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2013 Lexus RX 450h

2013 Lexus RX 450h

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$15,056 — $25,032 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
29-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • New design
  • Takes regular gas
  • Overall refinement
  • Seat comfort
  • No &quot
  • capacitive&quot
  • buttons
  • Smartphone app integration

The Bad

  • Remote Touch Interface controller
  • Leather seats not standard
  • Road noise
  • Modest towing capacity
2013 Lexus RX 450h exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Lexus RX 450h
  • New front-end styling
  • New F Sport performance version
  • Regular (RX 350) and hybrid (RX 450h) versions
  • FWD or AWD
  • Optional head-up display
  • 10 airbags

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2013 Lexus RX 450h Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Lexus RX crossover has been refreshed for the 2013 model year with exterior and interior upgrades — and a new version. Joining the RX 350 and hybrid RX 450h is the sport-oriented RX 350 F Sport.

The RX competes with the Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX, Lincoln MKX and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class.

Exterior
Like all Lexuses have — or will have — the RX has adopted the brand’s new “spindle” grille design and accompanying bumper, along with new headlights and LED daytime running lights. Around back, the taillights have also been tweaked. The F Sport has a mesh grille, distinct bumper and graphite-colored split-five-spoke 19-inch wheels. Eighteen-inch alloys are standard.

New paint options include Silver Lining Metallic, Claret Mica, Deep Sea Mica and Fire Agate Pearl, which replace Tungsten Pearl, Matador Red Mica and Cerulean Blue Metallic.

Interior
Interior changes for 2013 include a new steering wheel, a redesigned center console, new accents above the glove compartment lid and new ebony bird’s-eye maple wood trim. A saddle leather interior is now optional.

Ten-way power front seats with cloth upholstery are standard. Leather trim and softer, semi-aniline leather are options. An optional leather- and wood-trimmed steering wheel is also available.

The F Sport version has standard black-leather seats with white perforations and contrast stitching. Other distinguishing characteristics include a black headliner, perforated-leather-wrapped s...

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Lexus RX crossover has been refreshed for the 2013 model year with exterior and interior upgrades — and a new version. Joining the RX 350 and hybrid RX 450h is the sport-oriented RX 350 F Sport.

The RX competes with the Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX, Lincoln MKX and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class.

Exterior
Like all Lexuses have — or will have — the RX has adopted the brand’s new “spindle” grille design and accompanying bumper, along with new headlights and LED daytime running lights. Around back, the taillights have also been tweaked. The F Sport has a mesh grille, distinct bumper and graphite-colored split-five-spoke 19-inch wheels. Eighteen-inch alloys are standard.

New paint options include Silver Lining Metallic, Claret Mica, Deep Sea Mica and Fire Agate Pearl, which replace Tungsten Pearl, Matador Red Mica and Cerulean Blue Metallic.

Interior
Interior changes for 2013 include a new steering wheel, a redesigned center console, new accents above the glove compartment lid and new ebony bird’s-eye maple wood trim. A saddle leather interior is now optional.

Ten-way power front seats with cloth upholstery are standard. Leather trim and softer, semi-aniline leather are options. An optional leather- and wood-trimmed steering wheel is also available.

The F Sport version has standard black-leather seats with white perforations and contrast stitching. Other distinguishing characteristics include a black headliner, perforated-leather-wrapped steering wheel and aluminum pedals.

Entertainment features include USB and analog-audio inputs, Bluetooth wireless audio streaming and SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a 90-day trial subscription. An optional backseat video system has dual 7-inch screens that can display different shows. A navigation system is also optional.

Under the Hood
The RX 350 is powered by a 270-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The RX 450h is powered by a specialized version of the 3.5-liter V-6 that combines with electric motors and a high-voltage nickel-metal-hydride battery pack to produce a total of 295 hp. With optional all-wheel drive, an additional electric motor powers the rear wheels.

In combined city/highway driving, the RX 350 gets an estimated 21 mpg (20 mpg with all-wheel drive), and the RX 450h is rated 30 mpg (29 mpg with all-wheel drive).

The RX 350 F Sport version comes only with all-wheel drive and uses an eight-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles in lieu of the regular six-speed. It also has a firmer ride and sportier handling.

Safety
The 10 standard airbags include knee airbags and seat-mounted side-impact torso airbags for the front and outboard rear occupants. In addition to a side impact, a sensor can deploy side curtain airbags in the event of a rollover.

Other standard safety features include active head restraints for the front seats, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and Lexus Safety Connect with a year’s free subscription.

Safety options include a blind spot warning system, lane departure warning, precollision warning and a head-up display that helps keep driver’s eyes on the road.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
30 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

I have owned the cars (2 of them) for about 3 year

by LCF from Centennial, CO on December 3, 2019

I have liked both cars, (a 2013 and a 2015). They have both been excellent. I like the gas mileage and the reliability. I like the "ride". I would buy them again. I have put about 25,000 miles on both... Read full review

(2.0)

Huge disappointment

by Jim from Morro Bay on September 20, 2019

I purchased a used 2013 Lexus RX 450h. In 10,000 miles it has had $9600 worth of warranty work and there is still a noise the dealership is unable to find after 4 trips to Lexus. Mileage is good but ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Lexus RX 450h currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Lexus RX 450h Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lexus

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RX 450h received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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