2011 Lexus RX 450h
2011 Toyota Highlander
When it comes to hybrid SUVs, the 2011 Lexus RX 450h and 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid are two of the most popular options available. For the most part, car reviewers like the combination of enhanced luxury and SUV utility offered by these competing models. Keep reading to compare differences in the Lexus RX 450h and Highlander Hybrid to determine which is right for you.
Styling: 2011 Lexus RX 450h vs. 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Both the RX 450h and Highlander Hybrid boast a crisp and upscale exterior design. For the Toyota Hybrid, vertical fog lights, blue-tinted headlights and an exclusive grille help out-class the vehicle's traditional gas-engine Highlander alternative. Compared to the Highlander Hybrid, the Lexus hybrid SUV boasts a curvier and sportier design that may help win over more than a few car shoppers.
When it comes to the interior, the first thing worth noting is a difference in maximum seating. The Highlander Hybrid is available with optional seating for seven, while the Lexus RX 450h maxes out at five passengers. However, it should be noted that the Highlander's third-row of seating is really best left for children. Beyond seating, both models are well-equipped and deliver an above-average level of fit and finish.
When comparing cargo space, the Highlander Hybrid wins out with a maximum of 94.1 cubic feet (the Lexus offers 80.3 cubic feet).
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Performance: 2011 Lexus RX 450h vs. 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The smaller size and slightly more powerful engine of the Lexus RX 450h combine to help give it a boost in the performance category. The Lexus SUV offers a total of 295 horsepower in comparison to the Highlander Hybrid's 280 horsepower. However, both models offer good (albeit far from sporty) performance that should accommodate the needs of most around-town drivers.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Highlander Hybrid offers 28 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. In comparison, the RX 450h offers a maximum of 32 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (30 mpg combined). However, it should be noted that the Highlander comes standard with four-wheel drive, while the Lexus does not. All-wheel drive Lexus RX 450h models deliver 30 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (29 mpg combined).
Safety: 2011 Lexus RX 450h vs. 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Toyota outfits both the Highlander Hybrid and RX 450h with an extensive list of safety features. The Highlander Hybrid comes standard with anti-lock disc brakes, seven airbags (including driver's knee airbag and three-row side-curtain airbag), stability control, hill-start assist, traction control and stability control. The Lexus adds a driver's knee airbag for the front passenger. Both models received a top rating of "Good" in all crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Pricing and Features: 2011 Lexus RX 450h vs. 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The Lexus RX 450h comes with a base price of $43,935 (AWD costs an extra $2,000). In comparison, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid starts at $37,490. However, as one might expect, the Lexus model offers a slightly more upscale starting package.
Base Highlander Hybrids come with 17-inch wheels, keyless ignition/entry, air conditioning with rear climate control, power driver's seat, automatic headlights, rearview camera, Bluetooth and six-speaker stereo with satellite radio. The Lexus RX 450h upgrades with 18-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, wood interior trim and a nine-speaker stereo with six-disc CD changer.
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