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2012 Lexus RX 350 Comfort & Quality

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There are a number of reasons why the Lexus RX 350 is a realtor's favorite. It feel plush, but not over-the-top lavish; its seating is roomy and accommodating for four adults; and it's supremely smooth, quiet, and refined in the way it rides and performance—all of which amount to a pretty positive passenger experience.

Also, it's easy for those in back to step in and out of the RX, and inside there's good knee room in back and in front. Back seats have adult-size contouring—and you can even fit three across when needed—while the rear seats fold down for larger items and there's underfloor storage for smaller items you'd prefer to keep out of sight.

The interior of the 2012 Lexus RX 350 caters to passenger comfort first and foremost.

About the only bothersome aspect we've found is that the front seats have an odd contouring that digs into shoulder blades, and headroom overall is surprisingly tight; the upgraded seats in the RX—if you click the right option boxes—now have length-adjustable lower cushions, which taller drivers will love for their better long-distance support.

The high standards for seating set by other Lexus vehicles is met with available semi-anilene leather upholstery that's less highly treated than in the past, giving it a more individual look and feel. OLED gauges and plenty of soft-touch surfaces provide a rather lavish look, and the upgraded wood trim that's optional in the RX 350 and included in the RX 450h is well-coordinated, almost opulent.

Ride comfort is superb, with motions that are as well-damped as a good luxury sedan—but we've noticed that models with the available 19-inchers are somewhat harsher on some surfaces (though still not rough). And perhaps it's because there's so little road noise that you do hear the engine during acceleration—especially in 450h hybrid models.

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