Nice hybrid SUV, not so nice GPS
By SJFK from Seattle on
Vehicle2006 Lexus RX 400h 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
ReviewDecided 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.
Best FeaturesPower and efficiency of the hybrid system, smooth transmission from the CVT.
Worst FeaturesGPS system not intuitive enough and has outdated map, frequently unable to find addresses.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
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