2009 Lexus RX 350 vs. Its Competition

2009 Lexus RX 350

While the Lexus RX 350 reigns supreme in delivering on luxury, it's more of a Costco-style everyman's luxury; it just doesn’t stand out the way some other vehicles in this class do.

Dynamically, the Acura MDX is a better-handling vehicle, and all of the other competitors listed offer available V-8 engine options that transmit much more power.

And the Audi Q7 and BMW X5 now have available turbodiesel engines, bringing better fuel economy with near-V-8 power.

If you need additional room for kids, the Cadillac, BMW, and Audi all come with small third-row seats.

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The 2009 Lexus RX 350 is a well-liked, competitive utility vehicle that has everything but personality.
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The 2009 Cadillac SRX enters its last year as a good-looking and functional crossover, but tight third-row seating and poor fuel efficiency remain as blemishes on an otherwise solid package.
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The 2009 Infiniti FX offers a truly distinctive shape and sportscarlike acceleration. If you need to haul plywood or lots of kids, though, look elsewhere.
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The 2008 Acura MDX has a little more passion than most larger SUVs, with no less practicality.
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The 2008 Audi Q7 puts a sport-ute premium on its beautifully made interior, seven-passenger seating, and sedanlike acceleration.
MSRP From    
$37,700$40,460N/A$40,195$42,500
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6N/AGas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/AN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door V6N/A4WD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.6L
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveRWDN/A4 Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55N/A75
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4-Door SUV4 DoorN/A4 Door4 Door SUV
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD