2010 Lexus RX450h Review
2010 Lexus RX450h the original luxury crossover, with batteries.
2010 Lexus RX450h Review
Brian Cooley: The RX, it accounts for over 40% of Lexus sales. Yeah, you bet
they don’t want to screw it up. This one’s the RX 450h the Hybrid.
Let’s see if they make it more than just a green statement and
check the tech.
The RX has been its third generation but they haven’t strayed far
from the original look and proportion. And between the 350h and
the 450h, you’ll have to squint a bit, they look very similar.
Now, RX 450h is like an RX 350h, same basic cabin tech at least
down the center. We’ve seen and loved this interface before. The
controllers, this guy right here which is kind of like a flat top
joystick of sorts and you’ve got haptic feedback. There’s a little
bump, a detent if you will, on each one of those buttons.
They simplified the main menu interestingly. Right up on the far
left there, Destination is the first thing that you’ll go to very often.
You’ve also got your information and your phone technology right
here. Calendar, I could live without that, thank you. XM
NavWeather if you live in a place with serious weather, that’s
handy. If you live here, we never use it. Your climate controls are
over here. This can be a little frustrating because you’ve got those
and then right down below that, you’ve got this. So, it’s a little
redundant I think.
Our sources are AM, FM, no HD radio on this guy, satellite radio
is XM. CD and DVD in this particular car because of the way it’s
optioned. You’ve got a multi-disc changer up here. The Navigation
system is hard drive based but we don’t get any of that hard drive
space to play with, so you can’t rip.
BT is Bluetooth streaming audio separate from the Bluetooth
hands free which of course we have in this car but Bluetooth
streaming audio means I can play right off of my smartphone. In
my case, it’s a BlackBerry. This is the A2DP technology. If your
phone has it, you should be good to go. And we’ve got a USB
thumb drive down there in the nether regions where the aux and
the USB live and you can see how that comes up pretty cleanly.
We’ve got the Mark Levinson audio upgrade which is an a la carte
audio upgrade package. That will give us more speakers, a 15 total
around the cabin, more than 12, more than nine which are the two
lower to your audio systems; 330 watts of sound and DSP
technology here to do all kinds of fussing around with the
surround. It’s a 7.1 CoreAudio system if you put the right digital
sources in to it.
Navigation on this thing is pretty standard, Lexus fair and that’s a
good thing. You do have live traffic on here, XM Nav, weather as
well; icons on the screen that show a traffic situation are clickable.
So, there’s a warning. I can click on that and see what it says.
Female: I-280 at Fifth Street, slow traffic.
Brian Cooley: By the way, when you option up the navigation package, you’ll
also get the backup camera which is pretty basic. We don’t even
have trajectory or distance lines, just a view at the back.
One other note with the Bluetooth hands free, there are two levels
in this car. If you get the nav package, it bumps you up to enhance
Bluetooth which has phonebook transfer kit building.
Now, our RX has a dual rear seat entertainment system optioned
did. It’s mounted on this little wing that flies up on the back seat.
Really nicely executed I think, you’re really going to be using this
wireless remote which has dual sets of controls for left and right.
Front screen and this two can have the same source or can split up
to different sources including the auxiliary input jacks down here
for stereo, audio and of course, video by the usual RCA inputs.
Next to that, you got 120 volt outlet which lets you plug in
whatever portable you’re plugging in to the auxiliary jacks and
keep it running. Headphones are interesting. You’ve got two sets
of wireless one which you can also plug in wired down here on
these analog jacks and they’ve got their own volume controls right
by them, so a nicely done system overall.
Now, the engine room is a big part of the story on an RX 450h
because there’s an H. It’s a V6 295 horsepower but of course the
torque is augmented dramatically by the electric motor. This
vehicle is also available all wheel drive in which case they park
another electric motor back at the rear wheels and that handles all
wheel drive. By the way, it’s not fulltime all wheel drive as you
might imagine. The standard 350 gives you 18/25 MPG. This car
gives you 32/28, so a little better on the highway, dramatically
better around town.
Okay, let’s price our 450h, about 43 based, add a mere 1,600 for
all wheel drive because all they’re doing is slapping on the electric
motor on the back end. Now to do it of CNET style, it’s about
2,400 for the Nav package with backup camera and better audio,
5,600 for Nav with rear seat entertainment, that’s kind of a sweet
package. Levinson audio is a la carte at about 1,600 and some
other a la carte stuff. Adaptive cruise control with pre-collision
breaking is about 1,600, head-up display is 1,200 and to get the
USB jack, you got to buy $2,400.00 or $4,800.00 luxury package. I
don’t like that one but that’s the way you got to do it.
2010 Lexus RX450h Review
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