ML320CDI vs RX450H - User review
Switched recently from my ML320CDI to the RX450H as an everyday car. Wanted to try a hybrid (not ready for an all-electric car).
Pros: easy to drive, much more bells and whistles for the same price bracket - keyless entry, auto mirror tilts, cruise control with auto distance braking, blind spot sensors, reverse cam, kerbside cam, bluetooth phone connectivity, etc; great fuel economy; silent when on idle; luxurious interior; smooth and quiet drive; more 'elegant' than the ML. Very smooth 'switch' from Electric mode to Petrol mode - no jerks or cut-outs in the engine. Superior Hybrid technology.
Cons: less spacious boot space and interior (car is smaller than the ML), no proper place to set up your mobile phone; troublesome to access phone charger (located inside console box - have to remove the box to access the connection points); bluetooth feature only for phone calls, not for music (direct 3.5 jack via the aux is required); large turning radius required (more difficult to park and make sharp turns); sound system is not great (quite flat); headrest not ergonomic (maybe it's built for much taller frames), Gear system not as convenient as the ML (hand gear near the steering), troublesome to use the mouse to switch between controls (music).
Overall, great car, I also hear it is very reliable. I would probably have been less critical if I wasn't comparing it to the ML (having gotten used to that after 4 years). It's definitely a 'classier' car, feels less 'solid' than the ML despite the RX having more airbags and a higher ANCAP rating. Does not feel as 'powerful' as expected of a 4WD, rides more like a Sedan. Car sits lower than the ML, and you feel more of a thump going over humps if you didn't slow down enough.. Still ... I would recommend it highly.
Purchased in March 2019.
Safe, quiet and extremely smooth car
I went to some car dealers to find a good car for family, last week I came to Sydney City Lexus and Rae Kenedy, the car dealer introduced me some Lexus models : RX350, RX270, NX300 and explained very clearly each model and options. At the end, we selected RX270, we took a drive around Sydney, the car has the new technology : Smart start button, big navigation screen, sunroof etc.. The car run extremely smooth, quiet and safe. All members of my family are very happy, I will introduce Rae and Sydney City Lexus to all of my friends.
Purchased in March 2019 for $31,500.00.
Rodent problem, stay away!
I purchased the Lexus brand new at Lexus Monterey Peninsula. After the last two services, it is costing us $200 and now recently the 2nd service $1200 because of rodent getting into the air ventilation system. The first incident, they found rodent feces in the air ventilation system which blows into the car. I have three young kids and it’s a truly safety issue on my end. The service technician admitted that this often happened. I reported the problem with Lexus and nothing has been done. It did happen again on my second service which is now costing me $1200 “15k service” as the rodent damaged the air mode outer door in the air ventilation system. I contacted Lexus again and they won’t cover anything even though my car still under the bumper to bumper warranty and I purchased an additional maintenance plan to avoid any fees for the next 5 years. I told them, I had a Honda Odyssey and currently a Ford f150 without any rodent issue. Lexus truly does not care about issues/complaint knowing that it could be a safety concern. My only option was to file a Lemon Law, which I did.
Purchased in November 2017 at Lexus Monterey Peninsula.
The car I always wanted....
In 2008 I was fortunate enough to drive a brand new Lexus RX 350 to Sydney and back. All I remember was that it was the best car I had driven. 10 years later, I bought a one owner 2008 Lexus RX 350 with 200,000kms + It has full service history and all I can say it is a great car to drive. We have taken this car around Regional Victoria and beyond and this car is a smooth driving car that is comfortable to drive.
Servicing is every 10000kms / 6 months and so far no issues. Slight rattle sometimes on start up (We have been told this is the VVT engine and just the oil lubricating. Some reviews have had this fixed under warranty) I have a 200,000+ km car and our mechanic doesn’t see any problem. The car is well serviced and looked after
Amazing road manners
Leather heated front seats
Back seats that slide back/forward & recline a little.
Plenty of space
Silky smooth V6 engine and 5 speed auto
All the safety gear for a 10 year old car
Mark Levinson Sound System is amazing.
The other bits:
When I drive I get 12 litres / per 100kms (Lexus fuel consumption states 11.2 litres / per 100kms)
When my wife drives 14 litres / per 100kms - The car is a cruiser not a bruiser - but it moves when it has too!
