Lexus RX 350 Part 3: Performance Review- OnCars

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Lexus RX 350 Part 3: Performance

Smooth, effortless and unruffled in the Lexus tradition

The 2010 RX 350 is the latest version of the vehicle created the luxury crossover Being a crossover means the RX 350 is car-based, which in turn it’s endowed with that is more car-like you might expect.

Sharing its with the best-selling Toyota and its up-market sibling — the ES 350 — the RX won’t surprise you its earth-shattering performance, but rather its ability to deliver you and your from departure to destination and in complete comfort.

In this role as a transportation the RX 350 really is fantastic, leaving doubt as to its appeal and its sales But while it will take you A to B in complete comfort, it won’t inspire you to get there quickly.

The V6 good power and moves the RX well, but its not really into This is an old skool Lexus if there is such a thing more of a plush cruiser: Sport Utility and more Utility.

Likewise the handling of the RX 350 confuse you into thinking driving a sports sedan. it doesn’t exactly wallow, does it tempt you into the RX into a corner at speed, as it is biased toward the luxury of the equation. The steering, too, this up, with little required to guide the RX 350, but feel returned as to what is happening at ground level.

Even the available all-wheel system is seamless and effortless, and you live in an area with an climate and correspondingly slippery probably pointless. Yes, it a traction advantage over the drive RX, but one you’ll most not need 99 percent of the time. The to the AWD system is a portly 400 plus of extra hardware you’ll be around everywhere you go. To be fair, not much of a mileage disadvantage only one mpg less on the highway thanks in no small part to the smooth shifting six-speed transmission. But with the excellent if overly vigilant — system integrating braking, stability and traction control why bother with the extra of the AWD system?

A new double wishbone rear frees up some rear space thanks to its packaging But don’t go getting too excited the possibility of canyon carving, as Lexus is more about and steady than quick and

Clearly there’s a theme that sees the new RX retaining its as the quintessential Lexus, isolating you in luxury from the task of In most situations, the RX 350 remains refined, luxurious and sensibly but viscerally uninspiring. It’s the no-drama formula that has worked so well for Lexus, now more so.

Lexus RX 350 AWD


— Surprisingly quick in a straight with good torque and shifts

— Handling: of most Lexus vehicles, the control system is quick to in if you’re feeling frisky

Braking: Mushy pedal, but stopping power nonetheless

— Exterior: The only where the RX sees no improvement. in it has actually regressed stylistically

Interior: Conversely, probably the selling point for the RX — as very Lexus-like


— Comfort: While the is not as cushy as you’d expect the L badge on the nose, it is still of the Lexus name

— Taking the utility part of its moniker to heart, the RX is surprisingly


— Dynamics: stability control system any significant accident avoidance but powering out of situations shouldn’t to be a problem

— Technology: badge means it’s all and then some


Price: Perfectly in step others in the category it created

Mileage: You’d have to go the hybrid version if you really although 24 mpg highway isn’t too

Emotional Appeal

— thumpin’ factor: NONE

— Fun to spank: Not applicable

Layout: Front engine / drive

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