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Bankrate's 2008 Car Guide
Going green
Saving cash while saving the planet is great but is it cost-effective and the right move for you?
Green is beautiful
Number of hybrid choices soar


More hybrid choices
Cadillac Escalade Lexus RX 400h
Chevrolet Malibu Mazda Tribute
Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra Nissan Altima
Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon Saturn Aura
Chrysler Aspen/Dodge Durango Saturn Vue/ Vue 2 Mode Hybrid
Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner Toyota Camry
Honda Civic Toyota Highlander
Lexus GS 450h Toyota Prius
Lexus LS 600h L
Lexus RX 400h

Lexus' first hybrid was also the industry's first luxury hybrid SUV, the RX 400h. Since its launch, more than 50,000 of the RX 400h vehicles have been sold.

The five-passenger SUV gets 27 miles per gallon in city traffic and 24 miles per gallon on the highway. It uses a powertrain composed of a 3.3-liter V6 engine and a 288-volt electric motor.

The RX 400h uses a full-hybrid drive, meaning it can operate in an all-electric mode, all-gasoline mode or a combination of the two. Equipped with the tow package, it can haul 3,500 pounds.

At just over $41,000, it is the least expensive and the most fuel-efficient of the three Lexus hybrids.

-- Posted: Aug. 4, 2008
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