There is no shortage of luxury SUVs and crossovers in the market but you will not find too many options for fuel-efficient models like in the new 2018 Lexus RX 450h. If you want both luxurious ride experience and high mileage in one car- the Lexus RX 450h is what you should pick.
Made by Toyota’s luxury division, the RX 450h has many qualities that make it worth considering over segment rivals. For 2018, the model is getting a revamp.
2018 Lexus RX 450h – Design Changes and Updates
The 2018 Lexus RX 450h is stylish and has sort of menacing appearance. You will be enticed by the huge spindle grille but it may be a turn off for some people as well. The lamps get Led treatment and a skid plate is there beneath the grille. The floating-roof effect works in its favor. The rear side gets subtle chrome work, spoiler and wrap-around lamps.
The somewhat loud yet lavish design style is in its cabin as well. Everything you look at is opulent and craftsmanship is quite evident at every corner. The multi-layer dashboard is leather wrapped and a 12.3-inch display sits in there. You get three-zone climate control, heated seats and a panoramic sunroof. The steering wheel is also heating equipped. However, the F Sports package adds dark rose upholstery and sportier seats, designed bumpers etc. You get plenty of wood and leather trim customization options. The cabin is large enough to accommodate 5 adults.
Trim and Safety Features
While the 2018 RX 450h is sold in one trim, you can opt for the F Sports package. The base trim gets 18-inch wheels, fog lights, automatic high beams, rearview camera, automatic wipers, key less ignition. Safety features also include forward collision warning, dynamic radar cruise control, automatic braking, lane departure warning, parking assist, and adaptive cruise control. Furthermore, the cabin gets 2 zones automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, rearview camera. The infotainment setup has an 8-inch color display, voice controls, Connect emergency communications, Bluetooth.
The F Sports trim brings in sportier exterior styling, adaptive suspension dampers, blackout mesh grille, 20-inch wheels, engine noise enhancer, and special interior trim. A Luxury package is optional. You may also opt for some Stand-alone options including a Mark Levinson sound system.
2018 Lexus RX 450h – Engine and Electric Motor Output
The 2018 Lexus RX 450h comes with a hybrid powertrain. It includes a 3.5-liter V6 + 123-kW electric motor. The combined output is 308 HP. The acceleration is good but you do not exactly get sporty driving experience- mostly owing to its weight. The EPA rating in the city/highway is 31/28 mpg for the (AWD) system.
The engine has four driving modes- Eco, Normal, Sport+ and Sport. Fuel economy is really good – both in city and highway driving.
2018 Lexus RX 450h – Cost and Availability
The base trim of 2018 Lexus RX 450h costs approx $54.000. The car is now available for sale. The 2018 Lexus RX 450h is a stylish and sporty hybrid crossover that offers good performance and enough luxurious features. Furthermore, the cabin is well crafted and you get enough customization choices.
The styling may be a tad loud and the engine is not exactly sporty but the car offers enough for the price tag.