The Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h are uncommonly easy to operate, even though they are brimming with electronic technology. If the RX were a computer, and in more ways than ever, it is, it would have a plug-and-play operating system and an inviting, engaging user interface.
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.
This third-generation Lexus RX has been updated in dozens of ways to make it more efficient, more comfortable, and broadly more advanced than the previous generation. It’s quieter, safer, and more driver-friendly. And in our opinion, better looking as well. It’s a good choice for people who don’t tow much or need to move more than five at time.
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