Lexus RX 450H Sports Luxury Review | AnyAuto

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Lexus RX 450H

Sports Review

In my opinion buying a car for its environmental benefits simply make sense. If however, you buy a car suits your purpose and it has environmental benefits, then certainly makes sense.

The of the revamped Lexus RX450h Luxury falls into the category. Here we have a luxury AWD SUV that has additional credentials. You lose nothing by the hybrid model, especially if main usage is the school run and around the city.

In fact is the car that finally made me my attitude towards hybrid This vehicle just Here you have an AWD SUV that upwards of 2200kg, has all the luxury you would expect from a and yet achieves easily the best town fuel consumption of 6.3L/100Km.

This is better nearly all its compatriots.

The upgraded RX has the same stylish exterior ensures the vehicle looks than it actually is. With an length of 4770 (mm), of 1885 (mm) and weighing Kg the Lexus RX450h falls the mid #8211; large SUV category.

noticeable external features are the new with daytime running spindle grille, model-specific and the Lexus Adaptive Front system, to #8220;see around

The revised wheels on the Sport feature an intricately styled five-spoke 19-inch (19 x 7.5J) design and are finished in shadow

Jump inside the new RX 450h Luxury and you immediately appreciate the that has become synonymous Lexus. Both front feature multiple adjustability 3 memory settings as well as heated and ventilated.

The new- steering wheel has taken from the Lexus LFA V10 supercar and I to say feels fantastic in the hands. All of the are there that you would In front of the driver, the dash in ECO has a soothing blue hue in the background and the display, located between the System Indicator on Lexus RX and speedometer, is now larger for improved

There is no tachometer.

The ambient changes depending on the drive Blue lighting is used for modes and red for SPORT mode.

comfort is improved by the enhanced feature of Head Up Display This is close to the best I seen and doesn#8217;t disappear Polaroid sunglasses unlike others.

The display can include speed, simplified navigation audio CD and radio information, and safety System brake and gear position.

The RX450h Luxury comes with Lexus Remote Touch which allows the navigation, climate control, connected or audio device to be controlled via a computer mouse-like device within the driver#8217;s #8216;operation It#8217;s exceptionally intuitive to use and is of that underlying sophistication of the RX range.

The centre console has a bottle holder underneath and the bin is surprisingly spacious. The door have a clever fold out that accommodates a bottle as as maps and books etc. there is plenty of well out storage for all the odd things we all seem to

Lexus RX450h Sport features advanced 12 speaker audio system, with audio and advanced Bluetooth™*, USB and radio capabilities. The two audio now feature digital radio as standard. The all-new audio is be controlled by Lexus#8217; second-generation touch controller linked to an multimedia display.

It has to be said that the premium system is superb. It#8217;s a bit of fun to pull up next to a #8216;doof driver in a conservative SUV and blast out Jet or other heavy rock and see the surprised look on their Just because you grow doesn#8217;t mean you have to up!

In the rear the 40/20/40 split are better suited for two occupants, there is adequate head, and knee room for most. The seats will slide and flat to reveal a long but shaped boot space. The sloping rear roof means that there is useable space in the boot you might think.

The seats forward at the press of a button and the is electronically operated.

At the heart of the Lexus RX 450h Sport is a unique 3.5-litre Atkinson quad cam VVT-i V6 engine. The engine delivers 183kW of at 6000rpm and maximum torque of at 4800rpm. The combined power is 220kW.

It will propel the RX 450h from 0-100Kmh in 7.8 while consuming fuel at the rate of 6.3L/10Km and emits 149g of CO2 per 100km. It has 5 star GVG A 65L fuel tank means 1000km is possible from a tank of fuel.

It has unique when compared with the RX 350 engine, including Atkinson operation, cooled Exhaust Gas (EGR), exhaust heat and electric power for the air-conditioning

The electric power-assisted steering and air compressor mean the petrol can be stopped to save fuel it is not required to power the vehicle and is smooth.

The RX 450h engine not have a conventional alternator or motor. A DC-DC converter 14V power for the RX 450h ancillaries.

The number one motor-generator in the RX 450h transaxle acts as the petrol-engine motor when required.

adopted the Atkinson cycle for RX in 2009 (when RX 450h RX 400h) to further increase efficiency.

Now I am going to try and explain how works and will borrow from Lexus#8217; marketing because, to be honest, it#8217;s a bit tech for me.

The Atkinson cycle also known as the high-expansion #8211; makes full use of energy by making the expansion longer than the compression

It has a higher expansion ratio a conventional Otto cycle allowing more of the engine#8217;s to be harnessed into torque on the #8211; torque that otherwise be lost in an Otto engine.

