Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lexus LX 450h Delivers Good Fuel Economy and a Whole Lot More

Not all trends are bad, even though it might seem that way sometimes.
The trend of carmakers producing big vehicles that still do pretty well on fuel economy is taking shape, thankfully.
You can add to that list the 2011 Lexus LX 450h hybrid crossover.
It has the refinement that you would expect in a Lexus, but also gives versatility and very good fuel economy, thanks to its hybrid technology.

The powerful 245-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is mated to a hybrid battery for a total horsepower of 295.  The RX 450h comes with standard front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is optional. The transmission is a six-speed continuously variable with manual shift mode.

For a vehicle this size, the RX 450h does quite well when it comes to gas mileage, getting a 32 mpg city rating and 28 mpg  highway. Lexus says the RX 450h emits just 6.1-6.3 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, further boosting its greenness.

When it comes to technology, Lexus touts the intuitive voice-recognition navigation system with Heads-Up display and Remote Touch.  An eight-inch LCD screen is perched atop the center dash and is controlled by a mouse-like device on the center console.  The speed of the vehicle and turning directions can be displayed on the windshield above the tachometer so that you can focus your eyes on the road. 
As long as the RX 450h is in park, you can view DVDs on the navigation screen. 
For commuting convenience, you can use the NavTraffic feature to get real-time driving conditions, locate restaurants and other businesses and utilize Bluetooth hands-free calling.

As an option, buyers can select the Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System with 15 speakers, 7.1-channel architecture and 330 watts of power.  Or you can select the Dual-Screen Rear-Seat Entertainment System to keep passengers in the back entertained. 

Lexus lists other amenities, including 10-way driver’s and front passenger’s power seats, auxiliary iPod port and XM Radio, as standard. Leather-trimmed heated and ventilated seating, USB inputs and a power rear door are optional. 
Lexus did away with the Sport Package that was offered on previous years' models.

Safety features are impressive, including a 10-airbag system, anti-lock braking system with brake assist, active front headrests and vehicle stability system with traction control, all of which are standard. 
Lexus last year introduced the radar-based Pre-Collision System, which retracts the front seatbelts and preps the Brake Assist when it senses that a frontal collision is imminent.

Lexus has priced this model from around $44,000 to around $48,000.

The RX 450h is loaded with features for comfort and convenience and gets great fuel economy.

You can't ask for much more than that. 

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