Sporting updated exterior and interior styling, the 2013 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, adaptive front lighting, backup camera, 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 (ABS) with brake assist (BA), vehicle stability control, pre-collision system, smart stop technology, and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS). The RX 450h is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2013, Lexus has given the RX lineup a facelift, aligning it with the rest of the carmaker's model range. Changes include new headlights with LED running lights, a deep front fascia and a more aggressive shape to the grille. Subtle changes can be found inside as well, with improved form and function. A Sport Appearance Package joins the options list.
Smooth ride; Lexus-worthy quiet cabin; plenty of room for people and cargo
The Lexus RX is categorized as a mid-sized luxury SUV, and it still carries enough amenities and horsepower to lead the segment a full 14 years after its 1998 introduction. The RX 450h features a hybrid drivetrain that can run on batteries alone for short distances to save fuel, which equates to 28 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. The RX 350 does all right on its own, achieving 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. With this mid-cycle refresh, Lexus has done more than enough to keep its popular SUV more than relevant in the luxury sport utility conversation.