2014 Lexus RX 450h AWD 4dr Hybrid

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The 2014 Lexus RX 450h is one of the prettiest SUVs on the market, offering excellent fuel economy and a feature-rich cabin. Its 3.5-litre V6 engine with an electric motor can produce a total of 295 horsepower, while carrying the EPA ratings of 7.3 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 8.4 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway.

The 2014 Lexus RX 450h is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs on the market, thanks to its excellent full hybrid system akin to the one in the Toyota Prius. But wait, there’s more! You also get a very decent power output, along with a fantastic body design and a plethora of special features. So, if the Prius is too small for you, then the RX 450h is the next best thing – though it does come with the price tag of $62,300.

The new Lexus RX 450h has gone for a far more aggressive look than the previous models, especially at the front – where its new angular grille is located. The 450h’s profile features a steeply-tilted back window line that melds into its slanted rear. And if you get the hybrid model, you’ll also have a blue-ish L Lexus badge at the front. As a standard, the RX comes with 18-inch wheels, while the F Sport variant gets 19-inch wheels. It’s one of the most stylish yet perhaps impractical SUVs on the market – though we really didn’t expect anything less from Lexus.

On the inside, you get as much charm and polish as on the outside, if not more so. Here you get nice, soft seats with good back support. The car also features the power tilt, telescoping steering wheel and pushbutton start. Not enough? Its base audio system comes with nine speakers as well as a 40/20/40-folding back seat that lounges and slides for better comfort. Speaking of back seats, in this car the back passengers actually get quite a bit of head and legroom, which means that you can easily fit three adults back there. The cargo space is a huge treat as well (no pun intended); once you fold the back seats, you get 80.3 cubic feet of space.

Under the hood, you’ll find one of two possible engines. One is a 3.5-litre V6 that can produce 270 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated with a six-speed automatic transmission, which utilises direct-downshift control for quick shifting between gears. The RX 350 F Sport model comes with an eight-speed transmission, making things even more exciting. It’s a powerful engine, but its fuel economy could use a bit more work since its EPA ratings are 13.0 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 9.4 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway.

So, if fuel economy is what you’re looking for, then you should get the 3.5-litre V6 with an electric motor, which can produce a total of 295 horsepower, while offering amazing fuel efficiency. We’re of course talking about EPA ratings of 7.3 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 8.4 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway. Since you don’t lose any power at all, but you gain plenty of fuel economy, we recommend this engine over the other V6 without hesitation.

Overall, the 2014 Lexus RX 450h is an excellent car that more than deserves its hefty price tag. However, if you can’t afford this one, then we recommend getting either the Toyota Highlander or Acura MDX instead, both of which are much cheaper.

Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage Price
AWD 4dr Hybrid$62,300 Get Local Price

Latest Incentives

April 01, 2014 thru April 30, 2014
Trim / StyleMSRPCash Incentive before taxCash Incentive after tax
AWD 4dr Hybrid$62,300$0$3,000
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
AWD 4dr Hybrid$0$01.90%2.50%2.90%6.99%N/AN/AN/A
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
AWD 4dr Hybrid$0$00.90%1.50%1.90%2.70%N/AN/AN/A

General Specs

EngineGas/Electric V-6
Horsepower @RPM245 @ 6000
Displacement3.5 L/211
Torque @RPM234 @ 4800
Fuel SystemSequential MPI
Fuel Economy (Hwy)7.2 (Est) L/100 km
Fuel Economy (City)6.7 (Est) L/100 km
Body typeSport Utility
Drive TrainEMPTY
Power and Performance:

Powering the Lexus RX 450h is a combination of a 3.5-liter gasoline V6 engine and electric motors. Front-wheel-drive models use two motors; one acts as a starter-generator and the other provides propulsion. The all-wheel-drive RX adds a third electric motor to drive the rear wheels. Total output amounts to 295 horsepower, and it's routed through a specialized continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

In Edmunds testing, the 450h went from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, which is a few tenths of a second slower than the conventionally powered RX 350 and other midsize crossovers.

The upside, though, is that EPA-estimated fuel economy is an impressive 30 mpg combined (32 city/28 highway) with front-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive version returns 29 mpg combined (30 city/28 highway). Equipped with all-wheel drive and the optional towing hitch, the RX 450h can tow 3,500 pounds.

Originally appeared on Edmunds.

Interiors and Special Features:

The RX's cabin is warm, polished and cozy, but not quite as sophisticated as some European rivals. Still, amenities abound, from the plush seats to the power tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Starting and stopping the Lexus is done with the press of a button, and even the base audio unit is impressive with its nine speakers. Rear passenger legroom is good, and the 40/20/40-folding rear seat is able to recline and slide to accommodate people or cargo. Likewise, the innovative storage bin up front slides and has dual power outlets. With the rear seats folded, cargo capacity expands to an impressive 80.3 cubic feet.

Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.

Safety features:

The 2014 Lexus RX includes stability control, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes, active front headrests and 10 airbags (front, front side, front knee, rear side and full-length side curtain). The available Pre-Collision System features emergency braking preparation and frontal-collision warning. All models have Safety Connect, which provides access to a 24-hour response center to get help to you if the unexpected occurs. 

In government crash tests, the RX 350 received four stars out of five overall, while the RX 450h, oddly, got a 5-star overall rating despite sharing the 350's individual scores (four stars for front impacts, five stars for side impacts). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave both RX models the top rating of Good in all crash tests.

