2010 Lexus RX 450h Long Term Report: Week 1


Last week, I took the delivery of my first long-term road test vehicle from Lexus Canada—a 2010 Smoky Granite Mica RX 450h:

Lexus RX450h Smoky Granite Mica

This is the full deal—an RX 450h with the Ultra Luxury package that includes Heads-Up Display, rear entertainment system, LED headlights, and fifteen-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. As far as I can tell, the only option missing is dynamic air suspension.

One effect to all this technology is a strong feeling that I’m driving in the future—a feeling that’s reinforced by the exterior & interior design. The RXh looks like a spaceship sitting in my driveway:

Lexus RX450h Smoky Granite Mica

Inside is black on black with some brown walnut accents, and the absence of color makes the interior feel smaller than it is:

Lexus RX450h Black Interior

So far, I’m finding the RXh interior very cozy. The iPod integration with the Remote Touch Audio is a little cumbersome, but on the flip side, it’s very easy to set up Bluetooth Audio. I paired the RXh with my iPhone in a matter of minutes, and that allows me to bypass the awkward iPod integration entirely.

Some other random notes from my first week:

  • The Heads-Up Display is something that’s taking some getting used to—I had to turn it off one day because it was giving me a headache. I also find myself frequently adjusting the brightness level.
  • The LED headlights do so much for the exterior appearance of the RX 450h they should be standard.
  • I’m a little nervous about road salt and the black carpet.
  • It’s very easy to get used to the power rear-door, which can be open/closed using the remote alone.
  • One of the first things I did was program my home address into the navigation:

Lexus Home Sensor

I will have the RXh until the end of February, so there will be plenty of time to go over every feature, explore every option, and take a ton of photos. And please, if you have any questions about the RX hybrid at all, leave a comment and I will do my best to answer.

Update: I forgot to mention my first week’s gas mileage—I filled up today, and after driving 615km (382 miles), my gas mileage was 8.8L/100km, or 26.7mpg. Not fantastic, but it’s been below-zero temperatures all week and cuts into the battery’s effectiveness.

Also, a couple comments requested the second photo as a desktop wallpaper, so here we are:

2010 Lexus RX450h Wallpaper by krew

Special thanks to Lexus Canada for providing me with this vehicle for the purpose of review. The RX 450h with the Ultra Luxury Package retails for $71,400CAD ($67,150USD).

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  1. I really wished Lexus offered the panoramic sunroof and air suspension in North America.
    I’m going for a fully loaded rx hybrid with a smokey granite mica exterior and a two tone light grey/black interior. cool

  2. soooo jealous.

    Do you have precollision/radar cruise?

  3. Hi Krew,

    Please keep us updated on how many miles are on the odometer and how many you have driven. Also please give us the average MPG you are getting. Thanks!

  4. p.s. that first picture can make a great desktop background. smile

  5. sorry meant 2nd picture

  6. i bet what would really make his 2010 is if they let him do the same with the LFA LOL
    again, amazing pictures.

  7. nice tree decorations btw! LEDs on a tree look cool! nice snowflakes off the ceiling we actually did that last year lol…

  8. Great Pictures. The RXh really is a beautiful car. The chrome around the foglights is exquisite. I just can’t (and don’t want to) imagine the car without the roof rails, the signals on the wing mirrors, the chrome strip in the lower part of the doors, and the foglights.

    One question would be how is the quality of the music through Bluetooth from your iPhone? through adapter from your iPhone? and if possible, from other music players or cellphones through the audio plug or maybe even Bluetooth?

  9. In addition to my question above, I’d like to comment on how interesting it is that Lexus Canada categorizes the Lexus lineup in a different way from Lexus USA - little emphasis on Lexus’ F-lineup, greater emphasis on “Coming Soon” models, and lesser emphasis on Concept vehicles in which I find only the LFX and the LFC, with the LFS clearly displayed on the header above. The timeline has annoying years that are unclickable - rather unintuitive.

  10. Great test !

    In this color, he’s very beautifull ! I don’t like brown walnut… I prefer “black walnut”! It’s less “has been” but…

    I’m Lexus Dealer In France & i like so much this new RXh !

  11. Man that thing looks good just siting there…and that color….i have never liked grey before. Lexus grey is really nice, hell all their paint jobs are nice.

    As i look at this car and look at the interior…the RX is really something. It has come in something all its own. Theres no mistaking it for anything else. Extremely well made, very advanced, very luxurious god knows how long it will last you and with this much tech and comfort…will it EVER grow to be outdated ?? Lets not mention the hybrid part of this vehicle…which in its own is whole different story.

    In short this car is perfect….so simple and elegant. It doesn’t try to impose on anything or anyone. It does have to have flashy big wheel or show off led strips. The detail in this car is in the detail. I love Lexus cars and their always are getting better and becoming different. Lexus has grown to be a total different brand from the Lexus of the time of IS300, GS400 and SC400….even tho i feel like Lexus of that time was more performance orientated.

