Lexus RX 450h 3.5 Hybrid Luxury Auto with Parking Sensors, Sat Nav, Rear Camera & Heated Front Seats Petrol/Electric Automatic 5 door Estate (2015) available from Warrington Motors Fiat and Peugeot

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The Lexus 450h RX has always been a very popular car. Giving you MPG which is hard to get on any other SUV. With a great drive and smart engine, this car is enjoyable to drive and is good for the environment. With a smooth automatic gearbox and the comfy seats, this is the perfect family car! It features Cruise control, Lumbar support, Parking sensors, Sat Nav, Electric driver`s seat, Electric passenger`s seat, Folding rear seats, Front electric windows, Front fog lights, Headlight washers, Heated mirrors, Heated seats






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Body Glass

Front and rear electric windows, Front windscreen de-icer, Laminated front side windows, Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen), Rain sensor windscreen wipers, Rear wiper, UV reducing glass


ABS, EBD + Brake Assist, Hill start assist, Traction control


VDIM, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)


Bluetooth system

Driver Aids

Cruise control, EPAS, Front and rear parking sensors

Driver Convenience

Power boot opening and closing, Push button starter

Driver Information

HDD satellite navigation, In dash multi-information display, Service interval indicator, Trip computer

Driving Mirrors

Auto dimming interior mirror + dimming door mirrors, Door mirror memory, Electric folding door mirrors, Electrochromatic rear view mirror, Heated door mirrors


12 speakers, Auxiliary input socket, DAB Digital radio, USB connection

Exterior Body Features

Body colour bumpers, Front and rear underruns, Roof rails

Exterior Lights

Adaptive front lighting system, Bi-Xenon headlights, Front fog lights, Headlight washers, LED daytime running lights


Auto air recirculation, Clean air filter, Driver/passenger temperature controls, Dual zone climate control

Interior Features

Front armrest, Leather gear knob, Leather multi function steering wheel, Memory for steering column, Perforated leather upholstery, Reach + rake adjustable steering column, Rear armrest

Interior Lights

Illuminated entry system, LED interior illumination


Curtain airbags, Driver/Front Passenger airbags, Driver/front passenger side airbags, Drivers knee airbag, Front/rear seatbelt pre-tensioners, Passenger airbag cut-off device, Passenger knee airbag, Rear passenger side airbags, Three 3 point rear seatbelts, Tyre pressure warning, WIL whiplash protection front seats


3 rear headrests, 40/20/40 split folding rear seat, 8 way electric adjust front seats, Driver seat memory function, Driver's lumbar support, Front head restraints, Heated front seats, Isofix child seat attachment


Alarm, Deadlocks, Immobiliser, Remote central double locking, Smart keyless entry

Wheels - Alloy

19" darkened alloy wheels

Wheels - Spare

Space saver spare wheel


Badge Engine CC: 3.5
Badge Power: 299
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: h
Coin Series: Luxury
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 41E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Front/Side Impact - Discontinued February 09: 9
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
NCAP Pedestrian - Discontinued February 09: 9
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
NCAP Safety Assist %: N
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO: 0.245
CO2 (g/km): 145
HC: 0.023
Noise Level dB(A): 71.6
NOx: 0.007
Particles: N
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 5

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 3456
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Cylinder Layout: V6
Cylinders: 6
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 94
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 83
Gears: 1 SPEED
Number of Valves: 24
Transmission: AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 44.8
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 47.1
EC Urban (mpg): 43.5


0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.9
Engine Power - BHP: 299
Engine Power - KW: 219
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 234
Engine Torque - MKG: 32
Engine Torque - NM: 317
Engine Torque - RPM: 4800


Alloys?: True
Space Saver?: True
Tyre Size Front: 235/55 R19
Tyre Size Rear: 235/55 R19
Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1685
Height (including roof rails): 1755
Length: 4770
Wheelbase: 2740
Width: 1885
Width (including mirrors): N

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 65
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1570
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 496
Max. Roof Load: 80
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
No. of Seats: 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4

ELECTRIC DREAM? (used) 01/04/2016

By Jonathan Crouch


Large, plush SUV motoring suits hybrid technology perfectly, but for a long time, only Lexus was able to bring us a package delivering running costs low enough and a driving experience desirable enough to make the whole concept really worth considering. In the 2012 to 2015-era RX450h model we look at here, the Japanese brand showcased a decade of experience with petrol/electric powerplants. Is it a good secondhand choice?


5 dr SUV (3.5 petrol/electric hybrid [Advance, SE, Luxury, F Sport, Premier])


If ever a category of car cried out for a more efficient means of forward motion, it's the luxury SUV. For most of us, such a vehicle is only viable to own when equipped with a diesel powerplant - but even that attracts quite a bottom line running cost penalty. You'd expect then, that by now, hybrid engines would be common in this segment. By 2012 when the facelifted RX450h model we're going to look at here was launched, they still weren't. Which in its 2012 to 2015-era, gave this model an uninterrupted run at buyers who wanted a luxury SUV but weren't prepared to should the BIK taxation that went with rival diesel models. This was, and still is, the thinking person's luxury SUV and it sold until an all-new model was introduced in early 2016. Let's check this 2012 to 2015-era design out as a used buy.

What You Get

You wouldn't mistake this RX for a fully-fledged mud-plugging SUV, but it does have a classic Crossover look, with pronounced wheelarches that flow seamlessly into both bumpers and doors. Distinctive side window mouldings adopt the arrowhead shape that hallmarks the Japanese maker's L-finesse styling approach and the kink in the bottom of the rear doors that draws your eye to the hybrid badge is a nice styling touch. As with previous RX models, the bodywork is class-leadingly slippery. Brand followers will recognise this 2012 to 2015-era version by its smart front end incorporating the spindle-shaped arrangement for the upper and lower front grilles that's a central element in current Lexus design. At the wheel, owners familiar with the original post-2009 RX450h model will find fewer changes to catch the eye, with a dashboard divided, as before, into upper and lower zones. Higher up, the emphasis is on an eight-inch colour LCD screen, one of functions of which is a fascinating 'Energy' display showing at any given time what's being powered by or driven by what. You can access this 'Energy' section - and indeed all the other infotainment functions of the system - by using the 'Remote Touch' mouse-style control between the seats, available on all but the entry-level variant and simplified in this revised model for easier use. Through the lovely leather-stitched wheel, you glimpse instruments that have a beautifully choreographed lighting sequence when you enter and exit the car, the lefthand dial, as usual with Lexus hybrids, being a hybrid indicator rather than a rev counter, encouraging the driver to keep the needle in the blue 'Charge' and 'Eco' segments rather than the white 'Power' section above. Otherwise, things are much as you'd expect from any Lexus. We love the little touches, like the way the dual-speed electric windows automatically slow at the beginning and the end of their opening and closing sequence, so as to reduce cabin noise and vibration when you're on the move. Build quality is beyond reproach, though the use of Toyota switchgear (for those electric windows for example) does lower the tone slightly. As usual in the rear, two passengers will be comfortable but three will need to be on friendly terms. The bench conceals the three battery packs that power the Hybrid drive system but that doesn't stop it being extremely flexible, sliding backwards and forwards so that either luggage space or legroom can be prioritised and reclining for greater comfort on longer journeys. Out back, the 496-litre boot isn't especially big by class standards (a BMW X5 will give you 120 litres more) but with all those batteries having to be stowed somewhere, we were expecting a lot worse. Top air suspended models even have a button here for lowering the ride height for easy loading. And if you're not using the rear bench, you can drop it using convenient levers on the luggage bay sides, at which point you'll find that the backrest splits 40:20:40 to perfectly suit the kind of luggage and passenger combo you have in mind. With everything flat, up to 1,760-litres of total space is available.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

Lexus has an excellent record for reliability, so when we mention that the RX 450h is its least reliable model, don't get too alarmed. When compared to other SUVs, it's still got a great reliability score. It's just that this class of car tends to be used harder than any other. Look for signs of overenthusiastic off-roading and check all non-engine electricals, such as the touch screen and sunroof/windows. You should have no issues with the hybrid power unit, as these seem to be bulletproof, with some owners having put over half a million miles on them with no adverse effects. As a consequence of this, don't be put off by high miles on a used RX450h. People bought them from new to keep a cap on fuel bills on big journeys, so a very low mileage car should attract caution, as it might well have had a harder life as a city car. Most owners we surveyed were delighted with the build quality and reliability. We did though, find one who complained that their example suffered with flat battery problems whenever they went away on holiday and left it for more than ten days. We also came across an owner who reported a fuel pump failure. And another complaining of mirror vibrations.

