The Lexus RX is smooth and comfortable, and it’s flexible when it comes to hauling people or cargo. It’s finished with style and built like the proverbial Swiss watch, and it offers all the latest features.
The RX 350 offers brisk acceleration performance to its powerful yet efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine introduced on 2007 models. The RX 400h features a hybrid gas-electric powerplant.
For 2008, the changes are mainly cosmetic. The only mechanical change is the addition of a Vehicle Stability Control cut-off switch.
The 2008 Lexus RX 350 features a new front grille design and chrome door handles. Two new exterior colors are available as well as a new interior wood trim option, black bird’s-eye maple, available with the light-gray interior. Newly optional are seven-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with a liquid graphite finish.
The 2008 Lexus RX 400h gets a new finish on the grille, a blue hybrid badge on the front of models without the towing package, chrome door handles, new finish for the five-spoke, 18-inch wheels, a color-keyed rear spoiler, seven new colors, and black bird’s-eye maple wood trim is available with light-gray interiors.
With the RX series, Lexus pioneered the crossover-style SUV, based on a unit-body car platform rather than a heavy-duty truck frame. Crossover utility vehicles offer better ride and handling and better fuel economy than truck-based SUVs, but they still deliver many of the things 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 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 3500 pounds with the optional trailer package.
The RX is as quiet inside as most cars. It’s easy to drive and easier than most SUVs to park, with light steering and responsive brakes. It also offers the latest technology: headlights that swivel to help the driver see around corners, a rear-mounted camera that displays what’s behind on the dash-mounted navigation screen, a voice-activated hands-free telephone system, cruise control that can adjust for changes in traffic and a giant sunroof. It’s equipped with the latest in passive safety features, including seven airbags.
The RX 400h combines a gasoline-powered V6 with one high-torque electric motor-generator on the front-wheel-drive model, and two motors on the all-wheel-drive model. The gas engine can propel the car or recharge the batteries. Most of the time the RX 400h runs on a combination of the V6 and electric motors, but in certain situations it will run strictly on the V6 engine, and in others strictly with the electric motors.
3.5L V-6 Engine
5-spd auto w/OD Transmission
270 @ 6,200 rpm Horsepower
251 @ 4,700 rpm Torque
Front-wheel Drive type
ABS and driveline Traction control
17″ silver aluminum Wheels
Front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
AM/FM/Satellite-prep, seek-scan Radio
1st row LCD monitor
Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
Front Fog/driving lights
Cloth Seat trim
Driver and passenger Lumbar support