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2013 Lexus RX 450h
2013 Lexus RX 450h
  • Starting price: $46,310

Toyota's luxury brand Lexus offers its RX crossover SUV in hybrid form. Both the gasoline models and the hybrid version utilize a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, but the 2013 Lexus RX 450h pairs it with an electric motor for 295 horsepower. It has V-8-like performance, yet it gets 32 mpg city and 28 mpg highway in front-wheel-drive models and 30 mpg city and 28 mpg highway in all-wheel-drive models.

As a full hybrid, it uses extended electric-mode operation during stop-and-go driving situations or during low-speed driving to further improve fuel efficiency. Front-wheel-drive models use two motor generators -- one to drive the front wheels and the other to charge the battery or power other electric motors when needed. All-wheel-drive models add a separate rear electric motor generator to power the rear wheels when necessary due to driving or road conditions.

The 2013 Lexus RX 450h features keyless entry with push-button start, a power tilt-telescopic steering column, 10-way power front seats, voice recognition and Bluetooth compatibility, 10 air bags, and stability and traction control.

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