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MSRP: $47,620 - $49,020
Invoice: $44,761 - $46,077
MPG: 32 City / 28 Hwy
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Lexus RX Hybrid Interior

Critics agree that the 2015 Lexus RX Hybrid has a quiet, attractive cabin with first-rate materials and excellent assembly quality. Some reviewers think the front seats could use more support, but others find them comfortable enough for long drives. The rear seats are spacious, test drivers say, and the RX Hybrid has very good cargo space for the class. A number of critics say that the optional Remote Touch navigation controller is distracting and doesn't operate as precisely as it should.

  • "Cabin design is a strong point for the RX, with premium materials and an unconventional, flowing dashboard that provides a unique bit of flair." -- Left Lane News
  • "Upscale appointments, exceptional build quality and cutting-edge tech features make the 2015 Lexus RX 450h look and feel suitably expensive for its price. Authentic wood trim and high-quality leather lend an air of opulence, and the optional Mark Levinson sound system is one of the best on the market." -- 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 RX Hybrid seats five and comes with cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats, as well as sliding and reclining rear seats. Leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated front seats are available. Some test drivers note that the front seats are not especially supportive, but others comment that they are comfortable for long periods of time and say that it is easy to find a comfortable driving position. They add that the rear seats are spacious.

  • "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

The 2015 Lexus RX 450h comes standard with proximity key, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port and a 12-speaker Display Audio system with a 7-inch screen. Optional features include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Siri Eyes Free smartphone integration, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and navigation with Lexus' Remote Touch controller.

Some critics say that it takes a while to get the hang of using the optional Remote Touch system, and note that its mouse-like controller is not very precise. Additionally, they comment that the system is distracting to use while driving. Reviewers say the optional Mark Levinson audio system delivers excellent sound quality.

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  • "… Lexus' Remote Touch system … allows users to navigate through icons and menus on a dashboard-mounted display screen; some love it and find it easy to use, while others have criticized it as an unnecessary distraction that diverts attention from the road." -- Left Lane News
  • "When you opt for the Navigation package, 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

Cargo

The RX 450h has 40 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 80.3 cubic feet with them folded, which is very good for the class. Test drivers are pleased with the amount of cargo space in the RX Hybrid, and note that it offers just as much space as the non-hybrid Lexus RX 350.

  • "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: 12/12/14

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