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2008 Lexus
RX 350
85719
6
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71,624
JTJGK31U180013912
Traction Control
Stability Control
Front Wheel Drive
Tires - Front On/Off Road
Tires - Rear On/Off Road
Aluminum Wheels
Conventional Spare Tire
Power Steering
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
ABS
Brake Assist
Rear Spoiler
Automatic Headlights
Fog Lamps
Daytime Running Lights
Heated Mirrors
Power Mirror(s)
Privacy Glass
Intermittent Wipers
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Remote Trunk Release
Power Liftgate
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Vehicle Specification
VIN: JTJGK31U180013912
2008 Lexus RX 350 FWD 4dr
model year:
2008
body type:
Wagon 4 Dr.
division:
Lexus
market class name:
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
model name:
RX 350
manufacturer identifier:
Japan Reserved
style and trim:
FWD 4dr
driving wheels:
Rear
Engine and Fuel
engine type:
V6 Cylinder Engine
hp value:
270.0
fuel type:
cylinders:
6
hp rpm:
6200
fuel tank capacity:
displ liters:
3.5
net torque value:
251.0
fuel tank capacity unit:
net torque rpm:
4700
forced induction type:
displ cubic inch: 211
Gasoline Fuel
fuel economy city:
18.0
19.2
fuel economy hwy:
23.0
gal
fuel economy unit:
MPG
Standard Equipment
EXTERIOR
Water-repellent front door glass
Intermittent rear wiper
UV ray-reducing window glass
Chrome door handles
Acoustic windshield
Electrochromic pwr heated mirrors
LED brake lamps
Rear bumper protector
Reclining/sliding rear 40/20/40 split fold-down seat-inc:
adjustable headrests
Coat hooks
Front door storage pockets
(3) pop-up storage compartments under cargo floor
Front seatback pockets
Wood & leather-trimmed shift knob
Front/rear assist grips
Overhead console w/sunglasses holder
Integrated front fog lamps
Sun visors w/adjustable-illumination vanity mirrors, slide
extensions
Auto-on/off headlamps w/delay-off
Carpeted floor mats
Black privacy glass
Lighting-inc: door courtesy, ignition ring, glove box, front map,
cargo area, illuminated entry w/delay
Integrated black rear spoiler
INTERIOR
Rear window defogger w/auto-off timer
Scheduled maintenance indicator light
Vehicle theft-deterrent & immobilizer system w/in-key
transponder
Pop-out cupholder left of steering wheel
HomeLink universal transceiver
Metallic accents-inc: center instrument panel, switch plates
Electrochromic rearview mirror w/compass
Rear AC vents at rear of center console
Maple or walnut wood trim-inc: door panels, shifter island,
console
Dual-zone automatic climate control-inc: dust & air filters
Pwr fuel door release
7" LCD multi-info screen w/adjustable brightness-inc:
ventilation, outside temp, average MPG, current MPG,
average speed
3-pod electroluminescent instrument cluster
Tire pressure monitoring system
Chrome scuff plates
MECHANICAL
Cut pile carpeting
Tool kit
Rear center armrest w/(2) cup holders & storage box
225/65SR17 mud & snow tires
Chrome door handles
Rear stabilizer brace
10-way pwr front bucket seats-inc: pwr lumbar, adjustable
headrests, integrated armrests
MacPherson strut front suspension-inc: coil springs, gas
shocks
Short pole antenna w/in-glass FM diversity system
3.5L DOHC SFI 24-valve V6 engine-inc: dual variable valve
timing w/intelligence (VVT-i)
Retained accessory pwr
Vehicle Specification
VIN: JTJGK31U180013912
2008 Lexus RX 350 FWD 4dr
model year:
2008
body type:
Wagon 4 Dr.
division:
Lexus
market class name:
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
model name:
RX 350
manufacturer identifier:
Japan Reserved
style and trim:
FWD 4dr
driving wheels:
Rear
Standard Equipment
Dual-link MacPherson strut rear suspension-inc: coil springs,
gas shocks
Pwr rack & pinion steering
Pwr front ventilated & rear solid disc brakes
Front wheel drive
SAFETY
Brake pedal regression prevention
Front/rear side curtain airbags w/roll sensor
Collision fuel cutoff
Collapsible steering column
Impact-dissipating upper interior trim
Front/rear crumple zones
Side-impact door beams
Rear seat ISO-FIX top tether anchors
All-passenger automatic locking retractor (ALR)
All-position emergency locking retractor (ELR)
3-point rear seat belts
3-point front seat belts-inc: pretensioners, force limiters, heightadjustable shoulder belt anchors
Dual front advanced airbag system w/crash severity &
occupant detection sensors
First aid kit
Child safety rear door locks
Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags
Driver knee airbag
2008 Lexus RX
Smooth, luxurious
crossover SUV.
