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PreOwned: 2010 to 2015 Lexus RX

Colin Ryan
Sep 23, 2019
Not only has the Lexus RX been the best-selling luxury crossover SUV in the United States, it's often been the best-selling luxury vehicle of all. That's a huge number of satisfied customers. We're looking at the third generation of RX here, a premium midsize crossover that never changed the game but kept it flowing along nicely.
Lexus vehicles are always built to an exceptionally high standard and include lots of equipment as part of the package. Their ride quality favors refinement over playfulness. From a driving perspective, an enthusiast might find them something of a yawn, but they won't keep owners awake at night worrying about reliability, resale values, or safety scores from crash tests. The RX follows this formula precisely.
It's a roomy and comfortable five-seater powered by a 3.5L V-6 in the RX 350, augmented by an electric motor in the RX 450h hybrid model (the best-selling hybrid to wear a Lexus badge, incidentally). Either drivetrain can tow up to 3,500 pounds when equipped properly. Assuming a luxury vehicle buyer isn't overly worried about fuel consumption, an RX 350 owner can still expect to average around 20 mpg, while an RX 450h could be closer to 30 mpg.
Photo 2/7   |   2010 Lexus Rx F3q Studio
The RX doesn't come in trim levels. Instead, it's one well-equipped model with an array of options. Among the standard features are 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, slide/recline rear seats, power-adjustable steering column, and Bluetooth connectivity.
As well as sliding and reclining, the rear seats will split and fold in a 40/20/40 pattern. When they're in place, luggage space is a highly useful 40 cubic feet; when folded, the maximum cargo area is 80 cubic feet. That also applies to the RX 450h. There's no compromise in practicality—even with hybrid hardware.
Photo 3/7   |   2010 Lexus Rx Dash Interior
Photo 4/7   |   2010 Lexus Rx Rear Seats
Photo 5/7   |   2010 Lexus Rx Max Cargo Area
In its basic form, the RX deploys front-wheel drive, so all-wheel drive is an obvious addition. But other extras include 19-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, powered tailgate, heated/ventilated front seats, wood/leather steering wheel, navigation, rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear seat entertainment system, and an excellent 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio upgrade. A sport suspension was also offered, but given the vehicle's emphasis on luxury, this would take things in the wrong direction.
On the subject of sport, the 2013 model year brought a minor face-lift and the availability of an all-wheel-drive F Sport variant that has the firmer suspension as standard and brought an eight-speed automatic transmission into a mix that included perforated leather upholstery. Again, though, the notion of a sporty Lexus SUV/crossover seems like a contradiction in terms.
Photo 6/7   |   2010 Lexus Rx R3q Studio Rear
This mid-life update also added a powered tailgate, USB port, and a self-dimming rearview mirror to the standard equipment list, while options are bolstered by adaptive cruise control with pre-collision alert, head-up display, and a self-parking feature for parallel spaces.
As an example of how well the RX retains its resale value, a 2013 RX 350 with all-wheel drive (but not loaded with options) in good condition bought from a private party is valued at $16,889. A similar Acura MDX is blue-booked at $14,802 (that's a bargain), while a comparable Mercedes-Benz ML 350 4Matic would cost around $16,662.
A 2013 RX 450h with the same kind of specification would be $18,445 or so. The price difference would be hard to recoup in terms of fuel savings. But for those who don't mind paying extra in the quest for lower emissions, and/or perhaps spend a lot of time in traffic and feel it's crazy for the engine to keep idling, this would be a good choice.
Photo 7/7   |   2010 Lexus Rx Profile Outdoors
2010-2015 Lexus RX
Body type: Four-door midsize crossover/SUV
Drivetrain: Front engine, four-wheel drive/all-wheel drive
Airbags: Driver, front passenger, front side, front knee, second-row side, side curtain
Engine: 3.5/275hp DOHC V-6 (RX 350), electric motor/3.5 DOHC V-6/295 hp combined (RX 450h)
Brakes, f/r: Disc, disc, ABS
Price range, whlsl/retail (KBB): $9,901/$12,502 (2010, four-wheel drive, 3.5 V-6, RX 350), $23,751/$30,102 (2015, all-wheel drive, 3.5 V-6. RX 350 F Sport Crafted Line)
NHTSA frontal impact rating, driver/fr pass: Four stars/four stars

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