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STYLING | 8 out of 10
you'd never guess this is an entry-level luxury SUV
stylish and at home in the valet line at a fancy restaurant
easy on the eyes
Car and Driver
The 2009 Lexus RX 350 hits a sweet spot of luxury and utility with its interior and exterior styling, and there’s a host of new colors from which to choose.
TheCarConnection.com finds that reviewers from around the Web are pleased the styling of the 2009 RX 350. Car and Driver says it’s "easy on the eyes," and Edmunds calls it “smooth and sophisticated.” 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 remarks “the RX 350 harkens back to an earlier Lexus—not quite cutting edge, but still elegant to my eyes.”
According to Truck Trend, "inside, the Lexus RX 350 2009 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.” 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."
The 2009 Lexus RX 350 sports rakish lines and a sophisticated take on utility.