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Available with a host of high-tech features
Standard 12-speaker stereo or 15-speaker Mark Levinson system
Integrated USB iPod and satellite radio, a crisp head-up display
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On the 2010 RX 350, Lexus's engineers have packed some of the best goodies into the cabin while still keeping it practical for families.
The layout of the controls in the 2010 Lexus RX 350 shows attention to driver needs, as MotherProof points out that "the new Remote Touch infotainment system puts all the controls you need at your fingertips with a video-game-like joystick. There aren't any separate buttons for the system that require you to look away from the road."
The latest entry in the RX Lexus lineup of crossovers, the 2010 Lexus RX 350, is available in just one trim level, so you won't have to worry about various standard features packages. According to reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, all Lexus RX 350 vehicles come well equipped with high-tech features, such as standard Bluetooth connectivity. Autoblog says that "interior features include standard 10-way adjustable power front seats, SmartAccess keyless entry, standard 12-speaker stereo or 15-speaker Mark Levinson System [and] HDD navigation."
Car and Driver, meanwhile, simply gushes over the options, warning that if you "go crazy on the options list...it'll be a long day in the driveway" explaining all the new features to your neighbors. Car and Driver notes that "among the myriad standard and available features [for the Lexus RX 350] are a quieter climate-control system, USB/iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, radar cruise control, a reverse camera, nine- or 12-speaker audio system, depending on whether the hard-drive-based navigation system box was checked, and, of course, an available Mark Levinson audio system with 15 speakers and 7.1 surround sound."
The 2010 Lexus RX 350's numerous optional features get lots of press in major automotive reviews, but by far the most popular new feature is the Remote Touch interface. Cars.com says this RX Lexus "is available with a new joystick-like interface called Remote Touch that's the latest in a string of multifunction control systems," but unlike systems offered by some competitors, the one found in the Lexus RX 350 is quite easy to use. Edmunds was skeptical at first, noting that their experience with other systems led them to believe that "Remote Touch [would] be more cumbersome than using a touchscreen...but between the ergonomic controller, a responsive QWERTY onscreen keyboard and our two decades of mousing experience, it's actually quicker—a lot quicker." One of the system's cooler features, according to MotherProof, is that "a new voice-control system allows for more casual use" and will respond "to things like, 'it's too cold in here' and 'I want Chinese food.'"
The 2010 Lexus RX 350 offers a lot of sophistication inside, and it doesn’t require a training course to use some of the advanced features.