Lexus RX450h Review & Road Test |CarAdvice

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Lexus RX450h

Review Road Test

Is the existence of the SUV motoring#8217;s greatest oxymoron?

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2009 Lexus ; 3.5-litre V6 hybrid; six-speed automatic; wagon #8211;

Full-size spare wheel (Fitted)

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By Brogan

As the only hybrid SUV on sale in Australia the Lexus symbolises a lonely datum by all future models of this will no doubt some day to.

The question remains, is the environmental for which this hybrid stands substantial enough to the long reach to the bottom of pocket worth it over the conventionally powered sibling?

picks up where the previous RX400h left off, and if experiences have taught us this new #8216;h#8217; will the same type of buyers its did.

They are those who feel emancipated of their baggage by driving a vehicle comes with all the green of a hybrid badge, and those chasing the published fuel figures while at the same wanting to enjoy the status and of a luxury family hauler.

While its a worthy notion, the of the matter is that expecting minimalist fuel economy from a hefty 2115kg SUV is to having your cake safely in the Kelvinator while down slice after with both hands.

claims a combined cycle consumption figure of 6.4L/100km or roughly that of a manual Jazz #8211; but as we discovered week trying to achieve a any where near that is about as easy as trying to quantum physics, making claim fanciful at best.

Now the fuel economy figures one or two litres above the claim you might put the result down to conditions or driver input, but through real world #8211; or more specifically a blend of city and highway with two passengers and luggage the car#8217;s returns were more than 60 per cent than the manufacturer#8217;s claims it#8217;s pretty easy to my bugbear.

For the record the result CarAdvice during this week was a average of 10.03L/100km, and when you to consider this result is 1.7 litres off the petrol powered, cheaper RX350 we tested this year, the rationale buying a hybrid SUV will sorting out not only your priorities, but your economic too.

Now sure it could be that within that charge the RX450h picks up the Mark Levinson audio which on its own is valued at $3000, but still leaves the question of a 10 grand, or driving a further kilometres in a standard RX, and it#8217;s point which to me just make sense.

But enough prognosticating on my behalf, about the car itself. Well from looking nearly to the conventionally powered Sports model, and the previous generation RX for matter, the h is a clean yet tough SUV that somehow remains contemporary and conservative.

Inside much the same story, and the classy interior is heavily over that of its predecessor, it is Lexus, right down to the woodgrain steering wheel and green LED clock.

For all its sweet and indisputable comfort, the RX450h omit a few features one would of an SUV of this status #8211; noticeable when compared to priced rvials #8211; as rear seat HVAC and DVD screens.

On the plus side the RX450h does include as satellite navigation, six-CD with DVD capability, auto mirror, dusk sensing headlamps with cornering (which I might add are brilliant), sensing wipers, front and parking sensors, radar control, self-folding electric mirrors with puddle power windows, electrically seats and steering column three memory settings, and ventilated (front only) seats, iPod connectivity and integration.

Powering the RX450h you#8217;ll the joint forces of a 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 220kW/317Nm and worth of electric motors provide bountiful acceleration and cruising almost everywhere the rev range.

Lexus LX450

Notably, there is a gain in momentum from until roughly 30km/h elsewhere across the spectrum, can see getting started from the a slower affair than the would have you believe.

acceleration is brisk and Lexus a 0-100km/h time of under seconds, which feels right. Overtaking too is a breeze and in in terms of drive and dynamics, the h is near identical to the petrol model it sits above.

is typically SUV, presenting an level of body roll at Strangely this wasn#8217;t a noticed in the petrol powered tested earlier this and by my best reckoning, it could be an of the additional weight carried by the system.

Realistically though for all intended the RX450h#8217;s strut front/multi-link arrangement is dynamically well and despite being a little of ride thanks primarily to the profile rubber on those 19-inch alloys, the h didn#8217;t any other qualms and even purposeful braking thanks to discs up front and 309mm in the

Remaining at the rear end of the h we find an operated tailgate covering a 446 cargo area that may be thanks to 60:40 split rear seats, and in case not enough, the RX450h can also tow kilograms, exactly the same as its petrol siblings.

Safety courtesy of dual front, and curtain airbags as well as the precaution of a driver#8217;s knee

Electronic aids include EBA, EBD, ESC and Traction while up back, a reversing also comes standard.

The new RX has yet to an ANCAP rating though a safe bet to expect five-stars the level of safety gear on

In isolation the RX450h is a pleasurable and comfortable drive that, it not for the question of its relevance and price as a would be well up there on my list, but with the RX350 such excellent comparable no amount of environmental brownie are going to swing my vote.

* is a guide as recommended to us by the manufacturer.

For a review on the Lexus RX350, here .

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