2011 Lexus RX 450h: Hybrid or not, it’s plush all the way – Boston Overdrive – Boston.com

16 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2011 Lexus RX 450h: Hybrid or not, it’s plush all the way – Boston Overdrive – Boston.com

Ms. Beth, my neighbor’s friend, has me pegged.

You’re not a big fan of are you? she said (it wasn’t a question), on a recent Saturday She was checking out today’s test a 2011 Lexus RX 450h. h stands for hybrid, and you also can add luxury SUV to its name in describing it.

right, to a point. I admire the reliability, and fuel economy of the crop of hybrids, but I also that it will take a few years of savings at the pump to up the $5,000 to $6,000 premium command. For example, the base for the all-wheel-drive 450h (including is $47,200 compared to a similarly gasoline-powered RX 350’s $41,350.

Take an average driver who on 15,000 miles a year. 30 miles per gallon overall actual figure is 29 in the hybrid means you’ll use 500 gallons of gas per Figuring $4 per gallon for premium that’s $2,000 a year.

20 miles per gallon in a very and similarly equipped (minus the system) RX 350 means you’d use 750 per year and spend $3,000 on

It’s a classic You can pay me now or you can pay me later However, I still prefer the response of a traditional internal engine to the driving experience of the systems.

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Still, I enjoyed the RX 450h. You can put it in EV (electric mode) and silently in traffic jams or at low in your neighborhood. Using ECO mode) you can try to drive conservatively to keep the green ECO light lit at all

The 450h helps you in that by using a less aggressive curve. Set the system to Power as I did in fast commuter traffic, and the response is impressive.

And there’s plenty of power. The V-6 provides 245 horsepower and 234 lb.-ft. of by itself. Three electric help boost horsepower to

One motor serves primarily as the and charger for the battery pack fits nicely under the seat). When necessary, motor also can add power to the electric motors, one to power the and one for the rear wheels. An electronically CVT (continuously variable transmission) and AWD transfer the power to the wheels.

On the blue tints have added to the Lexus logos and the covers on both headlamps and to designate the RX 450h as a hybrid. there are the actual hybrid incorporated into the low molding on the passenger doors.

Because our RX 450h was fully with the premium package luxury package ($4,800), package ($5,005), and comfort ($825) among other it was a plush ride. As it should been, because by the time we got to the line, the total was $58,310.

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Lexus RX 450h

The is heavy (4,652 pounds) but at 30 mpg city, 28 highway, and 29 combined. the ride is comfortable, predictable, and A double-wishbone rear suspension is functional and compact, allowing for cargo capacity.

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Having the hybrid gauge in of a tachometer is a sure sign driving a hybrid, and Lexus has a nice job overall with the gauge package. Interior and leather are first class, as is the quality. This is a Lexus all the

While I’ve been to master all the nuances of Ford’s system for controlling navigation/audio/climate/telephone, console-mounted Remote Touch a computer mouse with buttons on either side) was and easy to master.

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Mrs. G liked the luxury of the vehicle as well as the 10-way passenger seat. Being to recline the seat with the of a button for a mid-ride snooze beats some of the crunching sounds she’s created struggling to do the same in vehicles manual seat controls.

She gave a thumbs-up to the sliding/reclining seats and the legroom and amenities for passengers, including climate individual entertainment screens in the of each front seat of providing separate programs, and headphones.

And, Ms. Beth, for the I’m a fan of the RX, either with or hybrid drive.

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