MPG-o-Matic Lexus RX400h Review Summary: The RX400h is a luxury five seat sport utility that competes with the Acura RDX, BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, and Mercedes R-Class (among others) . While that’s a crowded field, the RX400h’s hybrid drive train sets the luxurious Lexus apart from its most worthy competitors.
The RX400h is one of the greenest SUVs on the market today.
The EPA gas mileage estimates for the all-wheel-drive 2008 Lexus RX400h are 26 city / 24 highway miles per gallon (MPG). In a week of driving, we found those estimates to be a touch low, as we achieved a combined average of 27.4 over 300 miles of driving in weather that ranged from forty through sixty degrees.ﾠ
Set aside whatever preconceptions you might have about hybrids.ﾠ
The RX400h is fitted with a 3.3 liter V6 engine and a Lexus Hybrid Drive system with front and rear electric motors. The drive train is rated at 268 horsepower, in total.ﾠ
It may be fuel-efficient, and a Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle at that, but there’s no denying that this 4,365 pound SUV gets up and goes.ﾠ
Stomp on the gas pedal and the RX400h will accelerate from zero to sixty in 7.3 seconds.ﾠ
Inside the cabin, you’ll find a cavalcade of creature comforts, with nearly everything you’re looking for, with the possible exception of an iPod jack.ﾠ
Our test RX400h was kitted out with genuine wood interior trim, leather seating, memory power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, heated front bucket seats with memory, cool blue illuminated entries, memory mirrors, and an array of cubbies.ﾠ
The navigation system provides a handy backup camera and an energy monitor to provide real-time feedback on the RX400h’s fuel efficiency. With just a bit of effort, family and friends will marvel over your gas saving prowess.ﾠ
Families will love the wide, roomy. and flexible interiorﾠ
A split fold down rear seat with center pass through accommodates skis and snowboards, while the automatic rear entry hatch eases loading chores.ﾠ
The RX400h is well-suited to the sport minded, as long as you don’t plan to drive off the beaten path or over the sand dunes to your favorite beach.
Make no mistakes about it. This is not the SUV you want to take four wheeling. disclaimers in the marketing collateral clearly state that “The RX 400h is not designed to be driven off-road.”
This family room on four wheels easily handles the everyday adventures of shopping, sports, and an active social schedule.
RXs have found a home in many a garage. With the 400h hybrid, Lexus has extended the appeal of their popular five-seat SUV to upwardly mobile moms that think green.
– by Daniel Gray
April 6th, 2008
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