2019 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid

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2019 MODEL
$46,245 - $51,605

7.9

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2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Lexus has tried to topple the German domination in the luxury mid-size SUV market with its RX range of SUVs. For the environmentally conscious, Lexus brought out the hybrid powertrains as well. Now with batteries powering the wheel, you get lesser emissions and better handling too.

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Pros

Unique and distinct design

Fuel Economy is great for its size

Ride quality

An impressive list of safety features

Good power from its naturally aspirated V6

Cons

The design is a hit-or-miss kind

Lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

F-Sport variant does not offer additional horsepower

The price rise in subsequent trims is very steep

What's New?

Smartphone connectivity via Lexus Enform App

No mechanical changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$46245

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

211

horsepower

259 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

247 lbs.-ft @ 4800 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

64.4/64

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

192.5 in.

width

74.6 in.

height

67.7 in.

curb weight

4740 lbs.

ground clearance

8.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

55.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1257 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

31/30/28 mpg

highway range

481.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70,000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid in Matador Red Mica color  2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid in Nightfall Mica color  2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid in Obsidian color  2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid in Silver Lining Metallic color  2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid in Ultra White color
Matador Red Mica

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Ratings

Engine

8.2

Interior

7.6

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid Base

Base

power
259 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
30 combined

$46,245


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $46,245 MSRP (31/30/28) 259 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Nightfall Mica
  Satin Cashmere Metallic
  Silver Lining Metallic
  Autumn Shimmer
  Eminent White Pearl
  Atomic Silver
  Nebula Gray Pearl

 2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid F SPORT

F SPORT

power
259 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
30 combined

$51,605


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $51,605 MSRP (31/30/28) 259 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Ultra White
  Nightfall Mica
  Silver Lining Metallic
  Obsidian
  Nebula Gray Pearl
  Matador Red Mica

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 9, 2019

7.9

Overall Rating


The RX 450h is powered by a combination of a 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors, good for a total output of 308 horsepower. Safety equipment is also impressive, with every bit of modern equipment on board.


 

8.2/10
Engine

 
 

7.6/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid Features

Hybrid and electric cars have been slowly creeping into the market, but are still a few years away from dominating the market. The added bulk, lack of power, higher purchasing cost, all add weight to the other end of the balance. Thankfully, advancements in technology have made hybrid and electric cars much more accessible to the general public.

The 2019 Lexus RX 450h is a product of these times, and what a good product indeed! You don’t get a downsized engine as compared to the conventional gasoline-powered car on which the hybrid is based. Rather, you get the same engine, complemented by three electric motors that lend additional power and torque to the car. The

Trims and Pricing

There is just a single trim on offer, the base “RX 450h” variant with a lovely gas-electric hybrid motor combo.

Trim

RX 450h

MSRP (AWD)

$46,095

Key Features

Lexus Enform Connectivity

 

Captain's Chairs In Second-row Seats

 

Panoramic View Monitor

 

Head-up Display

 

Three-row Seats

 

LED Cornering Foglamps

 

Rain-sensing Wipers

 

Stability Control

 

Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System

 

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There is just a single trim for the 5-seater hybrid RX, and that is the one to buy if you don't need the extra inches and two extra seats in the back.

2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid Engine

8.2/10

The RX 450h uses a similar V-6 and some batteries to provide hybrid fuel economy benefits, and two electric motors at the rear wheels give all hybrid RXs all-wheel drive capability. -The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 Lexus RX 450h uses both, a conventional gas engine and electric motors, to power the car. Individually, the V6 engine churns out 295 horsepower, and when paired with the battery powered motors, the power rating increases to 308 horsepower. Although the power output is plenty, the engine itself isn’t as exciting. You get fine performance, but none of the drama associated with a V6. Put your foot hard down on the throttle, and the car quietly starts building speed.

The F Sport trim offers a bit more flair, with synthesized engine noise playing in the cabin via the speakers, BMW style. Horsepower figures remain the same, which is quite disappointing. Transmission duties are handled by an electronically controlled CVT automatic. The hybrid car is only available in an All-wheel-drive format.

Models

Lexus RX 450h

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Acura MDX Sport

Lexus RX 350

MSRP

$46,095

$37,170

$59,550

$44,595

Engine

3.5 Liter V6

3.5-liter V6

3.0-liter V6

3.5L V6 Regular Unleaded

Transmission

e-CVT

e-CVT

7-speed auto-shift manual

8 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

259-hp @ 6,000 rpm

231-hp @ 5,800 rpm

257-hp @ 6,300 rpm

295 hp@ 6300 rpm

Torque

247 ft-lbs.@ 2900rpm

215 lbs.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm

218 lbs.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm

268 ft-lbs@ 4700rpm

The hybrid market has had a lot of entries in recent years. Still, finding direct competitors for a hybrid car is a difficult task. There are some upmarket hybrid SUVs too, like the lovely Jaguar I-pace, but those are quite a few dozen grand

Acceleration

While Lexus may look quite sporty, that isn’t really the case here. The car isn’t particularly fast but does well for itself, the exact figures haven’t been tested yet, so the final comments will rest until then. The 2018 Lexus RX 450h took under 7 seconds to go from 0-60 and considering that this model uses the same engine, drivetrain, and has had minimal changes, the figures will probably remain the same. The naturally aspirated V6 though has quite a lot of power, which helps move the two-ton-plus SUV.

Models

Lexus RX 450h

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Acura MDX Hybrid

Lexus RX 350

0-60 MPH

-

-

-

6.8 sec

Quarter mile

-

-

-

15.1 sec

Engine

-

-

-

3.5L V6 Regular Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.9

6.0

6.6

8.0

Braking

Braking is quite nice as well, mainly due to the pair of 13.3-inch disc brakes in the front, and a pair of 12.9 in the rear. The curb weight of the car is quite generous in numbers, well over 2 tons, but it is well masked and does not hinder the braking at all.

Model

Lexus RX 450h

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Acura MDX Hybrid

Lexus RX 350

Brake Front (in.)

-

-

-

12.9

Brake Rear (in.)

-

-

-

13.3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,740

4,398

4,471

4222

60-0 MPH (ft.)

-

-

-

-

Ride and Handling

Lexus RX is laid back, luxurious car. Its primary job description is to ensure a smooth and comfy ride, and as such does not really pay much attention to the handling. The body roll isn’t well contained, and spirited cornering is sure to unsettle your nerves more than the car.

The steering feel is quite vague, and even in Sport and Sport+ modes, things don’t get much better. Still, due to the light steering, leisure driving is this car’s forte. The electric motors aid with instant torque whenever called upon and the All-wheel drive system provides a good amount of traction.

2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid Fuel Economy

Even though the engine is a big V6, the RX 450h turns out to be quite an efficient car. Its hybrid motor pulls in power from the battery, shutting the engine off when it isn’t required. This not only improves efficiency but also reduces emissions.

Model

Lexus RX 450h

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Acura MDX Hybrid

Lexus RX 350

MPG (city)

-

30

26

20

MPG (highway)

-

28

27

27

MPG (combined)

30

29

27

23

Range (miles) (city/highway)

-

516/481

504/524

384/518

Tank Capacity (gal)

17.2

17.2

19.4

19.2

2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid Interior

7.6/10

Lexus used to be the most conservative styled, and if you are a Jeremy Clarkson fan, utterly boring cars as well. Gone are those days, and now Lexus cars have more shapes and curves than a children’s coloring book. The design philosophy is extremely daring and, sadly, polarizing. The hourglass front grill and sharp side profile is an eyeball magnet, and if you love attention, this one will bring you a lot. There isn’t much to distinguish the hybrid from the regular car, except for the “hybrid” badging on the tail.

Interior

Inside, it looks great, feels upscale, and provides plenty of standard features and passenger space. However, some rivals are more fun to drive, and many have more cargo space. -Cars.usnews

Seating and Comfort

The Lexus RX has a brilliantly insulated cabin, which shields out the road and wind noise. The hybrid variant is even quieter and feels extremely well built, with great fit and finish as well. Seats are well cushioned and comfy, both in the front and rear, and the space inside is extremely generous as well. Coupled with easy ingress and egress, the RX SUV races ahead in terms of seating and comfort.

The F Sport variant has synthetic engine sound pumped into the cabin, which tries to elevate the sporty feel, but doesn’t fit in well with the lethargic handling. It ends up feeling like an afterthought. The standard car comes with faux leather interiors, but you can get real leather as an option.

