What We Drove
Fun to Drive
2nd Opinion – Perry
The Lexus RX350 is a great commuter with good acceleration, great visibility and all of the usual amenities you come to expect from Lexus. Two features I loved: The ability to use the power tailgate lift or do it manually with little resistance, and the sliding center console that accommodates your comfort by selecting a desired position. In its furthermost back position there is a tray that reveals for knick-knacks and is even large enough for a purse if desired. The exterior design is one I have been lukewarm on, and that continues with the ‘07 model but I like the fact that it is instantly recognizable and distinct. The 2007 Lexus RX350 is must-drive when considering an SUV in this class.
2nd Opinion – So
The Lexus RX 330 was a fine SUV to begin with. But knowing enough is never enough, Lexus knew what it needed to offer more. More refinement, more performance, and more power. So out goes the RX 330 and in comes the refreshed RX 350 fitted with the firm’s latest V6 offering. On the road, the new RX pulls strong and progressively all while remaining silky smooth and quiet in operation. There’s plenty of thrust in the low- to mid-rpm ranges, making highway passing a breeze. Accompanying the new engine is a suspension set up tuned for comfort. While it is lacking a bit in the sporting department, make no mistake: The RX 350 offers more power and refinement, because having more is always better.
2nd Opinion -- Wardlaw
Settle into the Lexus RX 350’s comfortable driver’s seat, grasp the wheel, fire the ignition, and set off on an errand, the daily commute, or a long road trip, and the reason for this Japanese luxury automaker’s stunning success and owner loyalty rates is palpable. It’s not an enthusiast’s car by any stretch of the imagination, which is just fine since the majority of Lexus buyers are not enthusiasts, yet it performs in such a way that its owner comes to relish the experience. It feels light on its feet, quick to respond, yet never anything less than a sanctuary on wheels. Every surface of the cabin produces the impression of quality, even if many bits and pieces are shared with mainstream Toyotas.
Photos courtesy of: Ron Perry, Toyota