The 2012 Lexus RX 450h is a mid-size luxury hybrid crossover powered by a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid engine that produces 295 hp, for a 0-60 time of 7.8 seconds. The ECVT transmission can be paired with standard FWD or optional AWD. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated of 32 mpg city to 28 mpg highway, depending on drivetrain selection. Features include power rear door, intuitive parking assist, push-button start with Smart Access, adaptive front lighting, backup camera, dynamic radar cruise control, heated/ventilated front seats, hands-free phone capabilities, voice activated navigation, premium surround sound system, and dual screen rear entertainment system. Safety is comprised of 10-airbag system, anti-lock braking with brake assist, vehicle stability control, pre-collision system, smart stop technology, and tire pressure monitoring. The RX 450h is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
An Appearance Package is new for 2012, and includes 19-inch wheels and black headlamp trim. Otherwise, the RX is virtually unchanged from the 2011 model.
Smooth ride; Lexus-worthy quiet cabin; plenty of room for people and cargo
The RX 350 and RX 450h are categorized as full-sized luxury SUVs, and they carry the amenities and horsepower to back it up. The 450h features a hybrid drivetrain that can run on batteries alone for short distances to save fuel. The 350 does all right on its own, achieving 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, but the 450h really shines with 28 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.