Lexus paint is soft. Car washes (the machine ones) are not recommended
No USB port (bought a $10 USB radio transmitter from eBay)
It’s very difficult to replace the stereo as the whole unit is connected to the climate control and sat nav.
Sat Nav is a little dated (Bought a Garmin)
I would recommend this car for what it is and you get a lot of car for not a lot of money being 10 years old.
If fuel consumption is a concern then maybe a Hybrid might better suit.
Now I understand why Lexus buyers go on to buy another Lexus.
Love that its a hybrid
This is my husband's car. He drives it daily commuting to and from work. I have only driven it a handful of times.
Nice smooth ride. Love that it's a hybrid although I am waiting for a full electric car to be affordable. Parking sensor work great - love that you can have a birds eye 360 view of the car while parking! Love the built in, retractable sunshades at back seat windows for kids.
Lexus has great customer service as always that's why we continue to purchase cars with them.
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RX450H Hybrid - wow what a vehicle
This is used as a daily driver, around the city.
I have not seen a car so advanced for its time, the specifications and power are nearly unmatched.
Lets start with the hyrid side, it has 3 motors in the car, 1 petrol, 1 for the front wheels and 1 for the back. This just self manages what engine works at what time depending upon fuel efficiency or power (this actually has more power then a V8 engine at 295 horse power), however on average it runs around the city on 6-8 litres per 100kms.
Now why this vehicle, its an All wheel drive, continuously variable-speed automatic transmission (so it feels like it only has one gear, but it changes gears so smooth it is constantly changing gears without you knowing)
You start it with an electronic start button, then you don't hear anything, you just put it in gear and as you accelerate you will hear the petrol engine start if you put your foot down, as you decelerate or brake it returns that energy to charge the battery system.
This is decked out with plush leather everywhere, electronic sunroof, it has touch control boot opening, satellite navigation, bluetooth, rear camera, front and rear parking sensors, electronic stability control, automatic wipers, automatic lights, auto dimming mirrors, auto folding side mirrors, electric seats front driver and passenger, heated and cooling seats in the front, reclining rear seats, electronic brakeforce distribution, 4 wheel anti locking brakes, emergency braking assist system, usb media playing for stereo, usb jacks and dual chargers just in the console, mouse controlled front dash, heads up display so you can see your speed on the windscreen if you press the HUD button. The list goes on believe me...
Look into one if you want a luxury sports SUV, just test drive and you will see for yourself.
Amazing family car
I use my RX350 daily for all family matters from transporting my baby to grocery shopping to going on road trips etc. Love the drive and all the cool features such as opening the boot by just a touch of your elbow.. this is a great feature I use always as most of the time I have baby on one hand and shopping bags on the other and i don’t have to keep the bags on the ground to open the boot.. just touch the Lexus logo on the boot with your elbow and the boot opens!
Overly dissatisfied with this car
I bought one RX 350 f sport based on all the good things I had heard about Lexus, was nice on test drive. Then...
Rear door rubbers fell off.
Sunroof rubbers fell off.
Car was ok to drive and pleasant
The infotainment system was garbage....half the time if I tried to make a call... like “call dave v.” The infotainment wouldn’t do it... it almost felt like it did not understand English. horrible...
Seats would feel hard and not comfy after a while....
Got rid of mine after 21000 kms
Would never buy a Lexus again.
Great family car
We got this a few years ago when our old car packed in. Haven't looked back apart from we had a small ding that cost about double to fix because of the parts are slightly more expensive to get hold of than the car we had before but other than that it drives very well
Perfect Reliable Vehicle
Very reliable, quiet and good looking vehicle, we are very happy with our 2010 Lexus RX 450H hybrid model, its great on fuel about 9l/100km city driving and about 7l/100km on highways. Comfort wise its great seats are soft but not too soft, you can sit for hours without feeling anything. i would recommend this car to anyone.
Best car I've ever driven!
Our family Lexus RX has done over 150 thousand ks and only needed to be services a few times every 40-40k. Loads of room and the kids in the back have loads of space too. Fual traveling long distance has been really good too and great for long family holidays
Best car I have owned
This Lexus would be the best car I have owned ever.
