Continuing a series of automotive firsts for Lexus, in 2005 the world was introduced to the original luxury hybrid utility vehicle. Fast-forward to 2010 and the RX 450h continues to lead the way for eco-conscious SUV drivers, thanks to its Lexus Hybrid Drive system.
Owners of the RX 450h know that the days of 4×4 SUVs being ‘gas guzzlers’ are over. The 3.5-litre V6 engine and Lexus Hybrid Drive system produce 299 DIN hp and allow the RX 450h to travel using electric power alone. This means overall emissions of just 148g/km CO2 and a combined fuel economy figure of 44.8mpg.
All this in a luxury 4×4 that powers from zero to 62mph in only 7.8 seconds? That’s why the Daily Express declared the RX 450h to be ‘The cleverest, smartest and greenest non-off-roading off-roader ever.’
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