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[[Image:lexusfront.jpg|frame|'''The Lexus RX''']]
 
[[Image:400.jpg|frame|'''The Lexus RX Hybrid''']]
 
 
 
The '''[[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 350''' is a crossover SUV manufactured by the [http://www.toyota.com Toyota Motor Corporation]. It is based heavily on the [[Toyota Camry]] platform which it shares with the [[Toyota Highlander]]. The RX 350 was introduced in 1997 as the Toyota Harrier in Japan and as the RX 300 at the North American International Auto Show. It quickly gained popularity and became [[Lexus|Lexus]]'s best-selling model, as it was amongst the first in the crossover SUV market and serves as a model for following designs.
 
 
 
See WikiCars' comprehensive '''[[Lexus RX Review]]'''.
 
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===Recent Changes===
 
For 2007, the RX has a mid-cycle refresh consisting of a new 2GR-FE 3.5-liter [[V6|V6]] instead of the older 3MZ-FE 3.3-liter [[V6|V6]] engine, changing the vehicle's name from RX 330 to RX 350. The RX 350 will also feature an updated DVD [[Navigation System|navigation system]] with better graphics, voice controlled destination inputs, and a new device called "bread crumbs". Bread crumbs will enable drivers to retrace their steps.
 
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===Styles and Major Options===
 
====2007 RX 350====
 
'''Premium Package - $2,145'''
 
*  Leather-trimmed interior
 
*  Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column with memory
 
*  [[Lexus|Lexus]] [[Seat Memory|Memory System]] to control power driver’s seat (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel
 
*  Illuminated entry system
 
*  Power tilt-and-slide [[Sunroof|moonroof]] with one-touch open/close and sliding sunshade
 
*  Roof rails/roof rack
 
 
 
'''Premium Plus Package - $2,960'''
 
*  Leather-trimmed interior
 
*  Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column with memory
 
*  [[Lexus|Lexus]] [[Seat Memory|Memory System]] to control power driver’s seat (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel
 
*  Illuminated entry system
 
*  Power tilt-and-slide [[Sunroof|moonroof]] with one-touch open/close and sliding sunshade
 
*  Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)
 
*  High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling
 
*  Roof rails/roof rack
 
 
 
'''[[Navigation System|Navigation System]]/Mark Levinson® Package - $7,090'''
 
*  Leather-trimmed interior
 
*  Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column
 
*  [[Lexus|Lexus]] [[Seat Memory|Memory System]] to control power driver’s seat (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel
 
*  Illuminated entry system
 
*  Power tilt-and-slide [[Sunroof|moonroof]] with one-touch open/close and sliding sunshade
 
*  Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)
 
*  High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling
 
*  Roof rails/roof rack
 
*  [[Lexus|Lexus]] voice-activated DVD [[Navigation System]] with backup camera and [[Bluetooth]]® technology
 
*  Mark Levinson® 11-speaker 210-watt Premium Audio System with [[In-Dash 6-Disc CD|in-dash, single-feed, six-disc DVD/CD]] auto-changer featuring DVD-audio and DVD-video playback
 
 
 
'''Performance Package - $4,955'''
 
*  Leather-trimmed interior
 
*  Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column
 
*  Leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
 
*  [[Lexus|Lexus]] [[Seat Memory|Memory System]] to control power driver’s seat (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel
 
*  Illuminated entry system
 
*  Power tilt-and-slide [[Sunroof|moonroof]] with one-touch open/close and sliding sunshade
 
*  Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)
 
*  High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling
 
*  Roof rails/roof rack
 
*  Graphite-polished 18-in alloy wheels with 235/55VR18 all-season tires
 
*  Four-wheel air suspension
 
*  Five-speed sequential-shift [[Automatic transmission|automatic]] Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT)
 
*  Rain-sensing wipers
 
 
 
'''Multipanel [[Sunroof|Moonroof]] Package - $3,740'''
 
*  Leather-trimmed interior
 
*  Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column
 
*  [[Lexus|Lexus]] [[Seat Memory|Memory System]] to control power driver’s seat (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel
 
*  Illuminated entry system
 
*  Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)
 
*  High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling
 
*  Multipanel [[sunroof|moonroof]]
 
 
'''Individual Factory Options'''
 
*  [[Lexus|Lexus]] [[Entertainment Center|DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System]] (RSES) - (includes two pairs of wireless headphones) - $1,740
 
