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2008 Lexus RX 350 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Lexus RX 350 was new.

The 2008 Lexus RX 350, according to auto reviews, offers comfortable seating for four adults, class-competitive cargo space, a clean dash and quality tech features. Kelley Blue Book reports that the RX offers "many characteristics of larger sport utility vehicles, without sacrificing comfort or convenience."

New Car Test Drive adds that the 2008 Lexus RX 350 is "finished with style and built like the proverbial Swiss watch." Writers from Forbes report that the "wood- and leather-trimmed interior is comfortable and well equipped." Consumer Guide cites the interior as having "exemplary cabin materials and workmanship."

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Seating

The 2008 Lexus RX 350 offers seating for five passengers, which some auto reviewers find tight fitting. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the 2008 Lexus RX 350 is a "five-passenger SUV, and although there is ample room in the rear for two adults, three will be cramped," citing that the RX is "still a bit lacking in the elbow-room department." While New Car Test Drive agrees, saying that five in the 2008 Lexus RX 350 is "crowded," it also concedes that the RX seats four comfortably, with ample legroom.

Getting in and out of the RX is easy. "Long rear doors make for easy entry and exit," adds Kelley Blue Book, "as well as accessibility to the cargo area when the rear seats are folded down."

Interior Features

The 2008 Lexus RX 350 comes with fabric seat trim; wood and leather door trim; 10-way power adjustable driver and front passenger seats; automatic air conditioning with dual-zone automatic climate control; auto-dimming inside rearview mirror and outside mirrors, and a Lexus Premium Sound System with in-dash, single-feed, six-disc CD auto-changer.

Most find the dashboard intuitive and luxurious. "Overall, we find the switches and controls in the RX...to be among the best," reports New Car Test Drive. "They're well placed, properly sized and soft to the touch, yet firm and positive in movement." As with most Lexus vehicles, the RX is appreciated for its attention to interior details, fit and finish.

Stereo and Entertainment

New Car Test Drive reports that the standard audio system sounds great, with 132 watts of output, eight-speakers and a CD-changer, and adds, "We like that Lexus still includes a cassette for old-timers as well." Most critics agree. Electronics reviewer CNET says, "The audio system delivers clean bass and clear separation across a range of music genres, and audio clarity is enhanced by the RX 350's inclusion of vibration-canceling engine mounts."

Navigation

The 2008 Lexus RX 350 can come fitted with an optional Navigation System/Mark Levinson Package -- Luxury Value Edition. The navigation system garners praise from auto writers for its simplicity and clarity, particularly for its new voice recognition features. Automobile.com reports that the system is "spookingly accurate," and "very easy to use by either touching its display screen or via voice commands," adding that the "display screen has been improved as well with improved clarity and contrast." New Car Test Drive calls the navigation system "one of the best."

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Cargo

The 2008 Lexus RX 350 comes with 38.3 cubic feet of cargo room and a total of 84.7 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded. Consumer Guide calls this space "class-competitive," "with seats up or down," but notes the "limited height" due to the sloped roofline that may prevent tall or bulky cargo items from fitting. Cars.com adds that the 40/20/40 split results in seat cushions that "descend slightly as part of the one-step operation, resulting in a nearly flat load floor." But raising the seats is difficult, since many find them heavy and cumbersome to unlatch.

As for onboard storage bins and nooks, Forbes finds them "ingenious". Most people are surprised how many storage locations the RX has, and how well they're placed throughout the cabin. Auto writers from Cars.com report that "cabin storage includes deep front door pockets that pull outward an inch or so, a nifty feature," and the glove box is "amply large." The Chicago Tribune reports that another added touch is "the center console between the front seats slides forward or backward. When it's back, it exposes a tray on the floor to store a purse."

The cargo floor has two covered stowage bins, designed to keep laptops or small gear and bags out of sight.

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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