2012 lexus rx450h review

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  • See the full review, prices, specs and pictures. The Lexus RX h has excellent fuel economy for the class, and reviewers praised its.

    There are 12 reviews for the Lexus RX h, click through to see what your fellow consumers are saying.

    The Lexus RXh F Sport is the sporty, attention-grabbing version of the company's newly updated hybrid SUV. It uses a litre V6 petrol.

    The interior has a bit of dash in its dash, and seating is comfortable for up to five passengers. Dislikes Passionless driving experience Real-world fuel economy trails ratings Expensive and ubiquitous An iota less refined than it was. But I'm a technology buff. To give buyers more choice, Lexus has even adorned each of the seven variants with its own unique version of the grille, bumper and lower spoiler.

    Lexus RX h Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos - The Car Connection

    To help boost sales, the model has been given a thorough makeover. The base model RX — an all-new model itself — is only available in a single grade. The h is the flagship, replacing the old h. It comes with the new Atkinson cycle hybrid powertrain consisting of a 3. The petrol engine alone produces kW of power and Nm of torque. One electric motor produces up to kW, while the other offers up to 50kW.

    Overall combined output is rated at kW. Petrol power is sent to the front wheels while one of the two electric motors sends power to the rear wheels under high demands, including full throttle.

    Rear-wheel power is also engaged when the on-board computers detect slip in the front wheels. More details on the RX range and pricing can be found here. Like all Lexus vehicles, the RX h has a modern and intelligent cabin. The dash is mostly black with stainless steel-type highlights. The touch system uses a kind of mouse pad device which toggles menus right at the rest point of your left hand.

    We found the interface to be quite intuitive and easy to use. And once you figure out how to mute the slightly annoying bings and bongs that sound with every menu jump, it becomes a very convenient friend, helping you with everything from traffic conditions with satellite navigation, to your song choice, as well as offering a display to show you how and what power is sent to which wheels in real time. During our test we travelled from Sydney down to Melbourne. At no point were we uncomfortable or even tired, the interior is relaxing and accommodating, and perfect for long journeys like this.

    The F Sport-specific seats are moderately bolstered providing adequate lateral support. Both the front seats are electronically adjustable with lumber settings and memory functions for the driver as well. In the back, the rear seats provide ample comfort for two passengers. We found no issues with legroom or headroom in either position. Vision is excellent for front- and rear-seat passengers; a feat that will appeal to the more typical SUV buyer who simply wants a high-riding vehicle.

    The open vista certainly enhances the feeling of safety and security when behind the wheel. Being a premium vehicle, the RX h is filled with high-end amenities. All buttons and controls also have a sterling and solid feel to them. In the very back, the RX offers litres of cargo space. This can be increased to offer litres by flipping the rears seats down. The rear seats can be folded handily via a lever in the boot, or by a conventional ratchet on the rear seats.

    The RX h cargo area capacity is the same as what is offered on the non-hybrid RX variants and , proving the electric components have little to zero intrusion on cabin space. The model update brings much more grown up styling to the RX. It showcases masculine and sharper cheekbones, slightly more aggressive wheel arches, and that oh-so-premium new spindle grille design with chrome accents.

    In the flesh, it does look rather striking. Similar to other Lexus vehicles recently introduced, perhaps the biggest highlight in safety for the RX is the radar-guided cruise control. It allows you to cruise along at a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you without the need to hit the brake pedal if the car in front slows down. Instead, the clever system brakes the RX itself. In such systems, the gap between you and the car in front can be adjusted.

    This means in heavier freeway traffic conditions you can adjust the gap to be a bit smaller. In the Lexus, the gap is a little too large by default and you find other motorists jumping in front. When this happens, the system automatically brakes, and then speeds back up again to the set speed, wasting fuel. It seems like the radar is a fraction slow at calculating the speeds of vehicles in front. Well, that all depends. For us, CVTs are just a fun-killer. See our previous GS h acceleration video for a better understanding.

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