Model

Lexus RX 450h

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Acura MDX Hybrid

Lexus RX 350

Passenger capacity

5

8

7

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.4/57.8/44.1

40.7/59.3/44.2

38.1/61.1/41.4

39.4/57.8/44.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.2/57.8/38.0

39.9/59.6/38.4

38.3/61.1/38.5

39.1/57.6/38.0

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

35.9/55.0/38.4

35.6/54.7/28.1

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Infotainment

The 2019 Lexus RX 450h offers a slightly-difficult-to-learn infotainment system with an 8.0-inch display as standard. You have the option to upgrade to a better, wider 12.3-inch display too, which is much easier on the eyes as well. You also get:

  • Voice Command
  • Lexus Enform Remote Smartphone integration
  • Traffic and weather service via HD Radio
  • Siri Eyes free system
  • Scout GPS link navigation
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • HomeLink System
  • SmartAccess key
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Optional equipment includes:
  • Full-color heads-up display
  • Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System
  • Remote touch
  • Lexus Enform location assist
  • Sadly, the RX 450h gives a miss to both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Cargo

Cargo capacity is pretty decent, with 18 cubic feet at your disposal in the trunk. The battery pack usually takes up a lot of space in a hybrid vehicle, but here, it is very well masked. Fold the seats down and you get a smidge more than 56.3 cubic feet, which is simply amazing. You can carry pretty much everything in the trunk, and if your family loves weekend excursions, you can also pack enough luggage for everyone.

Model

Lexus RX 450h

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Acura MDX Hybrid

Lexus RX 350

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

18.0

13.8

15.8

18.4

2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid Exterior

There's a sweeping view to the front and sides, with slender pillars and peekaboo windows ahead of the nice-size mirrors. The rear three-quarter blind spot is not terribly large. -Edmunds

Weight and Dimensions

The 2019 model carries the same dimensions as the 2018 Lexus RX and is a mid-size SUV. It is well under 200 inches in length, and almost 75 inches wide. The wheelbase is also quite compact, just under 110 inches. The weight, however, is a bit too much. The hybrid car is especially heavy at 4,464 pounds, which makes it a little difficult to muscle around.

Model

Lexus RX 450h

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Acura MDX Hybrid

Lexus RX 350

Curb weight (lbs.)

4,740

4,398

4,471

4,222

Length(in)

192.5

192.5

196.2

192.5

Width(in)

74.6

75.8

77.7

74.6

Height(in)

67.7

68.1

67.4

67.7

Ground clearance (in)

8.2

8.0

5.6

8.2

Wheelbase (in)

109.8

109.8

111.0

109.8

Track width (in) F/R

64.4/64.0

64.4/64.2

66.3/66.3

64.4/64

2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid Safety

2019 Lexus RX also gets a slew of safety features in its arsenal. Standard features include the following:

  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect
  • 10 Airbags
  • Smart/Stop Technology
  • Backup camera with dynamic gridlines
  • Vehicle Stability Control
  • Rigid Body with crumple zones
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Brake assist and electronic brake force distribution
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Apart from all these, you get optional safety tech as well
  • Windshield wiper de-icer (optional)
  • Premium triple beam headlamps (optional)
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Braking (optional)
  • LED cornering Foglamps
  • Panoramic View Monitor

2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid Competition

Lexus RX 450h vs Lexus RX 350

The 450h is essentially the same car as the 350, but with electricity and gasoline, both being used to propel the car forward. As such, it gets more power, better torque, but is also heavier and more expensive. If you want to help save the environment or save your fuel bills for that matter, the hybrid 450h makes a lot of sense. If you just a simple SUV for lugging things around, then yourself a little cash and go for the 350.

Lexus RX 450h vs Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Lexus RX is nothing more than a fancier Toyota Highlander, and it shows. The spec sheet is full of identical data for both these cars. Still, the Lexus is a lot more luxury-oriented (hence the high price tag) and a little more powerful as well. If money is an issue, but you would still prefer a hybrid people carrier, then get the Highlander instead.

Lexus RX 450h vs Acura MDX Hybrid

Acura MDX is a great car. So shouldn’t the Acura MDX Sport be an even better car (or possibly the sporty version), right? Wrong! The “Sport” badge isn’t for a performance model, but the hybrid model. It gets an additional electric motor to aid driving, improve economy, and lower emissions. Sadly though, it isn't a very exciting car. As a driver, you might feel that the RX is a little better to respond to steering inputs, but in the real world, the difference is overshadowed by the softness of its suspension, which improves the ride but dulls the cornering ability. Overall, no clear winner here. Except if you want additional seating capacity, but then again, there is the RX 450hL.

2019 Lexus RX 450h hybrid Final Verdict

The 2019 Lexus RX 450h SUV is a simple yet practical car. The most complicated thing in this hybrid car is its styling, which is hard to understand and even harder to ignore. If you love attention, and also care about the environment, go buy this car. It may be low on driving excitement, but its high on luxury and comfort. Your family will love the car, especially the interior space.