2010 Lexus RX350 and RX450h – Click above for high-res image gallery Few vehicles have done more to establish a genre and define a brand as much as the Lexus RX. Introduced over a decade ago to suburbanite real estate agents and their Napa-weekending friends, the original RX300 helped boost Lexus sales by 60% when it hit dealers in late 1998. Over the ensuing years, Lexus’ posh people mover slowly evolved to include a hybrid drivetrain, a refreshed exterior and tasteful appointments that helped solidify its success. For 2010, the RX plays the same tune but adds a few more instruments, a new backbeat and reworked crescendo. %Gallery-41004% Photos Copyright ©2008 Damon Lavrinc / Weblogs, Inc. Try as we might to fight tooth-and-nail for the original CUV – the loved and loathed AMC Eagle – the Lexus RX foisted the crossover concept onto center stage and proved to the public there was a credible alternative to joining the SUV set.
The styling was inoffensive, the interior was typical late-90s luxury and – being a unibody vehicle – the ride was astoundingly smooth compared to the SUV-turned-Rapper’s Delight sold at Lincoln and Cadillac dealerships. The 2010 Lexus RX brings more of the same, beginning with a reworked exterior that adopts the L-finesse design theme and grows in several dimensions. The rolling jellybean aesthetic of the outgoing model is ditched in favor of sharp creases and broad shoulders that give the RX a more hunkered-down appearance while still remaining innocuous. The RX’s newfound stance is thanks to a 2.2-inch wider track in front and a 2.6-inch stretch in the rear, along with a wheelbase that spans 107.9 inches. The added girth improves interior room and helps handling, but the 2010 RX pays the poundage piper for its widened proportions and added safety.
3.5L V-6 Engine
6-spd auto w/OD Transmission
275 @ 6,200 rpm Horsepower
257 @ 4,700 rpm Torque
Front-wheel Drive type
ABS and driveline Traction control
18″ silver aluminum Wheels
Front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
Front Fog/driving lights
Cloth Seat trim
Driver and passenger Lumbar support