2008 Lexus RX 350 - FWD
Cons: Size of interior
Advice: Not for tall peopleCar rides smooth, handles curves great. You would not know that you were riding in an suv.
2008 Lexus RX 350 - AWD
Pros: The plush, quiet ride
Cons: What it is going to cost when I have to replace a rain-sensing windshield or adaptive headlight
Advice: Wait for the '09 and see if you can leverage the body style change over to get free financing or a better price on the '08.Comfort is King as the RX350 soaks up noise and bumps putting the driver and passengers in a leather and birds-eye walnut paneled library. Straight line performance is fine for a two ton cross-over. That weight can be felt in hard corners but that is not the point. The point is that you arrive safe and relaxed at your destination. Four people sit in wide comfortable seats though there could be an adjustment of the seat bottom to support the longer legged among us. The fifth person has to make due with a folded up arm-rest for support and would likely be complaining by the 100 mile mark. Lexus is well known for quality made in Japan but time will tell if the Canadian plant lives up to that reputation. I don't detect any squeaks or rattles after 600 miles. All of the many sub-systems have held up to repeated demonstrations and the stereo seems louder than the 132 claimed watts. I don't know how loud it goes at maximum becuase I can only tolerate so much. While the '08 is scheduled for a re-design next model year, it is still nice to look at from outside and especially inside. Overall, I'm glad my wife talked me up from the Hylander that I was eyeballing. If I had to say something negative, it would be that the voice recognition doesn't understand me about 1/2 the time.