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#19 of 89 Re: Luxury feel of RX 350 compared with other models in Lexus line up [praz
Jan 17, 2008 (9:45 am)
"How many of you feel that the current RX does not have the same luxury feel as other Lexus cars. RX is having almost same exterior and interior for many years while other models have been re-designed, even it's competition. "
I have owned the following recently: 2004 Toyota Highlander, AWD V-6; a 2006 RX and a 2008 GX470. Clearly, the Highlander and the RX are amazingly similar and the RX is basically a gussied up Highlander. Same engine, same interior etc. The GX is different from the 4 Runner in that it has the V-8 and the KDSS (Dynamic Suspension). I agree that the RX is does NOT have the luxury feel of the other Lexus lineup. Even the GX feels "classy" and rich by comparison to the RX. I still maintain that the RX is nothing more than a dressed up Highlander. The 09 RX is going to be nothing more than a increase in price of the 08 and no significant changes of note.
#20 of 89 Re: Luxury feel of RX 350 compared with other models in Lexus line up [praz [glennglenn]
Jan 17, 2008 (6:57 pm)
I totally agree with you. With so many choices in the market now, I think cars have to be re-designed every 4 years or 5 years to the max. I saw a couple of RX300 before I started this topic and the exterior/interior are almost similar to RX330 and RX350. There are changes but not significant that you will get confused. The current design will be in it's 6th year until re-designed for 2010 and I feel they should have re-designed for 2009 so that the sales will be even stronger and will not lose prospective customers to the competetion. Also, with the current interior it does not feel as though it is a luxury (lexus) SUV but a toyota highlander with extra $10,000.
#21 of 89 Re: Luxury feel of RX 350 compared with other models in Lexus line up [praz]
Jan 23, 2008 (10:47 pm)
I think it drives pretty darned good for an SUV and everyone that
rides in it with me is impressed with the interior design and some of the gadgets such as the power liftgate and the rainsensing wipers to name a few. I'm liking this car enough that I'm considering buying it at the end of my lease.
#22 of 89 Re: Luxury feel of RX 350 compared with other models in Lexus line up [praz [glennglenn]
Jan 23, 2008 (10:53 pm)
I have to disagree with this one. Every time I step into my RX350,
I feel coddled and I love the looks of the interior. To me, it's very rich looking. It drives very nice and everyone that takes a ride in it has been impressed with the interior quality and also the little gadgets here and there such as the power liftgate, rainsensing wipers and the wood steering wheel and wood shift knob. I'm liking this car enough that I'm thinking about buying it at the end of my lease!
#23 of 89 Re: Luxury feel of RX 350 compared with other models in Lexus line up [maxi
Jan 24, 2008 (7:57 am)
I agree...I just did buy mine at the end of my lease!
#24 of 89 Re: Luxury feel of RX 350 compared with other models in Lexus line up [maximafan]
Jan 24, 2008 (1:46 pm)
As I said in my earlier post, it sells more than 100,000 units a year and is a bench mark for other luxury SUV's. I admit that RX350 is luxurious but what I meant to say was it is not as luxurious as other Lexus vehicles. I agree that the design (exterior and interior) is 6 or more years old but the point I was making was that they should have re-designed the vehicle and added more luxury and tech into their best selling SUV so that the sales would be even better. With competition growing in that segment, I hoped they re-designed the vehicle instead of selling under invoice (as read in other posts). It is a good and well rounded SUV and hope it will always be a benchmark for other SUV's in the market. Enjoy your vehicle.
#25 of 89 Re: Luxury feel of RX 350 compared with other models in Lexus line up [praz]
Jan 25, 2008 (11:21 am)
I think my post was misinterpreted. I have owned all 3 of the vehicles mentioned and BY far, the Lexus GX 470 feels much more "substantial" than the RX 350 and the Highlander. The GX is more like an SUV in the sense that it is a truck (based on the 4 Runner) and CAN be taken off-road, can TOW a boat yet give the ride of the RX 350 with a TON more torque. Just can't get V-8 torque out of a 6 without a supercharger or turbo. I still maintain that the RX 350 is just a jazzed up Highlander Limited and the same can be said for the GX 470, although the 4 Runner does not have the V-8. Not to say the RX is not a nice ute, its just that for 10 K less , you can get a V-6 Highlander Limited with ALL of the amenities of the RX except for the Link. In fact, on a percentage basis, the Highlander offers a better resale value than the RX and will sell just as easy in the used car market. Its a case of Toyota cannibalizing its own. If you want to compare the RX to the Acura RDX or even MDX, yes, the Lexus /Toyota is the clear winner.
#26 of 89 Re: Luxury feel of RX 350 compared with other models in Lexus line up [glennglenn]
Jan 25, 2008 (10:13 pm)
But, see, in my case, I never liked the exterior styling or the interior styling on the Highlander. I liked the styling both exterior
and interior-wise on the RX. At least the latest body style had a different look from most crossover SUV's, although they're all starting to look similar to each other nowadays. I do recall the Highlander had that nice, creamy ride when I got to drive a rental
several years back.
#27 of 89 Re: Luxury feel of RX 350 compared with other models in Lexus line up [maxi [briegel]
Jan 25, 2008 (10:20 pm)
LOL!! Seriously, I do believe the buyout price on my RX350 would be hard to pass up because I feel that it would cost me
possibly three or four thousand dollars more at least to buy this car used at that age and at that time! So we'll see what happens further down the road. Also, while there a lot of choices
in the crossover segment these days, particularly the CUV's with
third row seats (Which I have no need for!) as far as fuel mileage
goes, the RX350 does better than most of the others.
#28 of 89 Re: Luxury feel of RX 350 compared with other models in Lexus line up [maxi
Jan 28, 2008 (8:31 pm)
Hi maximafan sorry this isnt about the RX, but i saw in one of the murano forums you said you had rented a murano in florida, which company did you do through? Im trying to get one for a 2 week trip and i cant find out which rental company has one, thanks so much for the help!