In a world of increasing complexity and technological advances. The right dose of simplification is a treasure. Take the iPhone as an example it’s such a big hit because it makes technology not only reserved for the geeks. The reason i bring this up is because there are so much technology in this RX450h but when you drive it, it simply is “switch on and go” no fuzz no suspension setting, no gear speed setting, no power output setting etc. And she does its job so bliming well too.
On the out set it’s the best selling SUV in the domestic market, beating all the European counter parts, that’s already an achievement. This “new” RX450h has been face lifted along with the F-Sport package. Not every brand makes it work when they add their sport line heritage to their mass production line. Here the difference that is obvious is the “Spindle Grille” other than that it’s a mere marketing gimmick, with “F” badges stuck on the body and interior. It’s a conservative looker, never anything wrong, but just don’t expect to be hyped.
Inside you would be expecting more (lot more for the asking price). There is no fancy LCD display, typical Lexus buttons controls the functions of the car. The center console is airy, you feel the roominess. Once you hit the start button, things start to change.
The dashboard is illuminated with a sci-fi blue, with the rpm counter replaced with a “Power-Eco-Charge” display. Notch the conventional auto gear lever into Drive, the car moves in silence… Thinking am i just rolling off a slope, it’s actually running off the battery juice. Until the battery runs low or you press harder on the throttle the engine kicks into life. Perfect for sneaking back home at early hours.
In the F-Sport package there is a Sport mode, hit it and the dash change to red and the steering, suspension and engine tightens up, from a soft cruiser to an urban dashing SUV. There is a sense of slickness in the drive, though there are at times where the slickness feels slight artificial, but you’d need to be hyper-sensitive to complain about that.
On top of that you still get a superb fuel economy of a comparable 1,500cc sedan. The hybrid is so clever that you don’t really feel it’s there.
RX450h takes all the driving matter and simplifies it. You think less of the things that don’t matter and focuses you to the things that matter. Driving Harmonized.
- 2013 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h First Look (motortrend.com)
- 2013 Lexus RX 350 F-Sport (motortrend.com)
- 2013 RX 450h Hybrid & GS 450h Hybrid: Prices Released (toyotanews.org)
- Toyota to boost Lexus RX SUV production (content.usatoday.com)
- Review: 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport [w/video] (autoblog.com)
- Preview: 2013 Lexus RX F Sport makeover adds sexiness (life.nationalpost.com)
- Toyota Canada finishes summer with 24.9% year over year gain in August (sacbee.com)
- Four reasons to buy a Lexus RX 450h (standard.co.uk)
- Lexus RX450h to be made in Canada (green.autoblog.com)
- Last Drive: 2011 Lexus GS 450h (motortrend.com)