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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 147 Ratings for the 2009 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

"Great vehicle, pleasant to drive, technology lag"

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "car-like ride, storage and utility, gas mileage"

Cons: "Not as sporty to handle as some"

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

"The title of my review quotes a previous reviewer. I don't understand how this person can say Lexus's technology lags if he really owns this vehicle. The RXH has all the technology you claim it doesn't, blind spot monitoring, pre-collision, etc., albeit some at additional costs. Lexus has always been on the forefront of technology but has incorporated this so flawlessly inside their vehicles that some are not immediately noticeable. As the owner of my 4th Lexus which includes 2 LS's and my second RXH, I am surprised by your review. The newer Lexuses have a hard drive for the navi and no longer uses a DVD. It is possible to gain access to the listings in the phone book and previous destinations. You just wont be able to run through the entire nav features due to safety. Although I have been sometimes tempted to try other cars, I generally come back to Lexus because of their exceptional reliability, dealership experience for maintenance, quality, and how flawlessly everything works once you are in the car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great vehicle, pleasant to drive, technology lags

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable, driveability, roomy"

Cons: "Technology lags others, somewhat pricey"

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

"This is my second hybrid vehicle, the first being a 2008 Rx400h FWD. Lexus gets a lot of things right in their vehicles but they are pretty conservative when it comes to adopting new technology, which is my biggest complaint. My next vehicle will definitely have some options that weren't available in June 2013 unless I wanted to wait another 3-4 months: adaptive cruise, blind spot, lane change, cross traffic alert, pre-collision alert (a lot of the safety features available on other makes). MSRP on my Rx450h was $61K - a bit on the pricey side. Bottom line: I will probably buy another Rx450h in a year or 2. I'd really like to try a Tesla Model S P85 but the price tag is just too high. The AWD hybrid experience: The Rx450h is a pleasure to drive. It has good acceleration with electric motor assist up to about 20 mph. The electric motors kick in during normal driving which do help MPG. If you drive it like you would any other vehicle the MPG won't be great. The AWD version has a sticker average of 29 for combined city/highway driving but you need to baby it a bit to get that. Ignoring any change in driving habit still yields 27-28 in my experience, which is 2X what my 2007 Chevy Suburban was getting. (That was my primary justification for the hybrid.) Another nice feature is how quiet this thing is when at a stop light. Assuming the hybrid battery is not low on charge the engine will shut down and run on just the battery, making the vehicle very quiet. All you will hear is the AC fan and the radio. It takes a little getting used to for someone who is "aware" of your car's noises when you feel the engine shut down. Most all vehicle systems are electric. One important implication of this is that when the engine shuts off the AC continues cooling like it would on the highway with a non-hybrid vehicle. You can turn on EV (Electric Vehicle) mode and move pretty quietly as long as you stay under 25 mph and don't accelerate quickly. Around 2013 Lexus added a ghostly whining sound whenever the vehicle is moving so people can hear you coming...so much for stealth mode! Infotainment systems: I am a tech guy and would rate this area only average. The Nav system uses a DVD for map data and was out-of-date the day I bought it. Lexus needs to update this area specifically to use more available technology like Google Map data. In the area where we live there are many areas that have built up over the past 3-5 years that show as blank spaces on the Nav map where whole neighborhoods and new schools now exist. Upgrading the map DVD costs about $200 which I also think is ridiculous given that you can pull out your smart phone and have a map app show you exactly where you are and where you need to go. I also detest the waypoint instructions in the system. Every time you near a major exit on a freeway it pops up instructions to go straight. I'm not stupid and have turned off all voice communication when I'm using the Nav guidance because it's just annoying to hear "in 1 mile continue going straight." There needs to be an option to turn off those waypoints and just tell me turns and exits. My biggest beef with the Lexus system is that it literally disables every useful thing you can do when the vehicle is in motion. About the only thing it lets you do is change the radio station. OK, I'm exaggerating, but only slightly. You can't scroll thru previous destinations or your address book, you can't change the destination or even go to an eDestination folder (like an online address book you setup) that is on the next screen. Consequently I have to use the Lexus Destination Assist and have one of their humans download the address I need, even tho I have it already in one of my folders. And, of course, Dest Assist has an annual subscription fee. I will say that I have become spoiled and use it quite a bit to find restaurants and other locations but I could just as easily live with the BlueLink system in my wife's 2015 Hyundai Sonata where you just say a destination name, it looks it up somehow and presents the address on the Nav screen. An annoying tech limitation is the number of phone contacts it will download when you connect via BT. The limit is 1,000 which sounds like a lot unless you have 2500 contacts in your phone. The 1,000 contact limit also restricts you to 3 phone numbers per contact. If you have 4 phone numbers it requires 2 contact slots. When I first discovered this limitation I talked to the tech guru at the dealership who thought they should be able to raise the limit because they weren't using even a third of the hard drive space in the system. He raised the issue with engineering 3 years ago and nothing has happened since. The result is that I can only voice dial about a third of my contacts. Other features: One option I really like is the Heads-Up Display. While pricey, it does present animated Nav info on the windshield so you don't have to glance down at the main display. It also shows speed and drive gear (not sure how useful that is) as well as radio info whenever you change stations. I would like to see a lot more info in the HUD or the ability to select what I want to see. I would love to have the power meter up there because when you're trying to keep the vehicle running on battery that's the only indicator of when you're about to engage the engine. Driving experience: My only complaint about drivability is road noise. Wind noise is pretty acceptable but road noise definitely detracts from the highway driving experience. Obviously blacktop roads are quieter than concrete. The vehicle needs a lot of additional soundproofing for the highway. The speed-controlled-volume setting does not do much in the ON position to overcome road noise. In fact, I can't really tell much difference at all and have to manually adjust radio volume to overcome the road noise."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Excellent driving in town and on highway. Very com

By on Sunday, June 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,600

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

Pros: "See above"

Cons: "No complaints or concerns"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Vehicle has been regularly service by Lexus de alert whenever required has been regularly washed and professionally cleaned. No smoking ever in this car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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."

11 people out of 19 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."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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."

31 people out of 43 found this review helpful

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