Lexus has combined the cycle process with multi-valve cylinder heads and valve timing with (VVT-i), all of which optimise

The Lexus RX 450h driveline is consisting of a hybrid-drive front-axle with an electronic continuously transmission and a 50kW AC permanent motor electric-drive rear

The RX 450h front-axle driveline of a V6 petrol engine, transmission compound set of planetary gears and two motors/generators.

The compound planetary set acts as an electronic continuously transmission, changing the transmission for optimum performance, driveability and

The transmission electronics include the AI Shift and the Lexus Sequential System.

The sequential shift allows the driver to select six gear ranges by moving the lever from D to S and shifting the #8216;+#8217; or #8216;-#8217; symbols.

As well as propelling the vehicle, the Hybrid Drive system for energy-saving regenerative braking on the front and rear axles. The RX has a separate motor/generator (MG1) to petrol engine power is not required to propel the vehicle.

Now this is theoretically an AWD SUV it really is for nothing more than hopping and definitely not for towing. said that, the Lexus RX has an efficient all-wheel drive

Featuring three electric generators, the RX 450h builds on the E-Four (Electric Four Drive) system that was introduced in the RX 400h.

Lexus RX 450h

The electric motors in the hybrid drive play the crucial roles of motive force and charging the pack.

The front motor/generator has 123kW of power and 335Nm of

The rear electric motor develops a maximum power of 50kW and 139Nm of torque, all zero rpm, while the axle can be propelled by petrol or power, or a mixture of both.

Use of an motor-generator to provide power to the wheels gives the RX 450h a torque distribution, depending on dynamics and road conditions.

The system provides a level of stability and acceleration on snow-covered or slippery road surfaces is appropriate for all-wheel drive E-Four also saves and petrol because the vehicle uses all-wheel drive it is needed #8211; for example, a of front-wheel traction.

The RX 450h#8217;s has also been refined to smooth delivery of power, minimising torque steer and under acceleration

The Lexus RX Sport Luxury has the added of SPORT mode. Now don#8217;t get as it is no F series but does provide a sporty and direct driving However, given the weight of the you really wouldn#8217;t buy this expecting a sports SUV.

It adds to the suite of technologies in the RX that assist drivers in the best driving mode for circumstances. The coolest feature is it also changes the instrument from blue to red.

The RX ECO mode actively modifies action and climate control to support efficient driving and overall fuel consumption. it is a boring drive.

EV driving provides additional efficiencies in consumption, allowing the vehicle to solely under electric in certain conditions. Operation in EV dramatically reduces noise driving in quiet areas and exhaust emissions. In car parks it freaks people out when you out of a spot silently.

If conditions are EV mode can be enabled at approximately #8211; or below #8211; and is beneficial in stop-start traffic, garages and many low speed

As mentioned before this is no SUV and given the RX 450h hybrid and bank of batteries, they unique front and rear rates to suit the hybrid fore/aft weight distribution. however is smooth over and precise into corners if the of physics are obeyed.

Safety is a key and the Lexus RX 450h Sport has an impressive package of safety including its Pre-Collision Safety (PCS) as standard equipment. safety features include: 10 SRS dual SRS front-seat knee VDIM active safety active front-seat head and rear-outboard seat pre-tensioning with force limiters.

Active safety features include road-speed sensitive power-assisted rack and pinion Hill-Start Assist Control and guide assist with

The VDIM package seamlessly Vehicle Stability Control cooperative steering function Traction Control, ABS, Brake-force Distribution and Lexus Assist.

Pedestrians aren#8217;t about either with pedestrian safety a design including an impact-absorbing bonnet a longitudinal frame, an ample … and an optimised bonnet reinforcement to maximise pedestrian while ensuring dent and quiet closing.

So here we a family based luxury AWD SUV has a MLP of $100,900 plus on road (different in each state), is at the forefront of hybrid technology, has an of luxury features and room for the Driving a Lexus isn#8217;t a affair and the RX 450h Sports doesn#8217;t inspire driving but better than most will ever need. it has a subtle and not so subtle sophistication sees it stand head to with its European counterparts.

I would rather wear an all jersey to a Bledisloe Cup game and the dreaded All Blacks than buy a as they just don#8217;t sense to me. However, I would consider buying one of these RX 450h AWD SUV#8217;s. they are good. I would still the RX 350F for a bit of driving pleasure and its $15,000 cheaper.

Even the RX 350 Luxury is $6,500 cheaper.

price do you as a consumer put on fuel Only you can decide that, but you be disappointed with buying a RX Sport Luxury.

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