Lexus RX 450h – Review

2013 Lexus RX 450hThe Lexus RX 450h is a mid-size luxury hybrid SUV that ranks on second position out of 19 other vehicles in its class. The RX is now in its third generation whereas the RX is in its second generation offered with a hybrid system. For the 2013 model year, Lexus made some notable updates for the exterior and interior as well as some technical changes. Everyone wants to have a fuel efficient SUV to enjoy the comfort of an SUV with affordable fuel charges. Unfortunately, the 2013 RX 459h is a bit expensive compared to other luxury hybrid SUVs because RX doesn’t offer extra equipments.

Exterior and Interior

The 2013 RX 450h is a five seat midsize SUV available in a single trim. The RX 450h has a really impressive and updated exterior that features automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, heated side view mirrors, a power liftgate, rear privacy glass, fog lamps, new distinctive spindle shape grille and so the SUV looks more aggressive yet stylish. The RX 450h rolls out over standard 18 inch wheels.

Inside of the RX 450h, the Lexus offered lots of innovative features for the comfort, convenience and entertainment of the driver and occupants. Standard interior features include keyless entry, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, automatic dual zone climate control, cloth upholstery, auto dimming rear view mirror, eight way power front seats with two way power lumbar adjustment, sliding and reclining rear seats, Safety Connect emergency communication system, a nine speaker sound system with a six CD changer, Bluetooth Phone and audio connectivity, satellite radio, USB/iPod audio interface and auxiliary audio jack.

Three optional Packages are offered that adds a long list of additional features. The optional packages include Premium Package, the Luxury Package and the Navigation Packages.

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Safety Features

Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, front side and rear side airbags, full length side curtain airbags, front knee airbags, traction control, stability control and Safety Connect Emergency communication system that features emergency assist button, automatic collision notification and stolen vehicle location services. The adaptive cruise control is optional that also includes a pre-collision warning.

Under the Hood

Under the hood of the 2013 Lexus RX 450h is a 3.5 liter gasoline V6 engine plus a pair of electric motor. The RX 450h is available in two type wheel drive configuration. The front wheel drive RX 450h models have two electric motors, one act as a starter and the other sends propulsion whereas the all wheel drive models have three electric motors where the two acts just like the front wheel drive models and the third motor drives the rear wheels. The total output of the RX 450h is 295 horsepower and the system is paired with a CVT.

The acceleration from 0-60 mph takes 7.5 seconds at a top speed up to 115 mph. The EPA estimated fuel economy is 32 mpg city and 28 mpg highway with front wheel drive and 30 mpg city and 28 mpg highway with all wheel drive.

Pricing and Availability

The Lexus 2013 RX 450h has an MSRP of $46,310 and the vehicle is available for sale now.


The key rivals of the RX 450h 2013 model include Volkswagen Touareg hybrid, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Acura RDX, Porsche Cayenne S hybrid and BMW X5 xDrive 35d diesel.


The class leading fuel efficiency
Luxurious and Comfortable cabin
Smooth and agile ride


Expensive optional Packages, that is also a bit confusing
Confusing Navigation controls

The Verdict

The 2013 Lexus RX 45h hybrid is a perfect choice for those looking for a high fuel efficient vehicle. Though, it is a bit expensive in offering premium equipments but the SUV promises an impressive combination of luxury, technology, utility and driving experience.

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