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When he originally tested the 2010 RX 350, editor Marty Padgett noted more engine noise than in previous versions. Though this tester noticed the engine more than before, it seems road noise and wind noise are even better isolated this time around—so that might be why.

Adding about ten grand to the $38,200 base price, our RX 350 got extras like bi-xenon headlamps, adaptive front lighting, rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated seats, the moonroof, power heated mirrors, a premium sound system, and the navigation system with XM NavTraffic and NavWeather. The available heads-up display is also well worth getting; it projects current speed onto the windshield, along with turn-by-turn navigation instructions.

Close to $50k, there are lots of other choices, including the Lincoln MKX, the Audi Q7, and the new, lower-priced 2010 Cadillac SRX. Shoppers might also consider the hybrid Lexus RX 450 h, which gets 32 mpg in city driving and starts at $41,660.

If it isn’t abundantly clear, the 2010 RX 350 is both a vehicle that isolates you and yours from the outside world and makes the driving experience seemingly as uninvolved as possible. To many shoppers, that makes it very appealing.

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