Lexus RX 350/450h

BASE PRICE RANGE: $38,850-$45,700
BODY TYPE: Midsize/Luxury SUV

WHAT'S NEW: With all of the changes that came in 2010 -- when the latest generation for this sport/utility launched -- there are very few new features to report for 2011. The RX 350 now has a new brake override system. Both models receive new exterior colors; a 12-volt power port is moved to a more convenient location; and the 450h's Sport Package has been dropped.

COOL FACT: In 2009, the RX accounted for 43 percent of total Lexus sales.

SUM UP: Comfortable and reliable, but bland.
RATING: ***

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2011 Lexus RX 350/450h
Base Engine 3.5L/275-hp DOHC V-6
Optional Engine 3.5L DOHC V-6 + f or f/r elec motors/295 hp
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A/CVT
0-60 MPH 6.4-6.9 sec
Tow/Payload 3500/1250-1400 lb
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 18-32/24-28 mpg
Basic warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 10
*Estimated