2006 Lexus RX 400h First Drive
A Subtle Shade of Green
Page 1: Introduction
Kailua, HI -- luxury suvs have long been loathed by the environmentally conscious. All that leather and space, the big engine, the heavy weight, and abysmal fuel economy to boot.
They are considered by some to be modern day white elephants -- comfort for the sake of it, size just because you can afford it, waste because no one really cares.
That may well be changing, thanks to Lexus and the latest hybrid vehicle to be introduced in North America, the 2006 Lexus RX 400h. Now even luxury SUVs and their owners can quietly take a role in saving the planet -- without joining Green Peace or giving up any of the creature comforts or performance they’ve come to expect from the vehicle they drive. Based on the current Lexus RX 330 platform, the RX 400h hybrid combines a 3.3-liter V6 with a permanent magnet electric motor up front and an electric motor for the rear wheels to produce 268 total horsepower.