Used Car: 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid Review
With excellent fuel economy, a quiet, comfortable ride and a luxurious cabin, the 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid is a top pick among luxury midsize SUVs, according to reviewers.
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Powered by two electric motors and a six-cylinder engine, reviewers said the 2013 Lexus RX 450h has decent power for most situations. An automatic transmission is standard, and the RX Hybrid earns an EPA-estimated 32/28 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. Test drivers reported that the RX Hybrid has a smooth, comfort-oriented ride and precise steering. However, they noted that the RX Hybrid is not the most athletic SUV available. The Lexus RX Hybrid was the 2013 Best Hybrid SUV for the Money when it was new because it had the best combination of ownership costs and positive reviews in its class. It also has an excellent reliability rating.
The 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid’s five-seat cabin is comfortable in both the front and back rows and is very quiet, reviewers agreed. Test drivers also described the interior as luxurious, with high-end materials and impeccable build quality. Standard features in the RX Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth seats and a USB port with iPod integration. Features like navigation (with Lexus’ Remote Touch controller), blind spot warning, a rearview camera, a rear-seat entertainment system, leather seats, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, adaptive cruise control and Bluetooth are optional. A few reviewers complained that the navigation system takes some time to learn.
Other SUVs to Consider
If the RX Hybrid’s comfortable ride leaves you cold, consider the 2013 Porsche Cayenne or Cayenne Hybrid, both of which reviewers said deliver thrilling performance. The Cayenne has an available diesel engine that gets up to 29 mpg on the highway and the Cayenne Hybrid gets up to 20 mpg in the city.
Though it can’t match the RX Hybrid’s fuel economy, the 2013 Acura MDX has standard all-wheel drive and two more seats than the RX Hybrid. Test drivers liked its balanced handling, and it has a good amount of cargo space for the class.