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2006 Lexus RX 400h Consumer Reviews

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Comfortable, Fun, Spacious and Stylish Hybrid SUV

by from Los Angeles, California on June 15, 2010

Within a year of purchasing a new sedan in '03, I realized I had made a mistake. There were instances when the trunk was too small and a hatch was required for my needs. Then the price of oil skyrocke...
Within a year of purchasing a new sedan in '03, I realized I had made a mistake. There were instances when the trunk was too small and a hatch was required for my needs. Then the price of oil skyrocketed. Not only did I need a hatch, but now I wanted a hybrid. In 2006, Lexus introduced the RX400h. At the time it came out, it went for the low $50Ks. I once rode in one as a livery vehicle and loved it, but it was too pricey for me. Over the next few years, I looked at other models of SUVs and/or hybrids. As it turned out, the RX400h was now in my price range as a certified, pre-owned vehicle. Three months ago, I bought one. What I liked about the 2006 vs. newer models was that premium gas is not required. I was told by the dealership that if I use premium, I would get better mileage. My own experiment disproved that statement. Actual overall MPG is around 24/26. This car LOVES traffic jams, sometimes hitting almost 40 MPG. The included fuel consumption computer tends to be off by a couple of ticks, displaying better than actual mileage. Comfortable and stylish, the interior is like a nice living room. The ride is extremely smooth. When you need that extra pick up to kick in quickly, it's more responsive than most cars I've driven. Also, when the doors and windows are shut, it is extremely quiet. The stereo system is good, but there are several options for speaker configurations. I have difficulty finding one that is useful for all genres of music. Lexus offers a Mark Levinson sound system as an option, which probably addresses that issue. My vehicle went for a lower than market value price, only to find out that there were alignment issues, as well as its sitting at the dealership for over a year, reason unknown. Last week I had to replace the 12V battery, something I thought they would have identified in their pre-owned certification process. I had several problems starting the car, but the new battery has solved the problem. Lexus prides itself on its service and I can see why. They have been attentive and helpful. The alignment issue has been resolved, the car has now been looked over by one of its best mechanics and they have been kind enough to provide loaner vehicles each time I took it in for service. Newer models have better and more flexible navigation features, as well as better MPG stats and iPod/iPhone compatibility. But the difference in price is not something I am willing to pay. For the same price, I could have bought a new, more utilitarian Hybrid SUV by other manufacturers, but would have sacrificed the extra cargo space, service, style, comfort and features of the RX400h, along with the brand reputation Lexus offers. Every time I get in the car, I know I'm in for another pleasurable driving experience. It was worth the wait.
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Lexus hybrid SUV is a great car

by from Austin, TX on December 10, 2012

I have owned a 2006 Lexus hybrid SUV, RX400h since purchasing it new in 2006. I have had no problems at all, except having to change the battery and the tires. It is smooth, fast, reliable and efficie...
I have owned a 2006 Lexus hybrid SUV, RX400h since purchasing it new in 2006. I have had no problems at all, except having to change the battery and the tires. It is smooth, fast, reliable and efficient! It is great to not burn gas sitting at a stoplight since the engine shuts off when it is not needed. Overall I get 25-26 mpg in the city. And I have hauled everything in it, from camping gear for weeklong trips to 2 tons of stone for backyard projects.
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2006 Lexus RX400H

by from Fort Worth TX on December 10, 2010

I bought this vehicle in march of 2010. It had 30,025 and I bought it certified used. The car is very nice. I average anywhere between 23-27 mpg using regular fuel. The navigation system is comletely ...
I bought this vehicle in march of 2010. It had 30,025 and I bought it certified used. The car is very nice. I average anywhere between 23-27 mpg using regular fuel. The navigation system is comletely outdated. I bought the 2010 update for it and it is about 3 years behind. The street that I live on isn't even on the map. The ride is very comfortable, blue tooth works well with cell phone, quiet ride, rear backup camera is nice, touch screen with navigation looks pretty cool. The Lexus dealerships that I have gone to have helped me out and have been very helpful and extremely polite. I felt the service was great. For about 30k, I was looking at several vehicles including the GTI, RAV4, Crosstour, Venza, and Prius and felt this was the best value of any of the vehicles. Overall, great vehicle and I plan on keeping for a very long time.
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Great Hybrid SUV!

