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The Lexus RX 400h is an automobile assembled by Toyota Motor Corp. under the Lexus brand name using Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. Currently, Lexus is using the fourth generation of Hybrid Synergy Drive from Toyota. Each generation surpasses the previous, offering greater power and less cost.

The hybrid powertrain adds a mere 300 pounds to the vehicle’s curb weight, an impressive engineering acheivement. The majority of this extra weight is mounted low in the vehicle. To manage the additional weight, Lexus made the chassis of the RX stronger. The Lexus RX. Lexus ES 350.

Toyota Camry. and Toyota Highlander are all built on the same platform with slight modifications between the sedans and the SUVs.

After first being introduced in January 2004 at the North American International Auto Show, it would become the world’s second mass-produced hybrid SUV. after the Ford Escape Hybrid. In November 2004, Toyota announced the American launch of hybrid Lexus /Toyota SUV will be delayed to the 2006 model year, with European and Asian launches to meet the same fate. The Toyota version of the same car debuted in Japan in March of 2005 as the Toyota Highlander Hybrid .

The gasoline-powered part of the engine system is a 3.3L 3MZ-FE V6. very similar to the one found in the RX 330. It produces 268 HP when aided by the two additional electric motors. Under normal driving conditions, only the front motor and gasoline engine will be used. The rear motor will only be used under full-throttle acceleration or when the front wheels lose traction (if so equipped).

The gasoline engine will switch off automatically when the vehicle is either stationary, decelerating, or being driven at a slow speed and the electric motor will take over. A Ni-MH battery is responsible for powering the motors, and it is charged during deceleration and from the heat energy caused from braking.

The assistance of the electric motor increases the vehicle’s performance, the RX 400h Hybrid can reach 60 mph (97km/h) in less than 8 seconds which is quicker than the normally aspirated RX 330. Despite the increased performance, the RX 400h consumes roughly the same amount of fuel as a compact four-cylinder sedan and it qualifies as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV ) in America.

See WikiCars’ comprehensive Lexus RX 400h Hybrid Review Page

Recent Changes

The RX 400h was new for the 2006 model year. 2007 models received additional hybrid signifiers to the rear doors, and aft emblems to further distinguish the hybrid models. A combination wood trim package was also added.

Styles and Major Options

There is only one trim for the 400h, but it is available in a variety of options. It is powered by a 3.3L 208hp V6 hybrid engine and a 2-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT ), but there is a choice between front wheel drive and all wheel drive versions. In addition, there are several optional packages available, from the Premium Package, which includes items like driver seat memory and a roof rack, to a Navigation Package, which includes not only a voice activated navigation system but also an 11-speaker 210-watt Premium Mark Levinson audio system. Some of the standout features include:

Standard Equipment

Leather-trimmed interior, steering wheel and shift knob

Brushed aluminum interior trim pieces

Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column with memory

Lexus Memory System to control power driver’s seat (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel

Illuminated entry system

Power tilt-and-slide sunroof with one-touch open/close and sliding sunshade

Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)

High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling

Roof rack with rails

Dual-zone automatic climate control

10-way driver (including lumbar) and 8-way front passenger power seats

Lexus eight-speaker, Premium Sound system with in-dash six-disc CD changer

Steering wheel mounted cruise control, audio and display function controls

Individual Factory Options

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Lexus DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System (RSES) (includes two pairs of wireless headphones) — $1,840

Heated Front Seats with Rain-Sensing Wipers — $665

Mark Levinson® 11-speaker, 210-watt Premium Audio System with in-dash, single-feed, six-disc CD changer — $980


Lexus voice-activated DVD Navigation System (includes backup camera and Bluetooth ® technology) — $2,350

Dealer Accessories

All-weather floor mats

Car cover

Cargo mat

Cargo net

Front-end mask

Tow-hitch receiver

Wheel locks

Wireless headphones

Pricing

Today’s actual prices for the Lexus RX 400h can be found at CarsDirect .

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