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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Lexus RX (09-15) review.

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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Lexus RX (03-09) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Good refinement, easy to drive, comfortable long distance cruiser, strong performance

CONS

Awkward looks, hybrid system not quite as good as a conventional diesel, not as enjoyable to drive as alternatives

PROS

Good refinement, easy to drive, comfortable long distance cruiser, strong performance

CONS

Awkward looks, hybrid system not quite as good as a conventional diesel, not as enjoyable to drive as alternatives

Verdict

With its sharp styling, upmarket image and lack of a diesel engine, it's clear the Lexus RX was always designed as a road going four-wheel drive car rather than an a proper offroader. As you'd expect from Lexus (which is owned by Toyota) build quality and reliability are second to none while superb ride comfort makes it great for covering long distances.

In 2005 the RX300 was joined by the RX400h model which is actually a hybrid - and uses an electric motor alongside its petrol engine. This is the alternative to a conventional diesel and returns a useful 35mpg. In 2006 the RX300 was replaced by the RX350 which was both more powerful and more frugal than the smaller engine.

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