cluster that lets the driver monitor how his or her driving affects the vehicle’s fuel economy. In back, the second row is roomy enough for three adults and, when folded down, allows for 80.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

Exterior Features

From afar, the overall shape of the 2010 Lexus RX doesn’t look all that different from the outgoing generation, and that’s exactly how the automaker wanted it to look. However, when viewed up close, the differences become much more obvious. There’s a bolder new grille and striking halogen projector-beam (or optional HID) headlamps, which give the vehicle a more substantial, masculine look from the front. Broad "shoulder" lines extend from the headlamps to the rear of the vehicle. And underneath the RX, new standard 18-inch five-spoke wheels fill the pronounced wheel wells to complete the look.

Driving Impressions

The RX is a soft, quiet and comfortable crossover, and those reasons are exactly why it has been such a best-seller for Lexus. In current form, the automaker has kept these qualities intact, but a few key refinements have been made. A new electric power steering system is a marked improvement; it now requires less effort at higher speeds and has less of the "numb" on-center feel of previous RXs. There’s also slightly more usable space in the rear for luggage, thanks to a compact double-wishbone independent rear suspension that replaced the previous generation’s dual-link MacPherson strut. The trade-off, however, is that the 2010 RX doesn’t quite have the same smooth ride as before. Under the hood, the RX 350’s 3.5-liter V6 has been revised to increase its horsepower and torque, and is teamed with an all-new six-speed automatic transmission with direct-downshift control. This technology allows for quick shifting when needed, skipping gears for a more immediate response that we especially appreciated when passing on narrow mountain roads.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2010 Lexus RX 350 with two-wheel drive is just over $37,500. Adding all-wheel drive adds about $1,500 to the bottom line, while a fully-loaded RX could tip the scales at over $57,000. The RX 350’s competitors are all similar in price, with the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class ranging from $35,000 to $52,500, the BMW X3 from $39,500 to $53,000, the Audi Q5 from $38,000 to $59,000 and the Cadillac SRX from $34,000 to $50,000. Our Fair Purchase Prices show what consumers in your area are paying for the RX, so be sure to give them a look before heading to the local dealership. As far as residuals go, the RX is at the top of its segment, outpacing the Q5, X3, GLK and SRX in the long run.

Notable Equipment

The 2010 Lexus RX350 comes well-equipped with a selection of features to make driving a comfortable experience. These include heated side mirrors, 10-way power adjustable front seats with lumbar support, reclining and sliding second row with 60/40 folding seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, a full complement of automatic up-and-down windows and a premium audio system with six-disc CD changer, Bluetooth streaming audio, XM Satellite Radio, a USB port and nine speakers. Standard safety features include 10 airbags, brake assist and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control.

Notable Options

If luxury is what you’re after, the aptly-named Luxury Package includes a semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, LED-illuminated front door sills, power liftgate, headlamp washers, 19-inch alloy wheels and a wide-view side monitor to facilitate parking. If you’d like to up the sportiness of your RX, the Sport Package, with its sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch Superchrome wheels and electronic stability and traction control system with cutoff switch may be for you. Stand-alone options for the RX include a heads-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, a Mark Levinson 330-watt premium sound system, all-wheel drive, Lexus’ Enform telematics system, Intuitive Parking Assist and a Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Favorite Features

Remote "Haptic" TouchSomewhat like a keyboard mouse, this system, operated by a controller mounted next to the driver’s seat, allows for the movement of a cursor across the dash-mounted display, giving sensory feedback when the cursor hovers over a clickable "button." The feeling is somewhat like rolling a marble over an indentation.Easy-to-read Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) DisplayHoused in the Multi-Information Display between the dash gauges, this is comprised of a thin film of organic molecules that create light with the application of electricity. It operates on less power than a conventional light-emitting diode (LED) display, and offers vibrant white characters that are easy to read from any angle.

