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Pros: diesel performance
Cons: there isn't anything i don't like
Advice: purchase all the optionsi've got 4,000 miles on a GL350 Bluetec. this is the most satisfying auto purchase since my 1966 corvette convertible. comfort, performance, value and appearance. This one has it all.
Pros: Extremely good handling
Cons: Poor quality
Advice: Don'tI have had this vehicle for a little over two years. The overall quality is just not there door moldings falling off armrest leather stretching. Handling has been absolutely superb, but at a high cost of low mileage per gallon, very disappointing for a four-cylinder.
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.
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Pros: The leather quality
Cons: The rear cargo space
Advice: Unless you really want to own, leasing is a very economical option if you like to trade often like me.The sumptuous leather trimmed cabin surrounds you in a very calm,quiet and comfortably spacious environment. The light bird's eye maple wood trim really sets off the interior as quite luxurious and appealing. The drive is very quiet and responsive. The fit and finish is stellar.I love the NAV system and bluetooth features.
Pros: comfort and size
Cons: LOW gas mileage!
Advice: Beware of the low gas mileageI love everything about this car: the seating, the comfort, not too big, easy to drive, the 4wd, rear camera, etc. BUT THE MILEAGE IS HORRIBLE!! paying almost $5 bucks a gallon, and I get 13.4 mpg (Sticker says 17-23). Terrible. And the trip computer is inaccurate, telling me I get much more than I do. BIG disappointment. Now we're garaging it (it's fully paid for), taking it out for long trips, and buying a Bug to get around town.
Pros: Ride and interior comfort and convenience features.
Cons: Rear roof and D-pillar design creates blind spots.
Advice: Unless you need the hybrid or want to be greener, RX350 probably makes more sense.The reason we went for the hybrid was so that the wife could use the HOV lanes (by herself) for commuting. Being greener is a nice side benefit but it doesn't make economic sense. The hybrid drive system is a little strange at first but you get used to it quickly. The brakes also have slightly different feel and smooth stops are not quite as easy as other cars, but you adjust to that pretty quickly as well. Acceleration is very good, it has plenty of power. Handling is pretty good, not great. We traded a 2002 Audi S6 which is a beast with loads of power (it's capable of doing 155) and a sport suspension with excellent handling for a big wagon. The ride is outstanding, much more comfortable than the Audi on a bumpy road. It's also extremely quiet except under heavy acceleration (not needed often) where the gas engine makes a fair amount of noise. At average highway speeds it's nearly silent. Interior comfort and convenience are superior, best of any car we've owned. Nav system works very well and the Bluetooth speaker phone works great. Audio and climate control are also handled by the Nav screen.