Replacement Parts

(approx prices based on a 2013 RX 450h SE - ex Vat) Lexus parts aren't particularly cheap and should you take the 4x4 title a little too literally and ground your RX 450h out off road, you could be looking at some high bills. We looked around a little online and came up with some more affordable spare part options though. For an oil filter, you're looking at paying somewhere between £3 and £8, depending on brand. For an air filter, allow just under £30. A pair of brake pads will cost in the £15 to £25, depending on brand, while fuel filters tend to sell in the £75 to £95 bracket. A water pump is around £130 and a drive belt just over £15. If you have to replace a bumper, it'll be around £160 for the part. Headlight bulbs are around £15 and wiper blades sell in the £8 to £15 bracket, depending on brand.

On the Road

So what's it like? Well you get in, luxuriate in the beautiful leather seats and enjoy the commanding SUV-style driving position before pressing the starter button to be greeted by.. nothing. The engine's running, true enough. It's just that at this point, it's doing so silently under battery power alone and if you've a gentle right foot, that's all it will continue to use at speeds of up to 30mph before the 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine kicks in, controlled via a six-speed CVT auto gearbox. But before we go any further, time perhaps, for a recap on hybrid technology. In case you're still unfamiliar with it, essentially this is a method of power that uses a combination of an internal combustion engine and electric motors. The petrol unit in question here is the 246bhp 3.5-litre V6 we've just mentioned and is supplemented by no fewer than two electric motors, here torqier than they were on earlier RX450h models, with one located on each axle. The first 165bhp unit sits on the front axle driving the front wheels. Another smaller motor at the rear contributes a further 67bhp and is thus able, somewhat nominally, to make this Lexus into a four-wheel drive car, though one with a very pronounced frontward power bias. These motors enable power generated during deceleration or the engine's excess to be stored - in the battery packs that are located under the rear seat. Like all Lexus and Toyota hybrids, the car can be driven by the electric motors only (as it is from start-off for up to 1.2 miles), with just the engine (if you're giving it full throttle) or more usually, with a combination of both. During deceleration and under braking, the engine switches off and both electric motors act as high-output generators, recovering kinetic energy that automatically recharges the batteries for the next time the hybrid system is able to switch back to electric-only mode. It all sounds very promising, especially if you make the mistake of assuming that the total amount of power this car can transmit to the tarmac is the sum achieved simply by adding the engine's bhp return to the figures generated by the electric motors. According to the Japanese engineers, it's not quite as straightforward that. Still, Lexus does quote a total 295bhp output, enough to take this 2.2-tonne SUV from rest to sixty in 7.8s on the way to 124mph. While this doesn't place the car in the league of the quickest V8 petrol luxury 4x4s, it remains pretty rapid for a car of the RX450h's size and weight. Refinement is outstanding, even when the engine's going - but then, RXs were always quiet. Especially of course when being driven solely by their electric motors, something that (providing the batteries are fully charged) you can set the car to do for up to 1.2 miles by pressing the provided 'EV' button. It's one of four driving modes on offer, the others being 'Eco' (which tweaks the drive systems for more fuel efficient progress), 'Snow' (for pulling away on slippery surfaces) and 'Sport'. You can see why Lexus engineers felt they needed to add that last setting. After all, this car has never really been seen as a particularly dynamic choice in this segment but at least selecting 'Sport', via the drive mode switch provided on the steering wheel, makes your progress feel a little less lethargic. It also changes the dash display background colour from blue to red. True, ultimate grip is still unremarkable and the electric power steering still lacks feel but at least response from the helm is a little more immediate and the car responds more instantly to the throttle as the VDIM Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management set-up controls and distributes power from the complex drive system. 'Sport' mode also programmes the vehicle stability and traction control systems for less intrusive operation. If you want to go further, there's the option of choosing the more dynamic F Sport variant with its neat lateral damping system which is supposed to increase stability and improve corner turn-in. It does make a difference - but at the expense of the kind of firmer ride that many typical RX customers simply won't want. Ultimately, this Lexus is never really going to be a rival for more dynamically orientated segment competitors like BMW's X5: its priorities lie elsewhere. But what the post-2012 handling and engineering changes can do is make this into a car you'd be a lot more confident in, late for a meeting with a cross-country trip to complete. Especially if you happen to be in the top version with its electronically controlled air suspension. This is the variant to choose in the very unlikely event that you'll be regularly taking to forest tracks in your RX450h, thanks to the fact that one of the air suspension's four selectable height settings lifts you a bit higher off the ground: in standard form, this car sits only 175mm from the dirt. For the record, there's Hill Start Assist and an approach angle of around 29-degrees to get you up steep slopes and a departure angle of around 25-degrees to help when you come down the other side. But of course, this isn't really any kind of off roader: in fact, most of the time, this car won't even be running in 4WD, with the second electric motor you'll find on the rear axle only pressed into action when lack of traction makes it absolutely necessary. It's all in the name of efficiency of course: as almost everything about this Lexus is.


