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2013 Lexus RX 450h notes


The 2013 Lexus RX has a very unique grill. by Lexus.

The 2013 Lexus RX comes in at a base price of with our tester topping off at Photo by Lexus.

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ASSOCIATE GRAHAM KOZAK: Never the sporty-ish Lexus IS sedan or the comfy LS flagship — the RX is the automakers’ best-selling model one imagines, a vehicle with a per-unit profit margin. Lexus would produce a version to meet both fuel-economy standards and the green of its buyers is hardly surprising, and if should be able to nail the tech, it’s the company parent is responsible for the Prius .

So it’s not entirely surprising where the hybrid powertrain is the 2013 Lexus RX 450h An electric motor/gasoline V6/CVT actually makes a lot of sense in a vehicle like this; the motor keeps the V6 relatively on takeoff, providing for smooth and acceleration. My stop-and-go commute provide me with any highway so I can’t speak to how the engine at higher speeds.

I didn’t the feel of the regenerative braking. yourself to recapture as much as possible is one of the few areas where you can yourself in run-of-the mill But the regen brake feel work against the smoothness of

Still, for an estimated 29 mpg combined we may have done even during our time driving it I can see many drivers happily the braking tech.

Where the RX 450h (or at least an RX optioned the way our tester was) short was the interior — the lack of standard features.

in the vehicle for the first time, I the gear selector into and waited for the rearview camera to in. Except, there was no rearview to kick in. Or in-car navigation. Or a color screen on the center

In its place was a simple LCD that one find on decade-plus old used models. Seats felt old as — only they old as in flat and worn out, not old as in

I probably sound spoiled, but I to be somewhat spoiled in a $51,000 To get a navigation system with a LCD center console display, you to pony up — at minimum a very hefty $7,700. One easily option this out to over $60K just to get available on an AWD RX 350 that stickers for over $50K.

Granted, that crossover has a fuel economy of just 20 mg but the $10,000 difference will by a of a lot of gasoline. You’ll have to run the and figure out if you’re willing to the sort of electronics that come standard on Kias days in order to put your at ease.

ROAD TEST JONATHAN WONG: I wonder how RX models leave the factory only $2,578 worth of I don’t think many, but it’s informative to get into a from a luxury automaker isn’t packed with a Yaris’ worth of options on it. In our 2013 Lexus RX 450h, we have navigation or even a central screen and there is no controller on the center console.

It’s basic for a Lexus. I say that the center screen is there telling you basic like time and outside looks very out of place in a The black block text me of the old Casio digital watch I had ago.

I will have to with Graham that the is a letdown overall, and not because it have all the tech features. The are average and the front bucket aren’t comfortable and supportive.

As for the drivetrain, it’s certainly improved over the years a smoothness point of view the engine cutting in and out much seamlessly than in the past. My beef with hybrids how the regenerative brakes feel braking and this RX 450h offers a brake feeling isn’t the most comforting. At the top of the stroke there is little before the brakes bite hard, making smooth difficult.

If I had to live with brakes that on a daily basis, I probably go insane.

However, are people out there who won’t odd-feeling brakes or paying the cost of entry for a hybrid to green. Again, as Graham above, the hybrid version of the RX a hefty price premium the normal gas model, so the cost at the gas pump argument may not ring until years down the

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I will say I was able to get an average economy of 30.4 mph on my fill-up and better than the 29 mpg EPA combined So it’s delivering as-advertised economy in my experience, which is we can’t say about the Ford and hybrid vehicles that had come through here.

Lexus RX 450h

Base $48,605

As-Tested Price: $51,183

3.5-liter V6 hybrid; AWD, variable transmission

Output: 245 hp @ rpm (295 hp net system output), 234 @ 4,800 rpm

Curb Weight: lb

Fuel Economy (EPA 30/28/29 mpg

AW Observed Fuel 30.4 mpg

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