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2018 Lexus RX 450hL

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$50,620 — $54,555 MSRP
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SUV
7 Seats
29 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.7) 6 reviews

The Good

  • Overall refinement
  • Cabin materials
  • Seat comfort (base and luxury models)
  • Lack of touch-sensitive buttons
  • Smooth, quiet operation (base model)
  • Easy entry to the available third-row seat

The Bad

  • Leather seats not standard
  • Feels heavy in corners
  • Uninspiring brake feel
  • Maddening multimedia controller
  • Small, stiffly bolstered seats (F Sport)
  • Available third-row seat can't fit adults
2018 Lexus RX 450hL exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Lexus RX 450hL
  • Three-row L version now available
  • Gas (RX 350) and hybrid (RX 450h) models
  • Lexus Safety System Plus standard
  • Eight-speed automatic standard
  • Performance-oriented F Sport model available
  • Head-up display available

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What it is: The Lexus RX mid-size luxury SUV is available in gas RX 350 or hybrid RX 450h form. There's also a performance-oriented RX 350 F Sport model and long-wheelbase three-row L versions. All use a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, and the RX 450h adds electric motors. The RX 350 is available with front- or all-wheel drive, and the RX 450h is all-wheel-drive-only with an electric motor driving the rear wheels. Competitors include the Cadillac XT5 and Acura MDX.

New for 2018

New gas-only RX 350L and hybrid RX 450hL versions are 4.3 inches longer than the regular RX and have three rows of seats. In addition, Lexus' Enform safety and service telematics features are now complimentary for 10 years instead of one.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
6 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.3)
(5.0)

RX 450HL from Serramonte Lexus

by Amazing service from Serremonte Lexus from SAN BRUNO on October 15, 2018

After being referred to Putnam Lexus and not so good of a service I went to Serramonte Lexus with amazing customer service from Steve Bailey and I was able to buy my RX 450 HL Read full review

(5.0)

Best car I have owned

by TheG from Maryland on September 18, 2018

Beautiful design, smooth and reliable functionality. A lot of thought put into the features in the vehicle. Would like to see a more responsive software as it is a bit slow. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Lexus RX 450hL currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Lexus RX 450hL Premium

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

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

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.

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 450hL 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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