The Lexus RX400h hybrid is a mediocre fuel-economy car — Morning Call

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The Lexus RX400h hybrid is a fuel-economy car


November 11, 2005 | By Larry Of The Morning Call

These logic gets you nowhere.

It little sense.

But for those who to advertise their environmental on their sleeve, a hybrid is the answer.

Still, the common-sense wouldn’t cease.

Do you know how few actually know how to fix a hybrid?

you curious about how much it cost to replace the battery that powers the electric No one really says, but published vary between $2,000 and

If you’re really interested in the environment, aren’t you concerned what will happen to all the in the battery pack after you the vehicle?

If you really want to gas, why wouldn’t you just buy a with leather seats? less than half the of this Lexus, nearly as and will easily achieve double the mileage that Lexus Rx400h returned.

If economy is the motivating factor producing a hybrid, why is this an exceptional performer, but a mediocre champ?

If you want to save why not make this vehicle than its 4,300 pound weight?

If four-wheel-drive is meant to ensure traction, how come this lost traction relatively (I suspect it was the low-rolling resistance

If Lexus is known for superior quality, why were there from the cargo area?

If you can the vehicle’s $52,703 price can’t you afford the gas to fill it?

Of the vehicle that started my down this road, the RX400h, is the well-heeled cousin of the Toyota Highlander.

Like the which uses the same the Lexus has a gas engine that’s by a pair of electric motors, one one rear. The vehicle runs on electric up until 15 mph. calls for caution in parking Most pedestrians don’t pay and as a result, they don’t see or you coming.


From about 15 mph to 30 mph, the runs on a combination of gas and electric. that, the vehicle runs on The battery pack that the motors never needs to be in. Instead, power captured braking recharges the battery The whole drivetrain is hooked to a variable transmission, an automatic that constantly varies gear the car is in. When you come to a stop, the whole vehicle off, except for accessories. It instantly when you step on the

The result is so seamless and refined, you even realize you’re saving gas. While the 23 mpg is good mileage for a four-wheel-drive it’s not really that overall.

The RX400h is pretty the same as the standard RX. This the vehicle comes equipped all the mod cons. Mark Levinson system, rear-seat DVD player, interior, seat heaters and everything.

Handling is a bit firmer, and the electric has little road feel. manners were never a RX priority, although the SUV handles with a fair amount of

And of course, it was quiet. Deathly

Strangely, the car’s climate system seemed a bit weak. The climate control needed to be to 80 degrees before any significant of heat would emanate the vehicle.

Indeed this is luxurious.

Logical? Nope.

But car-buyers say they want to fuel, but won’t make the little sacrifice to do it. They buy that Corolla with seats.

And that’s the real logic this hybrid.



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