Used Lexus RX 2003 - 2009 review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Alternatives

Lexus RX (03 - 09)
  • Lexus RX (03 - 09)
  • Lexus RX (03 - 09)
  • Lexus RX (03 - 09)
  • Lexus RX (03 - 09)
  • Lexus RX (03 - 09)
  • Lexus RX (03 - 09)
  • Lexus RX (03 - 09)
  • Lexus RX (03 - 09)
  • Lexus RX (03 - 09)
  • Lexus RX (03 - 09)

Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used Lexus RX 4x4?

If you’re looking for something more practical than the RX, the Land Rover Discovery is well worth considering. It’s roomy enough to let seven adults stretch out, plus it’s just as comfortable as the RX on road and a lot more capable off it. Instead, it’s the Discovery’s reliability record that might make you think twice.

Another seven-seat option is the Volvo XC90. Like the Discovery, it’s a practical 4x4 that can play the comfortable long-distance cruiser. And while its diesel engines and interior feel dated, there are lots of XC90s on the used market, some at very tempting prices.

Overview

The RX offers the luxury and refinement you expect of a Lexus, but it's not the most practical SUV.

  • Fantastic reliability record
  • Comfortable ride
  • Very quiet
  • Hybrid version is efficient in town
  • No seven-seat option
  • No diesels
  • Stodgy handling
  • Smaller than most rivals inside