True, the running costs are expensive but compare it to any other car in its class and it doesn't seem so bad. I've driven BMW X5s, Volvo XC90s, Porsche Cayennes, Discoverys etc - this car is way ahead of all of them on the road, and has enough off the road capability for almost everyone.
I don't understand the comment about it being a 4 seater - the reason I bought it is because I have three large teenage sons and a dog and it is the only car (and I mean the only car) which has every goodie, no transmission tunnel and is less than £40,000. It is, quite simply, an unbeatable vehicle in almost every category.
Dealer is fantastic, reliability is fantastic. The only slight disappointment for me is the radio quality - the CD is fine, but the radio is poor.
I'm just about to buy the RX350 which I expect to be even better (can't go for the 400 because that does have the transmission tunnel problem which effectively makes it a 4 seater.)
Don't buy any other big 4x4 if you can afford the Lexus.
There's a lovely smooth delivery of power from the auto transmission.The engine is unbelievably refined and quiet.The only time when you can hear it is when it's pushed hard and it's just as well because there's a beautiful roar off the V6.There is a bit of wind noise.The power steering also lacks a bit of feel.Driving on country roads is a very pleasant experience with pin-point steering and minimal body roll.Overall It's a very relaxing car for long journeys due to how refined it is.Inside you get pretty much every luxury you'd want from a premium SUV.Legroom and headroom has never been a problem.Neither has the unpractical shape of the boot ever been a problem due to the very versatile rear seating arrangements. The car is really a 4 seater.The middle seat in the back is not a seat.The sat-nav is top class and so is the reversing camera.The power boot is also very handy and the 8 speaker sound system is fantastic.The 2zone climate control system is the biggest let down in the car. The fans make far too much noise and it's surprisingly unsophisticated. It's also hard to tell whether the sunroof is open or closed. One important thing to note about the car is that if you get the rubber mats(which I strongly recommend, especially in the boot) the mat for the driver area gets stuck on the accelarator pedal when you push it down all the way!
This purchase decision was bizarrely driven by the need to seat my three teenagers in comfort and at 18 months old, the first owner had taken an £18,000 hit on depreciation! Be wary.
Performance is pretty good for a big lump, especially when wound up on the motorway. Acceleration in kickdown is noisy and you feel you need more torque, but it does the job. It's fantastic at cruising, refined, and with a commanding view.
I had a truly horrendous Continental journey - 500 miles took 12 hours and in any other car I think I would have given up.
Handling is not sporty but safe enough if you want to throw it round corners. The air suspension is very good. It gives surprisingly low tyre wear.
In terms of toys, everything you need comes as standard. The car averages 23mpg. You can get 27mpg at sensible motorway cruising. I had the 400h for a day and couldn't see the point - you won't get 35mpg and as other readers have said it is not really a 4x4 - more like front wheel drive!
The dealer has been very good - servicing is not too expensive (yet).
There have been no faults, but cruise control is useless and it will change down a gear or two on the slightest incline. The turning circle is also a pain.
Overall, it's a great car and doesn't look like a Tonka toy either (sorry, BMW X5 drivers!). Now I'm thinking about an Audi Allroad, but it would be hard to leave Lexus.
Well this is the "new" RX400H with some modifications. I have spent some time in the original version and I have experienced what folk have described as torque steer from the incredible power that surges from the combined motors and engine. The car has full electric steering governed by a computer and stiffened or lightened according to the drive, it seems easy to describe it as torque steer but i beg to differ, it's just different.
The new model has had a software upgrade and even though the running gear remains identical, the feel is more natural and no different to anything else you could consider.
The performance is still breath-taking. It was a releif to hear from the nice staff at Lexus Coventry that they were not describing this car as the answer to saving the planet. The pitch has changed to being a thoroughbred of performance SUV that will do good economy and has got a massively reduced carbon footprint when you compare it to any other SUV. It's no angel but as I mentioned to a good friend, I'm having an expensive 4x4, I can afford most of them but I have chosen the Lexus because at least I feel I'm doing my bit for the environment. Then behind their backs I snigger thinking about the incredible performance.
It is fun, refined, soooo comfortable, packed with every extra and it's not the choice of a sheep. Be prepared to frighten the kids!
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