Toyota Alternative to Lexus RX350 SUV

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Toyota Alternative to Lexus RX350 SUV

Post by tomd37 » Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:24 pm

Is there a Toyota SUV that is similar to the Lexus RX350? Possibly in the same way the Toyota Camry is similar to the Lexus ES350.
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Re: Toyota Alternative to Lexus RX350 SUV

Post by gasman » Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:29 pm

tomd37 wrote:Is there a Toyota SUV that is similar to the Lexus RX350? Possibly in the same way the Toyota Camry is similar to the Lexus ES350.
Highlander.

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Post by dkdoy » Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:29 pm

The Toyota Highlander is pretty close. We compared the two a few years ago and went with the Highlander. We love it, have no complaints at all. At the time it was about 8k more for the RX.

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Post by livesoft » Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:52 pm

We bought a used Lexus instead of a new Highlander.

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Post by norookie » Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:47 am

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Post by tjwolf » Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:40 am

Try a Sequoia! We looked at all of the options. Wanted seating for at least five "real people". Chose the seven passenger rather than the eight. Rear seats fold down electrically. Second row very comfortable for 3 people if you choose the split bench 8 passenger option. You can easily enter the rear 3rd row area, and then sit comfortably. Its' not kid dedicated like others.

The towing capacity is 9,100-10,000#. This was important to us since we pull a trailer from time to time. Sequoia has a truck full-frame, selectable 4-wheel drive options, low range, off-road capabilities, air suspension, etc, etc.

The ride is great and the mileage is 20+ on the road, at about 70 mph. Yes you loose a few mpg over the Highlander or similar, however the ride comfort and safety, and utility, far out-weigh the few hundred dollars in fuel (uses regular gas @ 381 hp) savings per year.

For us, the Sequoia takes the place of (as in got rid of) our conversion van and 3/4 ton pick-up. --- Plus it gets better mileage and has more power than either.

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Post by leod » Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:10 am

a lexus will always be a toyota. its like buying a banana rep or gap, same parts the other probably has better quality control.

same goes with all the manufacturers, they play with your emotion. you'll always think you'll feel better if you paid higher.

i own a toyota so my opinion might be a little biased :)

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Post by praxis » Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:03 pm

Does anyone occasionally tow a small boat or trailer (<2000 lbs) with a Highlander or Outback-type car chassis vehicle?

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Post by dkdoy » Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:23 pm

The new Highlanders are rated at 5000 lbs. Less than 2000 would be no problem.

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Post by bearwolf » Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:14 pm

praxis wrote:Does anyone occasionally tow a small boat or trailer (<2000 lbs) with a Highlander or Outback-type car chassis vehicle?
We tow an 18ft ski boat (Seadoo) with our Highlander. We have never had any problems. Ours is a 2007 Highlander Hybrid.

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