2019 Lexus RX 450hL SUV

2019 Lexus RX 450hL
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2019 Lexus RX 450hL
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What’s new

  • Integration with Lexus Enform Connect smartphone app
  • Part of the fourth RX generation introduced for 2016

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Third-row space is tight for anyone other than small kids
  • Less overall cargo capacity than competitors
  • Optional tech interface is distracting to use


Which RX 450hL does Edmunds recommend?

The 2019 Lexus RX 450hL is only offered in one well-appointed trim level, with option packages available to add specific features. Of these, we suggest considering the Luxury package, which includes ventilated front seats, premium leather and heated second-row seats. Even better, it's relatively affordable.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

The Lexus RX 450hL debuted last year, finally giving Lexus shoppers something to consider if they want a crossover SUV with a third row of seats. The problem is, the L's rearmost seats are not very accommodating. With the middle row of seats slid to their forwardmost positions, passengers behind them will still be cramped. You will get a larger cargo capacity over the standard RX, but not enough to make a real difference in how much you can carry.

For these reasons, it's best to think of the 2019 Lexus RX 450hL as a marginally larger RX with more modern styling and proportions. Additionally, we advise shoppers to consider the third row for occasional use or children only. Otherwise, this bigger RX benefits from the same advantages its smaller stablemate enjoys. These include strong fuel economy figures, admirable build quality, a comfortable ride, a quiet cabin and Lexus' reputation for reliability.

2019 Lexus RX 450hL configurations

The 2019 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, an 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 a sunroof, wood interior trim, driver-seat memory settings, auto-dimming and folding side mirrors, and a storage compartment in the rear armrest. The Navigation package adds a nav system, a 12.3-inch central display, Enform Remote and Amazon Alexa integration (gives remote control over select systems), a premium audio system upgrade and a smog-sensing auto-recirculate for the climate control. A 15-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system is also available with this package.

An optional Cold Weather package includes a windshield wiper de-icer, an upgraded interior heater with quicker warm-up time, auto-leveling headlights and headlight 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.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our first drive of the Lexus RX 450hL (hybrid 3.5L V6 | CVT automatic | AWD).

Driving

Considering what you get in fuel economy — the presumptive reason you buy the RX 450hL instead of an RX 350L — performance is admirable. It moves out with seamless authority. The steering, handling and braking are much the same as in the regular RX except for a little extra weight.

Acceleration

The hybrid powertrain includes a stout 3.5-liter V6 engine, and the system delivers seamless acceleration in all conditions. Lexus says the 450hL has a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 8.1 seconds, which isn't far off the 7.9 seconds for a standard RX 350 AWD.

Drivability

The strong V6 engine rarely has to rev high enough to make the electronically controlled continuously variable automatic transmission obvious — annoying droning is rare. The brakes avoid the typical hybrid weirdness, as does the rest of the RX 450hL in general.

Off-road

The rear-drive portion of the AWD system is just an electric motor that engages for a number of seconds when slip is detected, such as during ice and snow launches. It's just a traction aid, not a true AWD system that can deliver sustained propulsion.

Comfort

Like the RX 350, the 2018 RX 450hL is a comfortable place to spend time. The seats are handsome and comfortable, and the ride is smooth and composed without being overly buoyant. The hybrid drivetrain may make a few extra noises, but they are sufficiently muted.

Seat comfort

We like the thoroughly comfortable front seats, and the heating and cooling feature works great. The second-row seats recline and slide, but the third row is best left for kids.

Noise & vibration

There is very little wind or road noise, and the hybrid powertrain is oftentimes quite silent. Other times the hybrid CVT automatic holds engine revs higher, but the sound is muted. The regenerative braking system tends to emit muted whining noise.

Interior

The 2018 Lexus RX 450hL's cabin is great to look at and beautifully made. It's a real standout in the segment. But some controls are difficult to use, and the back seat isn't as generously sized as those of some rivals.

Ease of use

The cabin controls are logically laid out, and there's a good mix of knobs and buttons. But we're unconvinced by the joystick-like Remote Touch system needed to control many vehicle functions. It can be distracting to use.

Getting in/getting out

Front- and second-row passengers will find it easy to get into because the doorsills are narrow and the seat height is about perfect. The doors open wide, too, with nicely squared-off upper openings. But getting to the third row is difficult because of a narrow pass-through area.

Driving position

The current RX features a lower, more car-like driving position than some SUV rivals. We like this because it makes you feel more in control, yet it still provides a sufficiently commanding view out.

Roominess

There's more than enough head- and legroom up front, and there's a good amount of elbow room. But knee clearance and toe space can be tight if the backseat passenger and the driver are both taller than 6 feet. The third row is small and suitable for kids only.

Visibility

There's a sweeping view to the front and sides, with slender pillars and peek-a-boo windows ahead of the nice-size mirrors. The rear three-quarter blind spot is not terribly large. And the standard backup camera enhances an already decent direct rearward view.

Quality

The RX 450hL boasts tremendous build quality. The materials look and feel rich, and they've been put together meticulously. Lexus really knows what it's doing. It's one of the key reasons to consider the RX.

Utility

Due to its slanted roofline that limits cargo versatility, the regular RX 450h is far from what we'd consider utilitarian. Enter the 2018 RX 450hL, with its flatter roofline. It should make a positive impact. The center console storage is small.

Small-item storage

The center console is really big, but most of it is taken up with the shifter, Remote Touch and drive settings controllers, and admittedly pretty wood trim. The cupholders are adequately sized, but there aren't many places to store odds and ends.