By New Car Test Drive
Overview
The Lexus RX is smooth and comfortable, and it's flexible when it comes to hauling people or
cargo. It's finished with style and built like the proverbial Swiss watch, and it offers all the latest
features.
The RX 350 offers brisk acceleration performance to its powerful yet efficient 3.5-liter V6
engine introduced on 2007 models. The RX 400h features a hybrid gas-electric powerplant.
For 2008, the changes are mainly cosmetic. The only mechanical change is the addition of a
Vehicle Stability Control cut-off switch.
The 2008 Lexus RX 350 features a new front grille design and chrome door handles. Two new
exterior colors are available as well as a new interior wood trim option, black bird's-eye maple,
available with the light-gray interior. Newly optional are seven-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with
a liquid graphite finish.
The 2008 Lexus RX 400h gets a new finish on the grille, a blue hybrid badge on the front of
models without the towing package, chrome door handles, new finish for the five-spoke, 18-inch
wheels, a color-keyed rear spoiler, seven new colors, and black bird's-eye maple wood trim is
available with light-gray interiors.
With the RX series, Lexus pioneered the crossover-style SUV, based on a unit-body car platform
rather than a heavy-duty truck frame. Crossover utility vehicles offer better ride and handling
and better fuel economy than truck-based SUVs, but they still deliver many of the things buyers
want in an SUV: more cargo space than a car, a better view over traffic and a sense of security
that accompanies an elevated driving position. The RX doesn't offer the big towing capacity or
off-road capability of a true truck, but an all-wheel-drive RX 350 handles gravel and snow with
ease, and it can tow up to 3500 pounds with the optional trailer package.
The RX is as quiet inside as most cars. It's easy to drive and easier than most SUVs to park, with
light steering and responsive brakes. It also offers the latest technology: headlights that swivel to
help the driver see around corners, a rear-mounted camera that displays what's behind on the
dash-mounted navigation screen, a voice-activated hands-free telephone system, cruise control
that can adjust for changes in traffic and a giant sunroof. It's equipped with the latest in passive
safety features, including seven airbags.
The RX 400h combines a gasoline-powered V6 with one high-torque electric motor-generator on
the front-wheel-drive model, and two motors on the all-wheel-drive model. The gas engine can
propel the car or recharge the batteries. Most of the time the RX 400h runs on a combination of
the V6 and electric motors, but in certain situations it will run strictly on the V6 engine, and in
others strictly with the electric motors.
Emissions are extremely low, reducing the impact on the environment to something in the
neighborhood of nil. The RX 400h burns about as much gas as a compact car. Yet it drives
essentially the same as the RX 350. It accelerates as quickly off the line (which is quite quick),
and more quickly at certain speeds. The main difference comes when the RX 400h runs only on
the electric motors: when it glides serenely through a parking lot or down a neighborhood street.
In short, the RX 400h delivers the performance of some V8-powered SUVs with the economy of
a four-cylinder. There are lots of good reasons to choose it over the standard RX 350, but not
economic reasons. The RX 350 is a very efficient vehicle in its own right, and now that Lexus
has equipped both variants identically, the $4,000 price premium for the RX 400h pays strictly
for the hybrid drivetrain.
The Lexus RX 350 is well-suited for just about any assignment, from a drive along the Pacific
Coast Highway to a camping trip in the Sierra Nevada. It's stylish and at home in the valet line at
a fancy restaurant.
Model Lineup
The 2008 Lexus RX 350 is available with a choice of front-wheel
drive or permanent all-wheel drive. The RX 350 is powered by a
3.5-liter dual-overhead-cam V6 engine that delivers 270
horsepower through a five-speed automatic transmission. The
RX 400h comes standard with the same equipment as the RX 350, except its hybrid gas-electric
powertrain. The RX 400h also offers a choice of front drive and all-wheel drive.
