Lexus has defined the luxury SUV hybrid with the RX 450h for people who want comfort and power with fuel economy that's more in line with a midsize sedan. In keeping with the Lexus tradition of refined transportation, it's a silent and well-appointed machine for five passengers. And it's one of the few all-wheel drive hybrids on the market.
What's New for 2015
For 2015, the RX 450h gets minor trim changes, including new optional 19-inch alloy wheels and LED fog lights.
Choosing Your Lexus RX 450h
The RX450h comes in one well-equipped trim level. The standard engine is 3.5-liter V6 mated to a hybrid drive system for a combined output of 295 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive with an additional electric motor at the rear is optional. The only transmission is a CVT automatic transmission.
Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, keyless start, wood trim, 10-way power front seats and a 12-speaker audio system with 7-inch infotainment screen, backup camera and Bluetooth. Options include 19-inch wheels, HID headlamps with LED fog lights, park assist and LED headlamps.
The Premium Package includes blind spot monitor, memory settings for the driver, leather upholstery, a moonroof, power-folding side mirrors and roof rails. The Luxury Package includes the Premium Package, as well as a heated steering wheel, LED headlamps, 115-volt power outlet, headlamp washers and semi-aniline upholstery. A Navigation Package includes a navigation system with voice recognition, upgraded audio system. HD radio with Sirius XM traffic and Lexus Enform telematics system. A Mark Levinson audio system is also available with navigation.
Front-wheel drive models aren't rated to tow, but an all-wheel drive RX450h can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.
The all-wheel drive RX450h makes the best case against other luxury SUVs, especially for people who can take advantage of a hybrid system's benefits.