NY Times Reviews the Lexus RX 450h

Lexus RX450h in Blue

If NY Times Automotive reviewer Lawrence Ulrich has been unimpressed with Lexus hybrids in the past, his review of the 2010 RX 450h practically reads like a love letter—here are a couple of passages:

This is the first Lexus hybrid that lives up to the hype and puts up big numbers: an impressive 35 miles a gallon in town and 31 on the highway, for a combined average of 32 m.p.g. over a week of driving a pre-production model. That makes the RX 450h the highest-mileage midsize crossover I’ve driven — by far.

Like its conventional RX 350 sibling, the RX 450 is ideal transportation in a tranquilized paradise. Everything, from low-effort steering to the creamiest leather this side of a Bentley, is designed not to trouble its occupants.

Easily the most positive review of the RX 450h I’ve seen, it also includes some very detailed gas breakdowns and previously unmentioned facts, like how it runs on 0W-20 oil.

A definite read if you’re considering the RXh.

[Source: NY Times]