After driving the XG350 I can honestly add it to my list of luxury for less. The sedan has a rich look, a stunning interior and it's a pleasure to drive.
The 2004 XG350 has an impressive list of standard features including four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and traction control, dual front airbags and front seat side-impact airbags, leather seating surfaces, fully automatic temperature control, 16-inch alloy wheels with Michelin tires, cruise control, keyless entry with alarm, projector beam headlamps, trip computer and more.
The cabin comes equipped with leather seats, updated wood grain trim and better lighting everywhere: overhead, in vanity mirrors, in the cargo area, glove box, footwell and front ashtray, as well as new C-pillar-mounted rear reading lights.
Attention was paid to details that include using a leather cover on the center armrest in lieu of plastic. The cruise control buttons, hood release and tilt steering wheel levers have been revised for a better feel and easier use. Trunk lifters are now gas-operated and child seat tethers are neatly covered when not in use.
The XG350 is powered by a 3.5-liter engine delivers 194 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 216 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm. Matching 5-speed automatic transmission features the Shiftronic system with manual shift overdrive.
The XG350 suspension uses independent double wishbones in the front with an anti-roll bar. The rear features a multi-link suspension with dynamic toe control and anti-roll bar. Nitrogen gas-filled shocks are used at all four wheels.
Comfort features include AM/FM/CD/Cassette stereo system with six speakers, trip computer, power door locks, power windows, exterior mirrors with heated mirror elements and power driver and passenger seats.
The 2004 XG350 is available in two trim levels - XG350 and XG350L. The XG350L adds outside mirrors with tilt reverse and memory functions, power moonroof, 12-spoke alloy wheels, premium Infinity speakers, leather-and-wood grain trimmed steering wheel and heat and memory functions to seats.