Safety

Packed with 10 airbags and the requisite safety features found in luxury cars these days, the 2010 RX was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2009. For 2010, those ratings will include a roof-strength test, which the RX has not yet undergone. The RX should, however, meet most car shoppers' safety thresholds.

Additional options Ч like a pre-collision warning system and a subscription service that contacts roadside assistance for tire changes and emergency responders for crashes Ч are peace-of-mind features we like to see in this class. The pre-collision warning system detects when traffic ahead is stopped or moving too slowly and sounds an alert in the cabin, and it initiates braking when needed. It's part of a $1,500 option package that also comes with speed-sensitive cruise control that adjusts your speed to match traffic in front of you.

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    Driving assist systems
    To help enhance driving safety and performance, the following systems operate automatically in response to various driving situations. Be aware, however, that these systems are supplementary and sho ...

    Using the AUX adapter
    This adapter can be used to connect a portable audio device and listen to it through the vehicleТs speakers. Slide the armrest while pulling up the lever, and lift the armrest. Remove the uppe ...

    Seat heaters
    Heats the seats. The indicator light comes on. The higher the number, the warmer the seats become. The seat heaters and ventilators can be used when The УENGINE START STOPФ switch is in IGNITIO ...