2011 Lexus RX 350

MSRP $39,075

Ranked #5 in Suv

8.0

Overall Rating

2011 Lexus RX 350 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 4, 2021

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The Lexus RX 350 is considered one of the most versatile luxury crossover vehicles that not only offer plenty of premium elements but also have a potent engine, pliant ride quality, top-notch safety standards, and solid build quality. The cabin is spacious enough to accommodate all five occupants comfortably and yet have ample luggage space to cater to most of the cargo needs that one might ever need.

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Pros

Premium cabin material quality and design

Plush and comfortable ride and seating

Top-notch safety test scores

Punchy acceleration and composed handling

Cons

Expensive options packages

Not as engaging to drive 

Lack of third-row option in spite of the larger dimensions

What's New?

No changes for the 2011 model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39075

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

141 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

275 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

257 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

107.9 in.

length

187.8 in.

width

74.2 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

4178 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

80.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1379 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/25 mpg

highway range

480 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$39,075 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Lexus RX 350 in Claret Mica color
Claret Mica

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

9.9

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


With the 2011 RX350 coming off a refresh just last year in 2010, Lexus has decided to carry forward the RX350 unchanged this year. Therefore, it still does not get any option to opt for the third row of the seat while the expensive options packages still continue as it is. The 2011 RX350 comes at an MSRP of $39,950 which is on the higher side when compared against the likes of Acura RDX, Buick Enclave, and Lincoln MKX. 


9.9/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2011 Lexus RX 350 Features

9.9/10

Lexus does not divide the RX350 into any trims for the 2011 model year as well and offers the RX 350 with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive option and no choices with respect to transmission and drivetrain. Most of the convenience and creature comforts have been baked right into the car and one does not really feel the need to opt for optional features if budget is a matter of concern. 

Trims

RX 350

MSRP (FWD)

$39,950

MSRP (AWD)

$41,350

Key Features

Viscous Center Limited Slip Differential

 

Post-Collision Safety System

 

9-speaker audio system

 

3 Months Of Satellite Radio Service

 

Tilt And Telescopic Leather Steering Wheel

 

Alloy And Wood Interior Trim

 

Dual Zone Front Climate Control w/Rear Ventilation Ducts

 

8 -Way Power Front Seats w/Cloth Upholstery

 

18-inch Alloy Wheels

We Recommend

Since there are no trims to choose from, there is nothing for us to recommend. That being said, the optional packages are expensive in nature, and opting for those results in hiking up the prices considerably and therefore needs to be considered before purchasing. 

2011 Lexus RX 350 Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2011 RSX350 is powered by a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine which is rated to produce a healthy 275 hp and 257 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission which powers the front wheels as standard but is also available with an AWD setup. With the standard powertrain, the RX350 manages a 0-60 mph run in respectable 7.4 seconds while covering the quarter-mile in 15.6 seconds.

The RX350 is also rated to tow a maximum of 4,400 lbs which is one of the best in the segment. In terms of ride quality, the pliant suspension setup and the well-insulated cabin keeps the occupants away from the road noise and undulations very well. The suspension might be softly sprung but the body movement is very well controlled and although opting for the Sports package stiffens the suspension a bit, it still doesn’t feel very sporty to drive. 

Model

Lexus RX350

Acura RDX Base

Buick Enclave CX

Lincoln MKX

MSRP

$39,950

$33,780

$36,675

$40,290

Engine

3.5L, Naturally Aspirated V6

2.3L, Turbocharged Inline-4

3.6L, Naturally Aspirated V6

3.7L, Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

275 hp @ 6,200 rpm

240 hp @ 6,000 rpm

288 hp @ 6,300 rpm

305 hp @ 6,500 rpm

Torque

257 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

270 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm

280 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

7.4

6.9

8.4

7.3

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.6

15.0

16.5

15.3

Top Speed (mph)

135

132

124

134

Towing Capacity (lbs)

4,400

1,500

4,500

3,500

Not only is the Acura RDX far more affordable than the Lexus, but it is also about half a second quicker off the line. That being said, it really struggles in terms of tugging power which is the biggest asset for the Buick Enclave. It too is much more affordable than the Lexus but in spite of the higher engine output, the larger dimensions limit its acceleration performance. The Lincoln MKX on the other hand is the quickest of the lot and is also priced similar to the Lexus. 

2011 Lexus RX 350 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Considering the dimensions and performance output of the RX350, the V6 engine under the hood returns pretty decent fuel efficiency figures. The EPA has rated the 2011 RX 350 for 21 mpg of combined city and highway driving which is pretty much on par with the segment standards. The sizable 19.2-gallon fuel tank offers a decent driving range of around 400 miles on a single tank of gas. 

Model

Lexus RX350

Acura RDX

Buick Enclave

Lincoln MKX

MPG (City)

18

19

17

19

MPG (Highway)

25

24

24

26

MPG (Combined)

21

21

19

21

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

19.2

18.0

22.0

18.0

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

346 / 480 / 403

342 / 432 / 378

374 / 528 / 418

342 / 468 / 378

Both the Acura RDX and the Lincoln MKX have very identical fuel efficiency ratings as that of the Lexus but the RX 350 boasts of the largest gas tank which aids it in offering the best driving range here. That being said, despite the lower fuel economy ratings of the Buick Enclave, the massive fuel tank capacity that it employs translates to a driving range that is longer than all other SUVs in this segment. 

