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 six or seven 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 450hL is a six- or seven-passenger midsize hybrid SUV that comes with three rows of seating.
Every 2018 Lexus RX 450hL 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 450hL went to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, which isn’t far off the 7.9 seconds for a standard RX 350 AWD.
EPA estimated fuel economy is 29 mpg combined (29 city/28 highway).