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Used Car: 2010 Lexus RX 350 Review

Review Last Updated: 12/31/12

The Lexus RX 350 was redesigned for 2010, and without many radical changes, test drivers still agreed that the 2010 Lexus RX is one of the best luxury crossovers you can buy.

The 2010 Lexus RX 350 is ranked:

The 2010 Lexus RX 350 gets high safety scores, and its stellar reliability rating is only matched by the two other Lexus entries in the class. According to reviewers, the RX 350’s interior is one of the most plush and best-made offerings in its class, and this SUV has smooth, car-like handling as well. The RX 350’s fuel economy is outstanding, but if 18/24 mpg city/highway in all-wheel drive models isn’t enough, the RX is available as a hybrid as well. Standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, nine-speaker stereo system and wood trim, while options when it was new include a sport package with a sport-tuned suspension, leather upholstery, navigation and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system. In general, almost anyone in the market for a five-seat luxury crossover should be certain to consider the Lexus RX.

Test drivers had a few small quibbles with the RX, though. They said that some of its competitors have sportier handling and more power. Anyone who needs seven seats is out of luck, since the RX only offers seating for five and rivals have more off-road capability. Most critics agreed, however, that these factors aren’t likely to deter most shoppers, who will probably find a lot to like about the 2010 Lexus RX.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re looking for an alternative to the RX, consider the 2010 Lincoln MKX. The MKX’s safety scores and reliability rating nearly match the Lexus RX’s, and it offers Sync, a voice-controlled infotainment system. Test drivers were quick to note that the Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer performance that can stand up to class leaders, but it ranks well in its class and is still worth a look.

Shoppers looking for an SUV that doesn’t sacrifice performance should be sure to test drive the 2010 Infiniti FX. Reviewers said the Infiniti FX is one of the sportiest SUVs in its class, and its available V8 engine is especially powerful. They also noted that the FX offers a plethora of advanced interior features. The FX also ties with the 2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class for the best safety scores in the class. Its reliability rating and fuel economy can’t match the Lincoln MKX’s or the Lexus RX’s, but its high-tech cabin and outstanding performance make it worth a look.

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