Lexus RX 450h — AskMen

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Lexus RX 450h

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MPG / LPG: 32 city; 28

Lexus’ RX launched the luxury category, and it gets a ground-up for the 2010 model year. And about time; the last RX was to feel a bit long in the tooth especially when compared to newer, L-Finessed rides. For the Lexus RX gets its own L-Finessed a more powerful motor and may very well be the most automotive computer control known to man. The hybrid — the RX450h — out later this summer, but was kind enough to toss us the to a pre-production version so we could its latest generation of the crossover.

The words “performance” and “hybrid” don’t go together, and let’s be they don’t here. But outright performance probably high on the list of priorities for looking to buy a hybrid luxury CUV Utility Vehicle). Our FWD Lexus RX was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 mated to two motors. The AWD RX hybrid gets a electric motor to drive the wheels. The combined power is a 295 horsepower, and this powerplant is to a CVT with a six-step “manumatic”

Lexus claims that drivetrain provides the power of a V8 the fuel economy of a four-banger. V8 power may be there, but it’s Getting the RX hybrid to exhibit any of urgency takes a lot of patience; on the gas, wait a bit, a bit more, and then the crossover finally surge forward some authority. V8-like of power or not, the RX first and was tuned to be (and drive a hybrid.

Lexus RX

Thankfully, the RX hybrid is good at gas. We averaged 29 mpg during our with the Lexus — a mpg number for any car. We think the main reason we were to achieve this number was the RX new ECO Mode. ECO Mode is a switch activated through a menu through the steering wheel that automatically takes any input and adjusts it to minimize consumption and maximize mileage. to stab the gas? Go ahead, the RX automatically smooth out your and deliver smooth, eco-friendly

ECO Mode is great for driving town or in traffic. It kind of the manually controlled six-step but again, the person who buys a CUV values fuel economy neck-snapping performance. That we do wish that the ECO Mode was to turn on and off. It’s a — not to mention dangerous to have to squint at a small between the gauges while through menus when you to disable ECO Mode to, say, get speed to pass or merge a freeway. A big ECO Mode button on the lever — similar to the button found on most cars — would be and more convenient.


Lexus gave the 2010 RX its L-Finesse design language, a more modern look to the crossover. However, this is more evolutionary than and unless you are a …-hard RX fanatic, be hard-pressed to realize that the CUV a complete overhaul. Maybe we too much time in Orange but despite the RX’s improved it still feels a bit too “mom-mobile” for our We swear people looked at us as if we had hopped out of our mom’s car — and well over 30

The cabin of the RX is simple, clean and modern, but isn’t a lot design-wise to keep the eye Some would call the cabin “bland” — we that this simplicity keep the 2010 RX feeling well into the future. As is the with all Lexus vehicles, the quality and materials are all top-notch. of the control panel — the audio controls — and feel a bit too Camry-like, but that’s a complaint for an otherwise well interior.

The best part of the new RX is its new joystick All features of the RX are now controlled via a joystick on the center console. Yeah, it a bit iDrive-ish, but the Lexus system is easy to use. You just use joystick like a computer to adjust everything from the air to how long the interior lights on. This joystick uses a of small motors to provide feedback, letting you “feel” the buttons as you mouse over Clicking a button with thumb activates the desired and a simple press of one of the clearly auxiliary buttons takes you to the main menu or map. joystick is the future of automotive center interfaces, and we expect to see auto manufacturers copy idea in the near future.

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