*  [[Lexus|Lexus]] voice-activated DVD [[Navigation System]] (includes backup camera and [[Bluetooth]]® technology) - $2,650
 
*  Dynamic Laser [[Cruise Control]] - $600
 
*  Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) with High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps - $815
 
*  Two-level heated front seats (includes rain-sensing variable intermittent wipers and headlamp washers) - $665
 
*  18-in alloy wheels (235/55VR18 and full-size spare) - $495
 
*  Two-level heated front seats (includes headlamp washers) - $540
 
*  Rain-sensing wipers - $125
 
*  Towing Prep Package - $160
 
*  Roof rack with rails - $220
 
 
 
'''Dealer Accessories'''
 
*  All-weather floor mats
 
*  Ashtray kit
 
*  Car cover
 
*  Cargo mat
 
*  Cargo net
 
*  Cargo tray
 
*  Front-end mask
 
*  Mudguards
 
*  Paint protection film
 
*  Tow-hitch receiver
 
*  Roof rack attachment – bike rack
 
*  Roof rack attachment – ski/snowboard
 
*  Wheel locks
 
*  Wireless headphones
 
*  XM® [[Satellite Radio]] (available Spring 2006)
 
*  SIRIUS® [[Satellite Radio]] (available Summer 2006)
 
 
 
====2006 RX 400h====
 
'''Individual Factory Options'''
 
*  [[Lexus|Lexus]] [[Entertainment Center|DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System]] (RSES) (includes two pairs of wireless headphones) - $1,840
 
*  Heated Front Seats with Rain-Sensing Wipers - $665
 
*  Mark Levinson® 11-speaker, 210-watt Premium Audio System with [[In-Dash 6-Disc CD|in-dash, single-feed, six-disc CD]] changer - $980
 
*  [[Lexus|Lexus]] voice-activated DVD [[Navigation System]] (includes backup camera and [[Bluetooth]]® technology) - $2,350
 
 
 
'''Dealer Accessories'''
 
*  All-weather floor mats
 
*  Car cover
 
*  Cargo mat
 
*  Cargo net
 
*  Front-end mask
 
*  Tow-hitch receiver
 
*  Wheel locks
 
*  Wireless headphones
 
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===Pricing===
 
'''2007 RX 350'''
 
*  [[Four Wheel Drive|All Wheel Drive]]:      MSRP $39,495
 
*  Front Wheel Drive:    MSRP $38,095
 
 
 
Today's actual prices on the 2007 [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 350 by city can be found at [http://www.carsdirect.com/buildyourcar/zipcode?make=LE&modelid=623 CarsDirect].
 
 
 
'''2006 RX 400h'''
 
*  [[Four Wheel Drive|All Wheel Drive]]:      MSRP $46,755
 
*  Front Wheel Drive:    MSRP $45,355
 
 
 
Today's [http://www.carsdirect.com/buildyourcar/zipcode?make=LE&modelid=533 prices] for the 2006 [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 400h are also available at CarsDirect.
 
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===Gas Mileage===
 
According to [http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/byclass.htm FuelEconomy.gov], the 2007 RX 350 Front Wheel Drive averages 20 MPG City/ 25 MPG Hwy. The 2007 RX 350 [[Four Wheel Drive|All Wheel Drive]] averages 19 MPG City/ 24 MPG Hwy.
 
 
 
Visitors to [http://www.greenhybrid.com GreenHybrid.com], averaged about 25 MPG with their 2006 RX 400h in the [http://www.greenhybrid.com/compare/mileage/[[Lexus|lexus]]-rx.html Real [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] Mileage Database].
 
 
 
====City/Highway Averages for RX Generations====
 
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'''Trim'''
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
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<td>
 
2007 RX 350
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2006 RX 400h
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2006 RX 330
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2005 RX 330
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2004 RX 330
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2003 RX 300
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2002 RX 300
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2001 RX 300
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2000 RX 300
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
1999 RX 300
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
<tr>
 
<td colspan=10 bgcolor=#ccccc>
 
'''MPG'''
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
<tr bgcolor=#ffffcc>
 
<td>
 
19/25
 
</td><td>
 
33/27
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
18/25
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
18/25
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
18/25
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
18/23
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
18/23
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
18/23
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
18/24
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
19/24
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
</table>
 
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===Reliablity===
 
The 2007 [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 350 delivers a smooth and responsive acceleration, making the ride even more enjoyable than its predecessor, the RX 330.
 
 
 
The RX 400h goes from 0-60 MPH in 7.19 seconds, whereas the RX 330 took 8.12 seconds.
 
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===Safety===
 
====2006 [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 400h====
 
*  '''Airbags'''
 
The RX 400h's sophisticated network of sensors and airbags includes front seat-mounted [[side airbags]] with a larger protection area than the conventional [[side airbags|side airbag]]. A driver's advanced airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) deploys in one of three speeds, depending on many factors including crash severity and driver's seat-track position. Similarly, the front passenger's advanced airbag uses occupant weight and crash-severity sensors to monitor its deployment. And rounding out this impressive system are front and rear roll-sensing [[side curtain airbags]] and a driver's-knee airbag.
 
 
 
*  '''VDIM'''
 
The new Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) is a technologically advanced system that uses a network of sensors throughout the RX 400h to constantly monitor the driver’s actions and vehicle movement. Anticipating vehicle control problems before they occur, VDIM helps correct the situation with a combination of braking, steering and throttle control.
 
 
 
*  '''[[Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)|ABS]] with Brake Assist'''
 
Four-sensor, four-channel [[Anti-Lock_Brakes_ABS|Anti-lock Braking System]] ([[Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)|ABS]]) with [[Brake Assist]] is triggered when the brake pedal is pushed quickly and the system detects an emergency situation. Together they can help the driver reduce stopping distance in an emergency by supplementing brake power if the driver does not apply enough pressure to the pedal. And should you need to hit the brakes in an emergency, the computer-controlled Electronic Brakeforce Distribution ([[Electronic Brake-Force Distribution|EBD]]) modulates the amount of fluid pressure distributed to the brakes, helping to provide greater control during braking.
 
 
 
*  '''Reinforced Body'''
 
The RX 400h is designed with a welded-steel unibody frame, strong box-section, side-impact door beams and impact-dissipating front and rear crumple zones. Additionally, three-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners with force limiters quickly cinch the front [[Seatbelt_Pretensioners|seatbelts]] in the event of a severe frontal impact.
 
 
 
*  '''Daytime Running Lights'''
 
Just in case its sleek body doesn't draw enough attention, the RX 400h comes equipped with daytime running lights, which help make it easier for other drivers to see your vehicle during daylight hours.
 
 
 
====2007 [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 350====
 
In addition to the features listed above in the RX 400h, the RX 350 also includes the following safety features:
 
 
 
*  '''[[Electronic Stability Control|Vehicle Stability Control]]'''
 
To help keep you in control, the RX is armed with an array of safety systems. [[Electronic_Stability_Control|Vehicle Stability Control]] (VSC) senses lateral slip in turns and helps keep the vehicle on course, while Traction Control (TRAC) helps effectively deploy power during slippery conditions.
 
 
 
*  '''Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System'''
 
When it comes to driving safety, it helps to have your tires properly inflated. With this in mind, [[Lexus|Lexus]] engineers designed the four-sensor Tire Pressure Monitor System to alert the driver with a light on the instrument panel when tire pressure is critically low.
 
 
 
*  '''Theft-Deterrent System'''
 
The RX features a sophisticated theft-deterrent system built right in. A rolling code immobilizes the engine unless the proper key is used, making the RX 350 a very unpopular vehicle among thieves.
 
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===Photos===
 
Interior and Exterior Photos for the 2007 [http://www.carsdirect.com/[[Lexus|lexus]]/rx_350/pictures [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 350] and the 2006 [http://www.carsdirect.com/[[Lexus|lexus]]/rx_400h/pictures [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 400h] are available at CarsDirect.
 
