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2010 Lexus RX

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2010 Lexus RX Review

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In the nearly ten years that it has been on the market, the mid-size Lexus RX has had its fair share of records. Case in point: When the RX 300 debuted for the '99 model year, it pioneered the luxury crossover market, and then, six years later, the RX 400h became the first-ever luxury hybrid crossover. Throughout its lifespan, the RX has remained one of the most popular vehicles in its segment, as well as one of Lexus' best-sellers. So it was no surprise that when it came time to redesign the RX, Lexus kept radical changes to a minimum, instead focusing on refining the interior and upgrading its technology and ride. The result is a vehicle that still has the distinct look of an RX from the outside, but offers a richer, more engaging driving experience from the inside. And with an ever-expanding competitive set that includes the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 and Cadillac SRX, the 2010 Lexus RX certainly needs to keep buyers interested in what it has to offer to stay at the top.

You'll Like This Car If...

If luxury, utility, reliability and resale value are top considerations for your next car, the RX is definitely worth your consideration.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you like a little sportiness in your luxury crossover, the RX's soft road manners may not be your cup of tea. Instead, an Audi Q5 or BMW X5 might better suit your driving style.

What's New for 2010

While the exterior of the RX has had some work done for 2010, it's the interior that sees the greatest number of changes. Those sitting inside will see an entirely new space, from the seats to the displays to the navigation-controlling remote haptic touch.

Driving the RX

Driving Impressions The RX is a soft, quiet and comfortable crossover, and those reasons are exactly why it has been such a best-seller for Lexus. In current form, the automaker has kept...

these qualities intact, but a few key refinements have been made. A new electric power steering system is a marked improvement; it now requires less effort at higher speeds and has less of the "numb" on-center feel of previous RXs. There's also slightly more usable space in the rear for luggage, thanks to a compact double-wishbone independent rear suspension that replaced the previous generation's dual-link MacPherson strut. The trade-off, however, is that the 2010 RX doesn't quite have the same smooth ride as before. Under the hood, the RX 350's 3.5-liter V6 has been revised to increase its horsepower and torque, and is teamed with an all-new six-speed automatic transmission with direct-downshift control. This technology allows for quick shifting when needed, skipping gears for a more immediate response that we especially appreciated when passing on narrow mountain roads.

Remote "Haptic" Touch
Somewhat like a keyboard mouse, this system, operated by a controller mounted next to the driver's seat, allows for the movement of a cursor across the dash-mounted display, giving sensory feedback when the cursor hovers over a clickable "button." The feeling is somewhat like rolling a marble over an indentation.

Easy-to-read Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) Display
Housed in the Multi-Information Display between the dash gauges, this is comprised of a thin film of organic molecules that create light with the application of electricity. It operates on less power than a conventional light-emitting diode (LED) display, and offers vibrant white characters that are easy to read from any angle.

2010 Lexus RX Details
2010 Lexus RX photo Interior

The interior of the RX is a mix of organic, flowing lines and soft-touch surfaces. Up front, redesigned (and standard 10-way power) supportive front seats and bright, easy-to-read gauges make driving long distances a less tiring experience. In addition, all trims now feature an "Eco Driving" bar graph included in the gauge cluster that lets the driver monitor how his or her driving affects the vehicle's fuel economy. In back, the second row is roomy enough for three adults and, when folded down, allows for 80.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

Exterior
2010 Lexus RX photo

From afar, the overall shape of the 2010 Lexus RX doesn't look all that different from the outgoing generation, and that's exactly how the automaker wanted it to look. However, when viewed up close, the differences become much more obvious. There's a bolder new grille and striking halogen projector-beam (or optional HID) headlamps, which give the vehicle a more substantial, masculine look from the front. Broad "shoulder" lines extend from the headlamps to the rear of the vehicle. And underneath the RX, new standard 18-inch five-spoke wheels fill the pronounced wheel wells to complete the look.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2010 Lexus RX350 comes well-equipped with a selection of features to make driving a comfortable experience. These include heated side mirrors, 10-way power adjustable front seats with lumbar support, reclining and sliding second row with 60/40 folding seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, a full complement of automatic up-and-down windows and a premium audio system with six-disc CD changer, Bluetooth streaming audio, XM Satellite Radio, a USB port and nine speakers. Standard safety features include 10 airbags, brake assist and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control.

