2010 Lexus RX 450h AWD 4dr Hybrid Expert Review & Lexus RX 450h 2010 AWD 4dr Hybrid Test Drive Results | NADAguides

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When back-to-back against the previous it#39;s clear the new 2010 RX more than cosmetic Mechanical improvements for the all-new RX include an independent rear a 10-airbag safety system, a sequential transmission, and an improved system. Upgraded accommodations better seats, integrated radio, acoustic glass, high beam control, and a display among other

Many of the improvements are due to more and computer logic for integrated of driving systems such as the all-wheel-drive, navigation, steering and

Perhaps the key interior upgrade is the of a mouse-like controller which calls Remote touch. used instead of a touch to operate climate, audio and the system.

Compared to competing such as the current Acura Mercedes ML 350 and BMW X5 3.0, the RX 350 gets mileage and cleaner emissions The RX 450h hybrid gets mileage yet, and is among the vehicles yet devised by man.

The RX 350 and RX are offered with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive is completely new, lighter and efficient. It works electronically the locking center differential in models.

The RX 350 comes with a V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Compared to the current the RX 350 is a little heavier due to stouter suspension components, which upgraded crash performance.

The Lexus RX 350 comes with drive ($36,800) or all-wheel ($38,200). The RX 450h offers same choice and is similarly The Lexus RX models comes with fabric upholstery, dual-zone climate control, with nine speakers and a level of standard equipment.

The Luxury Package ($4800) semi-aniline leather trim one-touch-open/close Moonroof; Power Electrochromic Outside Mirrors; and Lather Steering Wheel and Knob; Wide Angle Monitor, 19-inch Alloy with Mud and Snow Tires; MP3 with USB Audio Plug; Rear Door; Illuminated Plate and Headlamp Cleaner. Package ($2000) includes high intensity discharge projector headlamps; adaptive lighting system; automatic beams; rain-sensing automatic

Dual-Screen Rear Seat with Navigation ($4980) DVD rear-seat entertainment system wireless headphones, audio/video 120V AC power outlet and system with voice backup monitor, XM Nav Traffic and Nav with 90-day trial and Remote Touch controller.

include Heads Up Display Heated/Ventilated Front Seats 19-inch Aluminum Alloy with Mud and Snow Tires and Bi-Xenon High Intensity Headlamps with AFS and Automatic Beams ($1175). Mark Audio ($1610) and Intuitive Assist ($500) are available as options.

Navigation System ($2400) Hard Disc Drive System with voice Backup Monitor; XM Nav Traffic and Nav with 90-day trial Remote Touch controller. Package ($1300) includes Sport finish alloy with mud and snow tires, suspension, Vehicle Dynamic (VDIM).

Safety equipment front airbags; front-seat side airbags; roll-sensing and rear side-curtain air bags; and front passenger knee and side airbags; active for front seats; force-limiting pre-tensioners for driver and front seats; three-point seatbelts pre-tensioners for all rear seating (3); direct-type tire monitoring system; four-sensor, anti-lock brake system with Brake Assist; VSC (Vehicle Stability Control). safety features include System and Dynamic Radar Control ($1500); Vehicle Integrated Management (VDIM) with Sports Package.

away from the current RX the 2010 RX 350 has a wider stance, more pronounced front and crisper lines overall. As in the generation, the grille is placed than the headlights, so the Lexus resemblance carries on, but the headlights are sharply defined and the roofline is In essence, the rounded egg-shaped has been redefined at the corners to fluid RX cues in an updated

In the process, the new RX got slipperier, with a of drag of 0.33, down 0.35.

The RX has a new keyless entry that has a better-integrated sensor on the doors. It looks sleeker, and the handles themselves have redesigned for a more comfortable Fog lamps are integrated into the bumper, and the outside mirrors are

The RX 450h is distinguished by a different, finely slotted grille and bumper treatment, and by energy-saving LED that are exclusive to the hybrid. the RX 350 and RX 450h have LED brake and turn signals, but the hybrid has outside mirrors. The 450h has blue emblems and logos, and is in an exclusive White Pearl

The RX comes with 18-inch, aluminum wheels with tires; 19-inch wheels are as part of the Sport Package or as a option.

It#39;s strangely to sit in the cockpit of the new Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h. is a sensation of having so much to do, like configuring a new computer. are seating adjustments to lock in, for the Remote Touch controller, modes to select and dashboard to try out.

We have a feeling an RX would be surprised to discover new after months of ownership.

The RX to life with the push of a The instruments are bright and engaging, and from outside light. The now have slightly higher bolsters for support during but they#39;re still easy to get They feel firm at but medium-soft once you settle in, and are adjusted to a variety of positions.

Mood lighting in the footwells and supports a sense of quality and

The new cockpit provides a step up in conveyed in part by a gifted scheme that includes no lines or sharp corners. element of the interior is curved, or rounded in some way, so blend with subtle and harmony. California Walnut trim accents are mixed three different interior combinations, complementing black, gray, and parchment tones.

