2015 Lexus RX 450h

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Lexus RX 450h. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • RX 350 takes regular gas
  • Overall refinement
  • Seat comfort
  • Lack of touch-sensitive buttons
  • Smartphone app integration

The Bad

  • Leather seats not standard
  • Road noise

Notable Features of the 2015 Lexus RX 450h

  • Stereo with 7-inch screen and backup camera now standard
  • Regular (RX 350) and hybrid (RX 450h) versions
  • F Sport performance-oriented model available
  • FWD or AWD
  • Head-up display available

2015 Lexus RX 450h Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Lexus RX crossover SUV comes in three versions: regular RX 350, hybrid RX 450h and performance-oriented RX 350 F Sport. The RX 350 and 450h are available with front- or all-wheel drive, and the F Sport is all-wheel drive only. The RX competes with luxury crossovers like the Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX and Lincoln MKX.

New for 2015

A 7-inch dashboard screen with an integrated backup camera is now standard. The available high-intensity-discharge headlights now come with LED fog lights. The available Remote Touch controller has been updated for better ergonomics, according to Lexus.

The below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Spindle-style grille; mesh grille for F Sport edition
  • 18-inch alloy wheels; available 19-inch wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Power liftgate
  • Available high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available power moonroof
  • Available power-folding side mirrors
  • Blue logo accents, hybrid badges (RX 450h)

Interior Highlights

  • Cloth upholstery; leather available
  • Real wood trim
  • Sliding, reclining split-bench rear seat
  • Automatic dual-zone air conditioning
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Six-CD stereo with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Apple Siri Eyes Free Mode for iPhone 4S and later
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available head-up display
  • Available Mark Levinson premium stereo
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available ...
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Lexus RX crossover SUV comes in three versions: regular RX 350, hybrid RX 450h and performance-oriented RX 350 F Sport. The RX 350 and 450h are available with front- or all-wheel drive, and the F Sport is all-wheel drive only. The RX competes with luxury crossovers like the Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX and Lincoln MKX.

New for 2015

A 7-inch dashboard screen with an integrated backup camera is now standard. The available high-intensity-discharge headlights now come with LED fog lights. The available Remote Touch controller has been updated for better ergonomics, according to Lexus.

The below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Spindle-style grille; mesh grille for F Sport edition
  • 18-inch alloy wheels; available 19-inch wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Power liftgate
  • Available high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available power moonroof
  • Available power-folding side mirrors
  • Blue logo accents, hybrid badges (RX 450h)

Interior Highlights

  • Cloth upholstery; leather available
  • Real wood trim
  • Sliding, reclining split-bench rear seat
  • Automatic dual-zone air conditioning
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Six-CD stereo with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Apple Siri Eyes Free Mode for iPhone 4S and later
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available head-up display
  • Available Mark Levinson premium stereo
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available navigation system 
  • Available dual-screen rear entertainment system

Under the Hood

  • RX 350 is powered by a 270-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • RX 450h hybrid has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and an electric drive system that makes 295 hp total
  • Six-speed automatic transmission (RX 350)
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission (RX 450h)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission and sport suspension (F Sport)
  • All-wheel-drive RX 450h uses an electric motor to drive the rear wheels

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • 10 airbags
  • Emergency communication system with one-year trial subscription
  • Backup camera
  • Available Pre-Collision System with adaptive cruise control
  • Available blind spot warning system

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great value

by Haitian Missionary from Shirley, MA on July 29, 2018

Has it all and will be great in the snow, will retain great value, historic repair record and all Certified and warranties. Like mint condition and selected from six similar models and year. Read full review

(5.0)

Very reliable car.

by Rommel from Bayonne, NJ on July 7, 2018

Just bought it and drove to Maine for the weekend. It is fun to drive and the handling is excellent. My wife and I love it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Lexus RX 450h currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 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.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lexus

Program Benefits

Every L/Certified vehicle now comes with an unlimited-mileage warranty up to 6 years, complimentary maintenance plan. Each L/Certified Pre-Owned Lexus must pass a rigorous inspection and be thoroughly reconditioned to meet the same high standards as a new Lexus. Exclusively at a Lexus dealership.

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Mileage Warranty Up To 6 Years

    Warranty is valid for a minimum of two years/unlimited mileage after the expiration of 4 yr/50,000 mile new vehicle Basic Warranty, or two years from L/Certified purchase or lease date, whichever occurs later.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 161 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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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