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2011 Lexus RX 350 Photo
8.0
/ 10
On Features
BASE INVOICE
$35,363
BASE MSRP
$39,075
On Features
The 2011 Lexus RX models are well-equipped and offer a lot of opportunity for high-tech sophistication—but options can add significantly to the price.
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The Remote Touch controller works but requires too much effort, so it is distracting.
MSN Autos

The new interface is immediately intuitive and a comfort to those spooked by previous exposure to multifunction controllers (iDrive, anyone?).
Edmunds

cameras all over the place including side-view mirror mounted units which show how close you're getting to the curb
Jalopnik

we still had to go through about three menus to make it recalculate our route after it announced slow traffic on the road ahead.
CNET

Whenever the camera determines that the high beams could be a hazard to others, it switches to low beams.
New York Times

If you're looking for a well-equipped luxury vehicle, the 2011 Lexus RX 350 doesn't really leave a lot on the table. Standard equipment for its single trim level includes a 12-speaker sound sytem, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, and 10-way power front seats.

Options include leather seating, a side-view monitor, USB connectivity for MP3 players, a Mark Levinson sound system, a hard-drive navigation system, XMNavTraffic, a rear-seat entertainment system, ventilated front seats, remote start, LED adaptive headlamps, and a sport-minded suspension. Our best advice here is to watch the total; some of these options are only offered as part of packages that can in some cases add thousands to the bottom line.

The most controversial feature in the new RX is likely to be the available Remote Touch controller, which Lexus compares openly to the iDrive system from BMW and Audi's MMI, but we're not entirely convinced as you need to lay eyes on the screen in order to tap into many functions. The controller is shaped more ergonomically than those click-wheel setups, and Lexus says it feels natural like a computer mouse. It can be used to control the navigation system—which is mounted farther away on the dash than in prior versions for better visibility. A head-up display is also available to cut down further on driving distraction.

Conclusion

The 2011 Lexus RX models are well-equipped and offer a lot of opportunity for high-tech sophistication—but options can add significantly to the price.

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