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STYLING | 8 out of 10
easy on the eyes
Car and Driver
stylish and at home in the valet line at a fancy restaurant
real wood and leather...make for a rich ambience
The 2008 Lexus RX 350 was one of the first luxury crossovers to hit the market. In 2007 it was redesigned, and reviewers from around the Web—including those here at TheCarConnection.com—are pleased by its rakish lines and sophisticated take on utility.
Kelley Blue Book notes that the Lexus RX 350 avoids "harder angles and squared-off edges favored by traditional SUVs" in favor of "matching rounded body contours with well-defined accent lines." Cars.com says “the RX 350 harkens back to an earlier Lexus — not quite cutting edge, but still elegant to my eyes.” Car and Driver says it’s "easy on the eyes," and Edmunds calls it “smooth and sophisticated.” Automotive.com feels “it's stylish and at home in the valet line at a fancy restaurant,” while its “beefy front bumper and pronounced fender flares are designed to suggest the rugged, off-pavement expected in an SUV."
This Lexus’ interior is as swank as its exterior. Edmunds says “you'd never guess this is an entry-level luxury SUV,” and reports that "real wood and leather trim on the console, door panels and steering wheel come standard and make for a rich ambience." Automotive.com notes "the instrument cluster in the Lexus RX 350 features three large, round gauges trimmed in silver, with legible script and near-perfect backlighting," and mentions "a new interior wood trim option...the Lexus RX 350 has splashes of walnut on the doors and center console and on its steering wheel." According to Truck Trend, "inside, the Lexus RX 350 2008 offers an additional wood trim color, Black Bird's-Eye Maple, on units with a light gray interior." Kelley Blue Book adds "cloth upholstery, signature Optitron electroluminescent gauges and real wood trim are complemented by a major assortment of comfort and convenience touches." Car and Driver sums it up: “This is 'sport' as in something off the Ralph Lauren rack.”
The 2008 Lexus RX 350 hits a sweet spot of luxury and utility with its interior and exterior styling.