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2006 Lexus RX 400h 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
This has been the best car I've ever owned, however, I have never gotten more than 21 MPG. Beyond that, there are no cup holders for those in the back seats, which I never thought of until it became an issue. The navigation system takes too long to start & the update ($500) I paid for after a few years didn't include any noticeable improvements. In my 6th year, as well as this, my 7th year of ownership, I have experienced a new issue with the door to the gas cap sticking, with an annoying wait while gas visibly escapes to relieve pressure in order for the door to open. The dealer tells me this is normal, but it is new to me in all of these years. Its a fun car to drive but with flaws.
I love the power of this vehicle. I have used it for towing trailers many times. The car is fun to drive and it feels very safe and comfortable, especially since I take many long cross country trips. I actually prefer driving cross country to flying because its so comfortable and reliable.
I can't believe they forgot to put cup holders for passengers in the back seats. The navigation system could stand improvement, but likely has already seen that change (I wouldn't know because I'm still driving my car at nearly 150k miles, with no intention of trading it in soon). However, by far the biggest thing I think needs improvement is the issue with the gas door not opening when its hot outside. I have tried everything, including only letting the gas tank get half empty, and still I have to wait at the mercy of whenever there is enough pressure released in order to re-fuel. Watching the fumes escape the hatch makes me wonder if this isn't dangerous, besides highly annoying!
2006 Lexus RX 400h 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Long term results report. I had my invertor replaced september 3, 2010. So far it has been bullet proof. Toyota fixed this $10,000 repair for free. Basically it is a faulty invertor , recall # 87559 June 29, 2011. This was at 64,000 miles and I am now at 96,000 miles with everything working well. I had to do the timing belt, tensioners, water pump , as part of the recommended 90,000 mile maintenance. I also had to do a radiator and front control arm bushings so this was a major bill. I did switch tires to Yokohama Parada's so the car rides very well but thye are not the longest lasting tires. Gotta figure if there is a cheaper way than a lexus dealer. But in thinking of doing all this work I decided this is a overall very reliable car and worth doing as the car rides well, looks good, and is nice to drive. I figure the Prius 's I have seen used as cabs are going over 300,000 miles so there is some precedent for long term ownership. Yes I would buy one again ( and I guess by fixing it I am planning another 90,000 miles , I hope ! )
Nicely finished, ride well, looks good, pretty reliable
Lexus service is expensive at times . The timing belt - water pump fix is costly. If the invertor has not been done , get the dealer to do this as it is a recall safety hazard. It's a Hybrid so we all hope Toyota stands behind this technology !
2006 Lexus RX 400h 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Our gas mileage has never been as advertised. We bought our RX400h with 8000 miles on it in Sept 2006. It was 1 yr old, the prior owner traded it in fast and took a $20k loss on the trade in. We have always averaged 26.2 mpg in a mix of city/hiway driving. We had the hybid inverter module replaced in Feb 2012. $10k+ repair! Our gas mileage then plummeted from 26.2 to 23.4 mpg. We suspect that Lexus reprogrammed the engine management computer to use the gas engine more and the hybrid less so as to extend the life of the batteries and inverter. This way, they won't have to make so many expensive warranty repairs. Please let us know if you saw the same thing with your mileage.
AC outlet in rear. Back up camera. Bluetooth connect to cell phone for hand free driving.
Mileage! Mileage! Mileage!
I love my Lexus RX 400h and I have already driven it 98,000 miles. But the number of service problems that have been coming up recently are very frustrating. The criuse control died, the battery died, the radiator was leaking and had to be replaced, (not a single drop of coolant on the garage door) and just yesterday the timing belt, the pullies and the water pump had to be replaced too per Lexus request. More than $2500 in less than a year. Is my beloved SUV falling apart or is this a conspiracy !!! I bought my SUV brand new in May 2005 and I feel that I am suffering through the deficiency of it being the first year model in this series.
Comfortable and environmentally friendly
Lexus should take care of the faulty design of their vehicles. there is not a single reason for a quality care to have defective ruise control, radiator and timing belt. It is a shame. I had a Chevy Nova that I kept for 12 years till my teenage daughter wrecked and had no problem with these essential parts.
Last year while far from home my RX400h stopped dead on the highway. After having it towed 145 miles and losing 3 days of vacation, Lexus replaced the computer to the hybrid system. The car was under warranty so other than a LOT of hassle, it only cost me $150 not $10,000+. Two weeks ago, I was driving in town and my car died again. Luckily I was able to get the car over to the side of the road--all the systems died. After about a week of trying to figure out what was wrong, Lexus determined it was the inverter and gratefully, even though out of warranty, the dealership replaced the part ($10K+) for free (98K miles on my Rx). My gas mileage has never been much more than 24-25mpg.
Comfortable ride, have felt good about doing right by the earth driving a hybrid, but the hybrid doesn't seem to be doing right by me. Gas mileage has never been as advertised. My friend who has a non hybird 330 gets mileage as good as my rx400h.
Make a reliable hybrid that really gets the gas mileage advertised. It's hard enough paying so much more for the hybrid only to realize the mileage isn't going to come close to making up the difference in the upfront cost. And figure out a way to update the nav system via satellite. I can't tell you how many addresses I have loaded into the system only to be told no such address exists. Very frustrating. I use the map app on my phone and would never buy a nav system again.
This Vehicle is the Best suv to own hands down. For those of you who own one or have driven one, you know what I'm talking about. Awesome look, feel, ride, and reliablility. I will never consider owning anything other then lexus for those reasons listed above. The thing moves! Very very fast like a v8, but with 4cyl. effieciency. Gas mileage is great! 26-29 overall. For a vehicle weighing in at 5000 pounds and AWD, you would be crazy not to think that it was fuel efficient. If there were a negative review on this vehicle it would have to be from another car manufacturer because they just cant handle quality like this. Take care of your vehicle and it will take care of you!
We have the Black with Black leather. Xenon headlights, Mark levinson audio, Nav with backup camera. Heated seats, Rain sensing wipers. lexus emblem glows orange on the floor boards when you open the doors.
I wouldn't change anything. In fact, I actually like this body style better then the new 450h!
2006 Lexus RX 400h 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I've purchased a Ford Taurus and a GM Alero brand new and both vehicles had $2-$3k issues just after 3 years of ownership. I bought a 2006 RX400H used in 2009 (from dealership, it was leased). Initial problem was the battery in the CPU; I don't believe the dealership changed it out and I couldn't start the vehicle if it sat for longer than 24 hours. Since then, no problem - just regular maintenance. Put one new set of tires on it, avg MPG is 27 (being very conscious to "coast." Best savings: my husband sat in 3 hours of traffic to drive 45 miles due to a snowstorm and used less than 2 gallons of gas.
There's a lot of features which I have honestly forgotten once we left the initial training session, but in general the single-push trunk open & close is the most commonly used. Bright headlights help nighttime/rain visibility. Comfortable seating in front & rear, you can cram quite a bit of items into the vehicle (for those of you who buy Ikea flatpack stuff). If you actually get 40 mpg I would be stunned but I do average 27. For an SUV, I'm happy with it. I get the size I want for the vehicle but it's not 21-22 mpg as most SUV's are. It's the same mpg average as my cars were.
The GPS is a pain. It doesn't seem to understand English, and it's extremely inflexible with the way addresses are input. There's no allowance for having a passenger input an address (you have to be stopped to type anything in) and the fact that there's a 300 page manual to use it makes it clearly unintuitive. Usually I resort to using the nav on my I-PHone instead. Paying $250 or so to continuously update the system is unnecessary, I'd rather pay for sattelite radio and get a better nav with real-time traffic updates.
This is my wife's car. We bought it used with 35K and have since put 40K on it. I call it the 'cream puff' because it is a Japanese Cadillac. Luxury, ride, and fit & finish are top notch and reliability is excellent. I will be the first to admit the design was not my favorite initally- but I've grown to love it because it does everything very well. AWD has been successfully Tahoe tested many times. It is an extremely easy & comfortable vehicle to drive. She is looking at the new model for no other reason then the 'new' factor. Would buy this year & model again in a heartbeat.
Ride, comfort, features, brakes, fit & finish.
Mark Levinson stereo in this model lacks oomph (no subwoofer and other channels are underpowered). I am an audio snob- but so is the ML brand- which it does not live up to IMO. And, no auxillary input for iPod, etc. What? Styling is a little female centric in this model. 2010 and newer is more masculine/neutral. Handling is what you would expect for a Lexus hybrid suv- it is not the primary focus. See Porsche or BMW is that is your primary concern.
