Shopping for a new Lexus RX 350?
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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
gives up nothing to the more expensive prestige-brand SUVs
cloth upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control
The 2009 Lexus RX 350 offers the luxury features buyers expect from a Lexus—and one of the best audio systems on the market. Edmunds notes, “a stunning Mark Levinson audio system and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones” are offered, "but the Mark Levinson system is only available as part of a pricey package.”
Expensive packages are about the only way to upgrade the RX 350. According to Automotive.com, "the Premium Package includes leather upholstery, power tilt/telescope steering wheel, a roof rack, power moonroof and entry lights that illuminate the ground below the doors," while "the Premium Plus Package...adds high-intensity discharge headlamps that turn in the direction of travel...the Lexus RX 350 2009 Performance Package includes 8-inch graphite-colored aluminum alloy wheels with wider tires, height-adjustable air suspension, sequential-shifting transmission, and rain-sensing wipers." This source also notes that "heated front seats can be ordered as a stand-alone option" for every Lexus RX 350.
When it comes to standard equipment, Edmunds says, "The Lexus RX 350's level of standard equipment is impressive and includes a power rear liftgate, auto-dimming mirrors all around, wood interior trim, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, four one-touch power windows and second-row seats that slide and recline." According to Automotive.com, "cloth upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, a 132-watt AM/FM/cassette stereo with eight-speakers and an in-dash, six-CD changer, cruise control, privacy glass, automatic headlamps, 10-way power adjustment for both front seats, and leather trim for the steering wheel and shift knob" are all standard equipment.
"Available Lexus RX 350 2009 features such as a rearview camera, adaptive headlights (which swivel slightly in the direction you are turning) and a voice-activated navigation system mean that this midsize luxury sport-ute gives up nothing to the more expensive prestige-brand SUVs when it comes to technology," reports Edmunds.
The 2009 Lexus RX 350 gets a good roster of features, but many of the best options are bundled into expensive packages.