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Based on the company's popular RX 350 car-based SUV, the full-hybrid Lexus RX 400h Lexus combines a 3.3-liter V6 engine with two electric motor-generators (three in all-wheel-drive models) and a large battery fitted beneath the rear seat. All together, the system combines to deliver quicker acceleration, significantly improved fuel economy and a warm, fuzzy, green feeling.You'll Like This Car If...
Better mileage and fewer emissions. More power and improved drivability. If you like the RX 350, you'll like the RX 400h more.You May Not Like This Car If...
If the environment, geo-political sensitivities and/or the price of gas are of no concern to you, the hybrid's price premium will be a tough pill to swallow for the improved drivability alone.What's Significant About This Car?
The Lexus RX 400h lineup gains a front-wheel-drive model for the 2007 model year and loses as standard equipment features like leather, moonroof and navigation system, which were included as standard equipment on the introductory 2006 model. Accordingly, base sticker price has been adjusted downward.Driving It Driving Impressions
The RX 400h pulls quickly and smoothly from a stop, thanks in part to the immediate torque provided by the electric motors. It passes quickly and smoothly also, even starting from highway speeds, thanks in part to the continuously variable transmission that doesn't need to downshift. In fact, the only area in which the RX 400h doesn't handily better the RX 350 is in braking, during which we experienced slight but noticeable irregularities, usually on our way to a complete stop.Favorite Features
With its remarkably sophisticated gas-electric powertrain, the RX 400h is smoother, quicker and, importantly, more luxurious than the RX 350.
Voice Recognition on Optional Navigation System
The DVD-based navigation system allows a driver to designate a desired destination by voice command while driving, allowing them to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel.