• Jan 28, 2007

Lexus has announced pricing for the 2008 Lexus RX 350. The perennial best-seller will carry carry over 2007 prices with an entry fee of $37,400 for the front-drive model and $38,800 for the AWD model. New features for the vehicle include an updated grille, black wood trim, new 18' wheels, chrome door handles, and two new exterior colors.

With 108,000 sales in 2006, the RX-series (along with the RX 400h) is the highest selling luxury vehicle in the US. Its price tag is about $4000 more than the similar-looking Lincoln MKX and right in line with the larger and more powerful Acura MDX. With the RX being the biggest reason Lexus is the number one luxury brand in the US, there's little doubt as to why it seems to be getting updated every year. The Lexus press release is posted after the jump.

[Source: Lexus]



PRESS RELEASE:

Lexus Announces Prices for 2008 Model Year RX 350 Luxury SUV

January 26, 2007 -- Torrance, CA -- Lexus today announced manufacturers suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the 2008 RX 350, the top-selling luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV). For 2008, the RX 350 receives exterior enhancements that include a freshened front-grille design and new exterior chrome door handles. New seven-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels with a Liquid Graphite finish are available as an option. The 2008 RX 350 also adds two new exterior colors: Brandy Wine Mica and Desert Sage Metallic. Inside, the RX 350 offers an additional wood trim color, Black Bird's-Eye Maple, on units with a light gray interior.

The RX 350 retains its excellent value as the MSRP will remain unchanged from 2007. Prices for the RX 350 will remain at $37,400 for the front-wheel-drive model and $38,800 for the all-wheel-drive model. All optional equipment prices also remain unchanged.

Powerful Performance

Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, the RX 350 produces 270 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. of torque. Featuring all-aluminum construction, the V6 harnesses the benefits of advanced technologies to optimize performance, fuel economy and low emissions. The V6 enables the RX 350 to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 7.3 seconds for the FWD model and 7.4 seconds for the AWD model.

The performance of the RX 350 is comparable to the output of some competitive V8 engines while still providing a fuel-economy rating among the best in class for non-hybrids. Its five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission is tuned for refined drivability as well as excellent fuel efficiency. EPA-estimated combined fuel economy rating for the RX 350 is 20 mpg (18 mpg city/23 mpg highway) for the FWD model and 19 mpg (17 mpg city/22 mpg highway) for the AWD. The RX 350 retains its ULEV II emissions certification.

The highly sophisticated engine uses electronically controlled sequential fuel injection, which optimizes the fuel mixture and creates a precise burn, higher output and lower emissions to aid drivability. In addition, an electronic throttle control presides over several systems to maintain superior control of power flow. This system, Electronic Throttle Control with intelligence (ETC-i), helps manage idle speed, cruise control, Traction Control (TRAC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC). The result is engine efficiency with excellent power and impressive fuel economy.

Refined Comfort and Luxury Features

The RX 350 produces minimal cabin noise allowing for a very quiet interior that provides an exceptional listening environment for its standard premium, satellite-ready, eight-speaker AM/FM/CD audio player with in-dash six-CD autochanger. The audio system is compatible with MP3/WPA-formatted CDs and includes Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL), Radio Data System (RDS) and a digital signal processor. Commonly used audio functions are accessible via steering-wheel-mounted controls.

For true audiophiles, a Mark Levinson Premium Audio System is optionally available. This 11-speaker system features an in-dash six-disc DVD/CD autochanger, DVD-audio and DVD-video playback as well as remarkable sound clarity at all volumes (with 210 watts at 0.1% THD, 20-20,000 Hz). An available factory-installed, rear-seat DVD-entertainment system features a nine-inch fold-away video screen for convenient viewing.

The Lexus DVD-Navigation System is optionally available on the RX 350 and includes voice-recognition that will allow the driver to input a desired destination by voice command while driving.

Like other Lexus navigation systems, the system is offered in conjunction with a rear back-up camera to supplement the driver's visibility of the area behind the vehicle. The camera will provide the driver a view of what the camera lens can detect behind the vehicle, automatically projecting a color image on the navigation system's seven-inch VGA screen when the reverse gear is engaged.

In addition to English, the navigation system includes Spanish and French text-display options. The user can select the language preference at system start-up.

Lexus' craftsmanship and renowned attention to detail provide sumptuous comfort by design. Standard dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats with available memory, a sliding center console, adjustable light in the visor vanity mirrors, and wood interior trim set the tone for luxury in the RX 350. Luxury extends to the smallest details, such as illuminated front cup holders and a wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel with integrated audio-system and trip-computer controls.

Premium options include a power-tilt/telescoping steering wheel with memory, and an illuminated entry system that lights the door handles, scuff plates, and front footwells.

A unique, wide-opening multipanel moonroof is an optional alternative to the optional conventional moonroof. With an open area that is 150-percent larger than a normal moonroof and an illumination area that is 250-percent larger, the multipanel moonroof is made of three separate glass panels. The front small panel is angled to reduce wind noise, the rear panel slides backwards on top of vehicle, while the middle glass panel slides backwards on top of rear panel.

Advanced All-Wheel-Drive

The AWD RX 350 model features a viscous limited-slip center differential, which enhances drivability in all types of driving conditions. The full-time AWD system provides a constant 50/50 front-to-rear power split. If slippage occurs, the viscous differential directs torque to the wheels with the most traction.

