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Toyota has released new or updated pricing information on the 2013 RX 450h hybrid crossover and the GS 450h hybrid sedan.
While the new GS 450h will carry the same list price as the model it replaces, the RX 450h gets revised pricing that’s now $675 higher for front-drive models and $485 higher for all-wheel-drive models.
For 2013, the RX 450h will start at $45,910 for FWD models and at $47,310 for AWD models, excluding destination charge.
The RX 450h returns with Lexus’ Hybrid Drive system, which combines a 3.5-liter V-6 with two (in FWD models) or three (in AWD models) electric motors. The net result is a crossover with V-6 power and noticeably improved fuel economy.
Lexus says the FWD RX 450h will deliver an EPA-estimated 32 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined average fuel economy.
Opt for the AWD RX 450h, and the fuel economy lowers slightly to 30 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.
If a hybrid sedan is more to your liking, the 2013 Lexus GS 450h sedan will be priced from the same $58,950 starting price (excluding destination charge) as the model it replaces.
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Power output drops unnoticeably, from 340 combined horsepower to 338 combined horsepower, but fuel economy is dramatically improved.
The 2013 Lexus GS 450h gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined, making it the most fuel efficient vehicle in its class. It’s also certified as a Super-Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV).
The previous GS 450h returned just 22 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, so the 2013 GS 450h achieves 32-percent better fuel economy around town and 36-percent better economy on the highway. We’d call that a step in the right direction.