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2014 Lexus RX 450h Preview

2014 Lexus RX 450h Preview

Feb. 15, 2014

Pros: The Lexus RX is already 16 years old. As the brand's top seller, it proves solidly built, smooth, comfortable, and very reliable. Customer service at the dealership usually eclipses the one you're going to get with German makes. Fuel efficiency is remarkable with the RX 450h.

Cons: Depending on the interior trim, life on the road can get pretty dark and uninspiring when driving the RX 450h. While plush, the seats lack side support.

2014 Lexus RX 450h Price: Making things simple for buyers, Lexus offers a single trim level, and it starts at $62,300.

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2014 Lexus RX 450h Fuel Economy: Despite weighing over two full tons, the Lexus RX 450h achieves 6.7L/100km in the city and 7.2L/100km on the highway.

Improvements and Changes: In addition to revised packages, there's a new 12-speaker sound system with subwoofer, MP3 compatibility, USB port, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and single DVD player. New colour options have been added.

2014 Lexus RX 450h Powertrain: A smooth 3.5L V6 teams up with a pair of electric motors as part of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system. Together, they put out 245 net horsepower and a massive amount of torque. A specifically calibrated CVT handles power delivery to all four wheels.

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Cargo Capacity: You can expand the cargo area from 1,132 to 2,273 litres by folding the rear seats in the 2014 Lexus RX 450h.

Safety: Standard features include stability and traction control, disc brakes with ABS, brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, as well as smart stop technology, which automatically cuts engine power and allows the brakes to take precedence over the accelerator when both pedals are pressed at the same time. Let's not forget the 10 airbags and available technologies like adaptive cruise control and head-up display.

Comparing the 2014 Lexus RX 450h: Direct competitors are limited to the Audi Q5 Hybrid and Infiniti QX60 Hybrid.

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