The is divided into two separate The first is for information functions, higher up where they are to see. The second is for control located lower and within reach of both front occupants.

This division is possible by Remote Touch.

The Touch system is essentially a mouse. It#39;s located where your hand fall if your elbow resting on the center console. mouse will be immediately to anyone who has used a computer. It the need to reach out and touch the to use the Navigation system, or adjust or climate settings. We found it was to use while driving.

It allowed us to focusing on the navi screen to the climate control or turn the volume. Plus, no more on the screen.

The center console is with open storage the center. The shifter is immediately the Remote Touch mouse.

are a number of redundant hard on the steering wheel, and at various on the dash, 52 in all, but the Remote mouse really does the need to use them. Like a mouse, Remote Touch can be for sensitivity to your preference.

The system is a sixth-generation version, casual speech voice capability for hands-free operation of climate, and Bluetooth. The system from a hard disc, not a so it#39;s faster and allegedly than the previous system. the improvements are easier phonebook voice command access to the and smart auto-fill when destinations.

XM satellite capability is in, and the first three months are when you buy the RX. Three services are real-time traffic, advance forecasts and XM Satellite Radio. It $23.99 a month to subscribe to all services after the trial

The standard audio system has 9 a 6-disc CD changer and can play MP3 and WMA from your iPod. A system comes with the system, and a 15-speaker Mark Surround Sound system is for those who require an audio consistent with the very home systems.

The front now have longer cushions, higher backrests, and are fitted active headrests as standard The headrests are designed to adjust in the event of a rear-end collision, whiplash. Because of the active rear-seat entertainment screens are mounted in pods behind the

The two seven-inch LCD screens can operate so one passenger can play a game another passenger watches a The seats are covered in fabric in trim, with leather and leather offered as available

One of our test units had seats in the consistently flawless semi-aniline and we were hard pressed to a misplaced stitch or shadow of anywhere. In fact, the leather is so and uniformly perfect we first it must be synthetic material. of the covering, both front are 10-way adjustable, with and heated/air conditioned seats are

The rear seat can accommodate and has a 40/20/40 fold-down split. The new makes it easier to release one or seats from the back, having to walk around to the when loading cargo.

The seats also have a center console with a wood grain cupholder and covered storage compartment. The seats are shorter, with reclinability than the front but with good legroom for adults like ourselves, better than a seat on a 757 days. There are four handles, one for each door.

are two rear air conditioning vents to the rear compartment.

Cargo behind the rear seats has slightly increased to 40 cubic enough for four average bags.

When it comes to the the hybrid 450h is essentially the as the 350, except that the has an Eco driving indicator that fuel economy using a bar A hybrid system indicator the tachometer to provide driving

Over the period of two days in California, we had the opportunity to switch in and out of a RX 350, both with drive and all-wheel drive, an RX 450h hybrid, and a brief in the current RX 330. We spent of our time in a Matador Red RX 350 AWD with the package.

Out on the road, the big V6 in the RX 350 responds to throttle. Part of that is the new transmission, which has a lower ratio than the old five-speed, so it the RX quickly up to speed for merging or entry. Lexus told us to 0-60 times in the neighborhood of 7.4 and a quarter mile time of and that#39;s about the way it felt.

We go there, but top speed is electronically to 112 mph.

The transmission quickly gears based on throttle so you can ask for a gentle downshift just by it a little more gas. If you the accelerator, it kicks down two and moves out. It#39;s possible to select your own in multi-mode shifting, but the automatic#39;s seemed so intuitive that we probably drive in Auto 95 of the time, using the manual for downhill control on the highway or uphill when heavily

There is no V8 option for the RX, but if there we#39;d wager that would not be much improved, and would suffer.

We did not feel much torque in the front-wheel-drive models, and particularly, the Full-throttle starts in the previous elicited a waggle as various of the powertrain kicked in that we disconcerting. First, you#39;d the engine, then two electric one after the other. These affectations are far better tamed in the new RX

Our assumption is that the transmission#39;s is managing torque more and the flywheel is more heavily

The RX 350 is not built for road racing, but for passenger comfort. The new rear a double-wishbone independent, has a lot to do with Still, it has a nice, clean and good lateral grip for an

The new RX is just a little longer the old model, and stands 2.6 inches so there is a noticeable gain in

We expect Lexus vehicles to be quiet, and the new RX is no exception. That the 19-inch wheels on the Sport do allow for more road and a little more noise and seep through. The suspension is slightly differently with the Package, but the end result is still not as as Porsche#39;s Cayenne or the BMW X5. To us, that#39;s We think SUVs are better at than corner-carving anyway.

wheels, thinner tires and damping tend to compromise ride quality and noise without delivering all that gain. So our preference is for the 18-inch

Regardless of the tire choice, we it easy to maintain a conversation a low tone of voice at normal Lexus pioneered the science of in a car, with the result almost all cars are significantly than they were years ago. New tricks, as optimized wheelwell damping and fender liners, have incorporated into the new RX.

