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Toyota Lexus RX400h (HSD)

Deal of the Day

The term “soccer defined perhaps too well how mothers lived the child-rearing of their lives in the 1990s. hated that researchers predict their voting and patterns just because drove slab-sided Dodge and repair-prone Ford Windstars. clunky design—helped dampen for the minivan.

Fast forward 15 add a slew of energy-saving technology, and got a near-perfect minivan-replacement vehicle for who chauffeurs kids to lacrosse the Lexus RX 400h hybrid-drive The superb audio and Bluetooth technology make traffic en route to the office more too.

In the RX 400h, Lexus a V6 gasoline engine with a variable transmission and placed a of nickel metal hydride under the back seat. It put electric-drive motors both and rear for great fuel in town, reasonable acceleration, fuel economy on the highway, and all-wheel drive. If the majority of driving is done around and you need some (but not a lot of) space, the RX 400h could be Just realize you’ll $50,000 to get good gas mileage.

The RX Hybrid Drive

As with hybrids, the motors that drive the vehicle also as generators under deceleration, the energy from the forward and converting it to electricity. More half the kinetic (moving) is recaptured in the NiMH batteries. As a benefit, regeneration saves and tear on the brakes; and the energy is the next time you step on the On the interstate, there’s very stop and go, which is why fuel with hybrids is lower on the highway rating. The RX 400h is at 31 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway for the 2007 the 2008 will be 1 mpg to 2 mpg lower of revised EPA testing standards, should be more realistic.

By installing an electric drive at the rear wheels, Lexus all-wheel-drive capabilities without the for a bulky driveshaft. Under acceleration or on slippery roads the rear propulsion kicks in. also an electric motor up which is important for regenerating the energy, since more is on the front wheels under That’s why the nose of a car pitches when you step on the brakes and up when you accelerate.

How Safe is

Having electric propulsion up as well allows for one of the RX 400h’s impress-the-neighbors tricks: When you the engine, there’s no sound, or exhaust smoke, only a light that comes on a second or two. Then the RX motors off silently under power. If you avoid tromping the or turning on the air conditioner, you can get up to about 20 mph the gasoline engine kicks in.

hybrid users may have but I’m still uncertain about the impact (so to speak) of silent on kids playing in the driveway or the family pet when you back out of the garage. You can order a backup as part of the $2,650 navigation but there’s no backup sonar, I believe can be more important the camera for proactively detecting in your path.

I also fear new owners may not a hybrid is in gear when pull into a convenience or gas station and begin to step There is a warming chime, but polite and no more urgent the chime for an unbuckled seat or still-on headlights. Obviously, RX owners would be paying insurance premiums if roll-away happened a lot, but I think and others need to think about this downside of technology before people get run

Once-Great Denso Navigation

In past I’ve been a fan of the navigation system used by and its sibling, Toyota. But the feeling is This nav system is called 5, but the voice input makes it like Generation Behind. fairly simple to use (for a system), with a touch-screen and largish buttons next to the The Nuance-based voice input voices well, so long as you use the phrases.

But there’s a maddening between pressing the Voice on the wood-and-leather steering wheel (a extra on my test car) and the that it’s ready for command. You’re greeted phrases such as, “At the beep, say a command [maddening pause … or, “At the beep, please say the state [pause] …. please say the city [pause].” Lexus is stalling for as the system spools up to speed. suggests the car needs a faster a bigger cache of phrases in memory, or very patient

Navigation Package Quirks

The navigation package also the backup camera, energy and monitors, and Bluetooth. Each is problematic in minor ways.

The provided by the backup camera is dim at Other automakers have sensitive cameras or brighter lights; on this Lexus, you to back up with your on the brake pedal (this the view, because of the added of the brake lights). There’s no backing lane overlaid on the that superimposes the width of the RX as two straight lines (the straight back) and curved (the path as your are now turned). And there’s no sonar option, which is a valuable to any backup camera: It’s to miss seeing an obstacle on the but you can’t avoid hearing the ping of sonar.

The energy and monitors paint a dazzling, portrait of where energy is from and going to: the gas engine, battery, front electric rear electric motor/generator; and the the electricity travels. There’s a screen showing how much you’ve used and regenerated in increments. It’s dazzling for a week, or when you’ve got a neighbor on board. But there’s no way to tone it down to just a of the display, once the initial is gone.

Toyota Lexus RX400h (HSD)

Then there’s Bluetooth, paired fine with a of Motorola and LG phones. But given the of the nav system, Lexus shouldn’t Bluetooth hostage inside a options package you may not want. Bluetooth should be embedded in all as part of the base price, the way is starting to.

The Lexus Experience

aside, the RX 400h is a fine to drive, either in the hybrid or version, the RX 350. The batteries are stowed under the back seat and cargo floor than taking up part of the as on other Toyota/Lexus hybrids. The RX has two rows of seats and a steeply tailgate, so you can carry four or five passengers and a moderate of luggage. Four bags of gear would fit, but tough carrying the bags for hockey players. Mamas, let your babies grow up to be

The interior finish is flawless, but did you expect? It’s a Lexus. The RX has a nice rear-entertainment system for the standard audio is fine, and the audio is superb. You can play MP3 and WMA and there’s a line-in jack for players and an optional iPod If you have the navigation system and the the audio or climate controls drop down across the top of the display to show a new station or setting. It’s a nice although Infiniti integrates features better on its LCDs.

The Lexus Web site is simple to and you can easily configure your Some people use automaker so they can avoid salespeople at for as long as possible, but in the case of the dealership experience is about as as it can be. That’s the advantage of setting up a new network in 1990 (when arrived) with the requirement to customers well, rather take over the corner of showrooms and put Giant Lexus signs in the window.

One part of the experience you won’t covet, and won’t take part in, is through the 10 manuals and quick guides that among total 1,009 pages. includes 446 pages for the owner’s and another 296 for the navigation system. The guide, if you can call it that, 56 pages and the navigation quick is another 22. My personal belief is Japanese automakers have an greater fear of lawsuits German or American automakers and with it by adding more in more places.

Should You

I’ve driven other and Toyota hybrids before. The Prius blew me away the start with its all-round Some of the Toyota/Lexus SUVs a while to warm up to, particularly of the odd noises emanating from the compared with the turbine-like of a well-made engine. The most RX 400h had its share of off-sounds with the sibling 350, runs on gasoline. Now I find the gasoline engine and occasional sound under acceleration a price to pay for getting 30 mph out of a 2-ton

A Lexus RX 400h has a base of $43,275 (for 2007 and sells for about $50,000, equipped. You may or may not want navigation; probably want the premium ($2,060) that combines such as the steerable xenon luxury, such as leather and a moon roof; and convenience, as the memory seats and steering

If you want a mid-size SUV with of interior style and great mileage for an SUV, look at the RX Even with the hybrid disappearing for Toyota and Lexus credit was intended to jumpstart automaker’s sales and then go not to be an ongoing subsidy for hybrid I believe your fuel will make the hybrid the way to go. realize that if it’s cost of ownership you want, are plenty of other hybrids, the Toyota Highlander, that in for thousands less.

Toyota Lexus RX400h (HSD)
Toyota Lexus RX400h (HSD)


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