Let me preface that this vehicle was purchased as an everyday commuter car, so I wanted something that was easy to drive, had some cargo room (I have another large SUV for big stuff), and had good looks. I love the traditional "Lexus look" of the headlights and front grille.
This vehicle was purchased as a 4 yr old lease return with almost 65,000 miles. It has been a great commuting vehicle with plenty of pick-up and stability for a major metropolitan area.
Gas mileage has been better than anticipated (20 city/22 mixed/24 hwy, with a high of 32).
Other than the starter problem noted around 100,000 miles, there have been no issues with the vehicle. The previous owner had it regularly serviced (oil changes and scheduled maintenance) at the same Lexus dealership where I bought it, and there was no previous repair history. The service department of my local Lexus dealership treat me great, and act as if my car is brand new. I appreciate the extra mile the Lexus people go to ensure customers are happy.
I recently went on a trip that is 1,000 miles one way. The RX drove and performed like it did years ago.
I like the "Power" shift mode -- which is what I generally use for everyday driving. The 300 is quick enough... I could only imagine how the 330's and 340's are now.
While I've had a few American vehicles (Cadillac Deville, Cadillac STS, and two different Grand Cherokees), I've been loyal to Japanese vehicles for 30 years. Having had several Hondas and one Toyota, this was my first Lexus (second Toyota product). I will keep Lexus high on my preferred list.
If someone is unhappy with their tires, I strongly recommend Michelin CrossTerrains. I'm on my second set of CrossTerrains. I went up a width for a little more aggressive look and perhaps a touch more stability.