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Finding a luxury crossover that receives excellent fuel economy as well as numerous cutting-edge technology features is almost impossible, unless you’re staring directly at the 2012 Lexus RX 450h.

The RX 450h went through a major redesign in 2010 and there aren’t any notable changes for 2012. But why would you change a crossover that gets 30-32 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway? A 3.5-liter V-6 gas engine combines with electric motors for 295 total horsepower and power is sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission. Separate motors power the front and rear wheels when the optional all-wheel drive is activated.

There are a few exterior features that set the RX 450h apart from its more conventionally powered brethren, including blue-trimmed Lexus logos and blue-tinted headlights and taillights. The RX 450h luxury crossover has a wagon-like stance and resembles a car more than it does an SUV. The Adaptive Font Lighting System pivots the headlamps into a turn helping anticipate what lies ahead, while intelligent high-beam headlamps automatically switch from high beams to low beams when oncoming traffic is detected. A power rear liftgate, rear spoiler, and 19-inch wheels are optional equipment.

Like other hybrid, the 2012 Lexus RX 450h shows power flow and other informative hybrid features on the display screen. The futuristic Remote Touch system features a mouse-like controller at the bottom of the center console that operates the audio system, navigation system, and other funtions. The voice-recognition technology and voice-activated hard-drive based navigation system allow you to keep your eyes on the road instead of on the dashboard and the 15-speaker Mark Levinson premium surround sound system delivers crystal clear music to your ears.

Lexus’ Enform service, which is included with the navigation system and is free for one year, is a virtual concierge and helps you not only finding where to go but what to do. A USB port for your iPod and other mobile devices is standard, while a dual-screen rear entertainment system that will keep the kids occupied on long trips is optional.

High tech safety features are ever present in 2012 Lexus RX 350 and are headlined by the head-up display, Pre-Collision System, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system, side-mirror-mounted camera system, and 10 airbags. A backup camera, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and parking assist round out the list of impressive optional safety equipment. 

The fuel-efficient future is now with the technology-laden 2012 Lexus RX 450h luxury crossover.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 30 - 32 MPG
  • Highway: 28 MPG

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Vehicle safety data is provided by IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries on the nation's highways.

Safety Rating

  • Front Safety: Good
  • Side Safety: Good
  • Rear Safety: Good

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

9 of 11 (81%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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