Power comes from the 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated with a six-speed electronically controlled transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). This is a five horsepower decrease from the previous year. At peak, the RX 350 generates 248 pound-feet of torque (compared with 257 pound-feet of torque for the 2011 model). The new fuel recommendation is for 87-octane gasoline, which Lexus says will result in lower cost of ownership.
In a review of the 2011 Lexus RX 350, TheCarConnection gave the luxury family crossover a 8 (out of 10) rating, saying, “Overall, the Lexus RX 350 feels refined and relatively responsive, yet not at all nimble or exciting. Comfortable, luxurious family transport is the priority, and it’s clear that this comes before performance.”
Whereas last year’s RX 350 came standard with a 12-speaker premium audio system, for 2012 the standard audio is a nine-speaker system with six-disc changer. A 12-speaker audio system comes with the optional Comfort Package or rear-seat entertainment system. For ultimate listening pleasure, there’s the optional 15-speaker, 330-watt Mark Levinson 7.1-channel Surround Sound system.
While Lexus Safety Connect is standard with all RX 350 models, the Lexus Enform Safety Connect telematics system is on all vehicles equipped with the optional navigation system.
There’s also an optional Heads-Up Display.
Bottom line: The 2012 Lexus RX 350 offers comfortable luxury in a capable, family-friendly crossover.