2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV
- All-new model
- Based on the fourth RX generation introduced in 2016
- Impeccable cabin finished with top-quality materials and construction
- Advanced safety features come standard
- Excellent fuel economy for a luxury crossover
- Wide cargo bay makes it easy to load luggage and groceries
- Third-row space is tight for anyone other than small children
- Less overall cargo capacity than competitors
- Optional tech interface is clever but distracting to use while driving
2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which RX 450hL does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
The Lexus RX has long been known for its excellent build quality, easy handling, quiet interior and reliability. What it hasn't been known for, though, is being able to seat more than five people. But that changes with the new 2018 Lexus RX 450hL. Like its similarly new sibling, the RX 350L, the RX 450hL has a longer body and an extra row of seats.
Those extra seats aren't very roomy, though. Even with the second-row seats slid all the way forward, there's barely enough room for an average-size adult. Also, while you get more cargo space in this L version compared to the regular RX, it's not dramatically more. Then again, Lexus doesn't intend the 450hL to be a massive family taxi. It's more for people who want a vehicle that can provide occasional seating for a couple extra kids without costing a whole lot or being a lumbering beast to drive.
On that front, the 2018 Lexus RX 450hL succeeds. It drives much like the regular RX, too, providing quiet and care-free motoring. Being the hybrid version of the RX family, it's also impressively fuel-efficient. It gets 29 mpg combined, which is just 1 mpg less than the regular 450h.
2018 Lexus RX 450hL configurations
The 2018 Lexus RX 450hL is a six- or seven-passenger midsize hybrid SUV that comes with three rows of seating and all-wheel drive. It uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine that works with a pair of front-mounted electric motor/generators through a continuously variable automatic transmission to drive the front wheels, while a third electric motor powers the rear wheels. Total system output is 308 horsepower.
Standard equipment highlights for the base RX 450hL include 18-inch wheels, LED exterior lighting (headlights, foglights, taillights and running lights), automatic high beams, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and automatic braking, lane departure warning and intervention, a sunroof, and keyless ignition and entry. Inside, the RX comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and a power-folding 50/50-split third-row seat.
Standard tech features include the Remote Touch interface, a 8-inch display, Safety Connect emergency communications, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker sound system.
The RX 450hL's Luxury trim level (which can also be considered a package) adds 20-inch wheels, rear side sunshades, LED ambient lighting, illuminated doorsills, auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, a heated wood steering wheel, perforated-leather seating surfaces, and front-seat power lumbar and thigh-extension adjustments.
A Premium package adds wood interior trim, driver-seat memory settings, auto-dimming and folding side mirrors, and a storage compartment in the rear armrest.
Like other RX models, a package bundling navigation with a Mark Levinson premium audio system is available. It includes a 15-speaker surround-sound system plus a 12.3-inch display, Enform smartphone connectivity, and a climate-control smog sensor.
An optional Cold Weather package includes a windshield wiper de-icer, an upgraded interior heater with quicker warm-up time, auto-leveling headlamps and headlamp washers, and automatic wipers.
Stand-alone options include a color head-up display, a hands-free liftgate, upgraded LED headlights, a surround-view camera system, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert (includes automatic braking), front and rear parking sensors, 60/40-split folding second-row seats, and heated and ventilated front seats.
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite RX 450hL safety features:
- Lexus Safety System+
- Includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, automatic braking, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist.
- Lexus Enform Safety Connect
- Automatically alerts emergency services in the event of a crash or distress. Also includes a stolen-vehicle locator.
- Panoramic Rearview Camera
- Gives a broad look at what's behind you before you back up, taking advantage of the 12.3-inch widescreen display.
Lexus RX 450hL vs. the competition
2018 Lexus RX 450hL
2018 Acura MDX
Lexus RX 450hL vs. Acura MDX
The MDX Hybrid is bigger on the inside and more powerful than the RX. Its third-row seat is a little roomier, too. For a sporty choice, it's the way to go. The RX, however, provides a softer and quieter ride. It also has a more luxurious-looking interior. Both vehicles have mediocre infotainment systems.
Lexus RX 450hL vs. Volvo XC90
The XC90 has better interior ergonomics and one of the sleekest designs, both interior and exterior, on the market today. The Lexus comes up short on performance and passenger comfort compared to the XC90. Advantages to the RX 450hL include a lower price point, proven reliability and a smoother ride.
Lexus RX 450hL vs. Audi Q7
Although not available as a hybrid, the Audi Q7 is a great premium three-row SUV. It features similar build quality, exterior dimensions and interior features. The Q7 also handles and performs better and has an easier-to-use third-row seat. The Lexus has a softer and smoother ride and is more affordable, too.
2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV for Sale
2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV Overview
The 2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV is offered in the following styles: 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).
What do people think of the 2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 RX 450hL SUV 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 RX 450hL SUV.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 RX 450hL SUV featuring deep dives into trim levels including Base, Luxury, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV here.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV?
2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The 2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $64,210. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $5,443 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is8.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The 2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $57,910. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $4,993 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,993 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$52,917.
The average savings for the 2018 Lexus RX 450hL SUV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is8.6% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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