Standard features: cloth upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, a 132-watt
AM/FM/cassette stereo with eight-speakers and an in-dash, six-CD changer, cruise control,
privacy glass, automatic headlamps, 10-way power adjustment for both front seats, 17-inch
aluminum wheels and leather trim for the steering wheel and shift knob.
Options for both the RX 350 and RX 400h: The Premium Package ($1,245) includes leather
upholstery, power tilt/telescope steering wheel, a roof rack, power moonroof and entry lights that
illuminate the ground below the doors. The Premium Plus Package ($2,060) includes the features
from the Premium Package and adds high-intensity discharge headlamps that turn in the
direction of travel.
The navigation system ($2,650) with Bluetooth and voice command capability includes a rearview camera that projects an image of what's behind whenever reverse is engaged.
The navigation system with Mark Levinson audio ($6,190) on the RX 350 starts with the
Premium Plus Package and adds 210 watts, more speakers with a subwoofer and high-tech
digital sound processing. On the RX 400h, it costs less ($4,130) but requires purchasing either
the Premium or Premium Plus Package. The Mark Levinson audio system is available as a standalone option on the RX 400h ($980).
A heated-seat package ($665) comes with rain-sensing wipers and headlight washers. The Tow
Prep ($160) package includes a transmission cooler, heavy-duty alternator and larger radiator.
Other options include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system ($1,740 for the RX 350; $1,840 for
the RX 400h), laser-managed Dynamic Cruise Control ($600), and HID headlamps ($815). XM
and Sirius satellite radio are offered as a dealer-installed option.
A few options are available on only the RX 350: The giant multi-panel sunroof ($2,840) comes
packaged with features from the Premium Package. The Performance Package ($4,055) includes
all of the items in the Premium PLUS Package, plus 18-inch graphite-colored aluminum alloy
wheels with wider tires, height-adjustable air suspension, sequential-shifting transmission, and
rain-sensing wipers. Heated front seats ($540) can be ordered as a stand-alone option.
Safety features that come standard include the mandated front airbags, plus a smaller airbag to
protect the driver's knees. Front passengers get side-impact airbags for torso protection, while the
curtain-style head protection airbags span both rows and deploy to offer head protection if the
vehicle senses the possibility of a rollover. Advanced ABS, traction control and electronic
stability control come standard.
Walkaround
The Lexus RX is based on a modified version of the same
platform used by the Toyota Camry and Lexus ES 350 sedans.
The current Lexus RX models build on the style set by the
original RX 300. Its shape is defined by radically raked, bodycolored pillars at the four corners of the cabin, with window frames blacked out to blend into the
ovoid shape of the side windows.
The raked-back front fascia and headlamps are reminiscent of the Lexus ES 330 sedan, and the
optional, gem-like high-intensity discharge headlights look like they mean business. The
headlights also feature an Adaptive Front Lighting System, which uses an on-board processor to
calculate the optimum angle to illuminate a turn then swivels the headlamp closest to the turn
accordingly, allowing the driver to see better around corners.
The beefy front bumper and pronounced fender flares are designed to suggest the rugged, offpavement expected in an SUV. Its door handles are of the reach-through type, which are
generally more hand-friendly than the fingertip pull-up type, with less opportunity to break long
fingernails or snap away from your fingers when you're in a hurry.
Viewed from the rear, the RX reveals a visor-like spoiler over the top edge of its rear window, a
short radio antenna at the right-rear corner of the roof (promising better reception in marginal
areas than the also-included imbedded-in-glass type), and clear-lens tail lights.
Subtle styling differences distinguish the RX 400h from the RX 350. Among them: a front
bumper and grille designed to allow more air into the RX 400h engine bay for more cooling and
tail lamps with LEDs instead of traditional incandescent bulbs.
For 2008, there are a few tweaks to the appearance of both models, with a new front grille design
for the RX 350, a new grille finish for the 400h, and chrome door handles on both. The 400h
models without a towing package sport a blue hybrid badge on the front, and the rear spoiler is
color-keyed.
The RX 400h is also available with the 18-inch wheels and tires offered on the RX 350, and it
says something about the thinking behind the hybrid. Lexus could have used hard, low-grip tires
that reduce rolling resistance and further improve fuel economy, but chose to enhance handling
instead.