2011 Lexus RX 350 Interior

9.0/10

Though the RX350 is an entry-level luxury crossover, the premium materials, and state-of-the-art technology on offer make the RX350’s cabin feel a lot more upscale and plush. The genuine wooden interior trims and the premium leather upholstery offer a sense of opulence to the SUV. The front offers multitudes of adjustments to offer a perfect seating position for drivers of all sizes while the reclining and sliding rear seat maintains the high comfort levels at the back.

Both the front and rear seat occupants enjoy plenty of legroom, and although the headroom is pretty decent upfront, the sloping roofline limits the headroom for rear-seat passengers. In terms of luggage space, there is abundant space to load up a family’s luggage for the weekend rather comfortably in its 40 cu-ft of trunk space, which can be further doubled up to about 80 cu-ft if needed by folding down the rear seats. 

Model

Lexus RX350

Acura RDX

Buick Enclave

Lincoln MKX

Seating Capacity

5

5

7

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.1 / 58.0 / 43.1

38.7 / 58.2 / 41.8

40.4 / 62.0 / 41.3

40.0 / 58.9 / 40.7

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

37.7 / 57.6 / 37.1

38.3 / 56.3 / 37.3

39.0 / 61.4 / 36.9

39.3 / 58.7 / 39.6

Third Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

N/A

N/A

37.2 / 57.4 / 33.2

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

40.0

27.8

23.3

32.2

The Acura RDX offers a spacious rear seat with similar headroom as that of the Lexus, but the smaller dimensions of the SUV mean the space at the front and the rear luggage space is both very limited. Buick Enclave offers similar first and second-row space as that of the Acura but with better headroom and an additional third row of seats. Lincoln has the most spacious rear seat but a tight front seat and the luggage compartment is quite smaller than the RX 350. 

  • 10-way power front bucket seats with power lumbar, adjustable headrests
  • Reclining/sliding rear 40/20/40 split fold-down seat
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather-wrapped power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) multi-information display
  • SmartAccess remote entry system
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control w/rear air conditioning vents
  • Wood interior trim w/metallic accents and chrome inside door handles
  • HomeLink programmable garage door opener

How intuitive is the 2011 Lexus RX 350 SUV’s infotainment unit?

The available touchscreen system needs shelling out additional sums of money but with the haptic feedback on offer, it is pretty easy to use while driving and is one of the most intuitive sets available today. The Mark Levinson audio system is also one of the best in the business and a treat for audiophiles. Inclusion of Bluetooth and satellite radio as standard increases the functionality even further. 

  • Optional Remote touch infotainment system
  • AM/FM stereo w/in-dash 6-disc CD changer
  • 9-speaker Mark Levinson audio system
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • SiriusXM satellite radio w/90 free trial subscription

2011 Lexus RX 350 Exterior

7.0/10

The RX350 employs sleek crossover proportions and plays it safe in terms of design which does not really stand out or demand much attention. The design has become even more conservative after the recent 2010 redesign with its slightly more blunt-nosed, high-shouldered look. The sloping roofline and window line at the back adds a bit to the appeal of the car while the LED brake lights look modern and classy. 

Model

Lexus RX350

Acura RDX

Buick Enclave

Lincoln MKX

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,178

3,743

4,780

4,251

Length (in)

187.8

180.7

201.8

186.7

Width (in)

74.2

73.6

79.0

76.0

Height (in)

66.3

65.1

72.5

67.3

Ground Clearance (in)

7.3

6.3

8.4

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

107.9

104.3

118.9

111.2

The Lexus RX350 and Lincoln MKX both are similar in length but the Lincoln is wider and also has a longer wheelbase and hence even weighs a bit more. The Acura RDX is the most compact one here and hence is the lightest while the Buick Enclave with its third row of seats is the longest and heaviest of the lot. It also offers the highest ground clearance while the Acura has a much lower and sporty stance. 

  • Automatic headlamps w/delay-off feature and integrated front fog lamps
  • LED brake lamps
  • Heated power mirrors w/integrated turn signals
  • Acoustic noise-reducing windshield glass
  • Rear spoiler
  • 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels

2011 Lexus RX 350 Safety

9.0/10

There can be never a doubt regarding the safety of a Lexus SUV and that can be justified with the highly-rated RX350 as well. The NHTSA has rated it with a 4-star overall rating while the IIHS has chosen it as the “Top Safety Pick” for the 2011 model year. There is a long list of active and passive safety features available with the 2011 RX350 and most of them are available as standard, a highlight of which is listed below. 

  • Traction control and vehicle stability control (VSC) w/cutoff switch
  • Dual front advanced airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) w/crash severity & occupant detection sensors
  • Front seat-mounted side-impact and dual front knee airbags
  • Front/rear side-curtain airbags w/roll sensor
  • Dual front seat active headrests w/whiplash protection
  • Safety connect System
  • Collapsible steering column & brake pedal
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

2011 Lexus RX 350 Final Verdict

The Lexus RX 350 might turn out to be an expensive affair even before adding on the optional features but what it offers in return is an ultra-premium cabin that is spacious, comfortable, and loaded with features. The powertrain is frugal and potent, both in terms of acceleration and tugging prowess. Overall, the 2011 Lexus RX 350 can be considered the epitome of practical understated luxury, and that’s all one needs in most scenarios. 

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