It’s kind of hard to imagine it now, but just over a decade ago, Lexus invented the now overpopulated compact premium SUV sector with the most surprising thing currently being that it still is holding tight to its best-selling status, much like a Beverly Hills Housewife clutches to her youth. So does the Lexus RX350 keep ahead of the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, BMW X3, Volvo XC60, Cadillac SRX, Infiniti EX35 and Mercedes GLK? Is it the style, quality, utility or room that impresses or are Neiman Marcus bound Lexus buyers subjected to non-stop subliminal messages saying “buy a Lexus” as they are doing their shopping?
It could be any of those things but we were shocked during our week in the 2012 Lexus RX350 that, despite all of the competitors we had tested, we loved this buttery smooth SUV operator most of all. Was it the way every control moved with an oiled slickness that you only see in politicians with the “get out of any problem” smoothness of a Kennedy or Clinton, the expertly-oiled and expensive feeling leather, the styling which is classy but not with a K. That would be called New Jersey “Klassy.”
No, if anything the 2012 Lexus RX350 has persevered in an ever more crowded market segment by simply excelling at what it will be called to do most often—comfortably haul upper middle class people and cargo to and from plays, soccer practice and the Country Club. No one will ever question your purchase when you buy a 2012 Lexus RX350 and in this article we will even explain why we found ourselves preferring this hot selling Lexus to its very able competition after a week of tests.