2008 Lexus RX 400h – HybridCars.com

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BASE $42,000

The Lexus RX 400h is a hybrid version of the RX 350 crossover This handsome SUV gives any with expense taste—or executive with green that no other vehicle offers: a mid-size luxury utility. Available in front- or drive, this hybrid receives minor updates for the model year, which a new front grill, chrome handles, new finishing for its 18-inch and a rear spoiler.

Mechanically, is the same vehicle as its previous

The RX 400h is powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 and the latest version of Toyota’s Synergy Drive. Front-wheel models utilize two separate motor/generators, one each at the front and axles, working through a variable automatic transmission. models add a third electric to drive the rear wheels.

the engine and the electric motors generate the equivalent of 268 horsepower. The RX 400h can reach 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, tow up to pounds, and has fuel economy of 27 highway for front-drive models. The model rates at 26 city/24

This crossover’s full-hybrid operates in various modes: electric-only, or a combination of the two. is stored in a nickel metal battery that is tucked under the rear seat of the The RX 400h draws solely battery power while coasting, or accelerating lightly, conserving fuel.

In terms of this hybrid crossover a quick off-the-line launch and acceleration. Even better that of the gas-powered RX 350. Its is well-suited for both city and traffic.

For those with a foot, the RX 400h can reach of up to 30 miles per hour on electric-only

As for vehicle dynamics, the RX 400h is bit as luxury-caliber as its gas-powered counterpart. It up a very smooth, relaxed thanks to a softly-tuned suspension. But doesn’t mean handling has compromised.

The 400h demonstrates a level of agility and nimbleness for its and weight. But it should be noted the vehicle’s added weight result in some noticeable roll when taking too ambitiously. This crossover not be described as sporty, but certainly

In sum, the RX 400h is a refined, people-mover with solid and commendable fuel economy. For shopping for a midsize luxury this is the lone offering on the least until hybrid of the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, and Escalade arrive on the scene.

The Lexus RX 400h is a mid-sized that is nearly identical to the Lexus RX350 utility. The two share the same basic stance, and elegant profile. subtle, there are a few differences, and can be distinguished most easily by at the hybrid head on. The RX 400h a tweaked front-end with a grille and bumper.

It also a reworked front air intake. The round fog lamps are yet another alteration that set the two vehicles

For the 2008 model year, the RX receives only minor mostly limited to aesthetic to the exterior. They include a front grill, the inclusion of door handles, new finishing for its wheels, and a rear spoiler.

from these modifications the RX retains its sleek, aerodynamic from front to back. Its windshield flows effortlessly a gently sloping roofline. And panels come together in a lock that Toyota allows.


The RX 400h five-seater is luxurious, sleek, and virtually from the gasoline-powered RX 350#8242;s Up front, soft, well-padded puts the driver at the helm of a attractive and intuitive cockpit. It is by refined gauges and controls, wood trim, and a multi-informational display.

Rear-seat passengers are to generous amounts of legroom and And the 40/20/40-split rear seat slides and reclines to maximize as well as cargo-carrying versatility. the cargo area is not cavernous, it proves to be more than for large loads. With folded down, there is a 85 cubic feet of storage which is also accessible via the rear power liftgate.

the RX 400h does not offer an third row seat, a popular among many mid- to crossovers and utilities—an option is available with the Toyota Hybrid.

Standard equipment 10-way power front sliding and reclining second-row dual-zone climate control, wheel controls, and an eight-speaker system with an in-dash changer. Top options are available a la carte, or as part of comprehensive expensive) equipment packages.

They include such as leather upholstery, a power steering wheel, driver memory, a sunroof, a super-premium Levinson audio system, back-up camera, and a rear-seat The list goes on.

Safety for the RX 400h is spearheaded by seven airbags: dual front front side airbags, a knee airbag, and two-row curtain side airbags rollover detection. In government testing. the 2008 Lexus RX achieved a full five out of stars in both, frontal- and collisions.


Government economy is a very good 27 highway for front-drive models, and 26 highway for the all-wheel drive These figures allow the RX to compete with various four-cylinder utilities. However, the falls shy in this department compared to the other hybrid such as the Ford Escape and the Saturn Vue Hybrid.

Lexus RX400h

The RX 400h is quite expensive. With unchanged for 2008, the front-drive starts at a hefty $41,180, the all-wheel-drive hybrid is priced $42,580. Fully loaded, the RX easily climbs to $50,000. almost twice the price of an or Vue Green Line.

And it’s roughly $3,500 than its gas-powered counterpart, the RX 350. With fuel where they are, it may not be for this hybrid to recoup its cost from its overall Finances aside, this appears to have more as a green, eco-conscious alternative for with money, who want to do small part to mitigate change or reduce oil dependence.

#8220;Stomp on the gas and the RX 400h jumps off the significantly quicker than the RX 330. It can drag race with a V8-powered Mercedes And it#8217;s a luxury SUV, with power-hungry features#8221;

#8220;The Clark Kent has only subtle distinctions to the 400h from an RX330. But the ordinary mid-size-SUV bodywork, enough technology to amaze Dr.

Automobile Magazine

#8220;On the road, the RX 400h has plenty of Because all the outputs are thoroughly by computer, when you put your down nothing dramatic gut-knotting windup of the motor and no lunge—it just gains like the Eurostar pulling out of The vehicle handles heavy, The steering is stiff and deliberate, and the car a lot heavier than its 4,365

Los Angeles Times

#8220;At up to 40 mph, the 400h can run on the electric alone with no engine to mask unwanted noise. So the engineers have paid attention to reducing NVH. The is a drive that seems and quieter than the RX 330#8242;s, if possible.

A planetary gear mimics a more conventional CVT and the lack of gear changes and throttle kick down an additional feeling of silkiness to the

#8220;What isn#8217;t lacking is The 400h Synergy Drive output has a 38-horsepower edge the RX 330. That makes the half a second quicker to 60, still maintaining a 3500-pound tow

Motor Trend

#8220;The RX calls for no more sacrifice its owner than does a vehicle. You may find yourself the gauges to maximize efficiencies, but you have to. Go ahead, have The RX400h does the rest.#8221;

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