|2011 Lexus RX|
The redesigned RX 350 features a revised 3.5-liter 2GR-FE V6 engine producing 275 horsepower (205 kW) with a wider power curve, it remains ULEV-II certified and now uses a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift. A double wishbone rear suspension setup replaces the previous MacPherson strut design for improved handling and greater cargo space, while an optional Sports Package adds a performance-tuned suspension. Both non-hybrid and hybrid models continue in either front or all-wheel drive configurations, with the all-wheel drive system gaining Active Torque Control for greater efficiency, and all models are built off the new midsize flexible K-platform. American RX 350 sales began in February 2009 as a 2010 model.
In keeping with L-finesse design language, the new exterior styling includes a rear spoiler which hides the rear window wiper and radio antenna creating a less cluttered appearance. The drag coefficient on the latest RX 350 has been reduced to 0.33 Cd. Exterior dimensions are increased, with cargo room increased by five percent. Standard features range from SmartAccess, a keyless entry and start system, to an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) instrument display. Options include the Remote Touch controller, similar in function to a computer mouse, a heads-up display (HUD), XM Satellite Radio, a 15-speaker 330-watt Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio system and a dual-screen Rear Seat Entertainment System (RSES). Safety features range from ten airbags to Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill Assist Control (HAC), Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), Pre-Collision System (PCS), and backup camera plus Wide-View Side Monitor.
2011 Lexus RX 350 test drive and review – video
The 2011 Lexus RX is a class leading midsize luxury SUV. Roadfly reviews and road tests Lexus’ small SUV which was redesigned last year. New for 2011 is the brake override system as well as a number of new exterior color options.
The Lexus RX 350 seamlessly blends luxury and utility and is available in All-Wheel Drive and Front Wheel Drive models. The 3.5L V6 Produces 275 Horsepower.
The Lexus RX 350 teams a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a six-speed Multi-Mode Automatic Transmission for an output of 275 horsepower at 6,200 rpm. Intake and exhaust manifolds have been tuned for enhanced performance and fuel economy. Lexus maximized the torque output to better meet the needs of luxury crossover drivers. Ninety percent or more of the 256 lb.-ft. of peak torque is available from 2,300 to 6,100 rpm, an optimal range where torque is most utilized.
Other SUVs the RX compares to include the BMW X3, the Acura MDX, and the Volvo XC90.
Text: RoadFly; Wikipedia
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