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Best Vehicle I've Ever owned and I've owned over 1
Pros: All features are great, no one favorite
Cons: Side view Mirrors & the Tinted back window.We have 2 Identical RX400h. That's how much we love it. I like the looks better that the newer RX450h.
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 heated seats
Cons: I love everything
Advice: Look once--buy fast!I love this vehicle. It drives so smooth; it is like rolling on clouds.
Pros: quite smooth perfromance
Cons: have no complaints. Accept 25mpg as best in SUVs.
Advice: benefits good but not cost effective - if money is a big issue buy the RX350.This car has been great. One negative is 25mpg in town and 25mpg on the highway in winter and 24.5 for both in the summer heat with full airconditioning load. Sticker days 28mpg in city and more on highway which is wrong. I knew it would get only 25mpg before purchase but other SUVs would get only 13mpg to 19mpg in town so I am still better off with 25mpg. Performance is excellent for 4100 lb car with 0 to 60 of 7.5 seconds advertised and when I timed it I got 7.2 seconds. Penalty mostly for bad aerodynamics with negligible vehicle weight penalty when at constant speed in other SUVs is approximately 10mpg when compared to typical four door sedans.
Pros: battery power
Advice: get in lineIncredibly smooth, quiet, and fast - and 30+ mpg overall during first 1000 miles!