2012 Lexus RX vs. Its Competition

2012 Lexus RX 350
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Among five-seat luxury crossovers, the Lexus RX has been a sales leader, and gets credit for coining the segment in the mid-1990s.

It has competition in the form of the Lincoln MKX, a five-seater with great interior room, a strong V-6 powertrain (though no hybrid option), and MyLincoln Touch, which uses voice and touch commands to run audio, phone and navigation.

The Cadillac SRX was reborn in 2010 on a crossover platform, and has lovely styling and this year, a new 3.6-liter V-6.

Volvo's XC60 wraps lots of room inside an elegant shape, and its typically Swedish interior is very handsome.

For something a little less expensive, the Nissan Murano has urbane good looks and strong V-6 performance, though it's small inside and has a continuously variable transmission, a type we don't typically enjoy.

2012 Lexus RX 3502012 Lexus RX
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2012 Cadillac SRX FWD 4-door Performance Collection Angular Front Exterior View2012 Cadillac SRX
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2012 Nissan Murano2012 Nissan Murano
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2011 Volvo XC60 FWD 4-door 3.2L Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volvo XC60
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Quick Specs
A safe luxury-crossover choice for many good reasons, the 2012 Lexus RX 350 offers a serene driving experience and lots of cool tech features.
With a smooth new engine and a rich, uniquely American interior, the 2012 Cadillac SRX appeals to those who want a lot of luxury and flair but don't require driving excitement.
The 2012 Lincoln MKX lives up to the promise of top-notch American luxury, with some of the newest luxury and tech features as its controversial showpieces.
It's stylish and refined, but the 2012 Nissan Murano isn't the most space-efficient crossover.
The 2012 Volvo XC60 is an attractive, well-designed family luxury vehicle, with a class-leading roster of innovative safety and tech features.
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18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6
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2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 2WDSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
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FWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door BaseFWD 4-Door2WD 4-Door SAWD 4-Door 3.2L
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
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Sport Utility VehicleCrossoverCrossoverSport Utility5 Door Wagon
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/manual shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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