The following is our review, accompanying notes and dog friendliness rating for the Lexus RX 2008-2015:
Dog Friendly Features
On initial inspection, the Lexus RX offers a very good sized boot and one that would be ideally suited to large sized dogs. However, the rear space is compromised a bit by the rake of the rear window and door. Although, the rake of the rear seats can be adjusted which helps the size of the overall boot space it would be best suited to more medium sized dogs.
These cars tend to come with privacy glass around the rear of the car which will go a long way to keeping the boot area of the car cool on hot and sunny days.
The floor of this car is quite high off the ground so it could cause a problem for older or less mobile dogs getting in and out of the car. But, the boot area is helped by the fact that it is flush with the opening of the rear door. The Lexus RX also comes with a scratch resistant step at the rear of the boot which helps keep the rear bumper of the car scratch free.
The Lexus RX comes with 4 metal tie-downs meaning that a dog cage can used and secured safely in place.
There are lots of different options available for dog guards for these cars depending on your budget and the size of your pet. Ask us for details and recommendations.
A very useful feature of the Lexus RX is the ease at which you can turn off the interior sensor for your car alarm. The internal alarm on this car be turned off via its key or via a button on the inside roof. So, if you do have to pop to the shop and have to leave your pet in the car then you can do so knowing that they will not set off the alarm when you are queuing up to pay. However, please be aware we strongly advise not keeping your pets locked in hot cars!!!!
The Lexus RX on the surface looks like a very dog-friendly car and it is. But, on a bit more of a closer inspection it suffers from a few shortcomings which has lead us to give it 3.5 out of 5 on our Paw-rating scale and it would be ideally suited for medium sized dogs, such as a Boxer or a Cocker Spaniel.
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Disclaimer: This review is to be taken only as our opinion of the suitability of the car for dog owners and their pets rather than fact, advice, or counsel. Moreover, exact details and specifications may differ across the different models of cars referred to in the review. Finally, we, and the manufacturers of the cars, are not to be held responsible or liable in any way for the opinions voiced in this review.