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You know, one might say that corporations who play the safe card stand the best chance of surviving today's dismal automotive industrial state. You might also agree that Toyota's Lexus division has been spot-on in doing so.

29 May 2009

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Example - here we have Lexus' new RX 350 - an SUV that in 1998, started the whole ball game of plus-height, big-sized soccer mum machines. The original RX300 quickly topped the charts, earning itself a bestselling title of all "Lexi" worldwide.

Gee, the timing worked out just right, don't you think? But to their credit, Lexus knows how not to mess with a good thing without having it reek of your old man's closet.

The RX350 in its third Reich leads you on with all of its pleasantries and inoffensiveness, completely different body colour choices and more equipment than before.

Design and accommodation

But passionate car pundits were largely undecided with respect to its appearances. In staying with what has worked well in the past, the long snout that houses a sizeable 3.5-litre engine. Accompanied by a youthful façade, the rest is a little contradicting.

The rounded-off posterior further integrates Lexus' sharp angular lines as part of its L-finesse DNA. However, it might have resulted in something that resembles the hunchback of Notre Dame in silhouette form. Perhaps I exaggerate, but the otherwise accommodating and longer wheelbase does look rather uncomfortable in our eyes.

What you need to know is that it's 4 cm longer and broader, 0.5 cm taller and has about 2.5 cm more in width between the front and rear axles.

When you're scrutinising the back half of the Lexus from the inside, it's clear that emphasis was given to passenger space. They claim that an unequal-length control-arm rear suspension provides 5 percent more boot space, but to be honest, it's barely perceptible.

Yes, it only has two rows of seats, much to the chagrin of those seeking an alternative to the Volvo XC90 and BMW X5. But with 40/20/40 split rear-seats that slide and recline, the new RX is something of a luxurious choice rather than a cram-'n'-jam family transport device.

The aluminium, greyish themes were conservative, but understated enough without being overly boring. Backs and backsides alike will thrive when mated to soft leather, complemented by an excellent driving position, adjusted via buttons of course.
Car Information
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204kW (274 bhp)



346 Nm



6-speed (A) ECT

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