We do a lot of driving with the business and we’ve done almost 100,000kms and the car still drives like new.
The service team at Brighton Lexus in Melbourne are also one of the best sales and after sales teams. We got a great deal on the best car.
So smooth the ride. Amazing to park and it fits so much in that boot!!
Great SUV but wish it had Apple Carplay and Andoid Auto!
Lexus knows how to make a reliable vehicle. I own a 2017 Lexus RX350 F Sport in Atomic Silver + Red interior and all the bells and whistles. This is my first Lexus and I like it just as much as my other SUVs: BMW X5 and Mercedes ML 350.
- Looks. Very subjective, as I know a lot of people hate the front grille design language Lexus has been using as of recent. I personally love it. Looks very different and polarizing in a good way to me. Stands out in comparison to the rest of the competition. Plus, I think it looks amazing in Atomic Silver with the Roja red interior combo.
- Interior quality. The fit and finish is great for the price. There is some hard plastic on the door panels and footwell areas; however, nice soft touch and leather accents are everywhere else in the cabin (especially in the areas that really matter i.e. dashboard). The headliner isn't anything too special, but at least it's soft to the touch (not a rough canvas like material)
- Safety features. Has all the latest gadgets: 4 cameras + parking sensors + lane keep assist etc. etc.
- Reliability. Although my car is very new, I am banking on the fact that Toyota/Lexus make the most reliable vehicles out there.
- The biggest by a mile is the lack of Apple Carplay and Android auto. It's a Toyota thing. Supposedly Toyota will start to support Apple Carplay in the coming year or so...
- Power. It looks like a fast car, especially with its angular nature and mean front end; however, don't be fooled. This is not a fast car. Quite disappointing really. I wish Lexus would offer a higher HP variant of this SUV soon.
Love my Lexus RX. The looks, quality, reliability are great.
Perfect family car
Chose Lexus but not other German brands because of the reliability. Lexus doesn't require high cost servicing in the future and they have very good 2nd hand value.
The new 2.0 turbo in the Lexus provides enough power but also good fuel efficiency. I mainly drive in the city with lots of traffic jam during the peak hours. I am achieving 11L/100km in average. Pretty good for a 2 tonne SUV.
Great car for family
Bought a 2015 Lexus RX450H in 2016, our family loves the car as it's roomy but not too big to drive daily. Also, quite economy to run for a big car (around 8-9Lt/100). My wife's old car is 2011 Kia Sportage Platinum and with the engine of 2.4Lt and smaller car, her fuel consumption was nearly 20Lt/100 due to short run and start stop.
great car for family
this is the first lexus car that i got. for RX 200t, it's not powerful enough compares to RX 350.
there are so much techs on this car, when you enter the car, the driver seat would move back for you automatically for driver to get in easily.
the space for the car is enough for a small family.
Reliable and comfortable 5 seater family SUV
We have owned RX350 series SUVs for the past 11 years and upgraded to the next model in 2012 and then again in 2015. In all the years of ownership we have not had a single mechanical issue, just a battery that needed replacing (and was replaced under Lexus 3 year battery cover) and rubber boot opening cover ($50 fix completed by dealer at no cost, glue came off due to living in extreme Darwin heat and humidity for 2 years).
Love my car
what an luxury drive, love to drive and the navigation system. love the leather seats and how good they warming in winder. and always remember to service from lexus it may cost you bit more, but you will be treated as a god by lexus.. and you will get a good loan car
Best luxury family SUV
Lexus build quality dictates that everything works and does what it should more than effectively - cabin comfort levels are beyond anything on the market and the finish is world class, topped off by the Mark Levinson 15 speaker Audio system.
The F Sport is the best looking of the model range and it's little wonder Lexus sell more RX 350 F Sports than any other RX in the line up, such a good looking car from any angle !!
Perfect luxury SUV for a family
My husband and I have driven VW since we were uni students (over 20 years). We now have 2 young kids and we wanted a SUV that has all the luxury features without a price of European cars. Lexus came up top and many mechanics we spoke to told us that Lexus RX is a solid car.
It’s veen a year since we bought our RX and no problems unlike VW we had - we still love VW.
Great drivability and it’s vwry fuel economical - 13L/100km. It’s quiet and feels cocooned when driving.
Overall, it’s a great value car!
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