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2019 Lexus RX 450 hL

2019 Lexus RX 450hModel Tested: Lexus RX 450 hL — All Wheel Drive LUX

Engine: 3.5-liter 24-Valve DOHC V-6 Hybrid Drive

Transmission: Electronically Controlled Continually Variable Transmission (CVT)

Horsepower: 308 • Torque: Unavailable

EPA Rating: 29/City 28/Highway 29/Combined

Base Price: $54,655 • As Tested: $63,765


The RX was a game-changer for Lexus, featuring sharp, aggressive, and sleek styling with an edge — and touch of wrathfulness in its stance and signature grille, proudly showcasing its angles.

Great fuel economy.

The RX 450hL hybrid uses a less powerful version of that V-6 than the gas-only version that’s married to a pair of electric motors driving the rear wheels.


The RX gets high marks for almost everything in the cabin: comfort, roominess, quiet — and Lexus’ usual flawless fit and finish.

Comfortable, supportive, heated/ventilated front seats. Heated rear seats.

Leather seating and genuine wood trim.

Instrumentation features big gauges that are clear and easy to read, along with a huge 12.3-inch high-resolution infotainment display.

Color Head-up display.

Mark Levinson premium surround-sound audio with 15-speakers and Sirius-XM satellite radio.

12.3 inch screen controlling infotainment and navigation

Good driver and front passenger legroom.

Wood and leather heated steering wheel with power tilt/telescopic steering column.

Behind The Wheel:

The RX delivers a smooth supple and pleasant highway ride. Respectable acceleration and power — especially for a hybrid using a CVT.

Eco, Normal, Comfort and Sport drive modes.

Handles well. Steering is light and direct; however, it seemingly offers more feel in Comfort mode than Sport.

WOW Factors:

Impressive safety equipment — NHTSA top safety pick

The Mark Levinson sound system that kicks butt

Touch-free power rear hatch

Rear window sunshades

Windshield wiper deicer and headlight cleaner

Capable AWD system

Triple-beam, auto leveling, LED headlights

Automatic High-beam dimmer

4 USB Ports


The RX L model — our test driver — offers less third-row seating space than expected.

Bottom Line:

The Lexus RX 450hL is a best seller for good reason. It’s sleek and striking, offering little to find fault with. It features a great hybrid powertrain, excellent fuel economy, confident handling, and comfortable ride in a luxurious environment.