2010 Lexus RX350

Andrew Trahan

The new RX is an incredibly nice small luxury SUV. It's definitely not for me, though: not at this crazily optioned price, not with this lack of involvement behind the wheel, and not with the RX's ubiquity. It'd be much easier to find a less-common Mercedes-Benz GLK or Lincoln MKX in a crowded mall parking lot than an RX350.

Actually, this particular RX doesn't blend in as much, due to its rich, deep red paint. This color definitely brings out the best of the RX's lines, especially at the back end of the vehicle. The refined look continues inside the cabin, where nice leather and materials help create a very cozy, insulated atmosphere. The well-padded, supercomfortable armrests on the front doors are particularly impressive (hey, the little things matter). I also found the driver's seat to be more comfortable than the many flat-bottomed Lexus and Toyota chairs I've occupied in the last few years. The RX's seat was almost Lincoln Town Car cushy, though, which means that it might be better suited to a long nap than a long drive. I was disappointed by the poor fit of the plastic surrounding the center stack; it's not terrible, but it's clearly noticeable if you run your finger along the seams.

Speaking of details, the new mouse controller for the navigation/climate/audio/etc. systems works quite well and is very intuitive for anyone who's ever used a computer mouse. There's even helpful feedback when you roll over the "buttons" on the screen. My only complaint, and it's a fairly big one, is that there's no hard button to easily and quickly move back one step, unlike other manufacturers' similar multimedia systems.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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