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in 2011 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $32,147 - $33,800
Original MSRP: $44,735 - $46,325
MPG: 32 City / 28 Hwy
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2011 Lexus RX Hybrid Interior

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The 2011 Lexus RX Hybrid's five-seat interior is luxurious and very well equipped. Test drivers like the available Remote Touch controller, a computer mouse-like device that comes with the optional navigation system. A few reviewers, however, find the materials quality lacking and notice some intrusive road noise.

  • "Interior materials are impressive, with a sturdy, luxurious feel throughout." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior themes remain conservative yet pleasing to the eye-parchment with brown walnut, or gray tones with charcoal maple-and the seats have been redesigned to spoil backs and backsides better than an army of Swedish masseuses, complementing the RX's excellent driving position.” -- Car and Driver
  • "In those moments when it's gliding silently on electric power in midtown, with the out-of-control world safely shut out by the acoustic-laminated glass, the RX450h is a deliciously tranquil place, a waking dream in the nightmare of commuting traffic." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "I was a little surprised by the amount of road noise that made its way into the RX's cabin when traveling on rougher patches of road." -- Cars.com
  • "While floored by its low-cost/high-feature set, our judges were split on the Lexus's overall execution. Some found it a futuristic, techno tour de force, others a modern, yet cheap, mishmash." -- Truck Trend

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Seating

The Lexus RX 450h's seats are generally comfortable and spacious, though a few test drivers say the rear seats lack enough cushioning. A plus, however, is that the rear seats recline. As expected in this price range, the RX Hybrid comes with leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable seats driver’s and passenger’s seats (which include lumbar adjustment).

  • "The leather feels softer than ever, especially the new optional semi-aniline variety, and space for four adults is more than acceptable." -- Car and Driver
  • "I found the front seats just soft enough to be comfortable, though some may find them too firm. There's a bit more passenger space in back, and the rear seat slides and reclines. The rear seat is too hard to be comfortable." -- BusinessWeek
  • "Rear passengers will find the seating roomy and comfortable thanks to reclining and sliding adjustments." -- Edmunds
  • "The RX's front bucket seats have soft cushioning and are comfortable. ... Backseat legroom in the RX is good, and Lexus has addressed my main gripe with the second row by moving the backrest-recline lever from the top of the backrest itself to the outside of the seat cushion." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The 2011 RX 450h is loaded with features above and beyond the SUV norm. One of its most exciting new features is an optional navigation system with Remote Touch, a small device on the central console that functions like a computer mouse. While reviewers say there's a learning curve, most find it useful and intuitive. Popular Mechanics has even given the system its Technical Innovation award.

The RX 450h comes standard with a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, dual-zone automatic climate control, maple or walnut interior trim, a nine-speaker Premium Sound System, an auxiliary iPod audio port, Bluetooth, a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio and display controls, and power-adjustable outside mirrors.

The optional navigation system with Remote Touch comes with voice command, an integrated backup camera, and XM NavTrafic/NavWeather. Families will appreciate the optional dual-screen rear seat entertainment system, which comes with two pairs of wireless headphones.

  • "Another noteworthy option, the Remote Touch interface, replaces the traditional touchscreen operation with a mouselike controller on the center console. The controller features haptic feedback when rolling over on-screen controls, allowing the user to 'feel' the buttons. We found this system to be immediately intuitive and easier to use than other competing interfaces." -- Edmunds
  • "The navigation system ($2,465 extra) is a major plus. … The whole system is extremely easy to use even in the dark, and can be operated by the front-seat passenger as well as the driver." -- BusinessWeek
  • "The trackball-like controller for the navigation, information, and audio systems is the polar opposite of the counterintuitive devices found in German luxury cars. If you've ever used a computer mouse or trackball or video game controller, no explanation is necessary and no recourse to a 100-page manual." -- CNET
  • "Everywhere you look, the RX 450h is awash in electronic goodies, from the crisp, organic LED display to headlamps that automatically douse their high beams for oncoming traffic to a game-changing telematics controller called Remote Touch." -- Truck Trend
  • "The Remote Touch controller works but requires too much effort, and is, thus, distracting to the driver." -- MSN
  • "The Remote Touch and voice command operations proved incredibly intuitive during our drive, although the navigation software has a slightly steeper learning curve." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The RX 450h has a good amount of cargo space for a midsize SUV. It provides 40 cubic feet with all seats in use and 80.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

Interior storage in the Lexus RX 450h includes a sliding front center console with a storage bin, and front and rear cupholders.

  • "Luggage and cargo space are accommodating as well, allowing up to 40 cubic feet behind the 40/20/40-split-folding rear seats and 80 cubes with them stowed." -- Edmunds
  • "The RX's cargo area measures 40 cubic feet. That's more space than a Lincoln MKX (32.3 cubic feet) but less than the MDX has with its third row folded (42.9 cubic feet)." -- Cars.com
  • "The storage compartment in the center console is cavernous, but why are the iPod and auxiliary power hookups way down at the bottom, under removable storage trays? It's like dumpster diving to get at them. And what's the deal with the cup holder to the left of the steering wheel? There really isn't enough space for it so it's hard to use." -- BusinessWeek

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