There’s a lot to love about the new 2012 Lexus RX 350. Re-designed back in 2010, there are very few changes to this year’s model. The Lexus RX 350 offers everything you would expect from a luxury crossover SUV – top notch performance, confort, design and reliability. With as many appealing features and options, the RX 350 is Lexus’ best-selling model.
The 2012 Lexus RX 350 boasts a 3.5 litre V6 engine with a six-speed super Electronically Contolled Transmisison (Super ECT) and puts out 295 horsepower at 4,800rpm. It’s a quiet ride especially when the engine has an insulated engine cover that conceals the V6 engine. Fuel consumption is 6.7L/100km in the city, 7.2L/100kms on the highway.
There are also a lot of high-tech features too! As a techie, I spent a good amount of time playing with the navigation, entertainment and climate control systems using Lexus’ Remote Touch interface. The Remote Touch interface uses a haptic feedback and it’s likely the most expensive mouse I’ve ever used and is positioned perfectly on the centre console. With three available power plugs, there’s more than enough power to keep your iPod, smartphone and tablets all powered up.
The RX 350 has a sporty ride with an empahasis on roominess and comfort, similar to that of a luxury sedan. Sitting in the driver’s seat is pure luxury and with all the bells and whistle controls you could ever ask for. This vehicle is pretty much built for passenger comfort. The heated leather seats are always a bonus during our mild Winnipeg winters, at least this year, they’re mild.
The 2012 Lexus RX 350 starts at $44,950. Only available in one trim level, Lexus offers several optional sports, touring, premium and ultra premium packages. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated outside mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, eight-way power front seats, second-row seats that slide and recline, wood interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a nine-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer, an auxiliary audio interface and satellite radio.
The RX 350 with the Ultra Premium packages includes a 15-speaker audio system, dual screen rear seat DVD entertainment system and 19” aluminum alloy wheels plus a long list of luxury and convenience add ons. This RX 350 option would set you back $62,850.
Other vehicles in this small consumer category of luxury sport crossover SUVs include the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Infinity FX35, Buick Enclave, Licoln MKT and the Mercedes-Benz R-Class.