Lexus RX 450h

Hybrid

Total=516mi

Seats 5

18ft3 Cargo

L=192.5
W=74.6
H=67.7

2.0kWh Battery

The success of the Lexus RX has been particularly strong in the United States, where it has been the best-selling luxury SUV since its introduction. The RX name stands for Radiant Crossover. From 2005 through 2018, Lexus has sold 1.4 million RX 450s in the United States (Wikipedia). As of 2015, it had sold more than 2 million worldwide, making the vehicle incredibly popular.

Andrew Ganz, auto reviewer for thecarconnection.com: “The 2019 Lexus RX remains the luxury crossover SUV sales standard for its design, comfort, and features. When it comes to the midsize luxury crossover SUV sales charts, it’s the 2019 Lexus RX and everyone else.”

Lexus offers three trims for its 2019 RX 450h: RX 450h ($46,245 MSRP), RX 450h F Sport ($51,605) and RX 450hL ($50,970). The 450hL adds a third row of seats, making it a seven-seat SUV.

Kelley Blue Books kkb.com says: “The Lexus RX is smooth, quiet and comfortable with a luxurious interior and a long list of safety features.”

Car & Driver says: “There's a reason the 2019 Lexus RX is regularly atop the sales charts in its highly contested segment: Its flashy styling and unperturbed comfort are two important attributes buyers of compact luxury crossovers want. As auto enthusiasts, we prefer offerings from carmakers such as BMW and Alfa Romeo, but the RX finds a home in many driveways thanks to its softly sprung suspension, refined ride, and comfortable interior. Its optional hybrid powertrain is appealing to fuel-conscious buyers, and a new three-row variant provides a little extra space for people and cargo.”

The car had some redesigns in 2018, so not much is new for 2019. A shuffle of features occurred: the optional parking sensors are now bundled with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, the auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and a 360-degree camera system. Also: the Enform Remote app now comes with smart watch and Amazon Alexa integration features.

When the 2020 model goes on sale this fall, it will feature refreshed exterior styling and an upgraded infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The 2019 versions do not have these systems.

The RX 450h has an EPA-estimated mileage of 31/28/30 city/highway/combined, and a Total Range of 516 miles. It reaches 60mph in 7.9 seconds, has an aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0.33 and a top track speed of 112mph. The 450h has a Certified Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV II) emission rating.

To stop and slow, RX 450h uses 4-wheel power-assisted discs with Electronic Controlled Braking (ECB); four-sensor, a four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD); and Brake Assist. Its brakes are regenerative; they pump lost friction energy back into the car’s batteries.

A 3.5L 6cylinder gas/electric hybrid CVT engine plus three electric motors and a nickel-metal Hydride battery pack power the car with a total of 308 horsepower.

Forward collision warning and mitigation are standard, as are lane keeping assistance, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control. You can also opt for a front-wheel-drive F Sport model. The 5-passenger midsize SUV is available in front- and all-wheel-drive versions. Standard equipment for the base RX 450h include 18-inch wheels, LED exterior lighting (headlights, fog lights, taillights and running lights), automatic high beams, automatic wipers, a power lift-gate, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and automatic braking, lane departure warning and intervention, a sunroof, and keyless ignition and entry.

The RX cabin includes dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power front seats, driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable steering wheel and a 40/20/40-split rear seat (reclines, slides and folds). More standard features include the Remote Touch interface, an 8-inch color display, Safety Connect emergency communications, voice controls, Bluetooth connectivity and a 12-speaker sound system.

Cargurus.com auto reviewer Tom Blackett: “The RX Hybrid’s assortment of desirable amenities also extends to the various infotainment features. Standard on every model is smartphone integration that makes a host of apps easily accessible via voice commands or the 8-inch touchscreen mounted atop the dash. Lexus is in the process of incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality into its lineup, but those features are not yet available in the RX Hybrid. However, buyers can subscribe to different Lexus apps that provide Wi-Fi connectivity, personalized navigation assistance, and remote operation of certain vehicle systems using a smartphone or smartwatch.”

The 2019 RX Hybrid earned a five-out-of-five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA. And the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the RX Hybrid a top rating of Good in five crash tests.

The 2019 RX Hybrid earned a reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 from J.D. Power; an outstanding rating few of the hybrid’s rivals achieve.

If you’re looking for a luxurious hybrid with generous cabin space, meticulous quality, a comfortable ride, good looks and decent fuel economy, the RX 450h is a good place to start.


Rewritten July 2019

Specs

Performance:

  • Atkinson-cycle V6 paired with Lexus Hybrid Electric Drive / 3.5L V6 DOHC 24-Valve VVT-i
  • Transmission: Electronically Controlled CVT
  • 3.54 Axle Ratio
  • GVWR: 5,997 lbs
  • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
  • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control
  • Automatic Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 17.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Permanent Locking Hubs
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
  • Basic Maintenance Waranty: 4 year / 50,000 miles
  • Free Maintenance: 1 year / 10,000 miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 year / 70,000 miles
  • Hybrid Component Warranty: 8 year / 100,000 miles

Interior:

  • Back-up Camera
  • Leather Seats
  • Parking Assist
  • Navigation
  • Lane Departure Alarm
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Auto Emergency Braking
  • Front Heated/Ventilated Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver's and front passenger's seat w/fore-aft slide, driver seat memory, fore-aft recline, front vertical height, rear vertical height, power lumbar support and driver's seat easy exit (auto away/return)
  • 40-20-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
  • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Traction Battery Level, Power/Regen, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
  • Heated Leather Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
  • Valet Function
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Power Fuel
  • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Distance Pacing w/Traffic Stop-Go
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
  • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
  • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Door Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Leather Seat Trim
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • In-Car Entertainment: Radio: AM/FM/HD w/Single In-Dash CD -inc: 12 speakers premium audio system w/subwoofer, 8-inch EMV display, antenna integrated into rear spoiler, digital power amplifier, integrated SiriusXM satellite radio receiver w/complimentary 90-day trial subscription and USB/iPod control, Bluetooth, iTunes tagging and Siri Eyes Free Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System, DVD-Audio and Internal Memory
  • Audio Theft Deterrent
  • Wireless Streaming
  • Diversity Antenna
  • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
  • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • Turn-By-Turn Navigation Directions
  • Siriusxm Navtraffic Real-Time Traffic Display
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Front And Rear Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Roll-Up Cargo Cover
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Tracker System
  • Memory Settings -inc: Door Mirrors and Steering Wheel
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
  • Integrated Navigation System w/Voice Activation
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Analog Display
  • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Air Filtration
  • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Pre-Collision System (pcs) Forward Collision
  • Lane Keep Assist Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure Warning
  • Emergency S.O.S
  • Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot Sensor
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • First Aid Kit
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

Exterior:

  • Wheels: 18" x 7.5" 5-Spoke Aluminum
  • Tires: P235/65R18
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim, Black Front Windshield Trim and Black Rear Window Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Deep Tinted Glass
  • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Colored Grille w/Chrome Surround
  • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
  • Roof Rack Rails Only
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • LED Brakelights
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
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