403,069 Miles (YES you read it right 400k+)and still feels smooth/reliable/ No major issues. This is my Second Toyota/Lexus vehicle. I bought this vehicle brand new (8 miles) five years ago and use it as my primary work vehicle (commute from Chicago to Atlanta) every week. I maintained it very good, (regular service, oil change, tries everything) but still my cost of maintenance was far less compared to any other vehicles like BMW/Mercedes (I owned both earlier and had ton of issues) I changed tires 8 times till date (every 50k miles). I am planning to trade in for 2012 RX450h (yes, I will make of my current vehicle till its hit 500,000 miles - Half million, I am very confident it will g
Reliability, Maintenance, Mileage, $$$$ - Total cost of owning
None at this time
This is my 2ed Lexus RX. I have had this vehicle for more than 5 years and I give it an over all rating of 8 on a 1-10 scale. Just a few days ago, the cruise control just quit and I am told that the stick on the steering column is broke; $400 to replace. I am on my third set of tires and I do not speed or burn rubber. Other than that the car has been very reliable and still looks almost brand new ( It is always garaged, however).
The right size for a SUV, excellent power, still looking like brand new after 5 years to the amazement of many of my friends, no engine noise at stops which is my wife's favorite feature and until few days ago not a single mechanical problem.
Better leather surfaces, get rid of the brushed aluminum and bring in the wood, add cooling option to the seats and improve the mileage.
We have owned the 2006 RX-400h AWD for 4 yrs. We have been very happy with the car. No mechanical problems or breakdowns, much better mileage, about 26 mpg, than our 1999 RX-300 AWD, 18 mpg. Recent safety inspection shows almost no brake wear due to regenerative braking system. Original Michelin Tires have lasted for 54,000+ miles. There are some rattles developing over the years, but nothing serious. Power Steering linkage was replaced by dealership, under warranty repair and at their own recommendation.
We like the great handling and performance in the mountains under wet and snowy conditions. Most conditions do not require chains. Power tail gate is nice, heater seats are useful, and bright headlights make it easy to see at night. backup camera is very useful.
We often need a waste container, like ashtray, which is missing. Blue tooth does not accept all phones, and needs manual setup when changing phones. USB power outlet would be useful with iPOD connection for sound system.
Best car I have ever driven. Would buy the exact same car again. love my car
Speed! If your in a tight spot, she has never failed to preform! Awesome
It's hard to improve on perfection
I'm at 68000 miles on my RX 400h and have been very happy with the car's overall drive. It has NEVER broken down or needed repairs. The interior finishes (especially the silver/aluminum finishes) scratch VERY easily, as does the exterior paint. I've replaced the tires twice - you have to get the kind that are rated for the extra weight of the car. I love the Nav system, and the one button push to close the rear door.
Nav system, automatic push button rear door, 1-touch automatic adjustment of driver's seat to individual settings (husband can quickly correct the seat to his comfort), trunk space, general ride
Give the car better gas mileage. Go back to wood details - the silver is starting to look cheap on my car. Needs tires that can hold the weight of the hybrid system. Use better quality paint!
I'm not sure yet on how this Lexus will do with reliability but I do love Lexus. I never write these things but I am very disappointed that we aren't even getting 20mpg. The dealership told me this vehicle was never designed to get good mpg, just cleaner emissions and slightly more horsepower over the 330. I would still buy an rx or gx but not the hybrid. I paid extra thinking I would save on gas and am very disappointed.
Simple - I love the car.
I just want honest mpg. Last reading average was 19.6 mpg not very impressive for a hybrid.
2006 Lexus RX 400h 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Great deal of comfort smooth quite ride with fuel approx. 28 mpg. Lower mpg on highway. Largest complaint Tires wear out at a much greater rate than any car I have previously owned. Checked alignment etc. to no avail a constant issue. Also have had two batteries!
We were thrilled with this car when we first got it. A great, comfortable family car for long journeys and a greener option for the city. We knew the fuel economy wasn't going to be great but the fact that you knew you weren't going to be churning out fumes in slow moving traffic was the main winning point. (I walk a lot in town and hate going past slow moving traffic with my kids - it stinks). After a few months the car would not start. And ever since, we've had serious starting issues. New batteries didn't last and the problem persists. Internet searches show many others with the same problem. Lexus shockingly unhelpful.
Comfort, remote boot opening, rear camera.
Obviously, the technology is still new and not entirely understood. Don't risk it yet.
Actual mileage about 23-24. Best vehicle I have ever owned. Only defect is paint, Bamboo Pearl. There seems to be something wrong with it.
Heated seats, hybrid.
Blue tooth and satellite hook-up. Fix rattle they all have in rear seat.
2006 Lexus RX 400h 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Flawless in quality (no repair needed ever on any of three RXs I've owned over past 9 years).
The hybrid technology
Needs updated software for nav system. My own home (then 3 years old) is not findable on the nav system. Seems it shouldn't have to cost an additional $280 for new software to get to your own home after you've paid $50k for your car.
I have a 2006 RX400h AWD with 53,000 miles on it. I do 80% of my driving in the Seattle Bellevue area and 20% on interstates (mostly between Seattle and Portland). Depending on the season, I get 22-25 mpg in combined city and highway driving and 28-31 mpg on the Interstate. I consistently get 30-31 mpg between Seattle and Portland. This is my 3rd RX and am waiting to see the 2009/10 model. I haven't had any major problems and service at the manufactures recommend intervals.
Auto rear door, planetary gear transmission, and extra MPG compared to my two other RXs.
MPG are greatly reduced on short trips because the engine has to run until the catalytic converter is warmed up. Another method of heating the converter would increase the MPG. An MP3 connection would be appreciated.
I have had the vehicle now for 3 years and the Goodyear Tires were the real downfall of the vehicle They were like skin at 20,000 miles. I really like the acceleration at any speed and the gas mileage is about 28 to 29 highway and anywhere from 26 to 31 in the city, depending on whether I drive on flat or hilly areas. The ride is not the best as the seats are too firm. Handling is great.
Gas mileage and acceleration were very good.
Seats that are more comfortable. Putting proper tires on the original vehicle.
This is my second Lexus SUV - my first hybrid - and I am sorry I did not stay with the RX350. The hybrid attraction doesn't live up to expectations simply because the battery vents take up valuable floor storage space and the weight of the battery over time causes the Goodyear tires to chop making the vehicle ride extremely rough. I was just told that my second set of new tires (put on after 15,000 miles) are not wearing properly. I have a little over 30,000 miles on the car. I have written to Lexus; however, my past attempt to get them involved on this issue, took a village and eventually they deferred me to Goodyear. Goodyear refused to do anything this time.
Back up camera, GPS, and push button rear door.
Do not use Goodyear tires on this vehicle. Lexus, corporate, needs to get their act together and better serve their customers.
From the test drive to my 1st 400 miles its been a pleasure to drive. My hazardous experience, a driving rainstorm, left me feeling safe and comfortable. The suv held the road and the windshield wipers reacting to the amount of rain made the ride fun.
Backup camera and windshield wipers w/the sensor
Add remaining miles on the tank of gas based on average mpg.
I have had the RX 400h for 2 years now and my wife and I love it. The power and quick acceleration when needed was a surprise. The turning radius is extremely small and steering is the best I've ever had on any vehicle. I think the ride is exceptional and quiet. My first experience with a hybrid and it has exceeded my expectation.
Back-up camera, auto seat settings, 1 for my wife and 1 for me.
The only complaint I have with the car is that you have to be stoped before you can reset the GPS. What's up with that.
My car is a service nightmare. Every time I bring it in they tell me I need new tires. Maintenance tells me this is standard on this model. It won't start some days and Lexus is not able to tell me what the problem is. I have never made it out the door without paying over $1,000 in repairs. It is a nice car and fun to drive but not worth the headaches of needing to be somewhere and not being able to get it started. Lexus does not seem to understand its own hybrid technology yet when problems occur.
Put better quality tires on the car.
This is my second RX series AWD. I like the reliability, comfort and style. The car is wonderful on a trip or just driving around town. The brakes are the best performance of any vehicle I have owned. I like the way they respond to the road especially in rainy Florida weather. In addition, the car has amazing pickup which is extremely important when entering some of the interstate highways that cannot be avoided. I enjoy the quiet engine of this hybrid. My next will be a Lexus.
Everything that the car offers.
Add the wood grain back in the console aream which I think Lexus did.
I purchased a used 400h this past weekend and love it. Very smooth riding, the hybrid technology is great. I drove to the dealer in a lincoln aviator getting 14 mpg, on the way home in the city 30 on the highway 28.6 mpg. It feels good inside, just to the point and runs well. Very happy with the choice and getting a preowned with low mileage saved a ton on the cost. Get the navigation, well worth it.
Hybrid technology- it's a dream just to watch the computer manage the engine, automatic truck opener, the headlights that move as you turn, navigation is a must, comfort of the seats, drives like a car.
None really, could use an aux input for an iPod, etc., some more wood in the interior, 3rd row seat.
Have owned just about every luxury brand there is and for my driving, Lexus is the best. Smooth, soft,and speedy is the rule. The 400h performance far exceeds the 330 RX. The gas mileage is about 1/3 better than the non hybrid.
Handling and smoothness of ride.
Wood trim in the 400h.
Vehicle feels safe, comfortable and fast for an SUV. Holds the road well. Gets good mileage. Great for passing other vehicles. Love all the featuers such as side dimming mirrors, turning headlights, bright headlights, memory seats, tilting side mirror when backing up, rear camera.
Hybrid technology, turning lights, bright lights , handling, tie points in rear area, maps and directions
Equip with Michelin tires, laser cruise, add a cruise-engaged light, better low fuel indicator, Blue tooth that will work with several cell carriers, slightly more power to make a sub 7 sec car.
This is a great car but I have four things that if changed would make it perfect! First, when entering I have to duck (I am 5'6") my head a little and it bothers my neck sometimes. Second, the second row seats don't fold flat and I have bulldogs that like to be level. Third, the back window is so slanted that the sun beats down and melts my groceries and overheats my dogs. And finally, I HATE the console with the push button open close system. My dogs step on it and fall in the console all the time. I would much prefer a large console with a padded hinged lift top. That would eliminate the fold down arm rests which I find a nuisance.
The seats are the most comfortable I have ever had. I have the stainless interior which I find to be sporty and classy. I love the power lift gate and the great pick-up and smooth ride.
Better gas mileage, more head room upon entry, different console, fold flat second row seats and less slant to the rear window.
I have one of the very first RX40hs off the line. I waited a year an a half on a waiting list to ensure I got the first one to arrive. Unfortunately, I think I have a lemon. The car pulls to one side and after a year and a half and 25,000 miles it cannot be fixed. Tires were bald at 15,000 miles, and the dealer replaced all four gratis (which was nice of them). The dealer has been good. But Lexus corporate has pretty much ignored me and does not call when they say they will, if at all. I am extremely disappointed. Lexus customer care does not care, it seems. All they do is send surveys, but it seems they never read them.
Gas mileage, comfort, room, reliable other than poor tracking problem.
The vehicle has been 100% reliable. The longest I have driven at one time is 900 miles and it was not tiring. Fuel economy is good, around 30 mpg local driving, 32 mpg at 60 mph on highway, 26 mpg at 70 mph on highway. It is reasonably quiet on the highway with the Michelin tires. Looks like first set of tires will last 45,000 miles.
Comfortable seats, both front and rear.
GPS could be more user friendly.
After 10 months of driving the RX 400h I am sold on this car. I previously owned a non-hybrid Lexus RX 300 and the hybrid is so much more powerful and fun to drive. I am averaging 26 mpg which is more than adequate for the size and weight of this car. The challenge is to see how far you can coast on battery power in order to increase your mileage. This takes a light foot on acceleration as well as easy breaking. As with my 6 previous Lexus automobiles, this car has required no servicing to date and should prove to be very reliable. The acceleration is more like a V8 due to the combination of electric motors and gas engine. We've been to the mountains and had no problems on the hills.
The standard sound system on this car is superb. I also enjoy the power tailgate which is very convenient when loading groceries. The pickup is excellent and I can't complain about saving gas with the 25+ mpg. I like the headlamps that turn with the steering wheel for better cornering visibility.
Not a big deal but it would be nice to include the electric lumbar adjustment on the passenger side along with the driver's side. This helps on those long trips.
After driving a Range Rover for five years decided for a change. Wow the Lexus was great compared to it. I had a lot of electronic problems with the Range Rover which was a reliability issue. From what I have heard Lexus is a very reliable make. Fingers crossed!
Hybrid drive and fuel economy.
Have had vehicle for over a year. No problems with it. Very satisfied.
Great sat nav. Sits up so I can see. Very fun to drive.
Cruise control little hard to use.
Mileage is disappointing; I get 22-24. Nice looking wheels, but watch out at the curb - too easy to ding. Visibility a problem front and rear. Bluetooth sub-par; friends complain they can barely hear me. GPS interface very user unfriendly at first. A matter of taste, but the exterior is odd looking. Voice command is flukey; I crack up my niece by telling it to do something and getting a bizarre response. I don't feel confident throwing it around corners. All this said, I like it - good, quiet, solid ride. Acceleration quite strong when needed. Don't think I'll get another, though.
Quiet. Smooth and powerful acceleration. Luxurious interior. Reliable (so far). Solid feel on the road. Electric liftgate spoils me; ditto the rearview cam. Design, ergonomics and quality typically Toyota - much better than my Mercedes ML 320.
Better mileage. Better front seat legroom (I'm 6'3"; long trips are painful). Better right rear visibility for passing and merging (watch out! And scan carefully up front, as big roof posts can block traffic crossing from left and right). Bigger tires and less fancy wheels. A place to put trash.
I recently purchased a certified used '06 hybrid (the first my local dealership had), and I have to say I absolutely love this car! I had been keeping an eye out for a used one. I am really happy with everything so far, especially the mileage. Since mine has been already "broken in", I am averaging 28-29 mpg, granted I do a lot of street driving, so that helps. Everything I loved about my previous RX is here and many things have been improved, so I don't have any real complaints. The only thing that could be improved further is the nav system, in my opinion. I'd highly recommend this car.
LOVE the mileage!! Great interior and exterior features. Very comfortable, even in the back seats. Love the handling and overall size. Stereo system is awesome and the climate controls are great. Much improved turning radius compared to my old RX.
The navigation system is good but my son's Honda nav system has features I like much more, so if I had to suggest an improvement, I would say the nav system could be improved. Otherwise, I'm really happy overall.
Concerned about America's dependence on foreign oil, I searched long and hard for a hybrid. I cannot fit in a Prius (really, I can't), and the best vehicle I found was the Lexus RX 400h. All around, it is the best vehicle I found. It is comfortable, with all the features I need (and the ones I don't need, I like). It is a delight to drive. However, the fuel economy leaves something to be desired. A big reason is because I drive a lot of short segments, and I reach my goal about the time the vehicle warms up. Still, I wish Lexus had redirected a few of the horsepower into fuel economy, or at least given us the choice.
Oh, so many -- the power rear door, the way everything is where I want them to be, all the information.
Improve the fuel economy. That's the point of a hybrid. At least give us some options. I know those Lexus engineers are geniuses.
Vehicle is a delight.
Accelerates like a Corvette. I do it so enthusiastically I blow my gpm stats.
Needs a little work on front passenger stowage capacity.
My husband and I wanted an SUV and the Lexus RX 400h was an obvious choice. It doesn't take premium fuel like comprable models which adds to the gas affordability of driving a hybrid. I previously drove a BMW 330xi and thought that the transition to an SUV would be remarkable, however the Lexus is built on a Camry frame, so I don't feel as though I am towering over other vehicles. The only obstacle we have experienced was that the cross bars are not stable enough for a bike rack, so those must be purchased and installed. Also, a towing hitch can only be optained as a post-factory dealer installation for around $7000. Consider your recreational requirements before purchase.
Navigation system, touch controlled, and rear view camera which is surprisingly accurate.
More stable/durable roof rack, add option for heated steering wheel.
The Lexus RX 400h is a dream to drive. The power is unbelievable. It is very comfortable. Easy ingress and egress. I drive it off road for 2 miles to reach my home. It is a very smooth drive on the dirt road. Flies up the canyons of Utah. Corners exceptionally well. I'm averaging about 26 mpg, which is a substantial increase from my gas guzzling SUV. I'm a heavy foot. A light foot will have even better mileage. I'm sold on the hybrid technology as well as the Lexus brand.
