2011 Lexus RX 350 vs. Its Competition

2011 Lexus RX 350 FWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Five-passenger crossovers with luxury nameplates are usually smaller than the Lexus RX 350.

The Lincoln MKX is in the same size class and has a unique take on upscale accommodations to go with its sizable curb weight and mediocre cargo room.

The Cadillac SRX was all-new last year, and reintroduced as a lower-priced, more mainstream rival to the RX; it's more visually exciting, though not really that much more exciting to drive (except the turbo model, which is being discontinued).

The most surprising competitor to the Lexus RX is the Nissan Murano, with its urbane good looks and flexible V-6 performance making up for its lackluster transmission, cargo space, and dealer experience.

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Quick Specs
8.0
Much of the appeal of the 2011 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h rests in the way they provide comfort and security to driver and passengers while sealing out the world.
8.6
With a few notable flaws in styling and features, the 2011 Acura MDX still impresses us with its friendly handling and gutsy power.
8.0
The 2011 SRX has the comfort and refinement luxury crossovers expect—plus a little Cadillac attitude.
8.2
You won't need any excuses to say you've chosen the 2011 Lincoln MKX; it delivers on the promise of the brand: top-notch American luxury, with some of the best luxury and tech features wrapped in.
7.8
The 2011 Nissan Murano isn't the most practical choice among crossovers, but it's a gem for style and refinement.
MSRP From    
$39,075$42,930$34,615$39,415$29,290
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleN/ASport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport Utility
Style Name    
FWD 4-DoorAWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door BaseFWD 4-Door2WD 4-Door S
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
57555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door4 Door SUVSport Utility
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticContinuously Variable Ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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