This isn't the most capable luxury SUV you can buy. It isn't the sportiest to drive. And it's not the most affordable to buy. But despite all of that, it's the only one quite a few well-heeled buyers can justify owning. Once you've bought the thing, after all, its running costs are hugely less than even the most frugal of its diesel competitors. While other manufacturers dithered over hybrid technology, Toyota's Lexus division got on and developed it. Their first hybrid RX was an impressive achievement and this one added a significantly improved driving experience to existing strengths of comfort, refinement and a high specification. This post-2012 RX450h has a smarter look and a slightly more dynamic edge than the original 2009 model, but the reasons you'll want to buy it won't really be much different. Quite simply, it's one of the only cars of this kind you can drive with a clear, green conscience. And that's something it's hard to put a price on.

MORE POWER TO YOU (used) 14/09/2012

By Andy Enright


At first, it was easy to scoff at hybrid Lexus sports utility vehicles. They only plumbed that technology in there because they didn't have a decent diesel engine to put into them, we chuckled. While there was an element of truth in that, none of us cynics realised quite how committed Lexus was to the cause. The early RX 400h set the template but the RX 450h was a massively improved proposition. Would it be a better car if it had a diesel engine under the bonnet? I'm not certain it would Here's what to look for when shopping for a used version of this very successful SUV.


5 dr SUV (3.5 petrol/electric hybrid [SE, SE-I, SE-L, Luxury, F Sport, Premier])


While other manufacturers and industry pundits debated the pros and cons of hybrid vehicles, Lexus got on with building and selling them. It has now reached the stage where hybrid technology is inextricably associated with the Lexus brand and the company is well down the road of developing and refining its petrol/electric drive system while rivals nervously pace the water's edge wondering whether to take the plunge. We've now seen BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Porsche take tentative steps, so perhaps Lexus has every right to feel a little smug. It is, after all, two and a half generations of car along that particular road. The RX 400h, which first arrived back in 2005, was the precursor and sold well to buyers who didn't want a diesel but valued decent economy and, at the time, free entry into London's congestion charge zone. By 2009, that loophole had closed but the RX 400h's successor, the RX 450h we look at here, had a number of other attractions. It was a good deal more powerful, more economical and better equipped. The range was bolstered in 2011 with the addition of a mildly rugged-ised SE-I Lifestyle edition that targeted winter sports and country types. In summer 2012, the RX 450h received an extensive update, with the revised Lexus spindle grille grafted onto the front end, uprated trim levels and the addition of a ritzy F Sport flagship.

