Over the years, the Lexus RX hybrid has emerged as one of the best-selling hybrid SUVS on the road. Certainly, for those with the added cash to enjoy the prestige of the vehicle's nameplate, the new 2011 Lexus RX 450h is worth looking at for its combination of efficiency, luxury and comfort. Keep reading to review specs, features and mpgs of the new Lexus RX hybrid.
What's New - 2011 Lexus RX 450h
The RX 450h went through a major redesign last year. As such, there are few changes for the vehicle in 2011 (save for the elimination of a previously available Sports package). Given the similarities with last year's model, it may be worth looking into a lightly used 2010 Lexus RX 450h.
2011 Lexus RX 450h Styling
The new Lexus RX 450h boasts a simple, yet elegant exterior design. The vehicle incorporates a number of styling cues that can be found across the entire Lexus lineup. Additionally, a few hybrid-exclusive accouterments (unique grille, front bumper, etc.) help distinguish the 450h from its all-gasoline RX brethren.
Inside, the Lexus hybrid SUV delivers largely what drivers have come to expect from a Lexus vehicle. Interior fit and finish is suitable for the luxury class and plenty of high-tech features are available. Both front and rear seats offer good real estate and receive generally good reviews for comfort. Cargo space for the RX 450h is good when compared to the competition (40 cubic feet with seats up and 80.3 cubic feet with rear seats down).
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2011 Lexus RX 450h Performance
The Lexus RX 450h comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 that combines with two electric motors to deliver a total of 295 horsepower. Base models earn 32 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Models outfitted with all-wheel drive drop to 30 mpg in the city.
As far as hybrid SUVS go, the RX 450h offers some of the best engine specifications. This allows for above-average acceleration and engine power when needed. Zero-to-60 mph estimates come in at close to 7.5 seconds. Additionally, the luxury SUV delivers a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.
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2011 Lexus RX 450h Safety
The RX 450h comes with a long list of standard safety features that includes anti-lock disc brakes, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags, dual front knee airbags, stability control and traction control. Safety Connect also comes standard, which incorporates automatic collision notification, an emergency assistance button and stolen vehicle locator. Optional safety equipment includes a backup camera, parking assist, pre-collision system and adaptive cruise control. In crash tests performed by the federal government, the Lexus RX 450h earned a best-possible five-star rating in both frontal and side impact categories.
2011 Lexus RX 450h Prices and Features
Starting at more than $42,000, the 2011 Lexus RX 450h is one of the most expensive hybrids available. However, it also boasts one of the best-equipped packages as well. Standard features include keyless ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power driver's seat, fog lights, wood trim, reclining rear seat, nine-speaker stereo, six-disc CD changer, auxiliary jack and satellite radio. Optional package upgrades are exhaustive, and incorporate such notable features as driver seat memory, sunroof, power tailgate, heated seats, side-view cameras, voice-control navigation and Bluetooth.
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