Lexus RX 400h – Number 1 In Luxury SUVs

The 2009 Lexus RX 400h scored first out of 16 Luxury Midsize SUVs.

Sticker price aside, reviewers praise the 2009 Lexus RX 400h (h for hybrid) for driving performance and for its unique status as one of only two hybrids in the luxury SUV market (the full-size Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is the second). The RX 400h offers an unusual combination of sport utility performance and Lexus luxury in a hybrid vehicle. Together with the gasoline-powered model, it's the Best Luxury Crossover for the Money.

Consumer Guide reports that the RX 400h "blends V8-like acceleration with fuel economy that bests even some V6-powered rivals." However, when the RX400h's expensive price is taken into consideration, buyers will recognize that they are saving the environment – but not cash. Also, the RX 400h is not for off-roading.

"When in electric-only mode, the RX 400h makes only the slightest of sounds. However, don't mistake it for a namby-pamby underpowered econo-crossover. It's far from it." -- Detroit News

"The Lexus RX 400h offers more power, more features and better fuel economy than the regular RX 330. That may be enough justification for the $4,000-$5,000 premium over a loaded RX 330. A better justification may be knowing that you are driving one of the most environmentally friendly vehicles on the planet, cleaner than electric cars when the big picture is considered."-- New Car Test Drive

"For those seeking even more exclusivity and performance in a midsize lux/ute, the innovative RX 400h is in a class of one. The combination of eight-cylinder-caliber performance, premium equipment, benchmark fuel economy, and high technology give tremendous appeal to the RX 400h, itself the highest form of a laudable SUV line." -- Automobile Magazine

The RX Hybrid rates:

  • Performance - 8.5 (Very Good)
  • Exterior - 7.5 (Good)
  • Interior - 8.5 (Very Good)
  • Safety - 9.9 (Excellent)
  • Reliability - NA

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