Sumptuous, sporting, and supple are just a few of the adjectives one could use to describe the refined and agile 2008 Lexus RX350. Its rakish styling, energetic acceleration, and good fuel economy has been a hit with affluent, luxury SUV buyers, outselling rivals like the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
Front-wheel drive is standard on the RX350, and full-time all-wheel drive is optional. Both are offered with the efficient and powerful 3.5 liter 24-valve V6 engine with VVT-i, generating a solid 270 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. of torque, making this one of the quickest SUVs in its class. Combined with a 5-speed, Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT) and viscous limited-slip differential, the RX accelerates smoothly and authoritatively. What’s more, the vehicle is classified as an Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV-II).
As you would expect, safety features abound in the RX350, with a total of seven airbags. Included are dual-stage front driver and passenger airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, front and rear roll-sensing side curtain airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag. A four-sensor, four-channel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist provides excellent control and supplemental braking power. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) measures wheel speed, steering angle and yaw rate to detect the onset of a loss in wheel traction. Another active safety feature, Traction Control (TRAC), helps send power to the wheels in slippery conditions. A direct Tire Pressure Monitoring System helps you keep the tires properly inflated, activating a light on the instrument panel when pressure is critically low.
Leading the way with advanced technology, the RX350 incorporates features like an available Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), using HID headlamps and pivoting the left and right headlamps to illuminate the road through turns. Headlamp washers are also available. Dynamic Laser Cruise Control employs laser technology to monitor distance between your vehicle and the one traveling ahead, continually adjusting speed to maintain a pre-set following distance. A power rear door with keyless remote access makes cargo loading a breeze, while rain sensing intermittent windshield wipers adjust wiper speed automatically.
Interior amenities are seemingly boundless. Dual-zone climate control keeps passengers at the optimum comfort level and the Lexus-exclusive Mark Levinson® Premium Audio System incorporates 7.1 channel architecture surround sound, 11 speakers, 210 watts of power, and acoustic clarity that rivals many premium home audio systems. Both XM® and SIRIUS® Satellite Radio are available with the integrated audio head unit. The voice-activated DVD navigation system understands over 100 spoken English commands and with Bluetooth® technology, the system can interact with compatible cell phones. Integrated in the navigation system is a backup camera, mounted above the rear license plate which displays a full-color view in the seven-inch LCD navigation screen. To ensure your passengers are content on road trips or weekend jaunts, the RX350 is available with a DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System (RSES), complete with remote control, wireless headphones, and a nine-inch LCD screen that descends from the ceiling.