The 400h hybrid powertrain adds less than 300 pounds to the curb weight and that's an
impressive engineering achievement, given the powerful motors and batteries. They're all placed
low in the vehicle, so they don't substantially raise the center of gravity or affect handling. While
the hybrid does give up two gallons of fuel capacity, its 17.2-gallon tank is still larger than that in
most vehicles, and it loses none of the 84.7 cubic feet of cargo space available in the RX 350.
Interior Features
The Lexus RX feels spacious when you settle in. It's luxurious
and inviting. The optional leather upholstery is luxuriously soft
and slightly bunched.
The RX 350 has splashes of walnut or bird's eye maple on the
doors and center console and on its steering wheel. The RX 400h
has brushed aluminum that resembles the metallic plastic used in
both models around the gauges and switch plates and its steering
wheel is wrapped completely in leather. For 2008, black bird'seye maple wood trim is available with light-gray interiors on
either model.
Getting into the Lexus RX is easy, with no need to climb up or
duck down. The front seats are positioned off the floor at a
comfortable chair height and are snug and supportive. The seat
bottoms are relatively flat, making it easy to slide in and out. Folding armrests on both front seats
offer more comfort on longer trips. The center console slides forward and back, allowing room
for a purse or whatever else you might stow between the front seats.
The instrument cluster in the RX 350 features three large, round gauges trimmed in silver, with
legible script and near-perfect backlighting. In the RX 400h, an illuminated meter replaces the
traditional tachometer on the left, displaying the level of power generated by the hybrid
powertrain. The driver can also monitor gas-electric power distribution on the multi-function
display, which dominates the center stack and serves as the navigation screen in vehicles so
equipped.
This seven-inch screen is also used for climate control and trip computer functions, and can
display the outside temperature and clock (with alarm). It shows the image provided by the backup camera, which is included with the navigation system and automatically activates when the
transmission is shifted into reverse. You can't drive backward by watching the screen, but it's
very useful for checking for low obstacles (and people) that would be difficult to see just by
looking over the shoulder, and it also helps when backing the RX into a parking space.
The optional navigation system is one of the best. The current Lexus package includes voice
activation, Bluetooth interface with compatible cellular phones and impressive shadowed
graphics. There's a downside to many of these new, integrated control systems, to be sure, and
the RX is no different. You have to press two buttons to change the fan speed, for example,
rather than just one. Lexus dealers can program the default settings of many of the control
functions, so be sure you have them tailor automatic door locking and other features to your
preferences. If you're fighting some feature, it can probably be programmed to operate
differently.
Overall, we find the switches and controls in the RX (and in Lexus cars generally) to be among
the best. They're well placed, properly sized and soft to the touch, yet firm and positive in
movement.
However, there are exceptions to this: The trip odometer can be hard to read. Perhaps more
annoying, the switch that moves the outside mirrors is positioned such that, when drivers get the
seat positioned in a comfortable position, many can't reach the mirror switch without leaning
forward in the seat. Thus, they have to lean, adjust the mirrors and then lean back to check the
mirrors from the position they'll take while driving. This trial-and-error process reminds us of old
sports cars or trucks where you get out of the car, adjust the mirror, get out of the car, readjust
the mirror. And in one of our test cars, the electric steering column moved in un-Lexus-like skips
and lurches, rather than with a nice, smooth motion.
Audio controls in the RX are low on the center stack. The radio has big knobs for volume and
tuning that are easy to use without distraction from the task of driving. The standard audio
system sounds great, with 132 watts of output, eight-speakers and a CD-changer. We like that
Lexus still includes a cassette for old-timers as well as books on tape. The optional Mark
Levinson audio system features 11 speakers, with a subwoofer and 210 watts of power.
The shifter for the automatic transmission is located in a pod in the center of the dash. This was
novel when the RX series first appeared, and has been copied in other vehicles since. The lever
follows a mechanical zigzag pattern to make sure you only move it one gear position at a time.
We found this made shifting between reverse, drive, and the lower gears ponderous, particularly
when we were in a hurry.
The RX bucks the SUV trend by offering no third-row seat. Lexus says buyers wanting more
passenger space should look at its larger SUVs, the GX 470 and LX 470.
