|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2018 Lexus RX 450h
|L Hybrid||3.5L V6 + Elec 1.9-kWh||AWD||CVT||7.4 sec||15.7 sec @ 94 mph||29/28/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
2016 Lexus RX 450h
|F Sport Hybrid||3.5L V6 + Elec 1.9-kWh||AWD||CVT||7.1 sec||15.4 sec @ 94 mph||30/28/22 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Hybrid||3.5L V6 + Elec 1.9-kWh||AWD||CVT||7.0 sec||15.3 sec @ 94.3 mph||30/28/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2013 Lexus RX 450h
|Hybrid||3.5L V6 + Elec 1.9-kWh||AWD||CVT||6.8 sec||15.2 sec @ 95 mph||30/28/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
2010 Lexus RX 450h
|Hybrid||3.5L V6 + Elec 1.9-kWh||AWD||CVT||7.1 sec||15.5 sec @ 94 mph||30/28/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Hybrid||3.5L V6 + Elec 1.9-kWh||AWD||CVT||6.4 sec||14.8 sec @ 94.4 mph||30/28/23 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Hybrid||3.5L V6 + Elec 1.9-kWh||AWD||CVT||6.9 sec||15.2 sec @ 92.6 mph||30/28/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2006 Lexus RX 400h
|Hybrid||3.3L V6 + Elec||AWD||CVT||6.9 sec||15.2 sec @ 93 mph||27/25/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
|Hybrid||3.3L V6 + Elec||AWD||CVT||7.5 sec||15.9 sec @ 90 mph||27/25/27 mpg||Car and Driver|
About Lexus RX 450h
The Lexus RX 450h is the hybrid model of the Japanese company’s RX SUV. This model represents an attempt of Toyota’s luxury car brand to reinvent the RX SUV model which has been in the market for more than 17 years.
Lexus believes that its petrol and electric technology would continue to attract buyers with its lower carbon emission and a smoother powertrain. Of course, lower carbon emissions not only mean saving the environment but also savings in terms of taxes. This SUV can run solely on electricity on short distances, however. When it picks up the pace, it would turn to its petrol engine for energy.
- Engine: 3.5 liter, V-6 engine coupled with a 116 kW electric motor
- Power: 295 horsepower
- 0 to 60 miles per hour: 6.8 seconds
- Transmission: Electric continuous variable transmission (CVT)
- Top speed: 124 miles per hour
- Price: $47,800
Placed under a plastic covers that can mute the noise of the powertrain is the 3.5 liter, V-6 petrol engine that is partnered with a 116 kW electric motor. A second 50 kw-motor is placed on the rear axle and available on the all-wheel drive variant. This motor sends electric power to the rear axle whenever the car needs an extra grip.
The electric motor would power the 450h at slower speeds, and the petrol motor only kicks in when the car moves at speeds of at least 30mph.
The SUV is very quiet while on the road even when the gasoline engine is the one powering it, especially when cruising on the freeway. You would also barely notice the engine working with the electric motors to accelerate the car away from a traffic light.
Fuel economy is rated at 30 mpg for city driving and 28 for highway driving, or a combined 29 mpg.
The RX 450h is ideal for long-distance cruising and is surprisingly agile across country. But the SUV is not smooth when it is traveling at slow speed. You’d feel road bumps and manhole covers when driving this car. Another weakness of the RX is its heavy and cumbersome steering, especially at medium to fast speeds.
The body of the 450h is almost the same as the 2014 model, with its cab-forward styling giving it a crossover look instead of a tough, SUV. Up front, the grille is more elaborate compared to that of older models.
The cabin of the RX 450h is one of its best assets. The interiors provide a very comfy and luxurious environment. The driver’s seat is soft and flat-cushioned, with an adequate range of adjustability. There are also optional trims like premium leather and matte bamboo for choosy motorists.
The color screen is now placed higher in the dashboard to level it with the line of sight of the man behind the wheel. However, the Remote Touch is quite tricky and provides a poor way of controlling the ancillaries of the vehicle. It fits in the hand similar to a trackball, with a curser moving around the display to choose selections.
In terms of space, the RX 450h pales in comparison with its rivals like the BMW X5. Boot space is around 496 liters, unlike the BMW X5 that has 650 liters. Its cargo space is also a lot smaller than those of other 4x4s in the market.
At least, the Lexus RX 450h comes with an optional Mark Levinson audio system that creates one of the best mobile listening environments in any vehicle today. It helps too that the SUV has an ultra-quiet engine, so drivers and passengers will enjoy the sound reproduced by the superior quality audio system.
It’s also great that the audio system can hook up with numerous audio sources like AM/FM radio, Sirius satellite radio, and USB and analog auxiliary inputs.
The 450h is rated well by the IIHS. It scored a ‘good’ rating in side impact test, roof strength test, and rear crash protection.
It has standard safety features like front and rear airbags, child seat anchors, emergency braking assistance, engine immobilizer, tire pressure monitoring, whiplash protection, and emergency braking preparation.
The base price of the RX 450h hovers around the $48,000 mark, with options and other charges pulling the price up to around $60,000. In that price range, it competes head on with the Audi Q5 TDI.
There are lots of things you’ll like about the 450h. One is the pretty solid fuel efficiency numbers. Another is the quiet operation, and the luxurious cabin. You may be disappointed with the subpar suspension as well as its heavy and cumbersome steering. And yes, the cabin space could have been a lot bigger as well.
The RX 450h may not be the best hybrid out there, but it sure has its good points that should boots its sales this year.
To learn more about Lexus RX 450h, visit the official Lexus website.
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