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By Cars.com Staff
August 23, 2011
Lexus redesigned its five-seat RX crossover for 2010, with the gasoline RX 350 carrying over a similar V-6 drivetrain. Because its electrically assisted V-6 grew to 3.5 liters from 3.3 liters, the RX 400h became the RX 450h. Slight exterior tweaks differentiate the RX 450h from its non-hybrid sibling. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. The non-hybrid RX 350 is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section. New for 2012 There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year.
Exterior Though it's a few hairs taller than its predecessor, the RX 450h looks more carlike than ever; its dimensions give the crossover a wagonlike stance. In back are frosted taillight effects similar to those on the previous RX. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard, with 19-inchers optional. Exterior features include:
Blue-trimmed Lexus logos
Unique grille and front bumper design
Blue-tinted headlights and taillights
Optional LED headlights
Interior Like Lexus' other hybrids, the RX 450h's display screen can show the power flow between the drivetrain's electric motors, engine and battery. In place of the RX 350's tachometer is a gauge showing electric-motor assist versus battery recharging. Other features include voice-recognition software that Lexus says will pick up conversational prompts rather than traditional formal, specific commands.
High-tech options include a head-up display with LED lighting that's purportedly bright enough to read on a sunny day. The optional navigation system features Lexus' Remote Touch interface, which uses a joystick-like device to navigate menus on the dashboard screen. Interior features include:
Cloth seats standard, leather optional
Real wood trim
10-way power front seats
Under the Hood The RX 450h uses a gasoline 3.5-liter V-6 that's assisted by electric motors, creating 295 combined horsepower. It can cruise on electric-only power at low speeds. Like other hybrids, its electric motors draw power from the friction of deceleration, called regenerative braking. Mechanical features include:
Standard front-wheel drive
Optional all-wheel drive
Separate motors power front and rear wheels in all-wheel-drive models
Continuously variable automatic transmission
Towing capacity of 3,500 pounds with optional package
Safety Ten standard airbags include four in front — the two required chest airbags plus two knee airbags — as well as seat-mounted side-impact airbags for both rows. Head-protecting side curtain airbags cover both rows. Other standard safety features include:
Active front head restraints
All-disc antilock brakes
Electronic stability system
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