Used Lexus RX 2003 - 2009 review

What is it like?

(2003 - 2009)
Lexus RX (03 - 09)
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What's the used Lexus RX 4x4 like?

Like the brand’s upmarket saloons, the Lexus RX is very refined: the engines are smooth and quiet, and wind and road noise are almost non-existent.

Comfort is a strong point, too, with an electrically adjustable driver's seat on all models, and decent space for five. However, the RX isn’t as big inside as a BMW X5 or Land Rover Discovery and, unlike those rivals, it isn’t available with seven seats.

On the road, the RX's emphasis is on comfort, especially in cars with air suspension. If you want a sporty drive, the X5 will do a much better job.

The earliest RXs (badged RX 300) were offered with a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, and while this is the least powerful option, it still responds well enough. It was replaced in 2006 by the more powerful, yet more economical RX 350.

Usually, the alternative to a petrol engine would be a diesel, but in the RX it's the RX 400h petrol-electric hybrid. This is more efficient – not to mention less polluting – than diesel rivals in town and can give fuel economy of well over 30mpg if driven gently, although a diesel will be cheaper to run if you do a lot of motorway miles.


Lexus RX (03 - 09)
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