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in 2009 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $20,788 - $22,027
Original MSRP: $37,700 - $39,100
MPG: 18 City / 23 Hwy
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2009 Lexus RX 350 Interior

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The 2009 LX RX 350's interior is high-quality, roomy and extremely quiet. Though complaints were very few, some reviewers harped about the dashboard design.

  • "RX models feature high-grade cabin materials, with many soft-touch surfaces and comfortable padding. Though luxurious, the overall cabin appearance is a bit on the bland side." -- Consumer Guide
  • "As with its exterior, the RX 350's cabin has aged remarkably well when you consider that this generation was first offered for the 2004 model year, as the RX 330. It's especially noteworthy, in light of the attention automakers are giving to interior quality these days, to see an interior at the end of its lifecycle that's still competitive with those of brand-new luxury crossovers." -- Cars.com
  • "The RX is at the top of its game in interior comfort and quietness, thanks to Lexus's attention to sound deadening and detail." -- Left Lane News
  • "It's finished with style and built like the proverbial Swiss watch." -- New Car Test Drive

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Seating

The 2009 Lexus RX 350 offers seating for five and most reviewers found the space ample.

  • "The leather seating surfaces are plush and offered my back the necessary support to feel comfortable at all times." -- Automobile.com
  • "The three-place rear bench seat is pretty spacious for adults. The backseat's two sections slide forward and backward, which is handy if you happen to have a child-safety seat attached to one of them and want to bring it closer to the front seats so it's easier to reach." -- Cars.com
  • "The seats are shaped and padded for long-haul comfort. The basic driving stance is good, with plenty of seat adjustments. Tall drivers may have trouble finding an agreeable seat and steering-wheel relationship." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Long rear doors make for easy entry and exit, as well as accessibility to the cargo area when the rear seats are folded down." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

As with most Lexus vehicles, the RX was appreciated for its attention to interior details, fit and finish. While most found the dashboard intuitive, a select few said some controls are confusing. The RX 350 can come with an available navigation system/Mark Levinson package -- Luxury Value Edition, which garnered praise from auto writers for its simplicity and clarity. 

  • "I do have my share of quibbles with the cabin's design, however, and they concern the center control panel. First of all, I'm not a fan of silver-colored buttons in whatever kind of vehicle they rear their heads, and they're all over the place in the RX 350. That said, one button I wish were present -- even in silver -- is one for the air conditioning fan." -- Cars.com
  • "The gauges are large and legible. Most controls are handy and intuitive, but a few require searching. The available navigation system incorporates some climate and audio functions, turning some simple adjustments into multistep procedures." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The center stack houses the HVAC controls as well as those of the Lexus premium audio system, and navigation module with a seven-inch LCD monitor. There are enough buttons here to satisfy even the most demanding of techno-geeks." -- Left Lane News
  • "Furthermore, the craftsmanship of the RX 350's interior is divine. Included are sophisticated touches like a wood and leather wrapped steering wheel, a wooden shift knob, easy-to-read and easy-to-use large buttons and gauges, plus a tight-fitting and good-looking center instrument panel." -- Automobile.com

Cargo

The 2009 Lexus RX 350 has 40 cubic feet of cargo room and a total of 80.3 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded -- which was enough to impress reviewers.

  • "RXs have class-competitive load volumes with seats up or down, but their limited height and sloped roofline preclude some tall or bulky cargo. Bountiful small-item storage includes a nifty sliding front console and two full-width covered wells under the cargo floor." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A power lift gate makes filling and emptying the hold a relatively easy affair." -- Left Lane News
  • "Folding the split backseat is simple -- just lift the same handle used to recline the seats, then fold the backrest forward. When folded, the backrests are nearly level with the cargo floor, which makes for an unobstructed extended load floor and 84.7 cubic feet of total cargo room." -- Cars.com
  • "Convenient and ingenious storage bins are sprinkled throughout the cabin." -- Forbes

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