2012 Lexus RX 350 Reviews & Lease Deals

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2012 Lexus RX 350 Quick Facts

Comfortable, upscale interior

Smooth, refined ride

Good fuel economy for its class

Lackluster performance

Expensive options packages

The 2012 Lexus RX 350 ranks 2 out of 19 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on U.S. News analysis of 68 published reviews and test drives of the Lexus RX 350, and U.S.

News analysis of reliability and safety data.

The 2012 Lexus RX 350’s comfortable ride, upscale interior and above-average fuel economy keep it at the top of its class.

Test drivers say the Lexus RX is one of the most well-rounded luxury midsize SUVs you can buy. Its electronics are easy to use, its interior is well-made and it has plenty of power, but it still manages to get great fuel economy. Reviewers note that it’s obvious the RX was one of the first entries in the luxury crossover segment, as Lexus has had plenty of time to get things right.

Some consumers, and many auto writers, want an SUV that’s more fun to drive. If you’re trading in your sports car for a more practical family SUV, but still want to be able to have some canyon-carving fun, the RX probably isn’t for you. But as most reviewers note, most crossover buyers prioritize interior comfort and drama-free capability in rain or shine.

For those shoppers, the Lexus RX 350 is one of the best choices you can make in this class. In fact, the Lexus RX 350 is such a good combination of luxury and value that it earned U.S. News 2012 Best Luxury Midsize SUV for the Money award.

Reviewers say the Acura MDX is the Lexus RX’s sportier rival. It’s much more fun to drive, and its engine makes more power. The MDX also offers a bit more cargo space and optional seating for up to seven.

All these improvements come with a cost, though: The Acura isn’t as fuel-efficient as the Lexus, and it costs more, too. However, the Acura MDX remains a great choice for shoppers looking for some personality in their SUV’s driving dynamics.

If a sporty ride isn’t as important to you as good fuel economy, but you don’t want to shell out big bucks for the Lexus RX Hybrid, consider the Lincoln MKX. It’s one of the only SUVs that’s more fuel-efficient than the RX 350 in two-wheel drive trim, even with about 30 more horsepower than the gas-only RX 350. Plus, it’s better-equipped than the base Lexus RX.

The MKX’s handling isn’t anything to write home about, and its big Lincoln grill may be a turn-off to some, but test drivers say it’s definitely worth taking a look at.

Lexus RX350

The 2012 Lexus RX is available in one trim, the RX 350, with either front- or all-wheel drive. It’s also available as a hybrid, which is reviewed separately. The biggest news for 2012 is that the RX’s engine can now drink regular gas instead of premium.

See the full list of 2012 Lexus RX 350 specifications.

Some shoppers might want a family SUV that retains some sporting ambition, but those looking for a supremely refined and comfortable driving experience should look no further than the 2012 Lexus RX.

Reviewers say that the 2012 Lexus RX is conservative and classy looking, though it won’t stand out from a crowd the way some more daringly-styled rivals do. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the RX is up to its roof rails in compliments,” writes Kelley Blue Book.

The 2012 Lexus RX 350’s interior is well-made and comfortable, though some competitors come equipped with more standard features.

The 2012 Lexus RX earns impressive crash test scores from the federal government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2012 Lexus RX 350 reliability score shown is the Predicted Reliability rating provided by J.D. Power and Associates. Lexus covers the 2012 RX with a four-year/50,000-mile basic limited warranty.

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