A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Lexus RX

The Lexus RX paved the way for luxury crossover utility vehicles over a decade ago, and now it continues to make waves and turn heads. An incredibly attractive vehicle, the RX (now available as either the regular RX 350 or the new RX 450H hybrid) gets great fuel economy and has plenty of cargo and passenger capacity. Plus, it’s packed with luxury features that any driver would love.

Key Features

For better control of the infotainment system, Lexus has introduced a remote “haptic” touch feature, which allows the driver to use a controller mounted next to their seat to move a cursor on the dash display. That makes things even simpler and more convenient with its high-definition OLED display that’s easy to read from any angle. Other features include standard 10-way adjustable front seats, Bluetooth streaming audio, XM satellite radio, and 10 airbags, as well as a number of optional features.

Changes for 2012

The biggest change for 2012 will be a welcome one when you need to fill up. That’s right – the 2012 Lexus RX 350 now runs on 87-octane fuel for less expensive trips to the pump.

What We Like

The 2012 Lexus RX is ultra-luxurious, but it’s still sporty and rugged enough to fit into the crossover SUV class without raising any eyebrows. We also love the great fuel economy, and the fact that it now runs on regular gas instead of premium is another added perk.

What Concerns Us

If you’re more interested in performance than comfort, this isn’t going to be the vehicle for you. Lexus’ designers have engineered the 2012 Lexus RX to be an incredibly luxurious vehicle, so you aren’t really going to “feel” the road when you drive it.

Available Models

All trim levels for the 2012 Lexus RX come with the same engine:

  • Engine- 3.5-liter V6
  • Power – 270 HP at 6200 RPM
  • Torque – 248 lb-ft at 4700 RPM
  • Fuel Economy (MPG city/highway) – 18/24 (AWD), 18/25 (2WD)

Major Recalls

There’s only been one recall for some 2012 Lexus RX models. These models were recalled to address the brake actuator assembly potentially disabling.

Common Issues

Most drivers who buy 2012 Lexus RX models want luxury and a spacious but sporty vehicle to drive around town. Those who take them off road, though, often find that they’re lacking in all-terrain abilities.

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