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Looking for a luxury crossover SUV but want high fuel economy, too? The 2017 Lexus RX 450h could hit the spot. It has the same meticulous quality, comfortable ride and generous passenger space we like in the regular RX, but with a fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain.

The Lexus RX 450h was once the epitome of sensible luxury transportation. It was a reasonably sized SUV with good reliability, superior fuel economy, a comfy ride and styling inoffensive to the point of anonymity. The 2017 RX 450h, representing the second year after last year’s complete redesign, isn’t quite so sensible. But it may ultimately be more desirable thanks to improved driving manners, a more luxurious and carlike cabin, and radical styling that no one would ever deem anonymous.

what’s new

For 2017, every RX 450h comes standard with forward collision warning and mitigation, lane keeping assistance, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control. You can also now get a front-wheel-drive F Sport model.

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A sport-tuned hybrid SUV may seem like a bit of a contradiction, but the RX 450h F Sport is, in fact, the model to get — just not for the reason you might suspect. Sure, it comes with sportier styling and sharper handling, but its adaptive suspension actually produces a better ride quality than the standard RX suspension. It’s smoother and less busy over bumps. For that, we say it’s the one to get.

trim levels & features

The 2017 Lexus RX 450h is a five-passenger midsize SUV available in front- and all-wheel-drive versions. Although there is officially only one base trim level, the RX 450h F Sport package can be thought of as a second one. It features different styling, an upgraded suspension, a lower ride height and special interior trim. Otherwise, both the regular and F Sport versions of the RX 450h come well equipped and are available with the same option packages. Just keep in mind that the availability of those options can vary based on the region of the country you live in.

Every RX 450h comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and a pair of front-mounted electric motor/generators. Optional all-wheel drive is made possible by adding a third motor for the rear wheels. Total system output is 308 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque.

Standard equipment highlights for the base RX 450h includes 18-inch wheels, LED exterior lighting (headlights, foglights, taillights and running lights), automatic high beams, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and automatic braking, lane departure warning and intervention, a sunroof, and keyless ignition and entry. Inside, the RX includes dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power front seats, driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable steering wheel and a 40/20/40-split rear seat (reclines, slides and folds).

Standard tech features include the Remote Touch interface, an 8-inch color display, Safety Connect emergency communications, voice controls, Bluetooth connectivity and a 12-speaker sound system.

The F Sport, now available with front- or all-wheel drive, adds sportier exterior styling, 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, a lower ride height, an engine noise enhancer, special gauges, heated and ventilated sport seats, and special interior trim.

The optional Luxury package adds different 20-inch wheels, rear side sunshades, a heated steering wheel, upgraded interior trim and upgraded front-seat power lumbar adjustments. Power-folding rear seats can be added to the Luxury package. Stand-alone options include a color head-up display, a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free power liftgate, upgraded LED headlights, a 12.3-inch Remote Touch display and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.

trim tested

The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Lexus RX 450h AWD F Sport. NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current RX 450h hasn’t been significantly changed. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year’s RX 450h)


Róbert Marko says:

05:33 0W-20 wtf ? that isn’t a diesel…

長谷川緑 says:

I’m going to buy RX450H next year!!

mickey hudson says:

Love all the new stuff on my 450h but ….. at about 65 mph and up , wind noise only on the passenger side, that’s not what I had in my other RX 330 with single moon roof

Trey Harvison says:

My question is can you make the tachometer show up in normal or eco? Or is it only sport.

ram siam says:

I’m in Burma , How much will cost me to buy it. i mean totle cost

Your Nightmare says:

This rx 450h or 2 limited edition highlander?

S W says:

Yeah it’s cool it gets good mpg but cvt kills the fun don’t buy it unless u wanna feel like driving a train which is plain no fun


This is my exact car

niclna says:

Where’s the Battery located

yong32986 says:

you sure about rear rotors being solid? on my 16 f sport the rear rotors are ventilated.

paekshin aa8673 says:

Beautiful color RX~!!

Marcel Hobizal says:

Great video! Thanks Brock!

metal1150 says:

Dude, you’re in Greensboro?!?

S Tea says:

recommended premium or must?

blownaway says:

What color is this Brock?

StealthC1 says:

Just picked up our RX450H
F-Sport series 3. Amazing machine! We love our Lexus! Great job on the videos!

lui says:

Do all the rx have cornering lights?

zypp33 says:

Yea I’ve lost a few pounds, very perceptive of you , are they xray specs ? Love the review.

Mihai Petru Baciu says:

63k $ is not bad at all in uk is up to 70k£

Dane says:

I have a ’16 RX and would be awesome to get every feature. Its a annoying though the rear sunshades are on the luxury package. Seriously Lexus???

Vijeet Sharma says:

I really like how the Lexus RX looks.

Pi VN says:

But isn’t the President Line the most expensive RX?

Qiyan Yang says:

Still a moms car

quidmaker says:

I live in Japan and because of your reviews/info on the RX 450h, today, I placed an order for the ‘F Sport’ Model! You Sir, were instrumental in my decision making process. Thank You Very Much!

Chuck Kerber says:

I love my RX 450H- works perfectly every day, and it’s whisper quiet with ample torque! The new body style is spot-on. Your reviews are exceptional, keep them coming!

Wade Higgins says:

I see why it’s their best seller

Shane says:

Can you review the new infiniti lineup especially the q50 and q60 coupes

godfatherNYC says:

Lexus Hybrids are amazing. I have the ES300h in this same color. I think an RX L hybrid just might wind up being our next addition.

Alex Mammen says:

I love my Rx 450 h

Adam McGrath says:

I just bought a 2012 with premium package. Maybe in 5 years I’ll upgrade to this one, lol.

chowyeung says:

I love Toyota hybrid system. I ordered the 2017 IS300h and it will arrive in Oct.

Gary Dean Ruebsamen says:

helpful, thank you

Mathieu Barquerre says:

I’ve been driving mine for 20k miles and one year. I have absolutely no complaints and only praise for the car. I’ve had up to 34 miles per gallon. Very very comfortable and pleasant car to drive. During services, I’ve been loaned an NX hybrid and an RX350. They only reconfirmed my choice of this car for me.

Carlovfx says:

I think it’s Lupus…

Gunasingh Sukumar says:

One of the finest on line review of a RX 450 H… if not the finest. I watched it over 6 times. Love it.

Akshay Mahesh says:

You should throw on some atomic silver painted wheel inserts. Absolutely love my autumn shimmer wheel inserts. Really ties the car together!

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