CAR Magazine Reviews the Lexus RX 450h

2010 Lexus RX450h

CAR Magazine has posted a review of the Lexus RX 450h, and offers some new figures about the upcoming hybrid SUV:

The 3.5-litre V6 makes 246bhp on its own and two electric motors add the rest. One is solely responsible for powering the rear axle, and together they can propel the RX silently and unaided for up to two miles with the batteries fully charged by the regenerative brakes.

Whether you believe Lexus’s claims on the fuel saving all drivers will get – £3870 compared to a Merc ML320CDi over three years, they say – depends on your view on those figures. But for most buyers, the fact that the RX450h puts the usual Lexus qualities into an SUV-lite package with the immunity from public hatred that comes with that hybrid badge will be enough.

£3,870, or $5,798USD, is a significant savings over a diesel, and much more than I would have expected—but I’m more impressed with the RXh’s ability to drive two miles on the battery alone.

[Source: CAR Magazine]