 
 
[[Image:lexus roof.jpg|frame|'''2007 Lexus RX 350 shown with Moonroof, Roof-Rack, and Spoiler''']]
 
[[Image:lexus350.jpg|frame|'''2007 Lexus RX 350 Dashboard''']]
 
[[Image:lexus400.jpg|frame|'''2006 Lexus RX 400h Dashboard''']]
 
[[Image:cabin view.jpg|frame|'''2007 Lexus RX 350 Interior Cabin''']]
 
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===Colors===
 
'''The 2007 RX 350 and 2006 RX 400h are available in the following colors:'''
 
*  Neptune Blue Mica
 
*  Flint Mica
 
*  Savannah Metallic
 
*  Bamboo Pearl
 
*  Crystal White
 
*  Millenium Silver Metallic
 
*  Black Onyx
 
 
 
'''The 2007 RX 350 is also available in these colors (The RX 400h is not):'''
 
*  Black Forest Pearl
 
*  Breakwater Blue Metallic
 
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===Main Competitors===
 
Midsize SUVs that are [http://www.carsdirect.com/research/compare?acodes=USB70LES121A0 comparable] to the RX are:
 
*  [[Acura RDX]]
 
*  [[BMW X3]]
 
*  [[Hummer H3]]
 
*  [[Infiniti FX|Infiniti FX35]]/[[Infiniti FX|FX45]]
 
*  [[Land Rover LR3]]
 
*  [[Mercedes Benz ML350]]
 
*  [[Volvo XC90]]
 
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===[[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] Models===
 
The [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 400h is an automobile assembled by [http://www.toyota.com Toyota Motor Corp.] under the [[Lexus|Lexus]] brand name using Toyota's [[Hybrid Synergy Drive]] technology. It is called the '''Toyota Harrier [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]]''' in Japan. After first being introduced in January 2004 at the North American International Auto Show, it would become the world's second mass-produced [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] SUV, after the [[Ford Escape Hybrid]]. In November 2004, Toyota announced the American launch of [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] [[Lexus|Lexus]]/Toyota SUV will be delayed to the 2006 model year, with European and Asian launches during 2006. The Toyota version of the same car debuted in Japan on March 22, 2005, the same day as the [[Toyota Highlander|Toyota Highlander Hybrid]].
 
 
 
Toyota will price the RX 400h/Harrier [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] at a substantial premium over the non-[[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] RX 300/ RX 330/ Harrier. The list price in Japan ranges from 4.095 million Yen to 4.62 million Yen. In US, it will be priced at $49,185, which is a $5,600 premium over a similarly-equipped RX 350.
 
 
 
The gasoline-powered part of the engine system is a 3.3 L 3MZ-FE [[V6|V6]], very similar to the one found in the RX 350. It produced, in the case of the Harrier [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]], 211 [[HP|hp]] JIS (155 kW) and 288 Nm (212 ft·lbf). The petrol engine is aided by a maximum of two additional electric motors, one driving the front wheels, producing 167 [[HP|hp]] JIS (123 kW) and 333 Nm (245 ft·lbf) and connected to the CVT gearbox, and the other driving the rear wheels, producing 68 [[HP|hp]] JIS (50 kW) and 130 Nm (95 ft·lbf). The whole system, called [http://www.toyota.com/vehicles/minisite/hsd/index.html?s_van=GM_TN_HSD [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] Synergy Drive], produces a maximum of 272 [[HP|hp]] JIS (200 kW). Under normal driving conditions, only the front motor and petrol engine will be used. The rear motor will only be used under full-throttle acceleration or when the front wheels lose traction. The petrol engine will switch off automatically and the car will be electrically driven when either stationary, decelerating, or being driven at a slow speed. A Ni-MH battery is responsible for powering the motors, and it is charged during deceleration.
 
 
 
The assistance of the electric motor increases the vehicle's performance; the 400h/ Harrier [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] can reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in less than 8 s, quicker than the petrol-only RX. Despite the increased performance, the RX 400h/ Harrier [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] consumes roughly the same amount of petrol as a compact four-cylinder saloon and it qualifies as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle ([[Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle|SULEV]]) in America. Under the Japanese "10.15 mode" fuel consumption standard, the Harrier [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] can run 17.8 km per litre of fuel (compared with the standard coil-sprung [[V6|V6]] 3.0 L Harrier, which returned 9.4 km/L). In Japan, it qualifies as a "4-star" LEV-car, where it produces 75% fewer emissions than the standard specified in Heisei 17 (i.e. year 2005).
 
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===Unique Attributes===
 
====Engine====
 
The 2007 [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 350 features a 24-valve [[V6|V6]] engine with 270 [[HP|horsepower]] at 6,200 RPM and 251 pound-feet of torque at 4,700 RPM.
 
 
 
====Five Speed [[Automatic transmission|Automatic]]====
 
To ensure the most comfortable driving experience, the RX 350 comes standard with a five-speed [[Automatic transmission|automatic]] Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT), which provides improved acceleration at lower speeds. And on the highway, a smoother, quieter ride.
 
 
 
====Front- or All-Wheel Drive====
 
The RX comes with front-wheel drive (FWD) or available all-wheel drive ([[Four Wheel Drive|AWD]]) featuring a viscous limited-slip center differential. With an advanced drivetrain and standard [[Electronic Stability Control|Vehicle Stability Control]] (VSC), you get improved handling in even the most challenging driving conditions.
 
 
 
====Dual Variable Valve Timing====
 
The engine of the RX is intensified by dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), a system that continuously monitors the engine's speed and load, and responds by delivering optimum power in each situation. It increases torque at lower speeds for better pulling power, and boosts overall power at higher speeds for better acceleration.
 
 
 
====Four-Wheel Air Suspension====
 
The available Four-Wheel Air Suspension controls vehicle height, depending on driving conditions and needs. At speeds higher than 62 mph, the vehicle lowers 0.3 inches automatically (Normal mode), providing increased control and lower drag coefficient. For additional control during sport driving, you can select Low mode, which lowers the vehicle by 0.6 inches. For low-speed emergency driving on rough terrain, you're able to switch to High mode to raise the ground clearance to a full 8.3 inches. Or, for easy passenger access or loading, the vehicle will lower an additional 1.2 inches (Access mode).
 
 
 
====Ventilated [[4-wheel disc brakes|Disc Brakes]]====
 
The RX 350 comes standard with ventilated front [[4-wheel disc brakes|disc brakes]], which help the RX inspire just as much confidence while stopping as it does while accelerating. In addition, the [[RX 350|RX]] is equipped with the standard Anti-lock Braking System ([[Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)|ABS]]) to help you be ready for most any situation.
 
 
 
====Superb Handling====
 
The RX 350 is equipped with fully independent MacPherson strut suspension, front and rear anti-vibration subframes, and engine-speed-sensing, progressive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering. Additionally, a turning radius of 18.7 feet makes the RX easy to maneuver in tight spaces. All of which assures the ride and luxury of a sedan.
 
 
 
====Ultra-Low Emissions====
 
The RX 350 is a certified Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV II) that everyone can feel good about.
 
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===Resale Values===
 
As mentioned in the October 2005 issue of '''SmartMoney''', the resale value of the [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX remains to be high due to [[Lexus|Lexus]]'s "reputation for reliablity".
 
 
 
<table border=2 bordercolor=#000008> 
 
<tr bgcolor=#ccccc> 
 
<td colspan=12>
 
'''Trim'''
 
</td>
 
<tr bgcolor=ffffcc>
 
<td>
 
2007 RX 350
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2006 RX 400h
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2006 RX 330
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2005 RX 330
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2004 RX 330
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2003 RX 300
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2002 RX 300
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2001 RX 300
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
2000 RX 300
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
1999 RX 300
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
<tr>
 
<td colspan=12 bgcolor=#ccccc>
 
'''Price'''
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
<tr bgcolor=#66ccff>
 
<td colspan=12>
 
''MSRP''
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
<tr bgcolor=#ffffcc>
 
<td>
 
$45,890
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$46,060
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$40,120
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$39,775
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$36,425
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$36,925
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$35,705
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$33,955
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$33,005
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$32,005
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
<tr bgcolor=#66ccff>
 
<td colspan=12>
 
''Invoice''
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
<tr bgcolor=#ffffcc>
 
<td>
 
$40,047
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$40,992
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$35,405
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$35,100
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$32,235
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$32,493
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$31,420
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$31,420
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$30,058
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$29,015
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
<tr bgcolor=#66ccff>
 
<td colspan=12>
 
''Resale Value''
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
<tr bgcolor=#ffffcc>
 
<td>
 
N/A
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$44,660
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$36,370
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$36,925
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$33,875
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$26,900
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$23,975
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$20,875
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$16,950
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
$14,725
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
<td colspan=12 bgcolor=#ccccc>
 
'''Engine'''
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
<tr bgcolor=#ffffcc>
 
<td>
 
3.5L [[V6|V-6]] 270 [[HP|HP]]
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 268 [[HP|HP]]
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 223 [[HP|HP]]
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 230 [[HP|HP]]
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 230 [[HP|HP]]
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 220 [[HP|HP]]
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 220 [[HP|HP]]
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 220 [[HP|HP]]
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 220 [[HP|HP]]
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 220 [[HP|HP]]
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
</table>
 
 
 
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===Criticisms===
 
 
 
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===[[Lexus|Lexus]] RX Generations===
 
 
 
====Second Generation: (2004-present)====
 
The second generation RX, called the '''[[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 330''' for the North American and Middle Eastern markets, was introduced at the 2003 North American International Auto Show. The North American-market cars were initially built in Japan, with production of the RX 330 started at Toyota's Cambridge, Ontario, Canada plant in September 2003 (some North American RX 330/RX 350 models are still made in Japan). The RX 330 is powered by a 3.3 L 3MZ-FE [[V6|V6]], producing 223 [[HP|hp]] SAE and (238 ft·lb), and is available in either front or four wheel drive. "AIRS" air-suspension is again an option on the four wheel drive models, and interestingly, a Mark Levinson sound-system is available in place of the JBL system found in the Toyota Harrier.
 
 
 
[[Image:lexusgen2.jpg|frame|The Second Generation Lexus RX]]
 
 
 
For European and Asian markets, the second generation RX was launched in early 2003, where it continues to be a RX 300 and is made in Japan. Mechanical specification is more or less identical to the 3.0 L [[V6|V6]] Toyota Harrier, with only the four wheel drive version available. Once again, air-suspension and Mark Levinson audio can be specified.
 
 
 
The Harrier [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] went on sale in Japan on March 2005, and the [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 400h went on sale during the 2006 model year in North America. Europe and Asia will also receive the [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] RX during 2006.
 
 
 
=====Current Model ''(Updated Second Generation)''=====
 
For 2007, the RX has a mid-cycle refresh consisting of a new 2GR-FE 3.5-liter [[V6|V6]] instead of the older 3MZ-FE 3.3-liter [[V6|V6]] engine, changing the vehicle's name from RX 330 to RX 350. The RX 350 will also feature an updated DVD [[Navigation System|navigation system]] with better graphics, voice controlled destination inputs, and a new device called "bread crumbs", enabling drivers to retrace their steps.
 
 
 
====First Generation:  (1999-2003)====
 
The first-generation RX 300 for the four wheel drive models made its debut in December 1997 as the Toyota Harrier. Two engines were available, the 2.2 L 5S-FE I4 which produced 139 [[HP|hp]] JIS (102 kW) and 191 Nm (140 ft·lbf), and the 3.0 L 1MZ-FE [[V6|V6]] which produced 219 [[HP|hp]] JIS (161 kW) and 304 Nm (224 ft·lbf). Both engines could be specified with either front or four wheel drive. All models came with an [[Automatic transmission|automatic]] transmission as standard, with the [[V6|V6]] version having the Sportmatic +/- feature. The Toyota Harrier was a sales success, and many went to other right hand drive markets in Asia as grey imports.
 
 
 
The [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 300, made its debut in America in 1998. The only engine and drivetrain combination available was the 3.0 L 1MZ-FE [[V6|V6]] and either front or four wheel drive.
 
 
 
[[Image:lexusfirstgen.jpg|frame|The First Generation Lexus RX]]
 
 
 
The first-generation RX 300 continued largely unchanged until November 2000, when the 2.2 L 5S-FE engine was replaced by the 2.4 L 2AZ-FE 4-cylinder engine, producing 159 [[HP|hp]] JIS (117 kW) and 221 Nm (163 ft·lbf). Again, the new engine was offered with either front wheel drive or four wheel drive. The change in engine also meant a change in model code, which was now ACU10 for the front wheel drive version and ACU15 for the four wheel drive version. A small facelift was also performed on the Harrier. 2000 is also the year where the [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 300 first went on sale in Europe and Asia. The distinguishing feature for those versions of the RX 300 is a different rear light cluster and larger wheels. The front wheel drive version was not offered in either Europe or Asia.
 
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===Worldwide===
 
For European and Asian markets, the second generation RX was launched in early 2003, where it continues to be a RX 300 and is made in Japan. Mechanical specification is more or less identical to the 3.0 L [[V6|V6]] Toyota Harrier, with only the four wheel drive version available. Once again, air-suspension and Mark Levinson audio can be specified.
 
 
 
The Toyota Harrier [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] went on sale in Japan on March 2005, and the [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 400h [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] went on sale during the 2006 model year in North America. Europe and Asia will also receive the [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] RX during 2006.
 