Power and drive.
Better backup warning system. Do not like the rear camera at all.
The 400h is a great accelerator. Unfortunately, we feel deceived on the MPG. Getting approx. 21. Not the 28-35 promised. Also, driving during heavy rain...hydroplaning about 90% of the time! Unexpected and scary. The tires are a bummer. Had 3 very expensive flats in 3 weeks. Live in the country, need a whole lot more from my tires. Overall, this vehicle has awesome potential. With a few tweeks,(some, major), they'd have something unbeatable.
Favorite feature by far is the acceleration. Owned many high quality vehicles, non like it. Also, comforable for back seat passengers. (reclining rear seats are great.) Good rear storage capacity. Great design for lots of space in a smaller vehicle.
A more attractive outside design. More personal storage,(near seats). Absolutely more control during poor weather conditions!Lack of control during rain was ridiculous!Better rear stereo sounds. Stereo not beefy enough, (we have the best offered).Need more wheel and tire!(Too puny!)Honesty on MPG!!!
Wow that is all I have to say about this suv. This is my second suv from Lexus. My first was a 2004 Lexus RX 330 I loved it from the minute I sat down. I just upgraded to the 400h in july and I have already noticed a change in how much I spend on gas. Also I have noticed how much more power it has. The 330 only had 229 hp but the 400h has 268 hp and wow it's not much but it seems to have more get up and go. Im only 23 but this 400h was so worth the money. I don't think I could down grade to anything else. Its a great car if you have the money to spend.
My favorite feature is the back up camera it has made parallel parking less of a stress for me, also the one touch auto liftgate. It makes loading groceries so much faster on push of a butten and it's up by the time you get to the car with the basket.
The only thing I would improve is it not using gas at all... but I'm sure that's in the works.
I initially got 24 mpg. Now I get 26 mpg (all driving). Excellent for an SUV. Overall, excellent car... excellent power, performance, etc. Great job Lexus.
Nav, stereo, hybrid, looks, etc.
Put in sport seats. Otherwise, don't change anything.
Decided to trade in our 2001 RX 300 Silversport for the RX 400h when price of gasoline skyrocketed. The first 5000 miles has been a fairly pleasant and uneventful experience getting a decent 26 MPG on mixed highway and city driving (compared to 19-20 MPG on the RX 300). I find myself constantly playing the game of trying to maximize the efficiency and in the process developed a lighter right foot to allow the car to "glide" more (CVT is gearless so no downshifts like the conventional transmission when you let go of the accelerator). The car slows down mainly from the force of friction between the road and tires. Hate to admit it, but the car has trained me to become a better driver.
Power and efficiency of the hybrid system, smooth transmission from the CVT.
GPS system not intuitive enough and has outdated map, frequently unable to find addresses. My portable Garmin systems (Street PilotIII and Quest) are way superior. Lexus should ask Garmin to build their GPS system. For now, would recommend forgoing the expensive option
This is a performance hybrid so we did not expect to get the stellar MPG people seem to expect from any hybrid (we own an 04 Prius too). Current MPG is 26 but it is still 30% better than the 2004 RX 330 we traded for it. This car is much quicker and quieter so the better MPG is a real plus. The power delivery is incredible and no more shift points!
CVT, Levinson sound system, adaptive headlights
I wish it came standard with the Smart Key. After having it with my Prius for a year, I find it awkward to have to fumble for a key anymore.
I purchased my 400h in June of 2006. Previously owned a 2000 RX 300 and 2004 RX 330. I've driven the car about 3000 miles and find it to be a completely different car than the previous Lexus models I've owned. So far, getting about 30 mpg with a mix of city/highway driving (my RX 330 got about 21-23 mpg). I live in the mountains and drive up steep grades and around sharp curves and love the handling and performance. Achieving peak mileage in a hybrid requires some adjustments in driving technique, but this doesn't mean slow driving! Fit/finish are better than on the RX 330. I like the navigation system, but it took a bit of time for me to figure out how to work the A/C and airflow.
Handling and performance better than RX 330 or RX 300. The ride is smooth and quiet. Gas mileage better than expected given reviews posted by others. Navigation system, power liftgate and passing power are my favorite features. Compared to RX 330, electronic transmission is awesome!
Heated rear seats. Make the same adjustments available for front passenger as for the driver. Better cupholders. A more commonly available tire size than is currently offered. Hybrid logo on the back of the car. Rear backup sensors. Insurance is more costly for 400h than for 330.
We love our RX 400h. We have put just over 5000 miles on it in 4 months and find it to be a joy to drive - as long as you know where you are going. It accelerates strongly and returns excellent gas mileage for a car of its size (we are averaging better than 24 mpg on a mix of city/hwy driving). The CVT takes a little getting used to but functions well. The handling could be more precise but is better than our Acura MDX. Unfortunately, the NAV system is completely counter intuitive and is almost guaranteed to get you lost or direct you to the longest route. Also, the bluetooth is not compatible with many phones including our verizon RAZR (common phone - unacceptable!).
Hybrid technology, gas mileage gauge, strong acceleration, comfort and quiet on long rides.
NAV System is horrible - my pocket Garmin Quest is far more user friendly and dependable. Bluetooth not compatible with common phones. Needs DTE/Range display! Manuals are confusing and in some places poorly worded/translated from Japanese.
Picked up my RX 400h about 3 weeks ago and I am very pleased. Overall gas mileage is 27 mpg for the first 844 miles. My usage is about 50% highway and 50% in town driving. Lowest mileage was 25.8 and highest was 29.7. The car is extremely quiet and comfortable. Build quality is excellent and the interior design very good. It has exceeded my expectations.
Hybrid system is amazing, seamless and unnoticed when in use. Quiet, Interior quality, smooth ride.
Nav system is more complex than necessary. Would prefer just buttons for the climate controls instead of the menu choices for AC off, fan speed and vent selections. Ext design could be better.
A pleasure to drive. A luxury SUV in every sense, but with the fuel economy of the most miserly of small cars. The interior appointments and audio system are superb.
Backup camera, voice command, audio system.
Can't think of any improvements.
Just got the car this month. The mileage is a little less than advertised, but it's a fun car to drive with pop when you need it.
The gas consumption display. It's probably the most fuel efficient feature on the car. I find myself competing to get better mileage rather than racing traffic back to the City.
The only reason I purchsed the 400h was because of the so called "great gas mileage." A joke at best. I live in Texas, it can't get any flatter, I am a very conservative driver and my MPG is at 21.2. I guess the only way to get the 29-33 mpg they claim is to drive under 40 mph, never run the air conditioner and live where the air temperature is always in the 70s.
I don't have a favorite feature. This car has been a big disappointment.
Tell the truth about MPG and fix the back seat middle console so that it doesn't squeak the entire time you are driving!
This car really is fun to drive. I had a VW Toureg before the Lexus and this car so far is more reliable.The fact that the Toureg used high test at 13mpg made me look for an alternative ride. I am happy with the choice I made.
The navigation system, bluetooth.
Better gas mileage/26city/29hwy
I have owned this vehicle for almost a year. The best future is stability control, which helps you in the snow and on the wet roads. I feel very safe in this car. Acceleration is outstanding: driving on the highway on V6 only, when in need, electric motors kick in and give you that extra boost. It feels like a turbo, but without all the mechanics and fuel penalty of the regular car. I get 23-24 MPG driving in NJ.
Stability control and electric motors which give extra boost when needed (synergy drive is a winner).
Passenger map lights are bad, blind the driver if passenger is reading in the front seat. It should be similar design as in airplanes, with movable beam of light.
RX 400h's technology is light years ahead from other cars on the market today. The hybrid powertrain does not only save you gas and helps the environment; it makes the habitacle significantly more silent than even a high-end car such as a Mercedes sedan. Power is impressive and compares with a V8. When purchasing the car, the dealer connected my cell phone to the car's bluetooth system in 30 seconds: this feature is priceless! I pick up incoming phone by depressing a button on the steering wheel, voice comes out of the car's stereo system, and the mic is integrated in the car - I never have to pick up the phone. Despite its price, this car is worth every penny.
Engine, comfort, headlights turning with the steering wheel for better vision when turning at night, bluetooth phone connection.
Add miles left before next tank fill-up.
