Essentially unchanged this year, the 2009 Lexus RX 350 luxury crossover SUV offers a roomy five-passenger interior that is an appealing balance of luxury and utility. Available with standard front- or all-wheel drive, the Lexus RX 350 is propelled by a 3.5L V6 engine pushing out 270 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy estimates for the RX 350 are good for 18 mpg city/23 mpg hwy for the FWD, while the AWD version rates 17/22 mpg. RX 350 safety features highlight stability and traction control, antilock brakes with brake assist, front-seat side airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. Lexus RX 350 standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, a power rear liftgate, auto-dimming mirrors, 10-way power front seats, wood interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker stereo with a CD changer and steering-wheel-mounted controls and second-row seats that slide and recline. With the 40/20/40 rear seat folded, the RX 350 offers 84.7 cubic feet of cargo room.Read more Read less
For 2009, the Lexus RX lineup sees few changes, with a new Pebble Beach Edition RX now available. It offers special exterior colors like Truffle Mica, limited-edition 18-inch alloy wheels, a chromed grille, and special Pebble Beach badging. Some colors have been dropped--Millennium Silver Metallic, Savannah Metallic, Flint Mica, Desert Sage Metallic, and Black Onyx--while new colors include Obsidian, Smoky Granite Mica, Matador Red, and the above Truffle Mica, which is only available on the Pebble Beach Edition.
Comfort; ride and refinement; safety; available technology features; hybrid's fuel- efficiency
The 2009 Lexus RX 350 and RX 400h offer the comfort and refinement of luxury cars, combined with the spacious, versatile interior of utility vehicles. Several high-tech features are available such as adaptive front lighting. The RX 400h, with its advanced hybrid powertrain, stands out for its high fuel efficiency and a class-leading 27-mpg city rating. The models also have a very strong reputation for quality, including being named the highest-rated midsize premium multi-activity vehicle in the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS) for 2007.