Under the Hood

The 2010 Lexus RX 350’s 3.5-liter V6 has a modest increase in horsepower and torque over the previous generation’s engine, moving from 270 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque to 275 and 257, respectively. The engine is mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission that uses direct-downshift control to allow for quick shifting when needed (such as rapid acceleration) from sixth to third or fifth to second, skipping gears for a more immediate response that previous-generation RX owners will appreciate. In terms of around-town fuel economy, both the two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions are EPA-rated at 18 miles to the gallon, while on-highway numbers differ by only one mpg. 3.5-liter V6275 horsepower @ 6200 rpm257 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 (2WD), 18/24 (AWD)

Editors' Notes

In the nearly ten years that it has been on the market, the mid-size Lexus RX has had its fair share of records. Case in point: When the RX 300 debuted for the ’99 model year, it pioneered the luxury crossover market, and then, six years later, the RX 400h became the first-ever luxury hybrid crossover. Throughout its lifespan, the RX has remained one of the most popular vehicles in its segment, as well as one of Lexus’ best-sellers. So it was no surprise that when it came time to redesign the RX, Lexus kept radical changes to a minimum, instead focusing on refining the interior and upgrading its technology and ride. The result is a vehicle that still has the distinct look of an RX from the outside, but offers a richer, more engaging driving experience from the inside. And with an ever-expanding competitive set that includes the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 and Cadillac SRX, the 2010 Lexus RX certainly needs to keep buyers interested in what it has to offer to stay at the top.

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2010 Lexus RX

Lexus rx 350 has the benefits of being a luxury vehicle with great functionality and durability but affordable for my budget. The size of the car allows me to haul larger objects when making larger purchases or moving. In addition, I am able to transport 5-6 people at one time. The SUV is not too big but big enough to support my lifestyle and my personal needs to include road trips on occasion with family and friends. Downside is that it is an older model and with new technology, it is not as compatible as a newer version with iPhone or GPS devices and now days this is a “must-have. ” I also have black interior/exterior and it can get very hot during the warmer months. Lastly, I wish that the dealer maintenance were not so expensive. I am a loyal Lexus customer so I get all of my service at the Lexus dealership because I do not want to take it somewhere else and they are notable to replace/fix/service up to warranty standard; however, I wish Lexus would make it more affordable for Lexus loyal customers. Every time I have to get a service, I have to plan it so I can ensure it is within my budget and I have taken the time to competitively shop to see if I am getting the best price. If I were to buy a new car in the future, I would definitely consider Lexus but this would be a contributing factor on whether I buy due to the cost to repair/fix/service the vehicle.

- Jackie R

Cool features, easy ride, minor annoyances... great SUV

2010 Lexus RX FWD 4dr

The vehicle drives well, with very smooth ride, and it's relatively good on gas. I love how I can personalize settings on seats and steering wheel. The mouse control for menu is easy to use without having to take eyes off the road. It has a really nice look on the outside, and the inside feels like luxury. I love the extra cup holders, especially the one on the dash by steering wheel. Leather seats look good and clean up easy, even with kids. Trunk space is awesome with plenty of space to organize cargo. My complaints are that the front seat storage areas could be set up better, the charging ports are difficult to get to, and there are too many removable bins in middle console. These issues are small and not too much of a nuisance, however, the one thing that bothers me the most about this vehicle is that it is not easy to program locks and garage door opener. I always have to go back and manually unlock backseat from the front door before I can get my kid out. Overall, it's a very good, reliable vehicle, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a smaller SUV.

- Anne R

Summary of vehicle use. : My rx350 has been very reliable and handles very well.

2010 Lexus RX

I have had very good service from my vehicle, with very few problems. I have had to replace an o2 sensor, otherwise, I have only had routine service performed regularly. The car is a bit tight on space, especially for a family of 5. I have found it to be uncomfortable for long road trips with my husband, daughter and 2 grandchildren, who are both in car seats. It is extremely tight in the rear with both children in car seats, and it is also difficult to use the child latch for the car seats. As a matter of fact, for some reason we have been unable to secure the seats using the child safety latches and resort to just fastening the seats in to the car with the shoulder harness seat belts.

- Deborah K

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