Like its successful predecessor, the Lexus RX 450h hybrid crossover SUV allows luxury with an environmental care to be owned together. It has enough power to carry passengers on their luxury seats, but also fly the green flags at full pole thanks to impressive fuel mileage.
Like other dual-mode hybrids from Toyota and Lexus, the 450h can run on battery power alone during light acceleration, and the V6 gas engine is off at low speed when not needed. This results in excellent fuel economy for a midsize SUVs, and when combined with the RX appealing attributes, there’s definitely a lot to be liked.
The 2018 Lexus RX 450h is a five-passenger midsize SUV available in one base trim level, but the F Sport package can be thought of as a second one.
Every 2018 Lexus RX 450h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine and three front-mounted electric motor-generators. Total system output is 308 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque and routed through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). All-wheel drive is standard. (Note that there is no mechanical connection between the front and rear wheels).
In track testing, the 2018 Lexus RX 450h went to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, which is a bit slow for the segment but actually a couple tenths quicker than the RX 350.
EPA estimated fuel economy is 30 mpg combined (31 city/28 highway).