It’s all about the silence. The RX 350L is ultra quiet and I don’t know if you’ve been a parent for very long but after a few years, you begin to crave silent moments. The engine is quiet, even when you put your foot down hard on the accelerator, and it drives so smoothly you barely feel the bumps as you go over them. It’s like you’re in a big, airy bubble that’s rolling along without an engine.
But there is an engine, a large 3.5-litre one at that. It’s powerful, so shoots ahead when you need it to, and gets you up hills fast. It certainly made driving this week a breeze. Everything about the car - the way it handled, the traction on wet roads (it has all-wheel drive), the steering, the way it feels while you drive it - was spot on. I was completely confident and had no qualms driving in the awful weather all week. I’d be happy to take the RX 350L on long trips because it felt like it could handle anything you threw at it.
Parking is not too bad in this seven seater, even though it is sizeable - you need to be aware of the size and choose your parks wisely. Once you do you’ve got a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors to help you.