2010 Lexus RX 350, an AW Drivers Log
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: This baby is silky smooth and creamy, beautifully built--and boring as hell. There's just nothing in the driving that excites me. Maybe if the RX 350 was a terror off-road or something, but this it's not.
The RX 350 is comfortable and quiet on the road and has Lexus's typical sensory-deprivation chamber inside (except when you drive with the windows down and you can hear a really nasty rattle over potholes). There is literally no driver involvement.
There is some stuff to love: The interior is absolutely first-class in terms of materials and ease of operation. The leather in there, for example, is right up there with the best in the biz. The V6 is among the smoothest I can think of. Ditto the transmission; shifts are imperceptible.
But there's no passion. No sex. It's like a really nice toaster. Or a coffee pot. It's kind of like driving a gussied-up Toyota Camry wagon. If somebody thinks that's worth $52,000, then so be it.
EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: The RX remains, at least for me, the gold standard for the crossover. It is quiet and comfortable and is loaded with gadgets. I really don't like the Lexus remote-touch controller, but I didn't use it very much, either. Maybe I should reserve judgment.
The thing that does come through, though, is the Lexus attention to detail. Little things, like just how quiet the windshield wipers are, and the feel of the switches show that even the smallest details were not overlooked in giving this vehicle a rich, luxurious feel.
I would agree with Wes that it's not really my kind of vehicle, but I do have a great appreciation for just how well Toyota/Lexus executed the final product.
2010 Lexus RX 350
Base Price: $39,025
As-Tested Price: $52,965
Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V6; AWD, six-speed automatic
Output: 275 hp @ 6,200 rpm, 257 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm
Curb Weight: 4,343 lb
Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 20/25.9 mpg
Options: Dual-screen rear-seat entertainment with navigation, DVD rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones, audio/video inputs, 120V AC power outlet and navigation system with voice command, backup monitor, XM NavTraffic and NavWeather (includes 90-day trial subscription) and remote-touch controller ($4,980); luxury package includes semi-aniline leather trim, moonroof, power retractable electrochromic outside mirrors, wood-and-leather steering wheel and shift knob, wide-angle side-view monitor, 19-inch alloy wheels with mud and snow tires, MP3 mini plug with USB audio plug, power rear door, illuminated scuff plate and headlamp cleaner ($4,800); comfort package including bixenon headlamps, adaptive front-lighting system, intelligent high beams, rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated driver/passenger front seats ($2,000); 12-speaker premium audio for rear-seat entertainment with ASL and in-dash six-disc DVD changer ($610); intuitive parking assist ($500); remote engine start ($375); tow prep package including transmission cooler, heavy-duty alternator and radiator ($238); glass-breakage sensors ($205); cargo mat ($92); wheel locks ($81); cargo net ($59)
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