Optional Equipment

If luxury is what you're after, the aptly-named Luxury Package includes a semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, LED-illuminated front door sills, power liftgate, headlamp washers, 19-inch alloy wheels and a wide-view side monitor to facilitate parking. If you'd like to up the sportiness of your RX, the Sport Package, with its sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch Superchrome wheels and electronic stability and traction control system with cutoff switch may be for you. Stand-alone options for the RX include a heads-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, a Mark Levinson 330-watt premium sound system, all-wheel drive, Lexus' Enform telematics system, Intuitive Parking Assist and a Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Under the Hood

The 2010 Lexus RX 350's 3.5-liter V6 has a modest increase in horsepower and torque over the previous generation's engine, moving from 270 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque to 275 and 257, respectively. The engine is mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission that uses direct-downshift control to allow for quick shifting when needed (such as rapid acceleration) from sixth to third or fifth to second, skipping gears for a more immediate response that previous-generation RX owners will appreciate. In terms of around-town fuel economy, both the two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions are EPA-rated at 18 miles to the gallon, while on-highway numbers differ by only one mpg.

3.5-liter V6
275 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
257 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 (2WD), 18/24 (AWD)

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2010 Lexus RX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 144 Ratings for the 2009 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

reliable, problem-free

By on Saturday, May 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "reliable, luxurious, practical"

Cons: "computer mouse is distracting"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Having driven a large, luxurious Cadillac previously, the luxury and comfort of this fine vehicle are somewhat downplayed in my mind. It has never given me any mechanical problems, drives well, has decent gas mileage and is reasonably quiet. The all-wheel drive helps during Lake Michigan snows and it is an all around solid car. Not exciting, but a good, long-term value."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Low miles, fully loaded

By on Friday, May 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Premium package. meticulously cared for; clean Car Fax report; Always been garaged, never smoked in, never been to the snow, factory towing prep package with transmission cooler, heavy duty alternator/radiator (does not include ball mount); Intuitive parking assist; heated AND ventilated front seats; blind-spot monitoring; Nav; 19" alloy wheels and much more."

Asian Luxury!

By on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reasonably priced. Premium luxury and performance."

Cons: "More powerports please! Better cargo bay lighting"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The negatives: Power ports please! Cargo lighting please. Hiding only two PowerPoint near the bottom of a deep Center console with a lid with an 75 degree fully open angle makes access insanely difficult for driver. Impossible to access ports while driving. Which may be the point the designers are making. Power port access is very awkward even while parked. There are not enough ports to hook up a Garmin, an Escort and phone at the same time. Now the goodies: Smooth quiet ride. A vast improvement over my $70k Escalade. Cat like cornering and handling stability instills driver confidence. Especially at highway speed. The moment you have been waiting for. This thing will climb trees to get to a snow storm. A real sweetheart to drive on treacherous winter roads. Bottom line: bargain priced luxury, quality and performance. In many respects an upgrade over my Escalade."

22 people out of 34 found this review helpful

Excellant Vehicle !!Excellant ride on the Highway

By on Monday, March 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable ,top quality.Excellant workmanship!"

Cons: "Hard ride in the city"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The Four wheel drive has been wonderful this year in the Boston snow .A real work horse. I wish it were a little better ride in the city on the bumpy streets. This is my fourth new Lexus ,I will be moving on to a new GS AWD."

4 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Sweet Ride

By on Sunday, March 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Roomy, luxurious ride with kick butt sound system"

Cons: "Soft paint clumsy controls poor rear seat env ctrl"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"When searching for this car, it had to fit 4 sets of golf clubs and 4 persons in it comfortably. It had to have good smooth pickup, luxurious ride, and superb sound system. It had to have passenger lumbar support control and air/heated seats. We drove every model with comfort in mind over sportiness. BMW, Cadillac, Mercedes, Subaru, Ford, Chevrolet, Honda all either to sluggish or crisp and uncomfortable. Like Goldilocks says, this one is just right. Cons: Paint scratches easily, interior controls not always intuitive and somewhat clumsy, needs mud flaps (way too much dirt splashes up on rear of car), not enough rear seat environmental control."

18 people out of 24 found this review helpful

An outstanding vehicle. I have the F Sport.

By on Monday, February 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Outstanding luxury. Comfortable seats."

Cons: "Need bigger engine -- more power."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The vehicle is faultless -- except it needs more power. It is generally ok but Lexus should add more power or a turbo. Merging onto an express can be a harrowing experience. The F sport is worth the extra money."

17 people out of 40 found this review helpful

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