  12. @Travis B:  It doesn’t have to have…. *

  13. Krew, can’t wait for more!!
    Can you post Hi-res photos, i’m interested in the Smoky granite. Can you comment on the acceleration both stopped lets say at a red light… and then highway passing?  Also since your in Canada how does it handle in the snow?  Is the dynamic air suspension refering to the sport tuned suspenion like we have in the states? 
    PS i want the heated wipers you guys have raspberry

  14. Josh:soooo jealous.

    Do you have precollision/radar cruise?

    Yes, this RXh is equipped with both the pre-collision and radar cruise—in fact, the radar cruise control seems much improved over the system in the LS 600hL, the system isn’t as prone to losing the car ahead in long curves in the highway.

  15. @Jay: I’ll update the post later today after I fill up for the first time. smile

  16. @Eddie: I prefer the light gray/black interior myself, but the black isn’t as hard to keep clean as I expected. However, I might change my tune once the weather gets a little messier. wink

  17. @krew: TRUE. I live in Boston so the snow did hit pretty hard this weekend. haha

  18. Congrats on getting a long term test vehicle!  Keep up the great work on the website and Lexus could have you driving a new vehicle every three months!

  19. I love that second picture. You’re a great photographer.

  20. Who lives in that house???.....where the heck is that the woods??

  21. @Mike:
    the answer to those, in order, is : KREW, concession road on cross with [something]ort road.

    Edited by krew: I should have made it harder to read. Fixed. cool

  22. WorldofLuxury:One question would be how is the quality of the music through Bluetooth from your iPhone? through adapter from your iPhone? and if possible, from other music players or cellphones through the audio plug or maybe even Bluetooth?

    I don’t notice any real drop in quality using the Bluetooth audio, but then, I wasn’t really paying close attention. Let me get back to you on that.

  23. @Josh: I have updated the post with the second image in all wallpaper sizes. Enjoy! smile

  24. Joshd:Krew, can't wait for more!!
    Can you post Hi-res photos, i'm interested in the Smoky granite. Can you comment on the acceleration both stopped lets say at a red light… and then highway passing?  Also since your in Canada how does it handle in the snow?  Is the dynamic air suspension refering to the sport tuned suspenion like we have in the states? 

    No need to worry about photos, I’ll be posting plenty over the next couple months. smile Please let me know if you want to see anything specific.

    Acceleration is strong, I like the added torque of the electric motors—- with AWD there are two of them, one in the front, one in the back. (Should have mentioned that AWD is standard in Canada.)

    I read about the Dynamic Air Suspension in the manual—it doesn’t look to be an option even in the U.S. It allows you to raise and lower the vehicle’s height. The sports-tuned suspension isn’t available in Canada.

  25. @Travis B: I never really cared for the RX until this generation, and I agree, the design is really coming into its own. There’s a reason it’s so popular.

  26. one idea for pictures would be the different lit areas of the interor

  27. Thanks for the MPG update. 26.7 isn’t bad, the car still looks relatively new. MPG should improve once the car has been fully worn in.

  28. I am amazed thgat Lexus is charging 61k for the RX 450h. I thought it would top out in the mid 60’s.

  29. Krew: I think that a lot of the pictures in the articles posted before the last website update have become a bit blurred - probably from the widening of the… um… you know. aha

    I still can’t get over how great your pictures are. You’ve got yourself a lovely home.

  30. I think that this article has great constructive comments for Lexus.

    I don’t know about other people, but I love sunroofs despite the space the take up. The sunroof in my cars are always opened; if the weather is bad, I just leave the shades open. That said, did Lexus ever consider panoramic sunroofs for their other vehicles? Is it the weight? the complications? the balance? trouble with climate control? lack of use by some? lack of dealers ordering ES with panoramic sunroofs and other luxury amenities?

  31. ugh… another note to Lexus.

    Must have in luxury cars:
    - stop-and-go adaptive cruise control
    - precollision system that would fully engage brakes
    - GUIDELINES FOR IMAGES PROJECTED INTO THE NAV FROM THE REAR-VIEW CAMERA
    (I hope this outburst isn’t just from the LA rush hours and busy parking lots)

    If Lexus ever considers that luxury version of the Rav4, they should consider Volvo XC60 (just ignore the useless Nav).

  32. WorldofLuxury:ugh… another note to Lexus.

    Must have in luxury cars:
    - stop-and-go adaptive cruise control
    - precollision system that would fully engage brakes
    - GUIDELINES FOR IMAGES PROJECTED INTO THE NAV FROM THE REAR-VIEW CAMERA
    (I hope this outburst isn't just from the LA rush hours and busy parking lots)

    If Lexus ever considers that luxury version of the Rav4, they should consider Volvo XC60 (just ignore the useless Nav).

    A luxury Rav4 would be a welcommed edition if it is cheaper than the RX. However the RX needs a 3rd row before that happens.

  33. @Jay: I doubt Lexus will ever slot another SUV below the RX because that would hurt RX sales too bad.

  34. @krew: Can you post interior night shots like you did with the LX, I would like to see the illumination of the new switch module on the driver’s side door. Thanks !

  35. check it out!!!!!!!!!http://www.autoblog.com/2010/01/08/the-time-has-come-unofficial-lexus-lfa-supergt-contender-render/ @krew: