Last post on Jun 17, 2010 at 6:29 AM
You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
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Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 330, Lexus RX 300, Engine, Transmission, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#26 of 35 2000 Mile Drive
Oct 20, 2008 (7:21 pm)
I just finished a 2000 mile cross country drive in my new (less than 1000 miles at the beginning of the trip) 2009 RX-350. I made the trip in 3 days, with a pretty good load of stuff, and averaged 23.6 mpg running 75-80 mph nearly all the way. The car is an excellent tourer. It's quiet enough (though noisier than something like an LS sedan), the ride is comfortable, the brakes are great, and the handling is very good for an SUV. The seats are pain free. The only issue I had was that the XM radio quit receiving but was restored by an engine restart. Power is quite good at lower speeds, but at high speeds you can feel the effects of the weight and the drag from the large frontal area--not as peppy at speed as my Audi A6 turbo. Excellent vehicle.
Dec 14, 2008 (5:14 pm)
DO any of you drive a BMW? I was wondering how the RX compares to the 5 series BMW 530i for example. I am torn between the two vehicles. I understand one is an SUV one is a sedan, but the Lexus is really built upon a sedan frame, isn't it?
Curious to know your thoughts on these two cars.
Gardis in CT
#28 of 35 Re: 2000 Mile Drive [techtool]
Dec 15, 2008 (11:28 am)
Techtool, I've had the same problem with my XM Tuner. As a matter of fact, they replaced my tuner for me not long after I got the RX, but it still does the same thing occasionally, not as much as the previous tuner. I can tell when it's about to go out too. It starts cutting out and breaking up the song. When I can safely park the car, then I turn the car off and start it back up and then it's fine. It rarely happens though when I'm on the road. It usually happens when I've just started the car up or in a parking lot.
Dec 15, 2008 (11:34 am)
Gardis, I had the same decisions to make back when I was looking at the RX also. I was trying to decide between the Lexus RX and the Acura TL. I loved the looks of the TL, but I liked the functionality and the looks of the RX. Also, I feel that the Acura
dealership just did not have its act together like the Lexus dealership did. I felt like I was treated much better at Lexus. But I really liked the TL. I thought the 2004-2008 model was a beautiful car.
Certainly, the BMW is going to be a better handler than the RX when you take into consideration that it is an SUV, taller ride height, and being a Toyota-based car, the RX is gonna have a softer, cushier ride. But that cushier ride has nice benfits too.
I actually feel like the RX 'soothes my soul' when navigating these
"Wild West" highways that we have to drive in!
I'm still considering buying my RX when my lease ends; it's that good of a car. But either way, you really can't go wrong no matter what choice you make. Good luck!
#30 of 35 Re: [gardis]
Dec 17, 2008 (12:38 pm)
Apples and Oranges there, or maybe even apples and grapefruit...!!
Insofar as I know BMW has NEVER built a FWD nor F/AWD vehicle and their obvious good sense would seem to indicate that they NEVER will.
I have driven both the X3 and the X5 R/AWD BMW SUVs and the driving dynamics vs the RX are unbelieveability diffrent. Let off the throttle in the BMW and you get a definite "feel", a VERY definite feel, of engine compression braking.
IMMHO there is no SAFE FWD or F/AWD vehicle in the marketplace fro driving in wintertime conditions. Maybe the sole exception being the Honda/Acura SH-AWD system, maybe....
Think about why it is that NO over the road trucker would ever consider no installing tire chains on the rearmost axle of the trailer in conditions that are adverse enough to require chaining up.
And now consider that the only viable way to use tire chains on a FWD vehicle is at the front, or both. Dangerous, huh..??
#31 of 35 RX 350 Payload
May 18, 2010 (1:01 pm)
I just purchased a 2010 RX 350 AWD Lexus. The sticker on the door and the manual say that the payload is 825 lbs. Whereas many of the web sites show a much higher payload. Does anyone know if the former is accurate? Four guys slightly over 200lbs without luggage would break the weight budget. Somewhat disappointing. I checked the Lexus web site as well as the vehicle brochure and nowhere could I find a payload figure. All the other spec information was there. Intentional omission? Again, a bit disappointing.
#32 of 35 Re: RX 350 Payload [vic47]
May 19, 2010 (6:56 pm)
That might be strickly a result of the (poor, lousy) load rating of the factory recommended tires. I would check.
#34 of 35 Re: RX 350 Payload [wwest]
Jun 13, 2010 (7:21 am)
Thanks for the reply. I did check the tire load rating and they are well above anything that would influence the poor vehicle payload. Also, I did e-mail Lexus and they validated that the payload rating on the 2010 RX 350 is 825 lbs. Buyer beware.
#35 of 35 Re: RX 350 Payload [vic47]
Jun 17, 2010 (6:29 am)
Just out of curiousity, does anyone know what the payload rating on the 2007 model year RX350 is?