2013 Lexus RX 450h review notes — Autoweek

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LEXUS RX350/450H

2013 Lexus RX 450h notes

The 2013 Lexus RX has a very unique grill. by Lexus.

The 2013 Lexus RX comes in at a base price of with our tester topping off at Photo by Lexus.

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ASSOCIATE GRAHAM KOZAK: Never the sporty-ish Lexus IS sedan or the comfy LS flagship — the RX is the automakers’ best-selling model one imagines, a vehicle with a per-unit profit margin. Lexus would produce a version to meet both fuel-economy standards and the green of its buyers is hardly surprising, and if should be able to nail the tech, it’s the company parent is responsible for the Prius .

So not entirely surprising that, the hybrid powertrain is concerned, the Lexus RX 450h delivers. An motor/gasoline V6/CVT combo makes a lot of sense in a 4,600-pound like this; the electric keeps the V6 relatively untaxed on providing for smooth and quiet My stop-and-go commute didn’t me with any highway driving so I speak to how the engine performed at speeds.

I didn’t mind the feel of the braking. Challenging yourself to as much energy as possible is one of the few where you can amuse yourself in mill hybrids. But the regen feel does work the smoothness of acceleration. Still, for an 29 mpg combined — we may have even better during our driving it — I can see many happily embracing the braking

Where the RX 450h (or at least an RX optioned the way our tester was) short was the interior — the lack of standard features.

in the vehicle for the first time, I the gear selector into and waited for the rearview camera to in. Except, there was no rearview to kick in. Or in-car navigation. Or a color screen on the center In its place was a simple LCD that one find on decade-plus old used models. Seats felt old as — only they old as in flat and worn out, not old as in

I probably sound spoiled, but I to be somewhat spoiled in a $51,000 To get a navigation system with a LCD center console display, you to pony up — at minimum a very hefty $7,700. One easily option this out to over $60K just to get available on an AWD RX 350 that stickers for over $50K.

Granted, crossover has a combined fuel of just 20 mg — but the $10,000 will by a hell of a lot of gasoline. have to run the numbers and figure out if willing to sacrifice the sort of that practically come on Kias these days in to put your eco-conscience at ease.

ROAD TEST EDITOR WONG: I wonder how many RX leave the factory with $2,578 worth of options? I think many, but still informative to get into a vehicle a luxury automaker that packed with a Toyota worth of options on it. In our particular Lexus RX 450h, we don’t navigation or even a color screen and there is no mouse-like on the center console. It’s for a Lexus. I will say that the screen that is there you basic information like and outside temperature looks out of place in a Lexus. The black text reminds me of the old Casio watch I had years ago.

I will have to agree Graham that the interior is a overall, and not because it doesn’t all the tech features. The materials are and the front bucket seats comfortable and supportive.

As for the hybrid it’s certainly been over the years from a point of view with the cutting in and out much more than in the past. My biggest with hybrids remains how the brakes feel under and this RX 450h still a brake feeling that the most comforting. At the top of the pedal there is little grab the brakes bite down making smooth braking If I had to live with brakes that on a daily basis, I probably go insane.

However, are people out there who won’t odd-feeling brakes or paying the cost of entry for a hybrid to green. Again, as Graham above, the hybrid version of the RX a hefty price premium the normal gas model, so the cost at the gas pump argument may not ring until years down the

I will say I was able to get an average economy of 30.4 mph on my fill-up and better than the 29 mpg EPA combined So it’s delivering as-advertised economy in my experience, which is we can’t say about the Ford and hybrid vehicles that had come through here.

LEXUS RX350/450H

Lexus RX 450h

Base $48,605

As-Tested Price:

Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V6 hybrid; continuously variable transmission

245 hp @ 6,000 rpm (295 hp net system 234 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

Curb 4,652 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA 30/28/29 mpg

AW Observed Fuel 30.4 mpg

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LEXUS RX350/450H
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