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7.0
/ 10
On Styling
BASE INVOICE
$35,363
BASE MSRP
$39,075
On Styling
The 2011 Lexus RX doesn't stand out in any way, and it's the epitome of practical, understated luxury. To some, that's a good thing.
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Though you can see evidence of Lexus's L-Finesse design language that has largely shaped the look of the recent GS, LS and IS models in the body of the new RX, it is very subtle.
MSN Autos

The cabin is cleanly styled and fitted with quality materials
Edmunds

The asymmetric design of the dash and center console may cause some consternation, but in practice it's actually pretty nice.
Jalopnik

the body has been bulked up with a more masculine look
New York Times

silky smooth and creamy, beautifully built--and boring as hell
AutoWeek

The 2011 Lexus RX is a sleek crossover wagon that plays it safe in most respects. Sized at the larger end of the two-row crossover class, the RX 350 shares the familiar shape that spawned this entire class of vehicles back in the late 1990s. In its latest edition, introduced just a year ago, it's become even a bit more conservative-looking, which a slightly more blunt-nosed, high-shouldered look. But it hasn't lost its design essence—the tall roofline and handsome proportions are still in evidence, as is a bit more sculpturing to fit with the latest Lexus theme of "L-finesse."

Inside, the Lexus RX 350 has given up a touch of its refinement, with a newly styled interior that divides driver controls visually from the passenger zone—leaving a large swath of silver-painted plastic (at a time when silvery-painted plastic is played out, we might add) and a less sophisticated look in the place of the subdued, woody library feel of the last RX generation.

It can be difficult to tell the hybrid RX 450h from the gas-only RX 350, too; differences amount to blue-lit gauges, a tinted grille, and a tweaked front bumper, as well as small hybrid logos and optional 19-inch wheels.

Conclusion

The 2011 Lexus RX doesn't stand out in any way, and it's the epitome of practical, understated luxury. To some, that's a good thing.

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