RX 350 in the Market

The RX was arguably the first luxury crossover SUV, and this model remains competitive in a segment that's exploded with new offerings.

It helps that Lexus clearly decided to build a comfortable luxury car that was also practical and easy to live with. It didn't feel the urge to suddenly switch things up and make, say, a hot rod.

When other automakers are offering extreme touch-screen navigation/multimedia/climate-control options, it's nice to see someone come up with a system that might not look as fancy, but is more functional. In fact, that's probably the best way to summarize the RX: It's not the newest, flashiest SUV out there, but it is one of the better-executed ones.

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    INTERIOR
    The interior of the RX 350 is surprisingly understated and simple. The wood trim looks nice, but the black- and silver-colored plastic surfaces could have appeared more upscale. After testing a ...

    Engine compartment
    1. Power steering fluid reservoir. 2. Engine oil filler cap. 3. Engine oil level dipstick. 4. Brake fluid reservoir. 5. Battery. 6. Fuse box. 7. Electric cooling fans. 8. Condenser. 9. Radia ...

    Operating an iPod® player
    Connecting an iPod® player enables you to enjoy music from the vehicle speakers.   Connecting an iPod® player     Slide the armrest while pulling up the lever, and lift t ...