Originally appeared on AutoTrader.


Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) N/A
Brake Type N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.9
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) N/A
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) N/A
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) N/A
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) N/A
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft) 80.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft) 80.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft) N/A

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) N/A


Cold Cranking Amps @ 0 F (Primary) N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) N/A


G/km Of CO2 Emissions N/A
Kg/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 20K km/year N/A


Displacement 3.5 L/211
Engine Type Gas/Electric V-6
Fuel System Sequential MPI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 245 @ 6000
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 234 @ 4800

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in) 67.7
Length, Overall (in) 187.8
Liftover Height (in) N/A
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in) N/A
Rear Door Opening Width (in) N/A
Track Width, Front (in) 64.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.8
Wheelbase (in) 107.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.2

Fuel Tank

Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (L) N/A
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (L) 65

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room (in) 39.1
Front Hip Room (in) 55.6
Front Leg Room (in) 43.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Volume (ft) 99.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.7
Second Hip Room (in) 54.5
Second Leg Room (in) 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.6


Cruising Range - City (mi) 2280.72
Cruising Range - Hwy (mi) 2122.33
EnerGuide Estimate - City (L/100 km) 6.7 (Est)
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - City N/A
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - Combined N/A
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - Hwy N/A
EnerGuide Estimate - Hwy (L/100 km) 7.2 (Est)


Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall N/A
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A


Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) N/A
Suspension Type - Front Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone


Front Tire Size P235/55VR19
Rear Tire Size P235/55VR19
Spare Tire Size Compact


Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3499
Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) 3499
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 525
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3499


Clutch Size (in) N/A
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.54
First Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Reverse Ratio (:1) N/A
Trans Description Cont. CVT w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High N/A
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low N/A
Trans Type 1


EnerGuide Estimate City (UK-MPG) 42.17
EnerGuide Estimate Hwy (UK-MPG) 39.24
EPA Classification Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4652
Curb Weight (lbs) N/A
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) N/A
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) N/A
Total Option Weight (lbs) 0.00


Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 X 7.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact

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Engine: 3.5L 24V 6-Cyl DOHC SMPI -inc: aluminum alloy block, Variable Valve Timing w/Intelligence (VVT-i ), Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS), engine oil cooler, heavy duty battery, starter, alternator and heater, stainless steel exhaust system, Lexus Hybrid Drive, Atkinson Cycle, Cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) System, EV Mode, Hybrid SNOW mode, ECO mode and Sport mode
Transmission: Automatic Continuous Variable (CVT) -inc: sequential shift mode
3.54 Axle Ratio
GVWR: 2,710 kgs (5,980 lbs)
Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
Automatic Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
Hybrid Electric Motor
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
65 L Fuel Tank
Single Exhaust
Permanent Locking Hubs
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Panic Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
Nickel Metal Hydride Traction Battery


Wheels: 19" Aluminum Alloy w/Wheel Locks
Tires: P235/55R19 Mud & Snow -inc: a temporary spare tire
Steel Spare Wheel
Clearcoat Paint
Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
Body-Coloured Front Bumper
Body-Coloured Rear Step Bumper
Chrome Bodyside Insert and Black Bodyside Cladding
Chrome Side Windows Trim
Body-Coloured Door Handles
Body-Coloured Power w/Tilt Down Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
Deep Tinted Glass
Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
Splash Guards
Lip Spoiler
Chrome Grille
Front License Plate Bracket
Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Roof Rack Rails Only
Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Washer and Delay-Off
Front Fog Lamps
Perimeter/Approach Lights
LED Brakelights
Laminated Glass


Radio: Lexus Premium Audio w/Navigation -inc: single-in dash DVD, 12 speakers, AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA player, USB audio input, auto sound levelizer (ASL), Bluetooth capability, integrated XM satellite radio, subwoofer, satellite roof mounted fin antenna, voice-activated HDD navigation w/remote touch and XM real-traffic capability,
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Radio Data System and DVD-Audio
Audio Theft Deterrent
Wireless Streaming
Concealed Diversity Antenna
1 LCD Monitor In The Front
Xm Navtraffic Real-Time Traffic Display


Heated & Ventilated Front Seats -inc: 8-way power adjustable driver seat w/memory, driver and passenger power lumbar support, power recline, power cushion height and power fore/aft
Leather Bucket Front Seats
40-20-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Leather Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Traction Battery Level, Power/Regen, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
Heated Leather/Genuine Wood Steering Wheel
Front Cupholder
Rear Cupholder
Proximity Key For Doors And Ignition
Valet Function
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Power Trunk/Hatch and Power Fuel
HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
Illuminated Locking Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Wood & Leather Wrapped Shift Knob
Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Door Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Console Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
Full Cloth Headliner
Leatherette Door Trim Insert
Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
Front And Rear Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim, Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim and Carpet Mat
Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
Cargo Net
Roll-Up Cargo Cover
Cargo Space Lights
Intuitive Parking Assist
Memory Settings For 3 -inc: Door Mirrors and Steering Wheel
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
Integrated Navigation System w/Voice Activation
Driver And Passenger Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Trip Computer
Outside Temp Gauge
Analog Display
Manual Type Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
Front Centre Armrest and Rear Centre Armrest w/Storage
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
Perimeter Alarm
Engine Immobilizer
3 12V DC Power Outlets
Air Filtration


Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Blind Spot Sensor
Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
Rear Child Safety Locks
First Aid Kit
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Centre 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
Rear Camera