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Day by Day Review: 2012 Lexus RX 350 lexus daily car reviews
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I’m little bit befuddled this week. I picked up a 2012 Lexus RX 350, and though it is not a fully loaded model, I and pretty much anyone else that sees this vehicle agrees it seems fairly much loaded. Then, I received the specifications sheet and, well, I am still a little confused. The base Lexus RX 350 is only $44,950, and my tester, optioned with the “Ultra Premium Package 1,” adds only $700 to that price.

So, you may think, that’s all fine. Seven hundred dollars probably gives you a couple of items, maybe a sunroof and some trim? Well, it does give you those things, but it doesn’t end there; in fact it doesn’t end for quite awhile.

Day by Day Review: 2012 Lexus RX 350 lexus daily car reviews
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The RX 350 starts off by offering a 3.5-litre V6 engine coupled to a six-speed transmission, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, nine-speaker stereo… the list goes on for awhile. Turns out the official paperwork from Lexus was wrong and not for $700 but a whopping $14,500 (my initial befuddlement was correct), you get a list of features that is rather long. Take a gander at this list, and don’t forget to breathe: Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound audio system, six-disc DVD changer, USB audio input, subwoofer, 7.1 channel surround sound speaker architecture, driver seat memory system, front seat power thigh support, premium leather seat surfaces, perforated leather seat surfaces, heated and ventilated front seats, wallet size smart card key, power rear door with jam protection, intuitive parking assist, voice-­activated navigation system with remote touch, wide­view side monitor system, backup camera in navigation display, XM real­time traffic capability, power moonroof, rear bumper protector, silver painted roof rails, front splash guards, rear splash guards, power retractable, auto­dimming side view mirrors, leather and wood shift knob, leather and wood steering wheel, front illuminated doorsill trim, cargo area carpet mat, cargo area multi­purpose net, bi­xenon hid headlamps, automatic high beams, auto headlight leveling system and adaptive front lighting.

That’s a lot of content and coupled with the already well-equipped base model, at $700 it’s the bargain of 2012, at $14,500 not so much.

2012 Lexus RX350
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $59,450

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James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. James holds a national FIA race license and actively races and stewards at race events.