What You Get

There are obvious echoes of the old RX 400h in the styling of the RX 450h. The look was kept fairly conservative and evolutionary in the best Lexus traditions but there are engaging details such as the heavy shoulder line and the way the headlights integrate with a front grille that features a blue-tinted Lexus badge at its centre. A turning radius of 5.7m hints at decent manoeuvrability and inside, there's a 495-litre boot adding to the practicality of the car. The seats split 40:20:40 and can slide backwards and forwards to increase the luggage space behind. There are also levers in the boot which fold the rear seats down at a single touch for greater convenience when loading. There's a huge array of technological features on the RX450h - even without taking the car's powertrain into account. The car was the first Lexus to get the Remote Touch control system which operates the audio, navigation, climate, phone and vehicle set-up systems through an eight inch colour display screen and a control knob located on the centre console. There's also an optional heads-up display that projects crucial driving information onto the lower part of the windscreen (so there's no need for drivers to look away from the road) and a park assist system which uses cameras to give an unrestricted view of what's behind the car on the display screen. The 2012 revision was led by the spindle-shaped grille that is rapidly becoming a signature Lexus design cue. Moving round to the rear, you'll spot a set of neatly redesigned tail lights too. There are also a number of detail improvements throughout the cabin. There's a revised steering wheel, incorporating a new selector switch for the hybrid system's drive modes, and the operation of the Remote Touch controller was also revised so that it worked more like a computer mouse. The Lexus attention to detail even extends to increasing the opening angle of the centre console box lid to make it easier to reach items inside. It's still not the biggest SUV in the cabin, but the 496-litres of boot space with the seats in place is respectable.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

Lexus has an excellent record for reliability, so when I mention that the RX 450h is its least reliable model, don't get too alarmed. When compared to other SUVs, it's still got a great reliability score. It's just that this class of car tends to be used harder than any other. Look for signs of overenthusiastic off-roading and check all non-engine electricals, such as the touch screen and sunroof/windows. You should have no issues with the hybrid power unit, as these seem to be bulletproof, with some owners having put over half a million miles on them with no adverse effects. As a consequence of this, don't be put off by high miles on a used RX450h. People bought them from new to keep a cap on fuel bills on big journeys, so a very low mileage car should attract caution, as it might well have had a harder life as a city car.

Replacement Parts

(approx prices based on a 2010 RX 450h SE-I - ex Vat) Lexus parts aren't particularly cheap and should you take the 4x4 title a little too literally and ground your RX 450h out off road you could be looking at £1,000 for a new exhaust minus the cost of the catalytic converter. Brake pads are £70 for fronts and £60 for rears while tyres are around £160 per corner.

On the Road

In case you're still unfamiliar with hybrid technology, it's essentially a method of powering a car using a combination of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. Diesel hybrids are now available from other brands, but the RX450h and the other Lexus hybrid models all have petrol engines supplemented by battery driven motors. The petrol unit in question here is a 246bhp 3.5-litre V6 with a number of innovative features designed to enhance its efficiency. It's supplemented by a pair of electric motors, one for each axle, which give the four-wheel-drive Lexus a maximum potential output of 295bhp. Though in theory, that's a 10% increase in power over the old RX400h, the 0-60mph sprint time (of 7.8s) and the 124mph top speed are pretty much unchanged. Still, while this doesn't place the car in the league of the quickest V8 luxury 4x4s, it remains pretty rapid for a car of the RX450h's size and weight. The RX450h required a luxurious ride and a responsive chassis if it was to compete with the leading luxury 4x4 contenders, some of which are remarkably agile on the road given their bulk. To this end, Lexus engineered a clever and much improved suspension set-up comprised of MacPherson struts at the front and a double wishbone arrangement at the rear while giving the car a wide track for extra stability and a highly rigid body shell. Only the top specification models got electronically controlled air-suspension but all RX450h models feature VDIM Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management that controls and distributes power from the complex drive system.


The Lexus RX 450h is an easy car to recommend to a used buyer, even with big mileage on the clock. It's worth pausing to figure out whether it's the right vehicle for you, as it's not great off road and it won't seat seven. It works if you've got a family and want a decently sized and very refined vehicle that doesn't cost the earth to run. As Lexus has discovered, that's a broad church.