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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]

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    Steve
  • January 18, 2011
Interesting that over a year later there are many reports including from dealers and test drives that the stated MPG is nowhere near what Lexus told us. I know of 3 dealers who are getting the same MPG as they did on the RX400h so unwise to use the MPG savings as a reason to invest in this car. Whikst all figures for all cars can be taken with a pinch of salt, a 25% deficiency is a serious point a real achilles heel for the car especially as fuel prices in UK are the highest they have been since oil was discovered! So come on Lexus whats really going on???
Steve wrote:Interesting that over a year later there are many reports including from dealers and test drives that the stated MPG is nowhere near what Lexus told us. I know of 3 dealers who are getting the same MPG as they did on the RX400h so unwise to use the MPG savings as a reason to invest in this car. Whikst all figures for all cars can be taken with a pinch of salt, a 25% deficiency is a serious point a real achilles heel for the car especially as fuel prices in UK are the highest they have been since oil was discovered! So come on Lexus whats really going on???
Well, I doubt there's any sort of conspiracy theory. ;-) I'm not familiar with how the UK sets its MPG numbers, but the USA numbers (29 MPG combined) are set by the government, not the manufacturer, and were very accurate in my experience.

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