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===Design quirks and oddities===
 
====RX 330 vs. RX 400h====
 
=====Exterior=====
 
There are only a few subtle differences that sets the RX 400h apart from the RX 350. Among them:
 
*  a New Front Bumper for increased cooling
 
*  a New Grille
 
*  new Fog Lamps
 
*  New Tail Lamps, with LEDs instead of traditional Incandescent Bulbs
 
*  18-inch wheels
 
**  The wheels are 7 inches wide
 
**  The tires are designed to provide grip to the corners rather than offer low levels of rolling resistance. By doing so, [[Lexus]] opted away from hard, low-grip tires, which would have improved fuel efficiency. Instead of focusing solely on fuel efficiency, [[Lexus]]  chose to improve and enhance the handling of the RX 400h.
 
 
 
Currently, [[Lexus]] is using the fourth generation of [[Hybrid Synergy Drive]] from [[Toyota]]. Each generation surpasses the previous, making them faster and less expensive. The [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] powertrain adds a mere 300 pounds to the vehicle’s curb weight, making it an impressive engineering acheivement, since the majority of this weight is mounted low in the vehicle. To manage the additional weight, [[Lexus]] made the chassis of the RX more chiseled. The [[Lexus]] RX, [[Lexus ES 350]], [[Toyota Camry]], and [[Toyota Highlander]] are all built on the same platform with slight modifications between the sedans and the SUVs.
 
 
 
=====Interior=====
 
Amongst  the addtions to the interior of the RX 400h are the following:
 
*  Brushed-aluminum accents
 
*  An illuminated meter, displaying the level of power generated by the [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] powertrain replaces the tachometer
 
*  The gas-electric power distribution can also be pulled up on the multi-information display or the optional [[Navigation System| navigation system]]’s 7 inch touch panel display.
 
 
 
The rear seats fold down just like in the RX 350, however they don’t fold down perfectly falt since the battery packs are stored there. Once the rear seats are folded, there is 83.9 cubic feet of cargo space, compared to the RX 350’s 84.7 cubic feet. Both RX models still surpass their main competitors, the [[BMW X5]], the [[Mercedes-Benz ML350]], or the [[Infiniti FX]], in terms of cargo space. However the RX still does not offer a third-row seating area.
 
 
 
==Awards==
 
*  The 1998 RX 300 was awarded the ''Most Appealing Luxury SUV'' by '''J.D. Power and Associates''' back in 1998 and then again in 2004 for the 2004 RX 330.
 
 
 
*  The RX 300 was '''MotorTrend''' magazine's ''Sport Utility of the Year'' for 1999.
 
 
 
*  The 1999 RX 300 was awarded the ''Best Deal on the Road'' in the Sport-Utility Class by '''Money''' magazine.
 
 
 
*  The 2001 RX 300 was awarded the ''Best Luxury SUV in Initial Quality (IQS)'' by '''J.D. Power and Associates''' in May 2001. They named the RX 330 the ''Highest Ranked Entry Luxury SUV in Initial Quality (IQS)'' in April 2004 and again in May 2005.
 
 
 
*  Winner '''Australia's Best Luxury Four Wheel Drive''' in 2004 - [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 330
 
 
 
*  The 2004 RX 330 was awarded the ''Best SUV over $30,000'' by '''Intellichoice''' - May 2004.
 
 
 
*  "In the car world, that's a home run-out of the park." - Roger Hart of '''AutoWeek''' magazine , February 7, 2005 on the RX 400h
 
 
 
*  The RX 400h is "a litmus test that seems certain to produce positive results." - Liz Kim of '''AutoByTel.com'''
 
 
 
==See also==
 
* [[Acura MDX]]
 
* [[BMW X3]] and [[BMW X5|X5]]
 
* [[Infiniti FX]]
 
* [[Mercedes-Benz ML-Class]]
 
 
 
==External Links==
 
[http://www.[[Lexus|lexus]].com Official [[Lexus|Lexus]] Website]
 
 
 
 
 
[[Category:Lexus vehicles|RX]]
 
[[Category:Luxury vehicles]]
 
[[Category:Hybrid vehicles]]
 
[[Category:SUVs]]
 
[[Category:Luxury SUVs]]
 

Revision as of 09:46, 2 August 2006

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