Browse over 9,000 car reviews

Sorry, there are no cars that match your search

You are here

Used Lexus RX350 review: 2006-2009

The sort of wagon you'd be happy to drive around town and on the odd excursion beyond the city limits.

Lexus has won a place alongside the likes of BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz in the minds of prestige car buyers who believe it to be a worthy alternative to the European establishment.

The RX was an important plank in the Lexus platform given the growing popularity of crossover wagons in this country. It began with the five-seater RX330 in 2003, and stepped up with the RX350 in 2006.

The changes made to the RX in 2006 made it better placed to attack the Mercedes-Benz ML and the BMW X5, regarded as its main rivals. For starters the V6 engine was increased in capacity from 3.3 to 3.5 litres, the outcome being 18 percent more power and four percent more torque. In a nutshell, that means more get up and go when needed, and better towing performance.

Backing up to the V6 was a five-speed auto with touch-change manual shifting feeding into the permanent all-wheel drive system. Underneath it had full independent suspension and disc brakes all round. Even in base form the RX350 had a swag of standard gear, pretty much everything could want or expect in a car of its standing.

Inside there was leather trim, heated front seats, auto climate controlled air-con, cruise, power windows and mirrors, a six-speaker CD sound system, and blue-tooth phone connection. Outside it had alloy wheels, fog lights, roof racks, and a rear spoiler.

The RX350 is not the vehicle you'd choose if you wanted to go bush in a big way, but it is the sort of wagon you'd be happy to drive around town and on the odd excursion beyond the city limits.

Its uprated engine gave it noticeably better performance without sacrificing any of the smoothness for which it had been renowned.

Some thought the suspension too soft and less responsive than its rivals, but its ride was comfortable and it handled well enough.

IN THE SHOP

Reliability in service is largely determined by the initial design work and the build precision, and in those areas Toyota has excelled. There's no question that the RX350 is well designed and put together, and as a result, little appears to go wrong with them. The most important thing is to ensure any prospective purchase has been serviced correctly, so check for a service record. Make the usual visual checks for crash repairs and walk away if it's suspected a car has been in a crash.

IN A CRASH

ANCAP doesn't have a rating for the RX350, but its almost identical predecessor was rated at four stars out of five. There was a comprehensive array of safety gear in the RX350. It began with front, head and side airbags, and continued with ABS braking, and electronic stability and traction control systems.

UNDER THE PUMP

Big, heavy, all-wheel drive; they're not the ingredients to deliver fuel economy. Toyota claimed the RX350 would do 10.8 L/100 km, meanwhile CarsGuide's road tester returned 11.1 L/100 km.

AT A GLANCE

Price new: $74,800 to $84,100
Engine: 3.5-litre V6; 203 kW/342 Nm
Transmission: 5-speed auto, AWD
Economy: 10.8 L/100 km
Body: 4-door wagon
Variants: Sports, Luxury
Safety: 4-star ANCAP.

VERDICT

A great choice when you want a wagon that looks down on its neighbours.

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2009 $8,800 $18,040
2008 $7,400 $15,950
2007 $6,200 $13,750
2006 $6,000 $15,290

View all Lexus RX pricing and specifications

Pricing guides

$13,995
Based on 18 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$8,990
Highest Price
$22,017

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
RX400H Hybrid 3.3L, Hyb/ULP, CVT AUTO $7,900 – 12,210 2006 Lexus RX 2006 RX400H Hybrid Pricing and Specs
RX350 Sports 3.5L, ULP, 5 SP SEQ AUTO $6,000 – 9,350 2006 Lexus RX 2006 RX350 Sports Pricing and Specs
RX350 Sports Luxury 3.5L, ULP, 5 SP SEQ AUTO $6,000 – 9,240 2006 Lexus RX 2006 RX350 Sports Luxury Pricing and Specs
Graham Smith
Contributing Journalist

Share

Other cars to consider

2006 Audi Q7
2006 Audi Q7

2006 Audi Q7

Price guide from: $11,750 – $16,990
2006 BMW X Models
2006 BMW X Models

2006 BMW X Models

Price guide from: $5,990 – $15,900
2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Price guide from: $8,500 – $14,990
Disclaimer: The pricing information shown in the editorial content (Review Prices) is to be used as a guide only and is based on information provided to Carsguide Autotrader Media Solutions Pty Ltd (Carsguide) both by third party sources and the car manufacturer at the time of publication. The Review Prices were correct at the time of publication.  Carsguide does not warrant or represent that the information is accurate, reliable, complete, current or suitable for any particular purpose. You should not use or rely upon this information without conducting an independent assessment and valuation of the vehicle.