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2006 Lexus RX 400h Page 1 Review

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north of the 10, south of the 101 and of the 110 freeways knows Lexus is on the of introducing a hybrid version of its crossover SUV. It’s not the residents of West L.A.

Santa Monica. Pacific and


actually care the latest news in the auto and keep up with every development, but these prosperous, people are profoundly self-aware of their passion to project an aware image and their to sacrifice personal comfort that end.

So word of the spread fast. A hybrid That’s just so them – a machine that sends off eco-vibes.

It’s the chic Sierra of the Prius mashed together adequate luxury car cred for the ICM garage.

But what Lexus deliver to them is actually than they expected. The RX400h isn’t just a that announces to the world you’re concerned, but clearly a everyday vehicle than the itself.

But better isn’t and the hybrid RX isn’t that better than the regular

Almost too much technology

Lexus RX400h

While the hybrid system carries the “ Hybrid Synergy Drive ” as that in


’s Prius, not just the Prius’ motors and pack wedged into the RX. In the RX400h’s system is in some more advanced than its cousin.

As a “full hybrid” the is capable of running solely on its motors, solely on its 3.3-liter or with the electric and internal systems working in tandem. The 24-valve V-6 is the same basic engine installed in the RX330 the ES330, Toyota Sienna, Highlander and some Camrys) an alternator and with the power pump, water pump, and A/C removed to be driven electrically. that reduction in parasitic revised calibration of the VVT-i valve timing and electronic limit engine output to 208 at 5600 rpm and 212 pound-feet of peak at 4400 rpm compared to the RX330’s 230 hp at rpm and 242 lb-ft at 3600 rpm. The output, claims Lexus, is “to smooth integration with system” which includes a electronically controlled continuously transmission (CVT) instead of the automatic transaxle to which the is leashed in all its other



The electrical of the hybrid system consists of 650-volt “Motor Generators” and a nickel metal hydride battery pack stowed the rear seat. The first of the generators is front-mounted and acts as the starter and as an engine-driven generator. The is also mounted up front and the front wheels through the CVT with acting as a generator regenerative braking. Finally the motor is rear mounted it powers the rear wheels and current during braking. In that electric motor is the power the rear wheels giving the RX400h an unusual system and saving again on drivetrain losses.

A computer just how much torque be pumping through which and which time.

Put all the engines and Lexus says there’s a of 268 hp aboard – fully 38 more what motivates the RX330. at 4365 lb, the RX400h weighs in 300 lb than the RX330, so that’s a factor on performance.

Still despite the extra Lexus claims the RX400h flit to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds compared to the 7.8 it it takes an all-wheel-drive RX330 to do the That’s a performance swing larger than would be by a 38-hp power bump a 300-lb weight gain – and Car and has the RX400h running to 60 in a scalding 6.9 But the hybrid’s electric motors add of torque throughout the drivetrain’s range and that means initial acceleration and consistent toward terminal velocity.

also tremendously smooth and – maybe even a bit smoother and than the very smooth and quiet RX330 – at virtually all

But it doesn’t feel like a drivetrain. At low speeds the RX400h creep along silently along by its front electric and when the throttle is mashed the spins to its torque peak and stays there as the CVT does its variable work.

A familiar

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2006 Lexus RX400h

for its unique drivetrain, most of the RX400h carries over from the Canadian-built RX330 all the body panels and most of the The seats are the same, the door are the same and most of the technology the four-wheel ABS brakes to the on-board DVD work identically between the two

There are, though, subtle signifiers of the RX400h’s Outside the grille is new, the fascia has been revised to in more air and stretches an inch the fog lamps are round, the wheels are five-spoke 18-inchers, the tail are LEDs and, most there’s that “h” at the end of the vehicle’s that will announce to in the parking structure at L.A.’s Pavilion that this is a that gets great mileage (30 in the city and 26 on the highway to the EPA) and qualifies as a Super Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV). should at least keep Ed Jr. from keying the thing he sees it.

Inside the instrumentation has revised with a “Power replacing the tachometer and a power display appearing on the same as the excellent navigation system. Of the big thing on the power usage is to either try and maximize one’s mileage or try and fool the computer draining the battery pack Our exposure to the RX400h was limited, so we been able to put it to the test of a mountain (a test the Honda Hybrid didn’t handle

But at least if the battery is sucked dry still an adequate 208 hp around to lug the skyward.

We also didn’t the opportunity to encounter any situation the all-wheel drive system be tested. So we’re going on here that the Lexus it when it said the rear are powered under some

The RX400h comes carrying of the equipment that’s optional on the as standard equipment. But it’s very much an RX.

Even for all optional stuff that’s the RX400h will likely a $4000 to $5000 premium the RX330. Frankly, though the drives better than the the RX330 drives so well it’s hard to see four- or worth of better here – for drivetrain behavior they’re much identical. And while the economy improvement is appreciated, hard to make the math out so that the fuel savings pay for the There are also rumors flitting about that the will become the RX350 it gets the 280-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 the 2005 Toyota Avalon within the next year and machine should offer better performance than the (of course the hybrid may get the more V-6 too… but we’re in a speculation now).

Plus some that battery pack need replacing and that be free.

So to buy an RX400h a buyer must that there’s something mere economics at work in the that this machine’s intentions and excellent execution are telling all the neighbors about. And on the side of


a lot of neighbors are to be hearing a lot about the RX400h.

Lexus RX400h

Base . $44,000 (est.)

Engine: V-6, two electric motors

Continuously variable automatic electronic all-wheel drive

x width x height: 187.2 x x 66.3 in

Wheelbase: 106.9 in

LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable


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