By KBB.com Editors
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.
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 It 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.Favorite Features
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.