A direct-type Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) system alerts the driver via a warning light on the instrument panel if a significant drop in tire pressure is detected in any of the tires.

Produced in Kyushu, Japan, and Cambridge in southern Ontario, Canada, the 2008 RX 350 will begin arriving at Lexus dealerships by the beginning of February.




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      • 8 Years Ago
      There is simply no power split or AWD system in the world that can prevent a tire from planing over the top of a patch of water at speed. None. That's completely up to Goodyear and physics and has absolutely nothing to do with Toyota and AWD. All it would take is for your front tires to plane and then you've completely sacrificed control of a 4000lb behemoth in a downpour at 80mph. At that point all you can do is pray that the ESC has enough control authority left to save you - and if the necessary rear tire doesn't have enough traction left to overcome the yaw moment that usually comes along with the onset of hydroplaning, even that won't help.

      AWD has value of course and the brilliance of modern engineering is how the newest systems shift splits around as needed but it's simply not a panacea for low-traction conditions.

      I realize that people's egos are so very adept at screening out opposing arguments so that the only person who can change your mind is you. So I'll leave it this. Out of consideration for the people you share the road or the car with, if you insist on doing the AWD test pilot thing on public roads in low-traction conditions please think extremely carefully about the collateral risk (other people in nearby lanes or an undivided highway etc) and choose wisely where or when you're testing your faith in AWD.
      • 8 Years Ago
      completely agree with Tool
      • 8 Years Ago
      People still buy these things? Yuck. Well, then again, Camry's and Accords are Frigidaires on wheels and people buy the crap out fo them so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
      far jr
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bob in Cob and rrr... You do not think the Enclave is a nice design? OK styling is subjective. I for one like it better. Have you seen or driven one? Lexus quality is great but Buick ain't half bad. And a better warranty comes standard. Don't get me wrong the Lexus is sharp, but for the money, I believe many (who do not carry deeply entrenched biases) WILL in fact cross shop the Buick when considering this type of vehicle.
      I feel Outlook will (or should) be marketed towards those shopping Pilot/ Highlander and Acadia will (or should) be marketed to those trading an GMC Envoy. Don't ya think?
        • 7 Years Ago
        @far jr
        I test drove the Acadia as well as the Lexus RX - Acadia won hands down - more room, better warranty, comparable ride and better looking.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota says the weight distribution is 57.5/47.5, and the center differential is a 50/50 torque split, but due to the fact there is an extra 2 right angle gear meshes (and support bearings) to get that power to the rear axle, the overall power split is ~55/45.
      The probabilty of wheel spin from a stop is almost zero (but there is a viscous coupling now because of the extra 50 hp over the old engine). When at speed, hydroplaning is not even a consideration, due to the power distribution matching traction, and toyota has 7x18 wheels with 235/55 tires. So as long as you raise the tire pressure from the recommended 30 to 33psi, you could drive 100mph in that downpour. (and even hit the 115mph governor)
      But 80mph is straight up on the speedo, and is the comfortable cruising speed.

      I drove one at the C&D event vs. the SRX. The GM guy wasn't happy, it is fast, it can be manhandled, and the brake assist works well [all that without ESP intervention] But the target market toyota has is positioned to is older women, so it is 'perfect' for them.[soft]
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hate these...everytime I see one I think how terrible they'd be if you tried to off-road it (barely can be called SUV). Always thought they were incredibly ugly too...hasn't been majorly restyled in quite some time. Nothing but a status symbol.

      My high school in NJ was predominantly Asian and this was by far the most popular "got my license" gift. There had to be at least 20 of these in the school lot everyday.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fine vehicle, but really a chick SUV.
      The seats have short cushions for women--this isn't a man's car IMO.
      • 8 Years Ago
      efficient engine? since when is 17mpg efficient in a V6? Nice Spin.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the 2008 RX 350 will begin arriving at Lexus dealerships by the beginning of February

      wut ? Febrauary 2007 ?? for 2008 car ?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've never really understood why these things are so popular, but then again, every semi-rich divorced mother I see is driving one which pretty much sums it up. Seriously, this thing has looked the same since 1997 (I didn't like it then and I still don't) and its based on the god-aweful platform of the Camry. Acura could spit on the sidewalk and call it a car and i'd rather buy it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My wife has a 2006 RX 400h. First off it has a 0-60 in 6.9 secs. Faster than any BMW X5 (and we are talking the V8 M5). I also average 25 MPG. yes 25 MPG. This is an AWD vehicle, but I only see the AWD kick in when I drive it Stoopid. Lexus already has a ground up redesign in the works for '09. http://www.lexus.com/fcv/lf_x.html . I thought the current design was a bit dated, but there are some features I could not get anywhere else. I like the electric everything such as the AC where I can sit in the car with the A/C on while I'm waiting for the wife to finish an errand. The CVT transmission is great with no sensation of gear changes. That said I never considered the RX 350 .
      • 8 Years Ago
      The RX is not my cup of tea, but it is an amazing vehicle that redefined the segment. In fact it really created the crossover segment, and it has taken everyone a good 5 years to catch-up.

      I remember when it first came out. It occurred to me that this was the perfect family vehicle with so much real utility and thoughtful touches.

      And Lexus continues to keep it looking updated and at the forefront. Congrats TMS!
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