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in 2012 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $31,994 - $33,278
Original MSRP: $39,075 - $40,475
MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
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2012 Lexus RX 350 Interior

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As with most Lexus models, reviewers say the 2012 RX 350’s interior is a high-quality, classy place to spend time. It comes fairly well-equipped compared with others in its class, but in order to get its cool high-tech features, you’ll have to opt for expensive packages. Note that reviewers find its navigation system particularly easy to use, which is high praise because reviewers find most technology in luxury cars hard to use.

  • “RX models feature luxurious, high-grade cabin materials, with many soft-touch surfaces and comfortable padding.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Fitted with fine leather, richly finished wood trim and top-notch materials, the RX 350's handsome cabin upholds Lexus tradition, as does the hushed and plush ride.” -- Edmunds

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Seating

The 2012 Lexus RX 350 offers seating for five, and the standard driver’s seat is 10-way power-adjustable. The back seat reclines and slides, which is not usually a standard feature, but you’ll have to pay extra if you want leather upholstery or heated seats. Many SUVs in the RX 350’s class come standard with seat heaters, and many offer leather standard as well. Virtually all reviewers find both rows of seats extremely comfortable.

  • "Ample headroom and foot space for adults sitting outboard (in the back seat). The seat slides fore and aft. Sliding it rearward affords decent legroom, even behind a tall front-seat occupant.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “Front-seat comfort is first-rate while, in back, the second row is roomy enough for three adults and, when folded down, allows for 80.3 cubic feet of cargo space.” -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Test drivers appreciate the 2012 Lexus RX’s abundance of standard features, in addition to its classy atmosphere. It’s equipped to about the same level as most other luxury midsize SUVs, but reviewers say its navigation system is easier to work than most. Standard features include a nine-speaker sound system, Bluetooth phone and audio integration, keyless entry with push-button start and dual-zone climate control with an air filter. Lexus offers a long list of packages, which include features like a navigation system, an upgraded sound system, a head-up display and dual-screen rear entertainment system, but these features are expensive.

  • "Backlit gauges are large, well marked, and clearly legible. The dashboard contains many small buttons, but climate and audio controls are grouped separately and colored differently for easier identification at a glance. The navigation screen is placed conveniently high in the dashboard and deeply inset so it rarely washes out in sunlight.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The RX offers the latest high-tech features, and you can use them without feeling like you need to study the owner's manual. The navigation system, for example, features Lexus' Remote Touch interface that utilizes a mouselike controller with tactile feedback -- a more intuitive setup than what you'll find in competing vehicles.” -- Edmunds
  • "Everything works and is easy to access without drivers being forced to get cozy with the owner's manual.” -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The Lexus RX provides 40 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats or 80.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. That’s fairly decent for the class, but it’s less than the RX 350's chief competitor, the Acura MDX.

  • “RXs have class-competitive load volumes with seats up or down, but their limited height and sloped roofline preclude some tall or bulky cargo. Interior small-items storage is a bit below average for an SUV.” -- Consumer Guide

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