2010 Lexus RX Review – Overview and Model Lineup

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2010 Lexus RX
All-new, with more technology but less complexity.

By John Stewart [NewCarTestDrive]

As vehicles become more complex, driving becomes more like operating a
computer. Yet the new 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h seems uncommonly
easy to operate. And they are brimming with new technology. If the RX
were a computer, and in more ways than ever, it is, it would have a
plug-and-play operating system and an inviting, engaging user

When driven back-to-back against the previous model, it’s clear the new
2010 RX offers more than cosmetic improvements. Mechanical improvements
for the all-new Lexus RX include an independent rear suspension, a
10-airbag safety system, a six-speed sequential transmission, and an
improved all-wheel-drive system. Upgraded accommodations include better
seats, integrated satellite radio, acoustic glass, automatic high beam
control, and a heads-up display among other things. Many of the
improvements are due to more and better computer logic for integrated
control of driving systems such as the transmission, all-wheel-drive,
navigation, steering and brakes. Perhaps the key interior upgrade is
the introduction of a mouse-like controller which Lexus calls Remote
touch. It’s used instead of a touch screen to operate climate, audio
and the navigation system.

Compared to competing SUVs, such as the current Acura MDX, Mercedes ML
350 and BMW X5 3.0, the RX 350 gets better mileage and cleaner
emissions ratings. The RX 450h hybrid gets better mileage yet, and is
among the cleanest vehicles yet devised by man.

The RX 350 and RX 450h are offered with front-wheel drive or all-wheel
drive. The all-wheel-drive system is completely new, lighter and more
efficient. It works electronically without the locking center
differential in previous models.

The RX 350 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic
multi-mode transmission. Compared to the current model, the RX 350 is a
little heavier due to stouter rear suspension components, which provide
upgraded crash performance.

Model Lineup

The 2010 Lexus RX 350 comes with front-wheel drive ($36,800) or
all-wheel drive ($38,200). The RX 450h offers that same choice and is
similarly equipped. The Lexus RX models comes standard with fabric
upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, AM/FM/6CD with nine
speakers and a luxury level of standard equipment.

The optional Luxury Package ($4800) includes semi-aniline leather trim
interior; one-touch-open/close Moonroof; Power Retractable
Electrochromic Outside Mirrors; Wood and Lather Steering Wheel and
Shift Knob; Wide Angle Side-View Monitor, 19-inch Alloy wheels with Mud
and Snow Tires; MP3 MiniPlug with USB Audio Plug; Power Rear Door;
Illuminated Scuff Plate and Headlamp Cleaner. Comfort Package ($2000)
includes bi-xenon high intensity discharge (HID) projector headlamps;
adaptive front lighting system; automatic high beams; rain-sensing
automatic wipers.

Dual-Screen Rear Seat Entertainment with Navigation ($4980) includes
DVD rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones,
audio/video inputs, 120V AC power outlet and navigation system with
voice command, backup monitor, XM Nav Traffic and Nav Weather with
90-day trial subscription and Remote Touch controller.

Options include Heads Up Display ($1200), Heated/Ventilated Front Seats
($640); 19-inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels with Mud and Snow Tires ($660);
and Bi-Xenon High Intensity discharge Headlamps with AFS and Automatic
High Beams ($1175). Mark Levinson Audio ($1610) and Intuitive Parking
Assist ($500) are available as stand-alone options. Navigation System
($2400) includes Hard Disc Drive Navigation System with voice command;
Backup Monitor; XM Nav Traffic and Nav Weather with 90-day trial
subscription; Remote Touch controller. Sports Package ($1300) includes
19-inch Sport finish alloy wheels with mud and snow tires, sport-tuned
suspension, Vehicle Dynamic Management (VDIM).

Safety equipment includes front airbags; front-seat mounted side
airbags; roll-sensing front and rear side-curtain air bags; driver and
front passenger knee airbags and side airbags; active headrests for
front seats; force-limiting seatbelt pre-tensioners for driver and
front passenger seats; three-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners for
all rear seating positions (3); direct-type tire pressure monitoring
system; four-sensor, four-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS) with
Brake Assist; enhanced VSC (Vehicle Stability Control). Optional safety
features include Pre-collision System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
($1500); Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) come with Sports


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