2020 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid Performance

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2020 Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV Performance, 0-60, Top Speed and MPG

Updated on: April 16, 2020
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Over the years, Lexus has built the reputation of building some of the most reliable cars. Following TPS or Toyota Production System, Lexus is able to deliver finely curated and well-engineered cars that hardly breakdown.

2020 Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV Three Quarter View

The RX series is the flagship line of crossover from this Japanese luxury brand. The RX 450h has 2 rows of seating while the RX 450hL comes with 3 rows of seating arrangement, thus justifying the L tag. Talking about the powertrain, it is powered by a 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 unit that is coupled with a small battery pack. Does this Lexus perform better than its rivals? Let’s find out.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

The powertrain of the 2020 RX 450h remains unchanged from its last iteration. Thus, the same naturally aspirated V6 unit coupled with an electric motor makes a reappearance. This motor is good for 308 horses and 247 lb-ft of pulling force.

2020 Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV has 3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6 Engine

Transmission duties are taken care of by an Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) gearbox that transfers the power to all four wheels. The shifts are quick and efficient and you will have no complaints whatsoever.

Models

Lexus RX 450h

Acura MDX Hybrid

Volvo XC60 Hybrid

MSRP

$46,800

$53,895

$53,950

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.0L Naturally Aspirated V6

2L Twincharged I4

Transmission

e-CVT

7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower (hp)

308 @ 6000 rpm

321 @ 6300 rpm

400 @ 6000 rpm

Torque (lb-ft.)

247 @ 4600 rpm

289 @ 5000 rpm

472 @ 2200 rpm

The motor is extremely fuel-efficient which makes the RX 450h an excellent daily driver. Yes, the power delivery of the engine at lower revs is not the best out there, but you’ll still have a good time driving this car within the city limits. On the highway, this car is pure bliss to drive. You can cruise all day long in triple-digit speeds.

How fast is it?

Acceleration of the RX 450h is decent. Yes, it is the heaviest car in the segment at 4740lbs, but with the power of 308 horses and an AWD drivetrain, this car should have been quicker. The Volvo XC60 hybrid has the most powerful engine of the lot at 400 hp. Thus, it should not be surprising that this is the quickest car of the lot.

2020 Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV Accelerate 0-60 MPH Just In 6.6 Sec.

Models

Lexus RX 450h

Acura MDX Hybrid

Volvo XC60 Hybrid

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.6

6.3

6.1

Quarter mile (sec)

14.8

14.6

14.1

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.0L Naturally Aspirated V6

2L Twincharged I4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.9

8.4

N/A

This RX 450h takes 6.6 seconds to reach 60mph from naught. This is almost the same amount of time a cheetah takes to chase and hunt down its prey. The quarter-mile run takes 14.8 seconds to complete. This makes this Lexus the slowest car in the competition.

How well does it stop?

The braking performance of the 2020 RX 450h is good. The electronic brake force distribution does well to minimize the effects on the occupants. Under regular usage, there is a mild nosedive. However, when applied under emergency situations, the nosedive becomes very prominent.

2020 Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV Front Brake 13.3 In.

Model

Lexus RX 450h

Acura MDX Hybrid

Volvo XC60 Hybrid

Brake Front (in.)

13.3

12.6

13.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.9

13

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4740

4471

4638

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

116

(70–0 mph) 169

Talking about the braking setup, the RX 450h ships with ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels assisted by ABS and EBD. the front wheels get 13.3-inch rotors while the rear ones get 12.9 inchers. The regenerative braking also helps to increase the hybrid range on the go as you use the brakes.

How does it handle?

Lexus RX is laid back, luxurious car. Its primary job description is to ensure a smooth and comfy ride, and as such does not really pay much attention to the handling. The body roll isn’t well contained, and spirited cornering is sure to unsettle your nerves more than the car.

2020 Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV Front View

The steering feel is quite vague and offers poor feedback. Even in Sport and Sport+ modes, things don’t get much better. Still, due to the light steering, leisure driving is this car’s forte. The electric motors aid with instant torque whenever called upon and the AWD system provides a good amount of traction.

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User Overall Rating

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Minute details are missing

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