As it is, the rear seat in the RX is contoured for two, though it has belts for three. No surprise
then that that RX is comfortable for four people, crowded with five. There's a folding center
armrest with cupholders and storage, and the rear seats fold forward 40/20/40. That means the
center section will fold to create a long, narrow space for skis, shovels, or fly rods while still
allowing four people to ride in comfort. This is a better solution than the typical 60/40 folding
seats, which force one of four occupants to travel in the less-comfortable center-rear seat when
carrying the aforementioned long items.
Folding all the rear seatbacks opens 84.7 cubic feet of cargo space in both the RX 350 and RX
400h. The substantial battery pack in the hybrid model does not encroach on cargo capacity.
Further, there's more cargo room in the RX than in the BMW X5, Mercedes M-Class or Infiniti
FX, and more than that available in the larger, heavier Lexus GX 470. The rear seats don't fold
completely flat, but compartments cleverly hidden under the load floor offer some additional
storage. The cargo cover automatically retracts when the rear hatch is opened, which is handy
when your arms are full and you don't want to put things down on the wet pavement.
Driving Impressions
The Lexus RX 350 is smooth in just about any situation. It
travels over rough, broken, pavement without jostling whoever is
inside, but it does not float. Its fully independent suspension is
well damped, helping keep the tires pressed to the pavement, so
the driver feels confidant that the RX will respond properly to
quick turns on the steering wheel. The steering is light and accurate and the RX feels poised
when cornering.
The 3.5-liter V6 takes the RX beyond snappy to a feeling of real power without sacrificing the
trademark smoothness. Indeed, this V6 is so powerful that it responds aggressively, even
abruptly, to anything more than a bit of gas. It takes a bit of practice to adjust to the throttle
response. The aluminum V6 features the latest control technology, including Lexus's Variable
Valve Timing with Intelligence system (VVT-i), which balances high-rev horsepower with good
torque at all engine speeds and low emissions.
The five-speed automatic makes good use of the power from the RX 350's engine. It quickly
kicks down a gear or two when the driver dips the accelerator, and holds that gear all the way to
the redline when the pedal is floored, before shifting up smoothly and smartly. With more gears
than a traditional four-speed automatic, the five-speed keeps the engine purring in the fat part of
the power band. A low first gear offers quicker response off the line, useful when you need to
merge into traffic from a standing start. Fifth gear, meanwhile, provides lower engine speeds
when cruising, which translates into less engine noise and better gas mileage.
In terms of acceleration performance, the RX 350 and RX 400h are closely matched. The RX
350 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds with front-wheel drive, or 7.4 seconds with
all-wheel drive. The RX 400h does 0-60 in 7.5 seconds with front-wheel drive, 7.3 seconds for
all-wheel drive.
Driving the RX 400h isn't a lot different than driving the RX 350. It's smooth and responsive, yet
there are some obvious distinctions apparent the moment it starts up. Twist the key and the dash
lights up but there's no sound of an engine starting, only silence. Slide the transmission lever to
drive and you can pull silently away on electric power. This is not intuitive because we're all
accustomed to hearing and feeling an engine running before shifting into drive. Shifting into
drive without sound or vibration can feel strange. You get used to it, though, and we enjoy
running in electric-only mode.
At low speeds, the RX 400h is perfectly content to operate in electric-only mode. It's quiet, and
you begin to hear things that are normally drowned out by an engine. We found this interesting
and enjoyable. It will run in this silent mode in stop-and-go commuter traffic, eliminating the
noise and pollution that the cars around you are putting out. The RX 400h maneuvers silently
through crowded parking lots as well, where pedestrians often will not hear you coming and
therefore won't always get out of the way. You learn to be patient and need to exercise extra care.
Toyota's hybrid system is an electric motor assisted by a gas engine, while some of the other
hybrid systems are oriented around a gasoline engine assisted by an electric motor.
The front-wheel-drive version features a single electric motor in front; the all-wheel-drive model
uses one motor in front and one in the rear. The V6 engine starts whenever it's needed to
supplement the electric motor. Step hard on the gas pedal and the V6 will usually kick in quickly
and seamlessly. In all cases the response is immediate acceleration, and plenty of it. The 400h is
impressively quick, particularly when overtaking a slower vehicle between 30 and 60 mph.
