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2011 Lexus RX 450h

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$44,735

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

1 kWh
Battery capacity Battery capacity

Battery capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours, which is a measure of how much energy is used over time. A 70-kWh battery has more energy capacity than a 50-kWh battery and would result in a longer driving range if all other factors were equal. But more battery capacity doesn’t always mean longer range because of differences in energy consumption from vehicle to vehicle. Battery capacity provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.

5

Seating capacity

187.8” x 66.3”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Overall refinement
  • Gas mileage
  • Seat comfort
  • Optional Pre-Collision System
  • Optional dual-screen entertainment system

The bad:

  • Road noise
  • Leather seats not standard
  • Joystick-operated navigation system
  • Third-row seat not offered

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Notable features

  • 30-32 mpg city mileage
  • 10 airbags
  • FWD or AWD
  • Optional wide-view side monitor
  • Optional head-up display

2011 Lexus RX 450h review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
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 Cars.com’s Research section.

What’s New for 2011
Changes are minimal for this model year. A 12-volt outlet has moved from inside the center console to outside for easier access, and models with the optional navigation system lose the compass from the inside mirror because the nav system has its own compass. The Sport Package is no longer offered. The RX 350 adds a brake override system for 2011, but that feature was already standard on the RX 450h.

Exterior
Though it’s a few hairs taller than its predecessor, the RX 450h looks more carlike than ever; its dimensions, now also wider and longer, 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 interior also features Lexus’ Remote Touch system, which uses a knob to navigate menus on the dashboard display screen. Interior features include:

  • Cloth seats standard, leather optional
  • Real wood interior trim
  • 10-way power front seats
  • Third-row seat not offered

Under the Hood
The RX 450h uses a gasoline 3.5-liter V-6 that’s assisted by electric motors, creating up to 295 combined horsepower and estimated city gas mileage of 30-32 mpg. 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
  • Premium fuel recommended
  • 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 airbags for the first and second rows. Head-protecting side curtain airbags span both rows. Other standard safety features include:

  • Active front head restraints
  • Four-wheel antilock brakes
  • Traction control

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.1
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.6
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Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best Car I’ve owned

This is the best car I’ve ever owned and only selling because of growing family! Once my kids are grown, I’ll definitely buy a Lexus again. Specifically the RX line.

5.0

Most "intelligent" car I've every owned.

Comfortable, quiet, classy and beautiful. Just got the car and just getting the pleasure of driving it. So far, love all the features. Such a well kept car.

4.0

Reliable and cost efficient.

Never put a penny into this vehicle. Just add gas and take care of the basic maintenance needs; tires, brakes, fluids. Don't like the new designs as much as the 2006-2009s. Center console and mouse controller is poorly designed. Lexus technologies are behind the times.

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Safety

Based on the 2011 Lexus RX 450h base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
4
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
17.9%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
4
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Lexus
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
72 months/70,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
2 years/unlimited miles from your certified vehicle date of purchase.
Basic warranty terms
2 years/unlimited miles from your certified vehicle date of purchase. Coverage begins after completion of the 4-year/50,000 new vehicle Basic Warranty.
Dealer certification required
161-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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