Last post on Apr 02, 2009 at 5:29 PM
You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
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Lexus RX 300, Lexus RX 330, Lexus RX 350, SUV
#1 of 2 RX300 2WD in rain/snow
Apr 02, 2009 (3:38 pm)
Any of you two wheel drive owners care to share your experiences with driving in rain or snow? Were you able to navigate around reasonably well? Did any of you add chains on? Anybody driven both 2WD vs. AWD and was there a noticeable improvement in traction control?
#2 of 2 Re: RX300 2WD in rain/snow [gfrfan]
Apr 02, 2009 (5:29 pm)
Although I live in L.A., I only use my 2WD RX in rain and really bad weather anymore (we don't get it often, but when we do it's bad and you want to have your wits about you). It's my all-weather car, and does a great job for those conditions. The rest of the time I commute by motorcycle. Mine has electronic traction control. And we visit the snow in the mountains, but leave it there. But does fine, unless you're looking for something for regular snow conditions. I love how well I can see with the great defrosters, huge heated mirrors, and big wipers. Others on this forum argue they don't like the a/c coming on with the defroster, but it's not a problem to simply push the button that interrupts that function, and nice that you have a choice unlike most other cars. And the defrosters work great when used properly.
When driven correctly like any front-drive vehicle (brake before the turn, not in the apex-it only feels natural, and the way any car should be driven on slippery surfaces) it handles slippery conditions great. And even better when you get used braking to an appropriate speed, then gentle throttle through the turns. That's when the TC shines on slippery stuff, and the car just goes where you point it. Proper gear selection helps a lot, too. Get the most grip you can by selecting the proper tires, too. The RX has a "snow" mode that controls the transmission by locking out first gear (starts out in 2nd) but unlike a Ford, shifts up with softer shifts into 3rd and 4th, and doesn't downshift abrubtly for really slippery stuff.
If you need to drive in heavy ice and snow (mountains) or lots of standing water often, I'd suggest something with AWD and VSC which would be more forgiving. Otherwise, the extra grip afforded by FWD and TC is likely adaquate, even in the rain.
But my obvious disclaimer: Always drive with care and attention to who and what's around you, drive for the weather and the vehicle your're driving, and NEVER use a cell phone or text while driving no matter what you drive. But of course you already knew that.