The RX 400h enjoys a 10 mpg edge in fuel efficiency over the RX 350 in the EPA's City cycle,
earning 28/25 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel drive. That might look odd at first, as we
rarely see EPA ratings with City mileage that exceeds Highway. With the RX 400h, it's because
the vehicle can run strictly on electric power at lower city speeds, using energy generated in
several ways (including the gas engine) and stored in its batteries.
On the downside, the RX 400h drones under light throttle and the sound it makes under
acceleration is not entirely pleasing, either. In some test vehicles we could feel the gas V6 kick
on and off, and it's a lurch you won't feel in other Lexus products. Also, there's a little torque
steer, or at least something that feels like torque steer: Pull up to a stop sign, stand on the gas and
make a right turn, and you'll feel a slight tug on the steering wheel or a resistance to turning. The
brakes may be the most un-Lexus-like component of the RX 400h. They stop the car with
authority, no worries there. But they sometimes feel uneven, as the regenerative effect of the
electric motors helped slow the car, which makes it more challenging to modulate the pedal for
smooth stops, particularly at parking lot speeds.
The RX 350's brakes are smooth and respond with good pedal feel in all circumstances. Its
brakes are relatively large and the anti-lock braking system is well tuned, helping a driver
maintain steering control during emergency stops. The system features Electronic Brake-force
Distribution, which directs braking effort in proportion to weight bias and brake loading for
improved stability under hard braking, and Brake Assist, which is designed to sense panic
braking and to maintain full braking pressure, even if the driver makes the common mistake of
relaxing pressure on the brake pedal.
Both models have Vehicle Stability Control, which helps the driver stay on the intended path on
slippery surfaces. New for 2008, a cut-off switch allows the driver to turn off the stability and
traction control functions.
The handling of the RX 400h is a bit more responsive and it feels sportier than the RX 350
without the Performance Package. The 400h suspension is firmer, and it corners with less lean.
Its optional 18-inch wheels come fitted with stickier tires.
All Lexus RX models are nearly immune to road noise, even with the large greenhouse and
expansive glass, and there's very little wind noise. Lexus engineers took the time to
aerodynamically shape the roof rack for quieter running.
The all-wheel-drive system on models so equipped automatically routes power to the wheels
with the best grip and works with the ABS to slow any wheel that slips and spins. The RX 350 is
not a serious off-road vehicle, as it has no under-body armor, low-range or locking differentials.
Yet if you tread lightly, it's fine for unpaved roads.
An RX 400h driver should stick to pavement, or risk damaging the hybrid drivetrain. But with
all-wheel drive either vehicle is great for the Snow Belt. Deep snow or packed snow (with the
right tires) and slippery surfaces are no problem. The all-wheel-drive models find whatever grip
is available and add driving confidence in bad weather.
The optional Performance Package for the RX 350 features an air suspension with four driverselectable settings. The air suspension automatically lowers the vehicle by 0.3 inches at speeds
higher than 62 mph, to reduce drag for better handling and fuel economy. Drivers can select a
mode that lowers the car by 0.6 inches for better cornering and a smoother ride. Rough roads and
unpaved trails requiring greater ground clearance can be accommodated by the High position,
which raises the ride height by 1.2 inches at speeds up to 30 mph. An Access mode lowers the
RX 330 for easier entry and exit when in Park. The Access mode can be programmed to lower
the RX automatically when the ignition is turned off, a nice feature.
Summary
The Lexus RX 350 will handle just about any driving task, from the commute to camping to a
Sunday cruise, in style and comfort, regardless of the weather and with reasonable operating
costs. It's smooth, roomy, luxurious and responsive. The hybrid-powered RX 400h is a technical
marvel and very easy on the environment, with improved fuel economy and no decrease in
performance. But over the typical lease or new-car loan period, it's likely to cost more to own
than the conventional RX 350, which we find more enjoyable to drive.
John Matras filed the original report from Pennsylvania, with staff reports by
NewCarTestDrive.com.
