The 2011 Lexus RX 450h may be the star attraction of the most popular model in the entire Lexus line. Now in its third generation, the RX mid-size crossover utility vehicle has become the de facto standard for upscale suburban families.
Its hybrid model adds a suitably green conscience to this otherwise tall, heavy luxury family vehicle. Just don’t expect anyone to recognize that it’s a hybrid unless they’re in the know; aside from some badges and trim, it looks just like gasoline-only RX models.
On the other hand, the front-wheel-drive version of the RX 450h is rated by the EPA at 32 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, for a combined overall rating of 30 mpg. (The numbers drop to 30 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined if you add all-wheel-drive.)
That’s far better than its RX 350 gas counterpart, though of course any possibility of payback will depend on the miles you cover and how long you keep the car.
The powertrain, shared with its simpler Toyota...