2009 Lexus RX 350 Review

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The 2009 Lexus RX 350 is a well-liked, competitive utility vehicle that has everything but personality.

TheCarConnection.com's editors drove the new Lexus RX 350 in order to give you an expert opinion in this Bottom Line. TheCarConnection.com's SUV experts also researched available road tests on the new Lexus RX 350 to produce this conclusive review and to help you find the truth where other reviews might differ.

The RX 350 remains the best-selling Lexus model and outpaces competitors at a rate of nearly three to one. For 2009 the Lexus remixed the color palette of the RX 350 but otherwise left the SUV alone in preparation for its replacement in 2010.

When Lexus originally launched the RX series, there were precious few SUVs and even fewer crossovers, so the Lexus RX was an immediate hit. Based on a unit-body car platform rather than a heavy-duty truck frame, Lexus can be credited for pioneering the crossover-style SUV. Crossover utility vehicles offer a better ride, as well as improved handling and fuel economy compared to truck-based SUVs, but they still deliver many of the features buyers want in an SUV: more cargo space than a car, a better view over traffic, and a sense of security that accompanies an elevated driving position. The 2009 RX 350 is a good-looking car in its own right. But because of its careful, conservative design evolution, it can be hard to tell the difference between a current and previous-generation RX.

The RX last received a redesign in 2007, but the most significant changes were under the hood. The RX got a new, larger-displacement engine: a 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 teamed with a standard five-speed automatic transmission. The RX 350 accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds for the front-drive model and 7.4 seconds for the all-wheel-drive model. Fuel economy checks in at 18 mpg city, 23 highway for the FWD model, 17/22 mpg for the AWD version. There’s also a more fuel-efficient but more expensive hybrid version of the 2009 Lexus RX, called the RX 400h; it’s covered in a separate review.

Handling is perfectly predictable and a little unengaging in the 2009 Lexus RX 350 compared to the likes of the Nissan Murano. Stability control is standard, as are a driver's knee airbag and front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags. The RX doesn't offer the big towing capacity or off-road capability of a true truck, but an all-wheel-drive RX 350 handles gravel and snow with ease, and it can tow up to 3,500 pounds with the optional trailer package. Crash-test results have been unanimously good.

The 2009 Lexus RX 350 also offers an available factory-installed rear-seat DVD entertainment system with a new-design 9-inch screen. Its optional navigation system comes with Bluetooth wireless technology. Other optional equipment for the 2009 Lexus RX 350 includes a power-tilt/telescoping steering wheel with memory, an illuminated entry system that lights the door handles, scuff plates, and front footwells—and a wide-opening, multipanel moonroof.

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February 4, 2016
2009 Lexus RX 350 AWD 4-Door

Lexus lives up to it's reputation

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Bought this wonderful SUV new and did most of my dealing on the internet with the sales person. Ride is terrific and pick up and performance is great. Highest MPG for a SUV in this category and I get almost... + More »
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April 12, 2016
2016 Lexus RX 350 AWD 4-Door

excellent vehicle

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I am pleased with every aspect of this vehicle. Criticisms of non working features are generally the result of not reading the owner's manual. For example, I thought that the hatch opening feature did't work... + More »
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April 2, 2016
2016 Lexus RX 350 AWD 4-Door

Top in my book

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I have had a Lexus before but this new 2016 RX 350 is the best
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March 28, 2016
2016 Lexus RX 350 AWD 4-Door F Sport

Where is the Seek feature?

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I like everything about my new Lexus but the audio seek feature need to be more accessible. Other issue with the 2016 model is the crash avoidance feature in not working yet, therefore Lexus disable it... + More »
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February 6, 2016
2016 Lexus RX 350 AWD 4-Door F Sport

Very happy with the 2016 RX

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There are some polarizing reviews of the new RX, so I'll share my thoughts on the F-sport AWD trim we purchased. It is a very nice suv and is everything I expected it to be. I have waited for over a year for... + More »
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January 4, 2016
2016 Lexus RX 350 AWD 4-Door

I am not consent with this car

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I recently purchased a 2016 Lexus RX350. I am not consent with this car at all. 1. Entering the car – I find myself have to crawl in the car every time. 2. Not durable (cheap leather) 3. Hard to use command... + More »
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April 28, 2015
2016 Lexus RX 350 AWD 4-Door F Sport

RX350 is a great buy when using your head and not your heart

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If my first 3 must-haves (in this order) for a entry lux SUV were NOT long-term reliability, safety and comnfort, I would have bought something German. However, since these were my 3 must haves, the Lexus... + More »
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August 23, 2016
2015 Lexus RX 350 FWD 4-Door

Beautiful car and sweet ride.

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This is a beautiful car and we love the drive. It has gret pick-up and Sheri features. I do have a bit of a problem seeing around the side-view mirrors especially going around corners as they are quite large... + More »
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June 5, 2016
2015 Lexus RX 350 AWD 4-Door

Love this vehicle

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Nothing else to say......................................................
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April 2, 2016
2015 Lexus RX 350 FWD 4-Door

VERY GOOD SMALL FAMILY AUTO.

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VERY GOOD SMALL FAMILY AUTO AS NO 3 ROWS OF SEATS. QUALITY AND VALUE FOR THE MONEY. WE ARE BOTH 81 NOW AND HAD OWNED A 2007 NEW 350 RX FWD FOR 8 YEARS. THE 2015 IS MUCH ROOMIER AND MORE BEAUTIFUL IN AND OUT... + More »
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