Model Line Overview
Lexus RX 350 FWD; RX 350 AWD; RX 400h FWD; RX450h
AWD
270-hp 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6; 208-hp 3.3-liter DOHC
Engines:
24-valve V6 with one or two electric motors
5-speed automatic; continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Transmissions:
Safety equipment (Standard): multi-stage front airbags, driver's knee-protection airbag, front
passenger side-impact airbags, front and rear side curtain
airbags, ABS w/electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and
brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, tirepressure monitor
back-up camera
Safety equipment (Optional):
4 years/50,000 miles
Basic warranty:
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada; Kyushu, Japan
Assembled in:
Model lineup:
Specifications As Tested
Model tested:
Standard equipment:
Options as tested:
Destination charge:
Gas Guzzler Tax:
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Engine:
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Lexus RX 350 AWD
dual-zone climate control, AM/FM/CD stereo, power driver and front
passenger seats, one-touch power windows, power locks with remote,
power outside mirrors w/electrochromatic dimming, Homelink universal
transmitter, tilt wheel, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob,
auto-retracting cargo cover, floor mats, automatic on/off headlamps, fog
lamps, 17-inch aluminum wheels
Premium Plus package ($2,060) includes leather upholstery, power
tilt/telescoping steering wheel with memory, one-touch open/close
moonroof, adaptive HID headlamps, roof rack with rails, illuminated
entry; Navigation system ($2650) includes voice activation, Bluetooth
interface and back-up camera; 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/55VR18
tires ($495); heated front seats with rain-sensing wipers and headlamp
washers ($665); Towing Prep package ($160) includes transmission
cooler and heavy-duty alternator and radiator; cargo mat ($90); wheel
locks ($66)
($765)
N/A
all-wheel drive
3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with variable valve timing
270 @ 6200
251 @ 4700
5-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy,
city/hwy:
Wheelbase:
Length/width/height:
Track, f/r:
Turning circle:
Seating capacity:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room,
m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
Cargo volume:
Payload
Towing capacity:
Suspension F:
Suspension R:
Ground Clearance:
Curb weight:
Tires:
Brakes, f/r:
Fuel capacity:
17/22 mpg
106.9 in.
186.2/72.6/66.1 in.
62.0/61.2 in.
37.4 ft.
5
39.3/55.6/42.5 in.
N/A
38.6/55.1/36.4 in.
84.7 cu. ft.
N/A
3500 Lbs.
independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs
independent, MacPherson struts, dual lower links, coil springs
7.5 in.
4090 Lbs.
P235/55VR18
vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
19.2 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of 26/Jan/2007.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not
available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-255-3987 - www.lexus.com
Copyright © 1994-2007 New Car Test Drive, Inc.
"From Edmunds.com"
2008 Lexus RX 350 Consumer Reviews
The best SUV in its class!!
Date Posted: 09/22/2007
By: Uzbek
RATING:
DETAILED RATINGS:
10
10
10
Performance:
Fun-to-Drive:
Build Quality:
10
10
10
Comfort:
Interior Design:
Reliability:
10
10
Fuel Economy:
Exterior Design:
Vehicle
2008 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Review
Absolutely love it! Test drove BMW X5 and MB ML class, but Lexus is much better. It gives that
exceptional feeling of being the man who spends money wisely, but gets the best out of it. Inside
this car, you feel yourself pampered and mainly safe due to its safety features. Moreover, gas
mileage, exterior design, true price to own is the best. I can go on forever here folks, but this is
the best SUV for your money!
Favorite Features
Design, image, safety features, gas mileage, price, leather seats.
Suggested Improvements
I can't think of anything!
Love it
Date Posted: 06/30/2007
By: Josie
RATING:
DETAILED RATINGS:
10
10
10
Performance:
Fun-to-Drive:
Build Quality:
10
10
10
Comfort:
Interior Design:
Reliability:
10
Fuel Economy:
Exterior Design: 10
Vehicle
2008 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Review
This is the nicest car I've owned. It's beautiful, comfortable and easy to drive. Gas mileage is
better than advertised. Nav, bluetooth are easy to use and self-explanatory.
Favorite Features
Interior trim, navigation, bluetooth in the steering wheel.
Suggested Improvements
Add iPod hookup.
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Vehicle Information:
No accident / damage reported to CARFAX
2008 LEXUS RX 350
VIN: JTJGK31U180013912
4 DOOR WAGON/SPORT UTILITY
3.5L V6 SFI DOHC 24V
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Standard Equipment | Safety Options
CARFAX 1-Owner vehicle
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67,675 Last reported odometer
reading
$1,570 Above retail book value
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Owner 1
The number of owners is estimated
Year purchased
Type of owner
Estimated length of ownership
Owned in the following states/provinces
2007
Personal
6 yrs. 8 mo.
California
Estimated miles driven per year
10,655/yr
Last reported odometer reading
67,675
Title History
Owner 1
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Owner 1
Not all accidents / issues are reported to CARFAX
Total Loss
No Issues
Reported
No total loss reported to CARFAX.
Structural Damage
No structural damage reported to CARFAX.
No Issues
Reported
Airbag Deployment
No airbag deployment reported to CARFAX.
No Issues
Reported
Odometer Check
No indication of an odometer rollback.
No Issues
Indicated
Accident / Damage
No accidents or damage reported to CARFAX.
No Issues
Reported
Manufacturer Recall
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No Recalls
Reported
Basic Warranty
Original warranty estimated to have expired.
Warranty
Expired
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Detailed History
Owner 1
Purchased:
Type:
Where:
Est. miles/year:
Est. length
owned:
Date:
2007
Personal
California
10,655/yr
10/24/07 present
(6 yrs. 8 mo.)
Low mileage!
This owner drove
less than the
industry average
of 15,000 miles
per year.
Glossary
Source:
Comments:
08/30/2007
NICB
Vehicle manufactured
and shipped to California
09/07/2007
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
Pre-delivery inspection completed
California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Fremont, CA
Odometer reading reported
Titled or registered as
personal vehicle
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
Paint sealant/fabric guard applied/reapplied
10/24/2007
10/25/2007
Mileage:
5
11/19/2007
California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Fremont, CA
Title issued or updated
First owner reported
02/21/2008
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
5,000 mile service performed
08/26/2008
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
Oil and filter changed
03/26/2009
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
Oil and filter changed
05/26/2009
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
Paint sealant/fabric guard applied/reapplied
Lighter replaced/repaired
10/06/2009
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
20,000 mile service performed
Tire condition and pressure checked
05/17/2010
24,906
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
Oil and filter changed
11/16/2010
31,404
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
30,000 mile service performed
Tire condition and pressure checked
Washed/detailed
Engine oil cooler line(s) repaired/replaced
Wiper(s) replaced
04/23/2011
36,665
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
35,000 mile service performed
Four wheel alignment performed
Four tires mounted and balanced
10/12/2011
42,199
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
Maintenance inspection completed
5,000 mile service performed
03/14/2012
47,905
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
Recommended maintenance performed
Tire condition and pressure checked
08/31/2012
54,029
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
Maintenance inspection completed
Oil and filter changed
Front brake pads replaced and rotors resurfaced
01/23/2013
56,796
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
Maintenance inspection completed
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Oil and filter changed
08/16/2013
62,350
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
Recommended maintenance performed
Four wheel alignment performed
Tire repaired
Paint sealant/fabric guard applied/reapplied
02/27/2014
67,675
Magnussen Lexus
Fremont, CA
510-657-6600
magnussenlexus.com
Four tires mounted and balanced
Oil and filter changed
Four wheel alignment performed
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Number of Owners:
Last owned in the following
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2008 LEXUS RX 350
VIN: JTJGK31U180013912
Body Style: 4 DOOR WAGON/SPORT
UTILITY
Engine Size: 3.5L V6 SFI DOHC 24V
Drivetrain: FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
California
10,656
Annual average mileage:
*Below industry annual average of 15,000 miles
None of these major title problems were
reported by a state Department of
Motor Vehicles:
Original Manufacturer's Warranty:
Basic Warranty Expired
Please confirm remaining factory warranty and
extended warranty options with your dealer!
The original manufacturer's warranty includes:
48 months or 50,000 miles
Courtesy of
The Ford Store San
Leandro
Salvage, Junk, Rebuilt, Fire,
Flood, Hail, Lemon
Guaranteed
No Problem
Not Actual Mileage, Exceeds
Mechanical Limits
Guaranteed
No Problem
No issues reported to CARFAX on the following:
Total Loss
No Issues
Reported
Structural Damage
No Issues
Reported
Airbag Deployment
No Issues
Reported
Odometer Rollback
No Issues
Reported
Other Accidents / Damage
No Issues
Reported
1111 Marina Blvd
San Leandro, CA 94577
510-352-2000
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