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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.
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: 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.
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.