Smooth, soft, powerful. You will never hear or feel the transmission change gears. We have been getting great city mileage.
Comfortable ride like a sedan.
Very nice to drive and economical too. When accelerating strong the steering wheel has too much "feelings" like front wheel dive car. Very handy to fold the rear seats. In winter inside gets warm quicker thän normal engine. Fine car and not a one problem during the first year.
I really like the vehicle, it's got a really smooth ride, and very quiet running, in both gas and electric modes. I traded in my 2003 RX 330, and the 400h gets about 5 mpg better fuel economy than my 330. There is a lot more passing power in this RX 400h than the 330 had, it sort of lagged at times but the 400h has instant power.
Running on electric power. Not a gas guzzler. And I can put regular in it if I want.
The "outside temp" thermometer skips numbers, it will go from 77 to 79, and never display 78. I'll never see 80 either. It just jumps right over some numbers! I'd think Lexus technology could be more accurate!
Great vehicle. All of the comfort and performance of a gas powered SUV with better mileage and extremely low emissions. May be a bit hard to justify extra price tag but vehicle is great.
Great acceleration and smooth transmission, blue tooth technology, reclining rear seats
Larger gas tank, less weight, more color and interior choices
I have read plenty of the consumer reviews, and seen plenty of people disappointed with the MPG. Not me. I live in Chicago and do a fair combination of highway/city driving combo to to/from work, and I have got no less than 29 mpg per tank. I can usually get 450+ miles out of every fill up. Granted I have changed my driving habits a bit so that I can utilize the electric motor more, but I get to work at the same time, so I am not going any slower. I am really pleased with the vehicle since I have a VW Passat as well and this gets about 5-6 mpg better with more room (a lot of baby stuff), the higher driving experience (see the road better), outstanding features, and more oomph (for passing).
The comfort in this car is very nice. Auto rear door, Nav, Bluetooth spoils my wife and I.
Sometimes the windows open a little harsh as they sound like they stick, though it may be a tight fit for better sound proofing. I still agree with others that they could tune the overall hp back a little for better mpg and tone down the performance aspects, But it is a lexus...
Purchased this car late June 06 and immediately took it on a trip. We started with 43 miles on the car and drove from Florida to the N.C. mountains. We averaged 26.3 mpg on the highway with the a/c on. In the mountains we averaged 24.6. Back in Florida, we are averaging 28.8 around town with the a/c on. It has surpassed my expectations. We traded an 04 330 awd on this vehicle and we do notice quite and improvement. Nice job Lexus!
Love the navigation and awd.
Standard sat. radio, heated rear seats, 3rd row seat option.
Overall, I am still very impressed with this vehicle. I just wish that I could get their advertised 30-33 hybrid miles per gallon. Currently I am averaging 22.5. I have asked about this at the dealership & told that if the terrain is steep/elevated like going up mountains that this is what is affecting the mileage. Well that's what we have in CA & NV.
The rear view camera. This is great. Also, automatic gate open/close.
To actually get the advertised 30-33 Miles/gallon that they advertise it should get as a hybrid. Also, Bluetooth should be available with all mobile phone carriers. Since I am with Verizon Wireless I am unable to use this feature in my vehicle.
Very smooth car. Powerful yet fuel efficient. Details play to all your senses. Great car to own.
Hybrid functionality and the DVD and Mark Levinson system
I have just over 5000 miles on this vehicle, and I love it. Quietest car I've ever driven. You coast up to a red light and sit there in blissful silence. EPA estimates 27 highway, 31 city. My experience is that I get at least as good or better mileage on the highway, at least at speeds not over 65. I've averaged about 28 city, and 28 or 29 highway. Not bad for an SUV. I find that I try to drive smoother and easier, to see how much I can get out of the battery before the V6 kicks in.
Other than the quiet, hybrid drive system itself, I think I like the navigation system best. It is great for getting you to unfamiliar places, and starting you home from unfamiliar places. I've used it to locate stores, restaurants, gas stations and motels.
I'd have to be really picky to suggest any improvements. I haven't really decided about the CVT transmission. It is seamless and smooth, but has a bit of a "rubber band" effect under hard acceleration.
Have had my 400h over a year now and I have found it to be truly a comfortable, fun to drive luxury vehicle! We were sorely disappointed when it only got 24.5 mpg both in town and on the highway. I didn't expect the advertized 31 mpg, but I did expect to get 28. But, even 24.5 is 50% better than the non-hybrid. It does have different engine and transmission sounds; a gear sound and the engine goes faster or slower at unexpected times. But this is my problem, not the car's, after all, it is different technology. My father tells me that he didn't like fluid transmissions when they came out either.
Comfortable seats, high milage, navigation system
A wonderful ride, marvelous features that are too numerous to mention. The navigation system is a luxury that I can't see how we lived without. Seating is comfortable as one would expect. The synergy drive is fantastic. Gas mileage could be better but for the weight of the vehicle and the power it is quite acceptable, far superior to non-hybrids of this size. No need for a third seat, this isn't a suburban, larger isn't always better. More power than you need to merge and pass. Auto wipers are quite a nice treat and the headlights are probably the best I have seen.
The hybrid drive is what attracted us to the vehicle, such a marvelous treat to know something as complicated is as reliable as it has proven.
Larger sun roof. A wider range of colors would be nice as well. Most don't know the RX 400h is a hybrid, perhaps a synergy drive symbol placed somewhere on the rear lid.
While we truly love this vehicle, we are more than upset with the mileage we get. It should be getting 31 mpg in the city; if we can get 22-23, we are doing good. Salesman said when car was broken in, we could expect even more. We now have more than 11,000 miles on it, and it has only gotten worse. It has been checked and rechecked to see if a problem exists... none does. We purchased this vehicle in good faith and feel Lexus has let us down. Calls to corporate Lexus have left us with no further satisfaction. Had we been aware of this situation, I don't believe we would have spent the extra money for it.
Car is a dream to own and drive. Truly a comfortable vehicle.
Feel navigation system could be improved. Not as "user" friendly as I would like. Sometimes difficult to read during the day.
Very quiet vehicle. Supprising mid range acceleration. Handles very well for SUV. We have been averaging just a little over 26mpg on regular unleaded. 90% of our driving is in town. Super tight turning radius, parks like a small car. As we live in the Chicago area we have found this vehicle performs very well in ice and snow conditions.
Hybrid system. Power rear door. Articulating headlights. Mark Levinson sound system. Overall interior appointments ie, leather seats, pwr steering wheel, moon roof, etc.
Engine could be a little quieter under heavy acceleration.
I got a RX 400h for the performance - at the time the 330 had 45 less HP, now with the 350 it has 2 Hp more. Don't think you're saving the planet with this car, it gets slightly better gas milage. BUT there are trade offs. For one the engine noise is so un-Lexus like, two, the transmission and brakes are different from normal cars. I WOULD HIGHLY SUGGEST- drive both 400h and 350 back to back, then if you're not convinced the 400 is still 5 Grand more. For 2007 350 has new NAV system and XM radio, bluetooth phone also avlb with out nav. I made a mistake and am thinking of trading in.
Power rear door, bluetooth, tilt reverse mirror, auto wipers, Power everything open- close
Terrible engine noise, Nav System, Bluetooth has problem with sound (sounds like tin can,only hear thru driver side), power folding rear seats or release latch in back
My wife loves our fully equipped RXh, which blends excellent performance with good economy. We are getting 26- 28mpg mixed driving around DFW compared with 20-22mpg with our old RX 330. Highway passing power is surprisingly strong. The Mark Levinson sound system is umsurpassed in this quiet and smooth vehicle. Very comfortable for our family of four.
Hybrid technology, strong passing power, high end Mark Levinson sound system, lovely wood grain and leather interior, easy to use nav system, Bluetooth phone
Use of navigation, telephone, and front DVD on the front screen should be allowed when the vehicle is running; front cooled seats; sound from AUX port should also come out of the Mark Levinson speakers instead of only the headphones, dual DVD screen for the back seat passengers
I love this car. It is a great size, comfort and fit. It drives tight and I feel safe in all driving conditions BUT the gas milage is not where it should be. On medium length drives (15-25 miles) in slowish city traffic I get the best mpg but that tops out at 28 mpg when I use a middle grade gas, it's around 24 when I use a low octane gas. It has a big engine and can move quickly when it needs to but it does not get the 30-35 mpg it promised. All in all I'll keep it untill the gas mileage, comfort and quality of another car can beat it.
