2017 Lexus RX 450h

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Lexus RX 450h. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Overall refinement
  • Seat comfort (base and luxury models)
  • Lack of touch-sensitive buttons
  • Smooth, quiet operation (base model)

The Bad

  • Leather seats not standard
  • Feels heavy in corners
  • Uninspiring brake feel
  • Maddening multimedia controller
  • Small, stiffly bolstered seats (F Sport)

Notable Features of the 2017 Lexus RX 450h

  • Lexus Safety System Plus now standard
  • Five-seat midsize luxury SUV
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission standard
  • Regular (RX 350) and hybrid (RX 450h) versions
  • Performance-oriented F Sport model available
  • Head-up display available

2017 Lexus RX 450h Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Lexus RX crossover received much more aggressive styling, additional rear-seat room and more safety features last year. Regular RX 350, hybrid RX 450h and performance-oriented RX 350 F Sport models are available. Competitors include the Cadillac XT5, Acura MDX and Lincoln MKX.
New for 2017
The Lexus Safety System Plus is now standard. It includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic high-beam headlights. A front-wheel-drive version of the F Sport model is now available and the blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert adds a braking function.
Significant Standard Features

  • 295-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 with eight-speed automatic transmission (RX 350)
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Split-folding rear seat 
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Gas-electric drivetrain with V-6 engine and continuously variable automatic transmission (RX 450h)
  • All-wheel drive
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Power moonroof
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Navigation system
  • Adaptive suspension
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Lexus RX crossover received much more aggressive styling, additional rear-seat room and more safety features last year. Regular RX 350, hybrid RX 450h and performance-oriented RX 350 F Sport models are available. Competitors include the Cadillac XT5, Acura MDX and Lincoln MKX.
New for 2017
The Lexus Safety System Plus is now standard. It includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic high-beam headlights. A front-wheel-drive version of the F Sport model is now available and the blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert adds a braking function.
Significant Standard Features

  • 295-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 with eight-speed automatic transmission (RX 350)
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Split-folding rear seat 
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Gas-electric drivetrain with V-6 engine and continuously variable automatic transmission (RX 450h)
  • All-wheel drive
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Power moonroof
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Navigation system
  • Adaptive suspension

Latest 2017 RX 450h Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Currently Own This

by Barry Parker from San Jose, California on October 18, 2018

Very comfortable, with exelent performance and beautifully made interior. Awesome to drive: quick, very responsive and I am in love with it because of safety features as I have a family. And my ... Read full review

(5.0)

I won't drive another brand car!!

by NanaJana from Phoenix, AZ on October 14, 2018

I am thrilled with the performance and gas mileage of the midsize SUV. I anticipate it will last me years. It is very comfortable and I love the safety features. I definitely feel safe in this vehicle... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Lexus RX 450h currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Lexus RX 450h Base

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed 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
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 70,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Dealer Certification Required

    161-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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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