2011 Lexus
RX 350
vs. 2011 Toyota
RAV4 Limited

2011 Lexus RX 350

9.7

Winner

Lexus RX 350

starting from

$41,350
"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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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Less safe for passengers in the rear in side collisions
4 stars
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited

9.6

starting from

$28,195

Reasons to buy the Toyota RAV4 Limited

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Has 3 rows of seats
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More passenger seats
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Good highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Very inexpensive
$28,195
Luxury Features 8.4 vs 10.0
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 RAV4 Limited
Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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  • The RAV4 Limited can go around 20% faster than the RX 350, 129 mph vs 112 mph
  • Almost the same, 0.77 g vs 0.74 g
  • Almost the same, 135 ft vs 137 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both cars are sporty, but the RAV4 Limited in particular is a responsive car
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
Overall 9.6 vs 9.7

Luxury Features

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the RX 350's power seats; not available on the RAV4 Limited
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Road Tests

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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0-60 mph 6.7 seconds vs 6.9 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 135 ft vs 137 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.3 s @ 93 mph vs 15.2 s @ 92 mph Both posted blazingly fast 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs 0.74 g The RAV4 Limited has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average RX 350
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Top speed 129 mph vs 112 mph The RAV4 Limited's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the RX 350 is just OK

Cost

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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MSRP $28,195 vs $41,350 The RAV4 Limited has a reasonable price, while the RX 350 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 18 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The RX 350's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the RAV4 Limited's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The RX 350's basic warranty is long lasting, but the RAV4 Limited's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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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 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Safety Features

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 7 The RX 350 has great airbag coverage, whereas the RAV4 Limited 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

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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Horsepower 269 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 275 HP @ 6,200 RPM The RX 350 is fairly powerful, but the RAV4 Limited is not far behind
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The RX 350 has more gears and the RAV4 Limited is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the RX 350's semi-automatic transmission and the RAV4 Limited's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 13.2 lb/hp vs 15.8 lb/hp Both cars are sporty, but the RAV4 Limited in particular is a responsive car
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The RX 350 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.8 ft vs 40.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The RAV4 Limited has lots of passenger seats and the RX 350 is OK, too
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Cargo space 73.0 ft3 vs 80.3 ft3 The RX 350 has lots of cargo room and the RAV4 Limited is pretty good
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front seats 56.4 ft3 vs 56.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1040 lb vs 825 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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 10 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Toyota
RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 Lexus
RX 350
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the RX 350; but it's not available at all on the RAV4 Limited

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Infiniti FX35 RX 350 vs FX35
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Toyota Highlander Limited RX 350 vs Highlander Limited
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Honda CR-V RX 350 vs CR-V
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 RX 350 vs GLK350
2011 Lexus RX 350 2011 Toyota Venza RX 350 vs Venza
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Toyota Highlander SE RAV4 Limited vs Highlander SE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2011 Toyota Camry LE RAV4 Sport vs Camry LE
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Ford Edge Limited RAV4 Limited vs Edge Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited RAV4 Limited vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i RAV4 Sport vs X3 xDrive35i

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