Cargo space

The RX 450hL's straightened roofline reduces cargo space for bulky items compared to the shorter RX 350. It's really just a big trunk with an easy access height. Most similarly priced rivals are better. Both the second- and third-row backrests can be folded flat.

Technology

The RX 450hL comes standard with driving aids that are optional on its rivals and that can give you added peace of mind. We also like its enormous display screen. But the Remote Touch interface that controls it is a constant distraction and potential deal-breaker.

Audio & navigation

The Remote Touch interface — a joystick used to highlight icons on the 12.3-inch dashtop display — requires too much dexterity and concentration to use while driving. It's a distraction. We'd prefer almost any other tech interface.

Smartphone integration

Bluetooth and two USB ports are standard, as are the Lexus Enform and Enform Destinations trip planning and live assistance apps. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available.

Driver aids

The RX 450hL comes standard with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and automatic braking (which can detect other cars and pedestrians), and lane keeping assist. These are optional on all rivals. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are optional.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$54,655
MPG
31 city / 28 hwy
Seats 6
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
308 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$50,720
MPG
31 city / 28 hwy
Seats 6
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
308 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

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.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.7%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Lexus RX 450hL vs. the competition

2019 Lexus RX 450hL

2019 Lexus RX 450hL

2019 Acura MDX

2019 Acura MDX

Lexus RX 450hL vs. Acura MDX

The Lexus RX 450hL is more comfort-oriented than the Acura MDX, which is sportier. Deciding between the two will likely come down to whether you're more inclined toward luxury or performance. The MDX is roomier inside, however, and that includes more usable third-row seats. But neither the Lexus nor the Acura has particularly good infotainment systems.

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Lexus RX 450hL vs. Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 is easily one of the most attractive SUVs on the market. The minimal exterior styling is elegant, and the interior embodies clean Scandinavian design. On top of that, the XC90 benefits from stronger performance and better overall comfort. The Volvo is quite a bit more expensive, though.

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Lexus RX 450hL vs. Audi e-tron

The new Audi e-tron is a much smaller SUV that only seats five. But considering how small the Lexus RX 450hL's rear seats are, this drawback isn't as critical. The new all-electric e-tron has limited availability since only 999 versions are destined for the U.S. for the first year. And with an EV, you'd also have to plan for charging on longer road trips.

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2019 Lexus RX 450hL SUV for Sale

Lexus RX 450hL 2019 Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
New 2019
Lexus RX 450hL
Luxury
(3)
Pohanka Lexus of Chantilly
10.2 mi away
MSRP$64,942
Est.Loan: $1,140/mo
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Lexus RX 450hL 2019 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
New 2019
Lexus RX 450hL
Base
(1)
Len Stoler Lexus
46.1 mi away
MSRP$58,521
Est.Loan: $1,048/mo
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Dealer Notes
Nav System, Heated Leather Seats, Third Row Seat, Moonroof, HEATED & VENTILATED FRONT SEATS, Back-Up Camera, TOUCHLESS POWER BACK DOOR, Rear Air. SILVER LINING METALLIC exterior and PARCHMENT interior, RX 450hL Premium trim AND MORE!Rear Spoiler, MP3 Player, Privacy Glass, Keyless Entry, Child Safety Locks.OPTION PACKAGES12.3 NAVIGATION SYSTEM EMVDVD audio, auto recirculation air conditioner and 12 speakers wsubwoofer, WHEELS: 20 HIGH GLOSS Dark silver, high grade wheel cap, Tires: 20, BLIND SPOT MONITOR & REAR CROSS TRAFFIC ALERT intelligence clearance and back sonar and lane change assist, PREMIUM PACKAGE Wood Door Trim, Tilt & Slide SunMoon Roof, HEATED & VENTILATED FRONT SEATS, ACCESSORY PACKAGE Cargo Net, Carpet Cargo Mat, Key Gloves, Alloy Wheel Locks, TOUCHLESS POWER BACK DOOR emblem sensor and easy closer door, HEATED LEATHER STEERING WHEEL. Lexus RX 450hL Premium with SILVER LINING METALLIC exterior and PARCHMENT interior features a V6 Cylinder Engine with 308 HP at 6000 RPM*.KEY FEATURES INCLUDELeather Seats, Third Row Seat, All Wheel Drive, Rear Air, Back-Up Camera, Hybrid, Satellite Radio, iPodMP3 Input, CD Player, Keyless Start, Dual Zone AC, Smart Device Integration, Heated Leather SeatsHorsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.
Lexus RX 450hL 2019 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
New 2019
Lexus RX 450hL
Base
(3)
Pohanka Lexus of Chantilly
10.2 mi away
MSRP$62,697
Est.Loan: $1,101/mo
Fair Deal!Fair Deal!
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Dealer Notes
Packages P 2T All-Weather Floor Liners with Cargo Mat P Z1 Cargo Net/Cargo Mat/Wheel Locks/Key Gloves Accessories F BP Blind Spot Monitor with Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking, Auto Dim Power Fold Mirror, and Panoramic View Monitor F CT Cold Weather Package: Windshield wiper deicer, headlamp cleaner F FV 20 Split-5-spoke Dark Silver Alloy Wheels with Machined Finish F GF Color Heads-up Display F HF Touch Free Power Rear Door F HS Heated and Ventilated Front Seats F IN Triple-Beam LED Auto Leveling Headlamps with cleaners, cornering lamps, LED front turn signal lamps and rear combination lamps F NM 12.3 Navigation System/Mark Levinson 15-speaker Premium Audio Package, Lexus Enform Destination Assist (1-year trial subscription included) F PM Premium Package Includes: Wood Interior trim, Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof F WR Heated Leather Steering Wheel

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