This is the car for those who have been driving prestige saloon cars but find that it is difficult to get in and out low saloons.This car is thus excellent for drivers in the older age group who want the comfort and luxury of a saloon car with the benefit of easy entry and exit.
Another important point is the adaptive lighting which is a boon for night driving. The car is very well equipped and for people who want to go from A to B in absolute comfort it is excellent.
Pricewise it is much cheaper than BMW X5 and the Volvo. The main niggle I have found is that the accelerating from a speed of 10-15 miles is a bit jerky and disconcerting.
This is my third lexus. My previous two were the top of the range. Ofcourse the acceleration and the smoothness of the drive are not same as the top of the range saloon but it is the main choice for the physical reasons mentioned above.
As far as reliablity and service are concerned they are second to none.
The RX300 has a style all of its own. In this model, all the toys are present without the expense of BMW, Mercedes or even Volvo. People don't buy this car to take it off-road, so its limited capability is not an issue.
Yes, I am one of the first people to own one, so am a little biased. I like everything about this car: the way it handles, the technology, the fuel economy, the safety, even the way Lexus has thought about the children in the back. It's not just the in-car entertainment, but the reclining seats and lowered seat belts. It may be a slightly overpriced luxury but it is a family dream.
A fantastically equipped car, the gadgets never cease to amaze me. The 2005 model includes voice command for the sat-nav and audio functions, and integrated bluetooth phone connectivity. A lot of reviews state that the air suspension on the SEL does not add to the ride of the cheaper coils on the SE. Tell that to my 10 year old Labrador who appreciates the suspension lowering significantly when the car is static. Favourite gadget is the remote opening and closing tailgate which never ceases to get a smile at the shops. Only slight downside is the small fuel tank which will take you 300 miles if you are lucky. Although only 23 MPG cheaper petrol prices makes the vehicle comparable to diesel models in economy, but in general it's a couple of second off the mark faster.
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