2014 Lexus RX 450h review notes, specs, photos, pricing — Autoweek

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2014 Lexus RX 450h notes

The 2014 Lexus RX starts out at $48,720. Our Autoweek topped out at $55,550. Photo by

The RX weighs in with a curb of 4,652 lbs. Photo by

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ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM At $55,550, this 2014 RX 450h is a few grand more the $51,183 2013 Lexus RX we tested a while back, but it like a far better value the cheaper car.

True, the is the same — solid, and almost magic carpet-smooth in large part to a very hybrid drive system. You really want for power, nor do you the engine kicking on or off with a at every stop sign. tech should be, and is, one of Toyota’s last time, the RX even mileage estimates. We’ll see how it in winter driving.

I think it’s the interior on tester that helped the entire package despite the cost. Lexus isn’t near German standards it comes to interior design, and not quite there when it to material and build quality, but at this RX had a legitimate infotainment instead of a black and white stereo head unit in the dash.

But again, the value an RX this build sheet to present is all relative. You’re a fairly hefty premium for a crossover — about

Since the average car buyer in holds on to their vehicle for like six years, I’d that the average buyer of a Lexus RX will never any economic benefit due to fuel gains. So you’re buying SUV because you enjoy the smooth and power delivery of a good drive system (this a ridiculous notion these look at what Infiniti is to do with the Q50 Hybrid ) or because you are to make a green statement. A honking, 4,652-pound green

I think the latter is more at this point, which the RX 450h a car Lexus is compelled to because some people compelled to be seen in them. not sure how far the price of hybrid will have to fall, or how the price of gasoline will to rise, before that’s not the

The 2014 Lexus RX 450h in at a base price of $48,720 our tester topping off at $55,550.

EDITOR JAKE LINGEMAN: I mind the way this RX 450h in a parking spot. It’s a useful-sized SUV, and what a approach angle, the nose comes to a point. But unless in love with that or the Lexus seats, which are great, the RX 450h is a pass.

After performing a cost/benefit I think the RX 350 makes better The RX 450h gets 9 mpg better the RX 350, 20 mpg combined to 29 mpg combined. The 350 about $7,000 less. For you can buy about 2,000 gallons of gas at $3.50 per gallon. After miles, you’ll have $12,068 in gas for the hybrid, $17,500 in the RX That still doesn’t up the $7,000 premium.

I don’t the power is that great, Total system power is at 295, which is barely to move this RX around, in sport mode. You really to push the pedal down to get any and I think a luxury SUV buyer be disappointed in that. You can’t the engine kicking on and off, but I trade that in heartbeat for a bit power. The AWD system was great, and me rolling over snow-packed and icy

Steering was surprisingly heavy, for a luxury SUV. And the regenerative had me a little worried, too. A in front of me slowed quickly, I had to them a good push. It from not slowing down to up on ice; I had to abandon the lane to sure I didn’t hit anybody. In to the Lexus, the guy had no brake lights, so I a little harder than I may had to.

I do like the interior, like Lexus vehicles. Of course the were comfy, and all of the electronics easy to use. My only is the dark navigation screen at When it’s zoomed in, the is black and the side streets are gray. It’s very to pay attention to when trying to your way. I like the wood finish on the steering which seems like a way of doing things.

If you like the RX, my is go with the 350 and try to keep your light. Another choice is the RDX. which starts at $40K and has 300 hp and gets 22 mpg combined.

2014 Lexus RX 450h

Lexus RX

Price: $48,720

As-Tested $55,550

Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V6 AWD, continuously variable

Output: 245 hp @ 6,000 rpm (295 hp net output), 234 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

Weight: 4,652 lb

Fuel (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 30/28/29 mpg

AW Fuel Economy: 27.4 mpg

Premium package including trim interior, blind monitor system, bamboo trim and steering wheel, open/close moonroof, power-folding heated outside mirrors, seat/steering/mirror memory ($3,060); system including backup Lexus Enform, destination eDestination, SiriusXM NavTraffic, stocks, sports fuel ($2,775); Mark Levinson surround sound DVD/CD HD radio, Apple iTunes 15 speakers ($995)

The 2014 Lexus RX 450h is with a 3.5-liter V6 cranking out 245 hp 234 lb-ft of torque.

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