2014 Lexus RX 450h

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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 PriceInvoice Price
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General Specs

Engine 3.5000 L
Horsepower @RPM295
Fuel TypeElectric
Body typeSUV
Number of Doors5
Drive Train4X4 Wheel Drive
Transmission TypeAutomatic
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.

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Diversity antenna
Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted
Audio system with AM/FM radio, satellite radio, DVD player, CD player (reads MP3 format)
12 speakers
Audio Connectivity: AUX jack and USB

Body Exterior

Roof spoiler
Front and rear mud flaps
Underbody protection for fuel tank and for transfer case
Chrome/bright trim around side windows and on side of body


Electronic brake distribution
Hill holder
Brake assist system
4 disc brakes (2 ventilated)


Painted front and rear bumpers

Cargo area

Cargo area cover
Load restraint: net


Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,995.00
Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00
Price includes batteries


Cargo area light
Vehicle start button
Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
Garage door opener
Parking assistance: Fully automatic for front parking and rear parking
Remote control trunk/hatch release
Blind junction view
Power liftgate
Cruise control
Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming
Intuitive Parking Assist (IPA) front radar parking distance sensors, intuitive Parking Assist (IPA) rear radar & camera parking distance sensors
Coming home device
2 12V in front, 1 12V in cargo area
Voice activating system; includes radio, phone, naviagtion system and air conditioing
4 passenger assist handles
Front and rear reading lights
Smart key: ; includes keyless entry, keyless start and memory seat
Entertainment display screen located in front ; includes DVD
Memorized adjustment: includes door mirror position and steering wheel position
HDD navigation system: full map and voice info with traffic info ; includes 8.0-in. colour screen
Blind Spot Monitor overtaking sensor


Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 992, rear headroom (mm): 958, front hip room (mm): 1,412, rear hip room (mm): 1,384, front leg room (mm): 1,096, rear leg room (mm): 942, front shoulder room (mm): 1,473 and rear shoulder room (mm): 1,462
4X4 specifics: approach angle (degrees): 28.6 and departure angle (degrees): 24.6
External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,770, overall width (mm): 1,885, overall height (mm): 1,720, ground clearance (mm): 175, wheelbase (mm): 2,740, front track (mm): 1,630, rear track (mm): 1,620 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 11,400
Cargo capacity(in litres): rear seat down: 2,273 and all seats in place: 1,132


Body colour exterior door handles
Rear door: lifting gate
Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged


Electric power info: battery type: nickel metal hydride, battery voltage (V): 288
Engine: 3.5L V 6 DOHC with VVT
Emissions data: CO2: 3,298 kg/yr

Engine Performance

Secondary power: 245 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 234 lb ft @ 4,800 rpm
Power: 295 hp
Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 6.7 ; highway= 7.2 ; combined= 6.9 ;


Fuel: electric and/or unleaded
Fuel system: multi-point injection
Fuel tank: 65 litre capacity


Low tire pressure monitor
External temperature
Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range
Main dashboard display
Service interval indicator
Multi-function display screen 8.0

Interior Trim

Luxury trim: wood/leather on shifter, alloy look on center floor console, wood/woodgrain on doors and alloy look on dashboard
Carpet floor mats
Floor covering: carpet in passenger compartment and carpet in load area


Front fog lights
Headlight control with dusk sensor
LED brake lights, side indicator lights, day time running lights and rear lights
Daytime running lights
Headlights: Bi-Xenon with projector beam lens


Card key power locks ; includes power windows and speed sensing
Anti-theft protection


Mica paint


Roof rails chrome/silver
Power glass sunroof ; includes tilting function, sliding function, sunshade and one-touch opening


Front and rear side airbags
2 active height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats
Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag
Rear seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver, rear seat belts with pre-tensioners for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for center
Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger
Front to rear curtain airbags
Driver and passenger knee airbags


Rear seats: 40/20/40 40/20/40 with seating for three ; details: manual recline and manual fore/aft
Seat upholstery: leather
Front seat center armrest
Rear seat center armrest
Seating: 5 passengers
Front driver seat : heated, ventilated, bucket with 5 power adjustments ; details: memorized height, power lumbar and memorized tilt, front passenger seat : heated, ventilated, bucket with 5 power adjustments ; details: power height, power lumbar and power tilt


Intermediate service 8,000 and 4,971


Heated wood & leather multi-function steering wheel ; includes power adjustment, height adjustment, telescopic adjustment and easy entry
Vehicle speed proportional power steering type


Full floor console with covered storage, partial overhead console
Cupholders in front row and rear seats
Storage box trunk and fixed


Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear wishbone suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs


3.542:1 axle ratio
Full and part-time 4WD drive with automatic selection
Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)
Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) stability control
Transmission: CVT w/manual mode ; incl. shifter on dash


Passenger seat secondary ventilation controls
Air conditioning with automatic control, dual-zone
Ventilation system with cabin filter and automatic recirculation


5-door SUV
Version information
Data completeness
Powertrain type : hybrid
Date introduced: version: 17 May 2012 and model: 17 May 2012


Rear window with defroster and intermittent wiper
Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe and rain sensor
Driver and passenger door mirror: auto-dimming, heated, body colour, power adjustable with automatic tilting for reverse and indicator lights
High pressure headlight cleaners
Privacy glass on rear and rear side
Driver and passenger fixed 3rd row windows
Front and rear power windows with 2 express
Rear side windows: wind-up on driver side and passenger side
Power foldable mirrors
Tinted glass
Auto-dimming rear view mirror
Laminated side windows


Warranty battery: 96 months/ 160,000 km
Paint warranty: 48 months/ 80,000 km
Powertrain Warranty: 72 months/ 110,000 km
Full service warranty: 8,000 km
Roadside assistance warranty: 48 months/ Unlimited km
Anti-corrosion warranty: 72 months/ Unlimited km
Whole vehicle warranty: 48 months/ 80,000 km


Weights: gross vehicle weight (kg): 2,710, published curb weight (kg): 2,110, gross trailer weight braked (kg): 1,587 and payload allowance (kg): 600


Front and rear mud & snow tires 235/55/V
Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim
Front and rear alloy wheels: 19"x 7.5"