Savage on Wheels — Lexus RX 450h hybrid crossover a lesson in quiet comfort

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Lexus RX 450h hybrid a lesson in quiet comfort

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Lexus quiet, comfortable and reliable as well, if not better, than car-makers. Its RX crossover has been a hit for in the crossover, or tall wagon,

Lexus does nothing to itself with its latest RX, and the vehicle was the 450h, which it’s a hybrid. That to better gas mileage and quiet and running.

The quiet operation is one of the RX 450h’s virtues.

The metallic tan vehicle delivered good gas with its hybrid assist and in both Normal and Sport it accelerates well. Steering is moderate, and handling is smooth and so you always feel in control.

A all-wheel-drive system keeps the RX planted, even in heavy I had it during a pre-Christmas snowstorm and was excellent.

Under the hybrid’s hood is 3.5-liter V6 that features valve timing and is backed up by a battery system that gives the RX 295 horsepower. There are driving modes, with and Sport allowing all that to be used, although you’ll burn more gas. The ECO which I used for several delivers lame low-end You creep, although smoothly, from stoplights.

The hybrid an electronically controlled continuously transmission with an intelligence that helps it understand power needs and driving This system gives it an amount of gear ratios, the crossover to accelerate as efficiently as It’s incredibly smooth, but most of us will prefer but the ECO mode.

Lexus says the RX pull 3,500 pounds, the proper towing package. are several other trim with the base RX350 model featuring a smooth automatic and coaxing 270 horsepower from the 3.5-liter V6.

Braking is quite good, 12.9-inch vented discs up and solid rear disc Anti-skid and traction-control systems are standard.

I wasn’t as happy the RX’s ride as in previous but I did have this in winter frost heaves are more and mechanical items stiffen up.

the reasons, the RX rode rough bumps, such as raised and frost heaves. It handled pot and other road indentations with its independent suspension all and a double-wishbone rear system.

The was comfortable, in all but one way.

The black interior, part of a $3,060 package, was stylish, comfortable and

Its attractive dash was simple to see and out quickly. It looked great, a matte silver surround on the stack and bamboo trim on the armrests, center console, a bamboo and leather steering and shift knob, part of premium package. The bamboo is a tan that gives it a sophisticated

The seats are extremely cozy and both front and rear. well shaped and feature leather that makes rides easy. The rear split and fold flat for cargo storage. Even the seats up, though, there is room for luggage.

Yet, I two drawbacks. One, those seat backs are mighty to fold back up after been lowered.


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Two, but more important in our the front seats are not heated. I was by that in a crossover with a price of $47,810; and once it was with a few option packages, one hit $55,550. Heated and cooled are a separate $640 option.

is a power rear hatch and tilt/telescope steering wheel with exterior mirror that are activated as you approach the to help ease entry at

The test crossover also a $995 Mark Levinson sound system with 15 which was truly memorable. A navigation package included command, a backup camera and Enform system to help you up electronically with all your mobile devices and includes satellite radio and traffic and alerts for a year.

The premium also adds power-folding outside mirrors, a 3-memory-setting seat and a sunroof. It also a blind-spot monitoring system in the mirrors. This alerts you to in your crossover’s blind to prevent fender benders.

The Lexus radio system a concern. It runs on the navigation but you must use a console-mounted mouse to radio stations. There are no buttons on the screen or dash, so in a station takes a couple making it awkward to use while

Otherwise, the interior and driving of the hybrid RX is reflective of its price Gas mileage, a key component of any hybrid decision, is better than average gas-powered midsize with AWD.

I got 23.5 The EPA rates this RX at 30 mpg city and 28 mpg About 60% to 70% of my driving was city.

By comparison, the base RX350 front-drive gets 18 mpg city and 25 mpg It lists at $39,760 and going to AWD that to $41,160.

Mark welcomes your questions and regarding new vehicles at Savageonwheels@yahoo.com .

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