Lexus, a luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp., introduced the first luxury crossover, the RX 300, in 1998. And though competition soon followed, the RX proved that it wasn’t just the first but it was also unsurpassable, selling more than a million, making it the most successful luxury utility vehicle of all time.
Consumers’ positive assessments spurred Lexus into taking innovation further and began the new age of its crossover. Thus, the newer member soon came—the Lexus RX 350. With the introduction of its latest redesigned model, the company once again raised its bar as the premium luxury crossover manufacturer.
This luxury crossover offers a long list of improvements when it comes to performance, part of which is its all-new six-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission that solidly increases potent power, as well as its exterior, for the 2011 Lexus RX 350 has grown substantially in length (4,770 mm) and width (1,885 mm) which then add to its handling prowess and more room for passengers and cargo.
It isn’t a Lexus if it’s not luxurious enough. Undergoing the strictest consideration, the new RX350 is surely not an exception. The RX 350 has the Smart Entry with the push-button start/stop key. As the RX is being approached, its interior and exterior courtesy lamps light up. To experience opening the door in a magical way, the door handle is pulled as the instrument panel lighting will gradually fade in. When the engine starts, the instrument gauge needles and markings illuminate, followed by the multi-information display. After you exit, the lights fade out at different intervals.
Under the Lexus RX 350’s hood is the familiar and well-respected 3.5-liter V6 engine that produce reasonable 274 horsepower. A new insulated engine cover, styled in the shape of two cylinder banks, conceals the new V6 to help ensure a quieter cabin, with easy-access points in facilitating service.
The 2011 RX 350 protects its passengers with its strong structure that is designed to effectively manage the impact of a crash. There are 10 standard airbags, some of which are located at the dual front and front side, rear-seat side, side curtains and front knee. Four-wheel antilock disc brakes with brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, and the Vehicle Stability Control system are all standard.
With innovation always kept firmly in mind, the people at Lexus will never fail to bring more advancement to its vehicles. Its luxury crossover RX 350 and its remodeling every year is yet another proof.
Vehicle 2011 Lexus RX 350
Type Premium crossover
Engine 3.5L V6, 24-valve DOHC sual VVT-i, naturally aspirated, gasoline
Transmission Six-speed sequential shift AT
Maximum power 274 hp at 6,200 rpm
Maximum torque 346 Nm at 4,700 rpm
Length 4,770 mm
Width 1,885 mm
Height 1,685 mm
Wheelbase 2,740 mm
Tire size 235/60R18
Wheel size and type 18” aluminum alloy
Price as tested P3.718 million