If we were to ask you what is the best-selling model in the Lexus lineup, what would you say? If you said the 2012 Lexus RX 350, their luxury SUV, then you would be right!
Huh you say? How can that be? An SUV is the best-selling model for a luxury car manufacturer? Well, yes again, and several factors are important in seeing why that is.
First, this SUV appeals to most people. This is not advertised as a mountain-climbing adventurer that can cross deserts and raging rivers. This is wisely advertised as a roomy, comfortable, luxury SUV that will give the driver the ultimate in comfort while driving around town. That, my friends, is excellent advertising and marketing. In other words, it is touted as exactly that which the average SUV owner wants.
Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that has 270 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, this model comes with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard AND the only option. Buyers do have the option of front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. In testing the RX 350 went from 0-60 in 7.1 seconds, which is rather quick for a full-sized SUV, and the EPA estimate is 18/25 with a 21 mpg combined. It can also tow up to 3,500 pounds in case you have a boat or trailer you need to move.
Competition is stiff and comes from the Buick Enclave, Lincoln MKT and Mercedes R-Class, and those three are larger for sure, but in terms of sheer comfort and handling none is better than the Lexus RX 350.
The interior is a thing of beauty with fine leather, great tech gadgets and a wonderful audio system. Drive this and one of the first things you will notice is how quiet the ride is, reminding you of a ride in a Jaguar, and everything about this vehicle is plush.
Lexus has risen above the competition with this car. Now, if you should buy one, rest assured that replacement parts are plentiful, but they are expensive unless….unless…you buy them at a salvage yard. That is your only option if money is a factor. Remember that Lexus makes great aftermarket parts, so the used parts that you buy will carry the same brand of craftsmanship. In other words, you can buy a Lexus used part with confidence.
The 2012 Lexus RX 350: buy it with confidence and then drive it in luxury.