by from Albuquerque, NM on June 8, 2012

We love our Lexus RX 400h! The nav works great and we especially like the easy-to-use touch screen! The power lift gate is very useful when our hands our full and the LED tail lights make the car look...
We love our Lexus RX 400h! The nav works great and we especially like the easy-to-use touch screen! The power lift gate is very useful when our hands our full and the LED tail lights make the car look very nice. The xenon headlights that swivel around corners make it a lot easier to see at night and the overall styling is very unique. We only see a few of these around town and I'm sure you would be the only one in your neighborhood with one if you bought one! We average 27 highway/ 30 city so if you are worried about getting bad gas mileage there is no need to worry.
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Next Generation Vehicle

by from Calgary, AB on April 12, 2009

My wife bought a 2006 and it gets approximately 30mpg (our gallon is larger than USA). I sold my Acura MDX which was averaging 17mpg to purchase a 2007. No regrets, it is almost as quick as our Porsch...
My wife bought a 2006 and it gets approximately 30mpg (our gallon is larger than USA). I sold my Acura MDX which was averaging 17mpg to purchase a 2007. No regrets, it is almost as quick as our Porsche and quiet, WOW! With winters that dip down to -50, they always start with the first turn of the key. Once you drive one of these, you won't go back to the old technology which I now consider to be a dinosaur. Does your SUV get 30 mpg in city driving? NOT!
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Lexus RX 400h 2006

by from on February 20, 2012

I bought my 2006 RX 400h in Dec 2011. Right after purchasing the car, I took it to Lexus dealership for recall services, which was free of charge plus free loaner car. They also performed safety insp...
I bought my 2006 RX 400h in Dec 2011. Right after purchasing the car, I took it to Lexus dealership for recall services, which was free of charge plus free loaner car. They also performed safety inspection and hybrid inspection, all free of charge. No major issue was detected, and the vehicle seems it was well maintained. I drive my 2001 Saab 9-5 2.3T week days, and drive 400h on weekends. I've put about 1500 miles in 2 months, mostly on local roads. I'm still observing MPG and its performance. Here's what I found out so far. 400h actually gets more MPG on highway than local roads. I got 23.0 MPG so far, which isn't bad for AWD SUV, but far less than what's claimed by Lexus. I do, however, expect the number will increase as winter gets out of the way. Every time I enter the vehicle, I smell this unpleasing scent; it gets better as I drive although never goes away completely. I assume that's the smell from hybrid battery, which seats right underneath back-seats. I think the scent rises into the cabin thru ventilation window for cooling the battery, located under the back-seats. 400h looks great and runs great. Although I'm somewhat disappointed with MPG, the car still makes me very satisfied. Just as Cars and Drivers said, RX model is a golden retriever of SUV. 2006 RX 330 w/ 80g is around $17,000. 2006 RX 400h w/ 80g is around $19,000. I'd recommend spending $2000 more for h series.
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My first Hybrid

by from South Carolina on August 17, 2011

Overall, an outstanding car. Mark Levinson sound is astoundingly good, especially with DVD movie. Road noise is higher than expected, but somewhat improved after the original tires wore out and were r...
Overall, an outstanding car. Mark Levinson sound is astoundingly good, especially with DVD movie. Road noise is higher than expected, but somewhat improved after the original tires wore out and were replaced with Kumhos. For a city dweller, the economy advantage will easily reduce your fuel bill by half. For someone driving on country roads, it may reduce it by a quarter compared to a comparable SUV. Mine was reliable except for a steering rack that required replacing at 70K miles. It was done under warranty. I would definitely recommend this car over all other SUVs, including the 3rd generation RX450h.
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The only choice, but a good one

by from Jupiter, FL on November 20, 2010

We purchased a mint condition CPO Lexus RX 400h because it is the ONLY full/mid size SUV that gets 25+ MPG, has side curtain airbags in the 2nd row and has a power liftgate. We purchased the AWD model...
We purchased a mint condition CPO Lexus RX 400h because it is the ONLY full/mid size SUV that gets 25+ MPG, has side curtain airbags in the 2nd row and has a power liftgate. We purchased the AWD model and my wife has averaged 25.2 mpg over the last 552 miiles which was 50/50 hwy/city driving. On just in town driving it is not uncommon to get 30 mpg. You will need to change your driving habits, but it is fun trying to achieve the best mpg that you can. The quality, fit and finish of the car is awesome too. I was never a big fan of Toyota/Lexus, but they have won us over.
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Luxury at it's best

by from Colorado on August 25, 2010

This is the best luxury SUV I've owned. The seamless transmission with the Hybrid combo surprised me how fast it maneuvers. I have had no issues at all with this SUV and it is a steal on the resale ma...
This is the best luxury SUV I've owned. The seamless transmission with the Hybrid combo surprised me how fast it maneuvers. I have had no issues at all with this SUV and it is a steal on the resale market because it is a Lexus and will run forever.
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Lexus with hybrid technology

by from North Reading MA on November 10, 2010

This is my 3rd Lexus RX and I am a very discerning buyer, yet I always come back to Lexus. I like Lexus because they get how I use my car and the things that are important The best is the Resale - The...
This is my 3rd Lexus RX and I am a very discerning buyer, yet I always come back to Lexus. I like Lexus because they get how I use my car and the things that are important The best is the Resale - These cars hold their retail well so if you spend a bit more you will get a good amount in resale Service - Just drop your car off and get a loaner and go on with your day. nobody wants to wait at a car dealership Reliability - Spent less on 15 yrs of RX than 1 yr of a Nissan car All those special interior niceties - automatic wipers, auto headlights, 1 touch windows, Likes are hybrid and the car shutting off at lights so I don't pollute. Dislike are the small trunk area. If you are looking for alot of trunk space look elsewhere.
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