The Lexus RX 400h is the first luxury crossover powered by a hybrid drive system. The latest version keeps its own technology features, quality, and the guilt-free motoring powered by hybrid engine’s fuel economy.
The RX 450h is available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. It has a new 3.5-liter V6 engine running on the Atkinson. It delivers 245 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, up 37 Torque is rated at 234 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm. The system’s combined maximum output is 295 horsepower. The RX 450h is Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle in the U.S. The new hybrid system’s 288-volt nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery is smaller and lighter than in the first-generation hybrid RX.
The RX 450h cabin is typical Lexus. The instrument panel is modern with a bold curve to it. The switchgear is easy to use. The optional navigation system uses a hard-disk drive displayed through an 8-inch LCD mounted in the center of the dash. The Lexus mouse-like controller called Remote Touch is situated on the center console and proves intuitive to use. It can also be programmed like a video game for different levels of tactile feedback and with buttons on either side of the unit; can be controlled by both driver and passenger which is a nice handy feature. It has a voice command feature as well.
The RX 450h offers a full choice of communications and infotainment features, including an optional 12-speaker audio system. The new Ultra Premium Package1 ($7,150) offers the simply superb 15-speaker, Mark Levinson surround sound audio system complete with a subwoofer and a 7.1 channel surround sound speaker architecture. Also available are video monitors for blind areas at the side, a backup camera, and automatic high-low beam switching. Passive safety is handled with 10 standard airbags and a rollover sensor.
The RX450h proves to be a refined and comfortable on the road. It provides smooth silent take off from stops and at low speeds. The added torque of the electric motors and the surprisingly responsive CTV gearbox make the RX 450h amazingly comfortable and easy to drive. A well modulated low and mid-range torque provided by the electric battery and motor of its hybrid power train generally also makes for an entertaining driving experience. The Electronically Controlled Continuous Variable Transmission (ECVT) has an estimated fuel economy figure of 6.6L/100km in the city and 7.2L/100km on the highway.
The RX 450h provides excellent space for. It also offers a formidable blend of technology, performance, fuel-efficiency, and environmental friendliness. It is one of the most comfortable and luxurious vehicles in its class. Highly recommended.
2013 Lexus RX 450h priced from $59,550 – $68,785