2011 Lexus RX350
Unlike the other SUVs in the Lexus line-up, the RX350 cannot be traced back to a lesser Toyota model.
The latest 2011 model was introduced to the region in 2010 and is the third generation of RX to be sold, though this model is a significant facelift of the second-generation model rather than an all-new car.
The RX is not a rough and ready SUV line the GX460; rather prefers to spend its time on the tarmac or on a gravel track at a push. The road-biased chassis means that it would embarrass itself somewhat should you want to take it out for an extended stint in the desert. Still, as a smart-looking vehicle for taking you and the kids – the RX seats five people in total – around town, from home to school, to the shopping mall and elsewhere, the RX is a good all round choice.
The engine offered in the RX is Lexus’ tried-and-tested 3.5-litre V6 with efficiency-enhancing Variable Valve Timing technology and produces a decent 275bhp, using a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic gearbox to send power to all four wheels.
Comfort and luxury is the paramount thinking in the RX’s smartly styled cabin with plenty of space on offer for all those lucky enough to be onboard. There’s a quick-to-react navigation system and all manner of electronic gizmos to try and make any drive as stress-free as possible such as radar-controlled cruise control, parking sensors all round and sharp Xenon headlights which light up the road significantly better than regular halogen headlights.