Review: 2010 Lexus RX450h is the pinnacle of autonomous fuel-sippers

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Lexus RX 450h

Review: 2010 Lexus is the pinnacle of autonomous fuel-sippers

How the RX450h make it absurdly to get from one point to another? a combination of shiny luxuries and technologies that give the fewer things to concentrate on driving. Front and center these new technologies is the car’s display (HUD), which directions from the navigation in an amazingly intuitive way.

Of to see those HUD arrows, you need to the navigation system, which at least $2,550 to the RX450h’s base price.

Whether or not you opt to the extra money, the HUD exemplifies how has made the RX450h a simple and hybrid. Aside from it displays your speed, with the ability to adjust the and angle to provide exactly the look no matter the conditions (it can be turned off).

During drives, when it comes to lean forward on the steering to straighten up the back for a few moments, you can see how fast you’re going, we truly appreciated after a few on the highway. Of course, if you’re the RX450h control its own speed its adaptive cruise control, your mph doesn’t matter as but still, it’s a nice

We drove just over 550 during our week with all-wheel drive 2010 450h. For the first 250 or so miles, we let the do its thing in Eco mode: the adaptive control was on and set to just a hair the speed limit, climate was set to auto and we followed the navigation where it told us to go. The distance the adaptive cruise control between the RX450h and the vehicle in of it is, of course, adjustable.

Nonetheless, it’s not suitable for which we don’t endorse and on the closest setting, it still us a safe distance away other vehicles, even people shifted lanes in front of us.

On auto-pilot (or as close as it these days), the RX450h achieved 28.6 mpg nearly in with the EPA’s 28/30 mpg for the all-wheel-drive model (the drive variant clocks in at On the second half of our journey, we to beat the vehicle’s full-auto

We turned off the air and (why not) the auto-dimming (electrochromatic) rearview system and told the CUV when and how to accelerate by using the pedals of the cruise control. We also our hand at manually shifting the of the Electronically Controlled Continuously Transmission (ECVT). Embarrassingly but predictably, all of this produced fuel economy than the system. Over the entire we managed 27.6 mpg.

Score one for letting this vehicle drive you.

The strives to offer as much as possible, so it’s packed luxury touches like mirror glass that downward when you put it into for curb-finding and friendly interior that come on when you the car with the wireless key fob in the dark of which is a new feature, but very The lights remind you that, this car wants you to feel at Quite a bit poorer in the wallet, but at nonetheless.

On the road, the smoothness of the ride cannot be overstated. though we happened to be driving a model, everything was as smooth as mayonnaise. This is Lexus’ RX hybrid (following the RX400h), and improvements can be felt all around.

The powertrain shuts off the 3.5-liter V-6 nicely at stoplights; it comes on without any hassle when time to move again. If inclined to use the 37 kWh nickel-metal hydride to its fullest extent, the RX450h have an EV mode that allow the car to go up to 10 mph for about two minutes. As in the Toyota Prius.

EV mode is a limited tease of a real electric car can offer, but better than nothing, and for teenagers trying to sneak in to parents driveways after Eco mode, which we used during out week-long test, controls the air conditioning and throttle for increased efficiency.

Lexus RX 450h

To keep of what’s going on with the RX, there is a Multi-Information Display the speedometer and the green driving This screen can toggle all sorts of information readouts: speed, tire pressure, mpg, whether or not the vehicle is in EV or Eco and more. Switching the information is controlled by a lever on the steering which is also used to EV or Eco mode and other options.

The green driving gauge nearly as easy to use as similar in the Prius or the Ford Fusion but does provide a way to tell if charging the batteries from the or pushing down on the gas pedal to enter the Power zone. We this zone as much as it means you’re accelerating in our effort to get a decent mpg result. we did need to use it, the RX450h’s penchant for remained at our fingertips.

In the end, if seated in the comfortable seats of the and apply just a modicum of and effort, you’re in a crossover will take you where you to go, no questions asked. Compared to the RX350, the RX450h gets an fuel economy improvement of nine mpg.

Toyota hasn’t kept it a that it wants the fuel to gravitate towards the Prius, Lexus’ hybrid line is about adding creature than it is about significantly the amount of fuel one burns. said that, we applaud the mpg to date, particularly for a vehicle of its

Still, does it make to spend $5,000 or so more for the than the RX350? You’re getting some fuel benefits from the hybrid but five grand worth? a simple way to answer this ask the car. Remember, the RX450h want you to think, it doesn’t beg you to be with the driving experience, it wants you to feel comfortable.

If the badge and better mpg warms cockles, then go for it.

Lexus RX 450h
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