Edmunds.com 2010 Lexus RX 450h Overview | Car.com

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Edmunds.com 2010 Lexus RX Overview

Introduction:

When it four years ago, the RX 400h answered what thought was an obvious question: Why someone make a midsize SUV? Better yet, how a luxury-branded midsize hybrid That first RX hybrid the typical Lexus attributes of a smooth and quiet ride and build quality. It also strong performance along fuel mileage ratings in the

The 2010 Lexus RX 450h the next generation of this offering. Among the changes for 2010 are more power with slightly better efficiency. The RX 450h produces a output of 295 horsepower, 27 more than before, while the numbers go up a couple of mpg.

The version also shares the changes made to all 2010 RX including an increase in width other dimensions remain unchanged), a beefier structure to greater crashworthiness, bigger and brakes, more airbags at 10 total), a keyless ignition and a new computer mouselike multifunction for the optional navigation system. another change for the 450h is a gain of more than 400

However, it seems to have effect on the RX 450h’s dynamics, as is still strong and handling sharper than before, to revised steering and suspension As before, the hybrid can function in electric-only or combination modes on conditions. During light or when coasting, the 450h fuel by running solely on power.

When full is called for, the 450h acceleration similar to that of V8-powered rivals while the best fuel economy in the luxury SUV class. Of course, of this comes cheap. A equipped 2010 Lexus RX will cost about more than a similar RX Given that, it would many miles and years of to recoup the hybrid’s additional via reduced fuel consumption.

And from a pure save the standpoint, buying a 50-mpg makes much more than buying a 28-mpg But it’s hard not to like the RX — quick, luxurious and fuel-efficient, it seemingly offers the of all worlds, virtually guaranteeing its to the luxury SUV buyer.

Body Trim Levels and Options:

The Lexus RX 450h is a midsize SUV available in front- or all-wheel-drive It comes in one trim level, standard and optional equipment similar to those of the RX 350. equipment includes 18-inch auto-dimming exterior mirrors, ignition/entry, 10-way power seats, a power tilt/telescoping wheel, wood interior sliding and reclining second-row and a nine-speaker audio system a six-CD changer and an auxiliary jack. Options are bundled in a of packages.

The Sport package 19-inch wheels and a sport-tuned The Premium package adds seating, a sunroof, a power driver seat memory and an interface. Selecting this allows further upgrades via the package (adaptive xenon and heated/cooled front seats) and the package (19-inch wheels, leather seating, side-monitoring wood/leather steering wheel and front seat cushions).

The Navigation package (also the Premium package) includes a navigation system, real-time updates, a back-up camera, and upgraded speakers. Individual include LED headlights, park a Mark Levinson premium system, a dual rear-screen system, a head-up display, and the system (which primes the and tightens the seatbelts if a collision is imminent). Many of the various features are also available as options.

Powertrains and Performance:

The Lexus RX 450h hybrid a 3.5-liter gasoline V6 engine electric motor-generators to power systems and the driving wheels. models use two motor-generators — one as a starter/generator and the other providing force — while the version adds a third motor to drive the rear

Producing up to 295 hp and working through a continuously variable transmission the RX 450h provides smooth, performance. We’ve timed the from zero to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, a that’s about the same as the RX 350’s. Fuel economy stand at 28 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 28 mpg for the FWD model, with the AWD version 1 mpg less.

Properly equipped, the RX can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Safety:

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The RX 350 standard with front- and side airbags, full-length curtain airbags and dual knee bags. Standard and traction-control systems as well as brakes with brake are on hand to help you avoid an in the first place.

Interior Design and Special

Although the RX 450h is part of entry-level SUV lineup, the 450h’s gives the impression that could be the company’s flagship. wood and leather trim for a rich ambience. The optional Levinson sound system the best systems available any manufacturer, and the optional navigation boasts one of the most user-friendly around.

In addition to voice capability, the latter employs a new Touch interface that the former touchscreen setup a mouselike controller located on the console. Remote Touch is intuitive and generally easier to use interfaces offered by the RX’s Rear passengers can get comfortable to the seat’s reclining and sliding That seat is split to optimize both passenger and cargo-carrying flexibility.

When time to turn this cruiser into a beast of the RX 450h is ready with 40 feet of cargo capacity the rear seats up and 80 cubes those seats down.

Driving Impressions:

The 2010 RX 450h drives a lot like its RX 350 sibling, delivering both a ride and reasonably tight despite its extra weight is only noticeable when direction at higher speeds). smooth ride comes to soft suspension tuning, makes the RX feel a little too for those who appreciate a more driving experience. However, the package does firm up a bit.

The RX 450h is capable of 30 mph in electric mode alone, is of great fuel-saving benefit in traffic. This year a new EV mode that allows electric propulsion for lower over short distances. maximum acceleration, though, an amount of engine noise is as the gas engine revs all the way up to redline.

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