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MSRP: $46,410 - $47,810
Invoice: $43,625 - $44,941
MPG: 32 City / 28 Hwy

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Lexus RX Hybrid Interior

Test drivers are impressed with the 2014 Lexus RX 450h's interior, noting that it offers superior build quality, upscale furnishings and high-quality materials. However, some reviewers find the controller for the RX Hybrid’s optional infotainment and navigation systems to be cumbersome and distracting.

  • "Upscale appointments, exceptional build quality and cutting-edge tech features make the 2014 Lexus RX 450h look and feel suitably expensive for its price." -- Edmunds
  • "In terms of amenities, there's a lot to like inside the hushed, well-appointed cabin. As since the first days of the brand, materials and assembly quality are first-rate." -- Car and Driver (2013)

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Seating

The 2014 Lexus RX Hybrid seats five on standard cloth upholstery with 10-way power-adjustable front seats. Additionally, the RX Hybrid's rear seats recline and slide for more legroom or cargo space. Leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats are optional. Reviewers think the Lexus RX 450h's seats are generally comfortable and well-cushioned for lengthy drives. They also say its back seats offer plenty of legroom. However, some wish the front seats offered a wider adjustment range.

  • "The front seats could use some extra adjustment range, and both thigh and lateral support are somewhat lacking. However, rear passengers will find the seating roomy and comfortable thanks to reclining and sliding adjustments." -- Edmunds
  • "The (front) seats are shaped and padded for long-haul comfort, with an excellent blend of cushioning and support. Plentiful seat and steering-wheel adjustments make it simple to tailor a comfortable driving stance." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Interior Features

Standard features on the 2014 Lexus RX 450h include a nine-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port, push-button start and dual-zone automatic climate control. Optional features include navigation, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, HD Radio, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, a pre-collision warning and pre-braking system, a rear-seat CD/DVD entertainment system and blind spot monitoring.

While reviewers are generally pleased with the RX Hybrid's tech features, several auto writers are disappointed with the Lexus Remote Touch system, which is used to access audio and navigation settings. Some test drivers say its mouse-like controller is inconvenient and distracts drivers from the road. However, others like the switchgear on the dash, which include audio and climate controls that are easy to locate, as well as the RX Hybrid's large, clearly marked gauges.

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  • "When you opt for the Display Audio or Navigation packages, you get the Lexus Remote Touch system, which is a mouselike device that allows the user to move among a variety of icons on a large centrally located screen. It's a nifty technological achievement, but in practice we've found that the cumbersome on-screen menus and the controller's imprecise nature draw too much of your attention away from the road." -- Edmunds
  • "Backlit gauges are large, well marked, and clearly legible. The dashboard contains many small buttons, but climate and audio controls are grouped separately and colored differently for easier identification at a glance." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Cargo

The 2014 Lexus RX Hybrid has 40 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 80.3 cubic feet of room with them folded, which is great for the class. The Lexus RX Hybrid doesn't sacrifice any trunk space over its gas-only sibling, maintaining the same measurements. Additionally, reviewers like the space available, saying that the RX Hybrid has ample room for luggage.

  • "There's also ample luggage space -- just as much as in the regular RX 350, in fact -- with 40 cubic feet behind the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats and 80 cubes when they're all lowered." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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