The underbody of the car has received attention against noise. And the addition of a sixth in the transmission has allowed for quieter with less engine on the highway.

All those things hold true for the RX 450h, but it is a hybrid, it regularly operates the engine off altogether. During times, noise reduction is greater, bordering on eerie.

The feel strong and progressive, just a little squish at the top of the before stronger grip in. The hybrid brakes, which are are now much more smoothly than early hybrid The transition between light when the generator reclaims and the serious stopping power comes on when more is applied, can still be felt, but you to look for it.

Steering effort is but seems better proportioned past electric steer-by-wire we#39;ve tested. It#39;s accurate than before, at the center. The new power-assist logic is on vehicle speed.

The slower you go, the effort required, so it can be just as in the parking lot as in the fast lane on the way to Las Lexus uses the electric system on a number of its vehicles, it reduces drag on the motor and improves fuel economy. also more compact, so are packaging advantages, and once you a computer controlling steering, you can add

VDIM is not a system easily in normal driving, because it driving out of control, and then At which point, nothing have happened, except a brief flash of an icon on the But it#39;s a system that at steering, braking, throttle and sensors in the cabin to predict will actually happen, to what the driver is asking

If there is any difference between the the system intervenes and selectively individual wheels to correct the of the car. It happens so fast you not notice.

We#39;ve tested on race tracks and lonely roads. It works without down the car much, unlike which is the standard traction/stability system. It#39;s an expensive but one we wish was on every car.

The RX is an SUV to see out of, and fairly easy to keep of the area around the vehicle backing up or parking. Driver is enhanced by small windows in the and by small TV cameras that the rear and passenger-side of the RX. One camera is in the right side mirror, the in the rear bumper.

We found we toggle between the two views, and side, to see how close we were to the or pedestrians.

We found the RX to be a relaxed and ride, so we spent time out some of the new electronics systems.

We the heads up display and found it it easy to stick to speed in unfamiliar ground. Bright high-contrast figures were to read, even heading sunlight. It#39;s the best seen so far.

It#39;s to project the display anywhere on the we liked it best low and to the left.

recognition, something we#39;ve really trusted, still a little getting used to, but the new is much closer to something we use every day. We began by it to switch to channel 143 on XM, which it had no doing. It also seemed to be able to supply the nearest gas although not the cheapest prices, and down the air conditioning.

However, we asked it to play Grateful it did not find the channel on its own, so there are limits to Hal#39;s

The RX 450h is offered in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, but the all-wheel-drive is different; it incorporates a separate electric motor to power the wheels. Because it is a hybrid, the is a continuously variable automatic and the are different due to the need to regenerate And there are a few packaging and styling to consider when making a between the two.

Because of the addition of electric the RX 450h has 20 more horsepower the RX 350, which compensate for a penalty of about 300 pounds.

a purely economic point of the hybrid becomes attractive if you the cost of fuel will rise sharply. The hybrid RX about 7 mpg better fuel so it goes 134 miles farther on a of gas. That translates a savings of $12.80 per tank if gas at $2 per gallon, or $25 per fill-up if gas goes up to $4 per gallon.

If the premium for the hybrid is $4000, you would have to 83,700 miles before the is amortized. Over 100,000 you would burn almost gallons less gas, but only $786.

In short, savings would be modest, if prices rise. For that most current hybrid chose the vehicle because want to drive the most cleanest SUV possible, one that dependency on imported oil. The new takes that reasoning delivering up to 12 percent better economy and 27 more system than the current-generation RX 400h

Total emissions are approximately the as the current RX400h, even the 450h has a bigger engine and power. Which is to say extremely

The RX 450h we drove averaged mpg over 120 miles of mostly driving.

The hybrid brake uses the same ventilated discs in the RX 350, but has an electronically regenerative brake feature charges the batteries when the are applied gently. The hybrid includes ABS, Electronic Distribution (EBD), Brake and more important, Vehicle Integrated Management system as standard equipment. We#39;ve VDIM on controlled proving-grounds and consider it a remarkable safety

It#39;s also available on the RX 350 as an

The hybrid can drive in three Normal, Eco for best mileage, and EV which allows the vehicle to on battery only. Lexus sources estimate the EV-only operating distance at about a The EV feature is aimed at allowing the RX to be as an electric car in closed urban where internal combustion are banned altogether, such as in

This third-generation Lexus RX has updated in dozens of ways to it more efficient, more and broadly more advanced the previous generation. It#39;s safer, and more driver-friendly. And in our better looking as well. If you the current RX 330, you#39;ll the Lexus RX 350.

It#39;s a choice for people who don#39;t tow or need to move more five at time. The RX 450h a clear step forward in technology.

John Stewart this report to NewCarTestDrive.com Sonoma, California.

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