Review: 2010 Lexus RX 450h — Businessweek

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LEXUS RX350/450H

Review: 2010 Lexus RX

In my opinion, we can take either of two approaches to improving the fuel of North American vehicles. The is that we all go out and buy a 2010 Toyota (TM ) far and away the most fuel-stingy and friendly production vehicle on the The second is to improve the mileage of type of vehicle. If consumers that they need, an SUV, a big luxury sedan, or a pickup truck, respect wishes, but make sure vehicles become far more than they have in the past.

Approach No. 2—which, is more practical than No. 1—leads us to consider the new Lexus RX the hybrid-powered version of Toyota’s Lexus RX 350 midsize luxury The new RX 450h is better than the RX the model it replaced, with space, more power, and fuel efficiency. Most can buy one instead of a conventional gasoline-powered RX 350 giving up anything—whether it be money, or performance. Also, as of this no recalls have been on the RX 450h, so the model hasn’t any of the braking glitches that plagued the 2010 Prius.

With front-wheel drive, the RX gets 32 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway, for an of 30; with all-wheel drive, the fall to 30/28 and an average of 29. excellent for an SUV—9 mpg better, on than a comparable 2010 RX But it’s still way behind the average of 50 mpg.

The RX 450h at $43,560 with front-wheel and $45,150 with all-wheel about $5,000 more a comparable gasoline-powered RX 350. the average American buyer a new vehicle for about six years, to the Power Information Network With premium gasoline at $3.00 per gallon, and likely to at least a little in coming most owners will most or all of the price premium in savings (more details The hybrid’s CO 2 emissions are significantly than the conventional model’s, so be going easier on the environment,

The RX 450h has a more powerful than its conventional cousin, a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and two with all-wheel drive) motors that generate a 295 horsepower, 20 more than the RX V6. The only transmission offered in the is a continuously variable automatic, vs. a automatic in the RX 350.

The RX 450h doesn’t yet have crash-test ratings. However, it is about as safe as the RX 350, has five-star ratings in every except rollovers, where it four stars. The RX 450h standard with a full of airbags, as well as stability and control and braking assist.

expects to sell about RX 450h’s annually, though are off to a slow start this Only 1,906 were in the first two months of the year, from 3,058 RX 400h’s during the same period in Lexus sold about times as many RX 350s as RX in the first two months of this

Behind the Wheel

The Lexus RX 350 I test-drove had a number of annoying and rattles in its cabin, and I couldn’t get the hatch cover to stop even though the RX 450h’s is almost identical, it had none of problems.

I don’t know why the feels better-built than the RX Perhaps it’s because my RX 350 had miles on it (around 13,000 vs. around 8,000 for the RX 450h). Or it’s because the RX 450h is in Japan and the RX 350 I test-drove was built in However, I had the same reaction I test-drove the 2007 RX 400h. It more tightly built a Lexus RX 330.

LEXUS RX350/450H

I found both the RX 450h and the RX 350 than Lexus says are. In accelerating from to 60, the company rates the RX 350 at 7.4 seconds front-wheel drive and 7.5 seconds AWD. The hybrid is rated at 7.8 with FWD and 7.4 seconds with AWD is weird because all-wheel adds weight and should the vehicle slower). Then both my test vehicles had AWD and the RX 350 did to 60 in 7.0 seconds; the RX 450h, 7.2 seconds.

The has almost exactly the same crisp, and attractive interior as the RX 350. Head, leg, and space are exactly the same in models—which is to say adequate throughout that leg space is a bit cramped in Cargo space is a voluminous 40 cu. ft. the rear seats up, and 80.3 cu. ft. the rear seats folded Maximum towing capacity is lb. in both models—in both only with AWD and an optional package ($238). The hybrid with all the usual fancy including a navigation/rear seat system ($5,005), heads-up ($1,200), and heated and ventilated ($640).

Setting aside their the differences between the two models are The hybrid is more than 300 lb. but its superior horsepower keeps about the same. Ground is a tiny bit less in the hybrid in. vs. 7.3 in. in the RX 350). The hybrid even has the annoying design glitches as the RX It’s like dumpster to get at the auxiliary power plug, is at the bottom of the cavernous storage bin in the console, under a removable The rear seat is too hard to be

One minor downside of the hybrid: supposed to run the RX 450h at least a week to keep its battery an annoyance if you’re out of town a

Buy It or Bag It?

There’s nothing else like the RX 450h on the market. The alternative I can think of is a loaded-up Highlander hybrid, but that isn’t a luxury model. companies are coming out with nice hybrid SUVs, but cost more and aren’t as For instance, Daimler’s (DAI ) ML450 hybrid carries a average price tag, to PIN, has to be leased rather bought, and only averages 22 Audi’s new Q5 hybrid won’t be out later this year, or next. Diesel-powered German are great, but their emissions are than a hybrid’s.

Will you ever really the Lexus 450h’s $5,000 premium? The typical car buyer—who around 15,000 miles and keeps a new vehicle six years—would lose at least $1,000 on the RX at the current price of premium (recommended in both the RX 450h and RX But who really believes gas prices stay at current levels? If averages, say, $4.25 with $3.00 now), the buyer will save to $1,000 annually—and easily the hybrid’s extra cost. You can annual mileage and gas-price into a calculator on the Energy Web site to come up with own numbers.

Obviously, Toyota’s recalls raise doubts its products. But, so far at least, the RX remains unaffected. And if you’re about having to replace the battery (a $4,995 expense), The battery is designed to last the of the vehicle; it and other key elements of the system are covered by warranty for years or 100,000 miles. have found that the last 180,000 miles or a Lexus spokesman says.

The RX 450h is no Prius. But it offers SUV better gas mileage and performance at no cost to themselves.

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