2011 Honda
CR-V
vs. 2011 Lexus
RX 350

2011 Lexus RX 350

9.9

Winner

Lexus RX 350

starting from

$39,950
"User-friendly multifunction controller."
edmunds.com | talking about the RX's controls
"Energetic acceleration."
edmunds.com | talking about the RX's performance

Reasons to buy the Lexus RX 350

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Quite powerful
275 HP @ 6,200 RPM
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.3"
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
2011 Honda CR-V

8.5

Runner-up

Honda CR-V

starting from

$23,405
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's interior quality
"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V

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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Good braking distance from 60mph
123 ft
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Very inexpensive
$23,405
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.2
2011 Lexus RX 350 Winner: RX 350
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the RX 350's power seats; not available on the CR-V
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the RX 350
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Lexus RX 350 Winner: RX 350
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  • The RX 350 has 3.0x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The best price we've seen is $16,545 cheaper (more than 40% less), $23,405 vs $39,950
  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 18 mpg
Safety Features - vs 10.0
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality - vs 10.0
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Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 8.5

Luxury Features

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the RX 350's power seats; not available on the CR-V
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the RX 350

Crash Test Ratings

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 3 stars The RX 350 is 3.0x safer than the CR-V

Cost

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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MSRP $39,950 vs $23,405 The CR-V has a great price, but the RX 350 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 21 mpg The CR-V has great city mileage and the RX 350 is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The RX 350's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the CR-V 's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The RX 350's basic warranty is long lasting, but the CR-V 's is very short

Safety Features

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 7 vs 5 The RX 350 has great airbag coverage, whereas the CR-V is just OK (missing Knee, Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Horsepower 275 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM The RX 350 is fairly powerful, but the CR-V is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 The RX 350 has more gears and the CR-V is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both the RX 350's semi-automatic transmission and the CR-V 's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.2 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp The RX 350 is a sporty car, while the CR-V is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.0 ft vs 37.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Lexus
RX 350
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 80.3 ft3 vs 72.9 ft3 The RX 350 has lots of cargo room and the CR-V is pretty good
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front seats 56.6 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 825 lb vs 850 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The RX 350 offers an optional navigation system; not available on the CR-V
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Cupholders Unknown vs 8
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 6
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Yes
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the RX 350, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the RX 350; but it's not available at all on the CR-V

Road Tests

Lexus
RX 350
2011 Lexus RX 350
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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0-60 mph 7.3 seconds vs 9.2 seconds The RX 350 can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the CR-V is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 123 ft The CR-V has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the RX 350 is just OK
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1/4 mile 15.7 s @ 90 mph vs 16.9 s @ 82 mph The RX 350's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the CR-V 's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.74 g vs 0.77 g The CR-V has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average RX 350
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Top speed 112 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V EX 2011 Nissan Murano SL CR-V EX vs Murano SL
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Toyota RAV4 CR-V vs RAV4
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Ford Edge Limited CR-V vs Edge Limited
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord Crosstour EX-L
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited RX 350 vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Toyota Highlander Limited RX 350 vs Highlander Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 RX 350 vs ML350
2011 Lexus RX 450h 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i RX 450h vs X5 xDrive35i
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Toyota Venza RX 350 vs Venza

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