The vehicle is a delight to drive -- great acceleration, quiet, comfortable, reliable and more. The only two negatives are mileage much lower than advertised and I wish the body style was different than the RX 330.
Back-up camera, navigation system.
change exterior design to make it different from the RX330, truth in advertising on mileage, allow back up camera to work while in drive or park, more powerful battery so you can use the electric up to 40mph or so
I have had several Lexus RX 300s and this hybrid is an improvement in every way... better mileage, comfortable, peppy, easy to use and lots of great extras...my favorites being the auto wipers and the backup camera!!! I love how quiet it is when it goes electric!
Quiet electric motor at lights etc, back up camera, automatic adjusting windshield washers, super GPS and lots of ways to monitor the hybrid engine.
Always want better mileage... would like a way to measure intermediate averages of mileage to adjust my driving to improve it. Would like to use the backup camera even when not in reverse.
It's an economy car went I want it to be, and it's a performance car when I want it to be. But it's always a luxury SUV that is as quiet and smooth as you can get. The best vehicle I ever owned.
Voice activated Navigating system. Back up camera. Bluetooth telephone.
I love this car. The only difference between the hybrid and a regular vehicle is that sometimes the quiet operation is unnerving. It takes some getting used to. Now I find when I drive someone else car, I'm surprised when the engine kicks in immediately when I start it. That does not happen with my hybrid. The engine starts only when it needs to.
There are many creature comforts one would expect from a Lexus. It is a luxury vehicle in every sense.
I would like the settings modified to utilize the electric power more. I find that my battery levels are always high. Its probably the way I drive but I think I could get even better mileage if the electric motors were more often engaged.
Nothing but pleasure. Frisky, economical and plush
Handling and power
Better legibility of navigation system. Less engine noise on acceleration.
Incredible vehicle that runs extremely smooth. I have never enjoyed a car as much as this one. Gas mileage is between 25 and 27 MPG. Overall, I highly recommend this car.
Bought our Lexus 400h in Sep '05 and extremely happy with it. The fuel economy is not what was advertised... but that is to be expected. But overall we are pleased with the gas mileage. Getting better than advertised highway but lower than advertized city. Love the looks, comfort and quality of the RX400h.
Add Tire Pressure monitor and satellite radio, move position of the heated seat controls and location of the cruise control... moves with steering wheel making it a problem while turning. Separate remotes linked to the two seat memories so seat setting change when each driver unlocks the door.
I purchased this vehicle to get lower gas mileage and enjoy Bluetooth phone tech. I am disappointed with both. I get 24.2 mpg and interupted phone service. I paid $10,000 too much for this vehicle.
Nice ride. However I could get the same with the RX 330
Fix my car so I get better gas mpg and fix my Bluetooth.
I have experienced total comfort and excellent MPR. This is such a quiet vehicle. A total joy to own. The hybrid experience is about knowing you are doing your small part to help the enviroment.
GPS system, AWD, HYBRID , comfort , heated seats
Can't think of any
THe RX400 flies like a rocket. Hard to hold down to 70. Gas mileage is excellent and navigation system is a real treat. Best car I have ever owned.
V6/electric drive is smooth and powerful.
Fold down arm rest on driver side blocks seat belt attachment point. Gas should show miles left to fill tank.
This is my third Lexus, but first SUV. Brought the vehicle primary for the advertised mileage of 31 mpg combined. I'm getting currently after 11,000 miles about 19.4. Most driving off freeway. Very disappointing. In addition, unlike other models, it has not kept its value. MSRP has dropped over $2,000. since I purchased it in April of 05. Inquires to Lexus have not been responded to concerning the mileage problem. Hate to say it is not worth the price.
Vehicle is fine except for poor mileage
The driving experience is great. The SUV drives and handles like a car, a very comfortable one. Starting up the SUV takes some time getting used to since there no engine noise when turning the key in the ignition. The gas mileage is not quite as advertised but you still get decent gas milage for an SUV with a powerful engine. Even though we bought the model without the navigational system, the SUV comes loaded with a great amount of amenities that make this a great vehicle to own.
The feel and ride is excellent. The engine power is great.
When accelerating the engine noise can protrude into the cabin. I would suggest fixing this.
This is a great car, while not as much fun to drive as my old X5 it is actually faster and literally does the same miles on 1 tank of regular that the beemer did on 2 tanks of premium! Everything works like it should and now with 3000 mile on it I haven't had a single problem. I bought it because I need an SUV at 6'4" and in MA and wanted one that was green (mileage was secondary concern), this car's emissions are 15-20% of what the beemers were! It is low end luxury and I don't like the exterior styling, a litle too flash and not enough quiet class like the BMW/Audi/Merc group but I can live with that for the low emissions, the great mileage, the relaibility, & the much cheaper cost. HR
Higher grade luxury interior ala german group, less flash in the styling more quiet class. Even better mileage and performance. Better seats.
I am truly enjoying my RX400h! I am still in the "learning phase" as there are so many advanced features- it's virtually a computer on wheels! I am also learning a different driving style. Regular cars perform best by keeping a steady foot on the gas pedal. The 400h requires you to "flutter" your foot and learn to coast, when possible. By doing this, I've actually gotten it up to just a little over 28mpg locally! Not bad for an SUV!! One thing that I don't like about it is where the rear tail lights are located. The bumper is made to be impact resistant, yet the light blows out. I've had to replace it after someone backed into me. Overall, I'm delighted with the RX400!
The NAV system is mind blowing! I'm still learning the voice commands (I believe that there are 150 of them!). This is my 3rd Lexus (still have the GS) and the service and support that comes with owning a Lexus is fabulous! They are dependable, stabile cars and I won't buy anthing else...!
The rear bumper tail lights should be placed on the body of the vehicle. There seems to be an air-flow issue when opening only the rear windows- it creates a "popping" sound.
Car is exceptional. It is quiet, comfortable and the mileage is great. I notice that by adjusting your driving you can improve mileage. In a recent 80 mile expressway trip I averaged 27.5 mpg going just under 70 mph. In the city, I have gotten as much as an average of 35 mpg. This is nearly double the mileage of my last car, a 2002 RX 300. With gas prices now so high, I feel like I have the best of both worlds. I can keep driving an SUV and get great gas mileage as the same time. Plus the car is a dream to drive.
The navigation system is outstanding. The rear door now opens and closes automatically. The cd changer is better than the one in my 2002 model which placed the changer in the glove compartment.
Not much to improve although on sunny days, sometimes the rear end camera is hard to see.
Great vehicle! Above expectations! We were concerned about purchasing the "New Technology" of the Hybrid, but, NO COMPLAINTS! Its awesome to drive! It does take a little getting use to but, in no time, youll LOVE driving it. When the engine shuts off and youre on nothing but battery, the vehicle is quiet as a mouse. My son calls this Stealth Mode. The looks you get are funny, they see you moving, but hear nothing. They cant figure it out. The vehicle runs smooth and quiet during normal operation, you dont notice the engine shutting down or reengaging, there is NO hesitation what-so-ever. The transmission is superb! One gear, smooth and fast! It just doesn't get better than this!
Drives smooth, fast acceleration, great gas mileage, Bluetooth is a plus, navigation system easier to use than the 2004 model,Voice activation is great. Stablization system saved our lives! Getting 27 MPG. It has A LOT to do with how you drive
"On-Star" would be better, improve on the breaking system and continue improving on the mileage.
I just got this great SUV, and I love almost everything about it. Quiet, comfortable, has great acceleration, and almost excellent fuel economy.
Cruising on electric power at low speed.
There is a very narrow range on the gas pedal where you can keep the combustion engine off. If the car had a performance selector that extended that range, the driver could have better control over the balance between performance and fuel economy.
The style of the Lexus 400h Hybrid is excellent (the same as the RX330). If you can afford it, it is worth the purchase. Otherwise, if you need more room for children and cargo, go with the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Both use the same technology. Also, be sure to get the navigation system; it is $2,000 but worth having.
The exterior style.
It would be nice if Lexus would give people the option of CLOTH interior, NO Sun Roof, and NO Cargo Rakes. Also, if you do not get navigation, the dealiership claims they cannot install it; they claim it can only be installed at the factory.
I reviewed this car last October and have follow-up comments after a winter of New England driving. Mileage dropped about 3 mpg for both city and highway in winter conditions (I got about 24 highway, 28 city). This Spring I have reverted to the Fall mileage which is right on the EPA numbers, though I drive with the windows down and usually avoid AC.
The usual suspects: Navigation system, rain-sensing wipers, backup camera, bluetooth.
1) better keyless entry (keypad or bioscan) 2) voice recognition system that is tied into bluetooth/telephone in lieu of (or addition to) the navigation system. 3) Many telephone and navigation functions are disabled when the car is moving. Keep these active so a passenger can make changes.
I Upgraded from Rx 330. This car-based SUV is quieter and feels more solid than the last one.(The hybrid weighs much more due to the batteries, yet handles better.) Interior is unbelievably comfortable, with perfect seat height and angle for those with back problems. Entry and exit are perfectly thought out. Mark Levinson sound system and Navigation with rear back up camera add greatly to the enjoyment and utility. Actual overall gas mileage is about 25-26 mpg-- not bad for a 4500+ lb vehicle. Hybrid engine is silent at start up and at idle, yet extremely powerful with a great " snarl" at rapid acceleration. Best car I've had so far ( and I've had them ALL). And it feels good to use less gas
Comfort. Quietness. Green-ness. Great Lexus service. ( No one understands customer service better than Lexus.) Lease payment very low due to high residual value and aggressive pricing by Lexus and the dealership.
Can't think of any yet. Any disadvantages are just the inevitable consequences of a large vehicle.
The design of the RX 400h was the first thing that intrigued me about my Lexus. After the test drive I was sold. If youe'r thinking of investing in a hybrid I would strongly suggest you take the Lexus RX400h for a test drive. A hybrid costs more but I would purchase this hybrid again. I live in the rural area and my average speed is 45 mph. I am getting 25.5 mpg daily. It doesn't matter if I have to suddenly stop or increase my speed it averages the same mpg. The 6 cylinder engine has as much or more power than my former 8 cylinder engines that were in my large suvs. This car gives you all the comfort of the large suvs in a smaller and very sporty edition of an suv.
The powerdoor is my favorite feature. I use it daily. The navigation system is great to have available. I've used it a few times already in the three months I've owned my Lexus. The bluetooth connection to the cell phone is another favorite feature. The rain sensor windshield wipers are nice.
I can't think of any at this moment.
I love the gas mileage, the look and the feel.If I bought it again, I wouldn't pay extra for the powerful sound system. It is not needed. The top feature is the quiet ride when it runs on electric power with the gasoline motor not running. The great fuel mileage is just a plus!!! Go Lexus! Eugene Tilley
My favorite feature is the quiet ride because of the electric motor.
I average 28 mph with about 60% highway driving compared to 17 - 18 mph with my 2001 RX 300. Moves well in highspeed traffic on the beltway and in heavy traffic.
GPS system is fantastic - could not do without it - a real boon to a real estate agent. Back up camera is great, too.
Blue tooth needs to be compatible with Verizon Wireless.
This is my first Lexus. I have had a Caddy DeVille, Acura, and Honda Accord in a previous life. This SUV seating is so comfortable and the navigation system is a joy. It's fun to drive and handles very well. My husband loves the 400H also. We are getting over 25 mph combined fuel and hybrid and we just got the car earlier this month. We expect improved mileage as we break her in.
Navigation system, display of engine; fuel and hybrid put out, etc., Levinson audio; roomy, leather seats, handling, automatic open and close of trunk, heated seats, driver memory position for 2; turning headlights
XM radio, better gas mileage
We own BMW's and Mercedes and this was our first Lexus. Overall it is my wife's favorite vehicle ever. Ride is superb, build quality and design excellent and lots of interior space. It has recorded on average 25mpg and is wonderfully quiet even under hard acceleration. Fabulous pickup in the 30 to 60 range. Our favorite vehicle to use on long runs from San Francisco to Seattle
Ride comfort, interior seats, excellent acceleration, fun mpg display. Feeling of being in a very safe vehicle.
Need beep tones instead of camera for backing up like the BMW park distance control. Make dirt to stick to paintwork so that I feel that it needs hand washing more often. Always looks too clean.
Love the nav, mileage, and performance. Highly recommend
Nav Bluetooth BU Camera
Let me qualify that I traded a 2002 BMW M3 in on this vehicle, so the fun to drive rating for me was relative. I find the vehicle to be everything I was looking for as I needed the utility and cargo carrying capacity however I was unwilling to burn the amount of gasoline/pollutants for the 97% of the time I would not require same. Acceleration, comfort, ride quality... the LEAST amount of compromise for a vehicle segment that offers little choice.
Nav, Levinson stereo, power liftgate, bluetooth, VERY comfortable ingress/egress, seats are reasonably supportive considering I came from an all out sports car. I am getting about 27.5 mpg in town and I have yet to take a highway only type of trip, therefore I can't comment on the highway mpg.
I would love to be able to select a battery only mode since about 70% of my commute is 30 mph stop and go traffic. I also believe a software update could be fashioned where you could select a "super economy mode" where the gasoline motor would kick in at a later point, for added economy.
I love my RX 400h. It has great power and control -- a definite luxury vehicle which just happens to be environmentally friendly. The only drawback is that the actual mileage is lower than advertised -- I am getting combined 24-25 mpg, and probably 23 mpg in very cold weather. Real driving and not on a test site produces much lower results than promoted and that was disappointing. Even so, this vehicle is pure bliss to drive and I am not noticing any significant engine noise as reported in other reviews. Drive it and enjoy.
Xenon headlights that adjust with turning -- high beams are incredible; Navigation system is great; most important -- pure comfort
advertise true mpg results
Continued problems with intermediate braking and steering. The dealership and factory have said pulsating braking and difficult steering are acceptable due to nature of electric regenerative engine. Driving performance of car not up to Lexus standards. Would not recommend purchasing expensive hybrid that does not deliver performance or mileage as advertised.
Improve regenerative braking system to ensure the driving performance of the car is not compromised.
I was hesitant to buy any SUV; I typically am much more environmentally conservative. However, after years of not being able to get equipment and kids in vehicles, I relented. The Lexus Hybrid is a pleasure to drive. It takes curves well and handles well in high volume traffic. I feel secure behind the wheel. I have the back-up mirror which I love and I feel secure in it with my kids in car seats. I am also an executive though..and it doesn't feel just like a mommy car.
Lights that move around the curves; side pockets that open; lots of cup holders, back up mirror.
Back up sounds for getting close to obstacle.
Three weeks after purchase, I traded the car and took a financial loss because of significant safety issues. When in reverse at night, it is difficult to see what's behind and below because the window is over 4' high, the window has dark tinting, and rear camera does not show anything in the dark. In reverse, the car runs on the battery and someone behind cannot hear the car coming and the driver cannot see anyone. It's an accident waiting to happen. Next, there is only one low gear which doesn't hold back the car like normal low gears. I don't like being forced to brake on snowy/icy roads. Good gas mileage requires constant monitoring and is almost same as RX330 on freeway, as Lexus admits.
Mark Levinson stereo
Address serious safety issue of backing up at night and not being able to see and pedestrians (or kids) not hearing car moving because it operates on battery. Be upfront with people about gas mileage.
As an engineer, I was very curious to see how the 400h would perform. Although the basic concepts of hybrid operation SOUND good, putting into practice while providing a pleasurable driving experience is something else. I am pleased beyond my expectations how Lexus pulled it off. You can barely detect the transitions between gas and electric power. Buyers should have realistic expectations, however. For highway driving, don't expect a radical improvement over a gas engine, because the 400h cruises under gas power. Also, the engine runs constantly for the first few minuets to warm up the catalytic converter. The real economy occurs for around-town driving after warmup.
I love the mpg feedback for every 5 minute interval. Navigation is easy to use. Truly a luxurious ride, with ample passing power - especially for an SUV.
The engine is rather loud under full throttle. The various graphics do not always agree with each other on whether gas or electric power is being applied, or whether the batteries are being charged or discharged.
In my first month of ownership I have not found anything that I dislike, and for me that's unusual! The vehicle is a joy to drive and a real attention- getter. I was somewhat skeptical at first about the CVT as I expected it to be sluggish and ungainly, but after just a few miles I completely forgot that it wasn't a 4- or 5-speed automatic. I really like the fact that I can monitor fuel economy while driving and adjust my driving habits to maximize it. As far as I'm concerned, Lexus hit a real home run with this one, and it was well worth the 8 month wait from the time I originally ordered it.
The Mark Levinson sound system is awesome!
At this point I can't think of any!
Have you found your soulmate yet?You know the feeling if you did.I really got that feeling when I picked up my RX 400h just a couple days ago.The car is awesome in every way, shape or form from head to toe, side to side...it's great!! I've been in my boss' Mercedes ML350, and other luxury cars, but there really is no comparison. The leather feels great, the ride is smooth, it's got awesome power&pick up,and best of all a full tank will last you a while!! Maintenance is economical. The price is steep, no doubt about that, but I adopted a line from the Mercedes car ad: 'Love what you drive'
The navigation system,heated seats,6-CD in dash player,voice commands r great!
Can't think of any thus far. The price is steep yes, but the car is a keeper!
Until I was given an RX 330 as a loaner for the day when my car was in for service, I was adamant about never purchasing another SUV. In my previous experience with an SUV, I felt like a 'weeble' whenever I drove it and was happy to get rid of it. What I can't get over is how comfortable my new R400h is to drive. It has a smoother ride than my SC430 had! I live in the Northeast and it plows through snow with effortless confidence, and when it's raining it feels as if I'm driving on dry pavement. The gas mileage, well, that speaks for itself.
The transmission is seamless, which keeps my coffee in it's cup! I love the rain-sensing winshield wipers and the navigation system. The power rear hatch is extremely handy as well!
I miss the wood accents of my previous Lexus models. I don't hate the brushed aluminum I have now, but I did love the burlwood when I had it.
I love to drive my new lexus. I visit my local gas station about every three weeks. getting lost on the streets of long island is no longer possible. I love the bluetooth tech. My lexus drives like a dream, this is my first lexus.I like to get a new car every two years and will never buy any other make then lexus again..
My lexus handles very well in all weather. driving in the snow no longer frightens me. It does what I want it to do. I love the heated seats and blue tooth works great too.
the phone system does not work wel with my nextel. I can't get it to download my phone book.
Supremely comfortable, jet fast and smooth even for a car, zero defects, easy entry and egress. Customizes to my every whim. Never in 36 years has a vehicle delivered all this for me. More? Great climate control and seats, even in back. Electric lumbar support that's truly wonderful. Auto wipers and auto dimming mirrors are unexpected delight. Etc. If you want an SUV that accelerates & rides like a fine auto, easy in & out, plus 4 wheel stability and capacity, higher driving position, this is the one. Love the hybrid quiet in town and the acceleration. RE: FUEL economy. Driven fairly aggressively with a lot of freeway driving, getting 22 mpg HWY/26 CITY.
1. Acceleration 2. Auto wipers, mirrors 3. NAV system 4.Interior comfort! Metal trim seemed cold initially, now it's esy on the eyes 5. great handling 6. hybrid system. It's 2 times Prius size! At least 50% better MPG than comparable performance SUVs (porsche, Touareg, MDX, Escalade, FX)
1. Sunroof rattle at times 2. Adjustable height for front arm rests 3. MP3 capability and plug for stereo 4. Std stereo sounds just OK. No Pause control, must turn off to pause CD or tape! Lexus says its same on all vehicles. 5. Auto key fob entry would be nice
This is a beautifully made car, well designed, & drives very smoothly due the the CVT (continuously variable transmission). The quality is excellent inside & out. Only 2 critiques: 1) Getting lower gas mileage than expected, abt 20 mpg in city driving. Our commute may be too short (10 mi 1 way) to get enough regenerative braking to fully charge the hybrid batteries, so we depend mostly on the gas engine, not the electric. In fairness, it only has 1600 miles on it, & others have said mileage improves after about 2000. 2) Rear seats need more legroom for tall folks. We are short, but if taller folks are in front seat, they will eat up rear legroom. That said, we still love this car!
Low emissions, outstanding quality, smooth ride & shifting, beautiful styling, hybrid engine data feedback is comprehensive and FUN. Definite "wow" factor with features.
Sacrifice some horsepower for better mileage. Lengthen the car 4-5 inches to maintain cargo area but add legroom for rear seats.
Rides high in the saddle with great visibility and suspension; superlative interior and more pep than I expected. The cornering and handling are excellent. This vehicle has just about every option that one could desire in a luxury vehicle with gas mileage that is unparallelled in such a large vehicle. Price reduction and more info on tax credit for 2006 would be helpful.
The navigation system is easy to use and has many additional capabilities. The Mark Levinson stereo option is worth the money. While somewhat trivial, the full-service spare is a plus, together with the quick and easy process for access to the spare. Superb gas mileage even with a lead foot.
I've only had this car for about 3 weeks. After owning several domestic SUV's and cars this lexus is my ultimate SUV. It's really comfortable to drive on long trips. It handles well. Very quiet cabin. Excellent interior quality. Great mileage for a vehicle this size 28 highway and 35 city. The engine is a bit whiney when accelerating hard (I'm used to a v8).
I love the navigation system and rear dvd player. Also the energy consumption monitor.
Add a place for change to use on tolls. Change cup near the shifter or on dash board. Better placement of the 12V power outlets
Excellent automobile! I had the RX300 (2001), RX330 (2004), and now the new 400h. The 400h drives, rides, and handles like the RX330. But, has much better performance, and a little better gas mileage. I averaged 25.3 on 3,000 mile trip. the RX330 was getting around 21~22 for an average. It's an expensive automobile, but I really like it. Savings in fuel will not justify additional cost of the 400h. I have not experienced any problems with any of my Lexus'. I tried 87, 89, and 91 octane, could not tell any difference in mileage or performance. I do recommend you buy the 400h. Buy it for what it is. A "state of art", electronic/mechanical marvel.
Continually varible transmission is amazing, especially in hilly country (the RX330 shifted lot and lots). Low emissions, looks, drive and excellent ride. The electronics are remarkable. Consumption screens are too good. It is hard not to watch them when you are driving.
Stereo system does not measure up to competitors. I miss the wonderful wood trim (like on the RX330).
Great car. I previously owned an 04 RX330 and although it was a very good car, 400h is even better. Great performance combined with excellent fuel economy.
Smooth ride especially for an SUV and great fuel economy. Average 27/28 mpg in town. Used to get 17 to 18 mpg in town with RX330
Fix the bluetooth phone problem as it relates to verizon phone cusotmers or at least forewarn customers up front of the problems they are going to have and add XM/Sirius radio as a factory option.
I love the car, and I'm glad I have it, but I don't have a clue about fuel economy. I traded in my Ford Explorer for the Lexus when MY gas prices hit $4/gal. I've never gotten any better then 22mpg.
The car is so comfortable
Make a real improvement in the gas mileage.
the difference is remarkable. better performance, excellent response, and the rest is the same.
Lights that turn when the car turns, and pick-up.
Put sensors on the bumper. Living in New Mexico, the sun has a negative effect when backing up on several occasions, and the video is no help.
I love everything about this car. I can't believe how responsive it is. Passes like a dream on the mountain roads across the Sierra Nevada. I am getting better gas mileage than I did in my RX 330. Everything about this car is better than it's predecessor the RX 330. I would buy this car again in a heartbeat.
Quietness of the car and the sound system are my favorite features
After owning 2 Hybrid Toyota's (PRIUS 02 and 04) I am quite disappointed with the "REAL" MPG vs. Toyota/Lexus estimated MPG. Even on a "good" day driving metro Phoenix, Az; by good I mean no need for air conditioner the best we get is 24- 25 MPG. Summertime takes it down to 21 mpg. Frankly, I didn't need to spend 52K to get a few more miles to the gallon than what a regular RX 330 gets. This IS my first Lexus, but will probably be my ONLY Lexus. Yes, its a nice vehicle, but the disappointing mileage have madeit "in my view" a poor discretionary use of my $$
If you going to promote it to get 28-33 mpg better get closer to that reality than actual 23-24!! CUZ nobody lives OR DRIVES in a perfect world!
It's a great car to drive. It's comfortable and smooth to drive. The only problem I have is the mileage/gallon is not what I expected. It falls way short of what was advertised.
Have noticed winter gas gives better gas mileage in California. Steering seems very tight with some wheel jerking.
Best SUV I've had from Lexus, this is number three and I hope it last me lifetime.
Interior should have wood finish like entire RX 330 line, brushed look looks cheap. Gas mileage should be improved, only get 22.5 over all in city