For It’s one of the most tax-efficient large 4x4s, and it’s spacious and stacked with equipment. It can run on electric-only power for short distances, so can be superbly refined.
Against The ride is fidgety and the steering is short of feel. The CVT gearbox takes some getting used to and the engine sounds strained at high revs.
The Lexus RX450h has low CO2 emissions, cheap tax costs and plenty of creature comforts. Pity it isn’t more comfortable and better to drive.
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There isn’t much to choose from when it comes to selecting a RX450h. There’s one engine and gearbox, and Lexus isn't big on options (all models are well equipped to start with), so the best way to add kit is to move up a trim.
The range starts with SE, which provides dual-zone climate control, cruise control, keyless entry, a nine-speaker stereo with CD changer, Bluetooth, xenon headlamps and rain-sensing wipers. Luxury trim adds sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors, larger wheels and three more speakers for the stereo. F Sport trim brings sportier styling, bespoke suspension and LED headlights, while Premium cars have air suspension, a sunroof and a whole heap of electrical gadgets.
On balance, we’d stick with the entry-level trim. Yes, the range-topper is a little better to drive thanks to its air suspension, but it also costs many, many thousands more.
Not our favourite of the big premium 4x4s, but if you much have an RX, this is the one to go for.