2006 Lexus RX 400h Long-Term Road Test

2006 Lexus RX 400h - How Green Is My Hybrid?

November 06, 2007

2006 Lexus RX 400h

Hey, everybody, I'm green. Or am I?

EPA estimates for our 2006 Lexus RX 400h are 31 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. That's better than the average SUV and certainly better than Lexus's non-hybrid counterpart, the 2006 RX 330, which is only rated at 19 city / 25 hwy.

For 2008 these figures go down. The new 2008 RX 400h is rated at 27 city and 24 highway.

According to the consumption meter pictured here, over the last 3,000 miles we've averaged 19.3 mpg. Woohoo.

2006 Lexus RX 400h

So, while driving a hybrid may assuage feelings of guilt over driving an SUV, there are greener options available.

For example, the 2008 Toyota Prius is rated at a whopping 48 mpg city / 45 mpg highway. Even the non-hybrid Honda Fit is rated at 33 mpg city / 38 mpg highway.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 28,354 miles

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