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MSRP: $46,095 - 54,755

8.6

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.6
Safety: TBD
Reliability:
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2019 Lexus RX Hybrid Review

The 2019 Lexus RX Hybrid finishes in the top third of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. While it's comfortable and efficient, this Lexus doesn't have the well-rounded appeal of some competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Posh interior
  • Comfortable, roomy seats
  • Good gas mileage
  • Smooth ride
  • Excellent predicted reliability rating
  • Exasperating infotainment system
  • Subpar cargo capacity

Is the Lexus RX Hybrid a Good SUV?

Yes, the Lexus RX Hybrid is a good SUV. In fact, we named it a finalist for our 2019 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money and 2019 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for Families awards. It rides smoothly, fares well in the city and on the highway, and gets better fuel economy than most class rivals. Inside, it looks great, feels upscale, and provides plenty of standard features and passenger space. However, some rivals are more fun to drive, and many have more cargo space. 

Should I Buy the Lexus RX Hybrid?

The RX Hybrid is a strong choice in this class, and its below-average starting price makes it a solid value. On top of that, it has one of the best predicted reliability ratings in the class. Still, you should comparison shop this Lexus with other luxury midsize SUVs. The BMW X5 is one of the highest-rated vehicles in the class. If you'd rather stay in the hybrid realm, the Acura MDX Hybrid is a great choice. The RX Hybrid’s gasoline-only twin, the Lexus RX 350, is also worth considering

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Should I Buy a New or Used Lexus RX Hybrid?

The 2019 RX Hybrid belongs to a generation that began with the 2016 model year. There aren't any major changes for the 2019 model, and there haven't been all that many since the 2016 redesign. The 2018 model added a long-wheelbase trim, and the 2017 model made all-wheel drive standard.

You can potentially save thousands by buying a used RX Hybrid. If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2017 and 2018 Lexus RX Hybrid. To learn about used car incentives, check out our Used Car Deals page.

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We Did the Research for You: 22 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current RX Hybrid generation, which runs from 2016 to 2019.

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U.S. News & World Report has been ranking the best cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years’ worth of auto industry experience combined. To keep our reviews unbiased, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside company manages our advertising.

How Much Does the Lexus RX Hybrid Cost?

The RX 450h starts at around $46,000. Even though hybrids typically cost more than nonhybrids, the RX Hybrid's base price is less than most other luxury midsize SUVs'. The most expensive RX Hybrid model, the RX 450h F Sport, carries a starting price of a bit above $51,000.

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Lexus RX Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Lexus RX 450h or BMW X5?

The BMW X5 carries a considerably higher starting price than the RX Hybrid (about $15,000 more), but it may be worth the extra money. The X5 is more powerful and fun-to-drive than the RX Hybrid. While it can't match the Lexus' mpg ratings, the BMW gets great gas mileage for a nonhybrid. It can even tow twice as much as the RX Hybrid. Inside, the X5 is upscale, spacious, and comfortable. It has much more cargo space and a much more user-friendly infotainment system than the RX Hybrid. Again, you'll have to decide if the price difference is justified, but there's no question that the BMW is the superior SUV.

Which Is Better: Lexus RX Hybrid or Acura MDX Hybrid?

The Acura MDX Hybrid finishes a bit behind the RX Hybrid in our class rankings, and it carries a higher price tag. Both SUVs come standard with all-wheel drive. The Acura handles better and is more powerful by 13 horsepower, but the RX Hybrid is more fuel-efficient by about 3 mpg. The MDX Hybrid comes standard with seating for seven and provides more cargo space. Both have fairly lengthy standard features lists and frustrating infotainment systems. The Lexus is more upscale and stylish, however. There are reasons to like each of these SUVs, but the RX Hybrid is a bit better overall, and it's a slightly better value.

Which Is Better: Lexus RX 450h or Lexus RX 350?

There aren't many differences between the RX 450h Hybrid and the nonhybrid Lexus RX 350. They’re virtually identical in terms of features, passenger space, cabin quality, and cargo space. Both deliver serene rides and offer a more-athletic F Sport trim and long-wheelbase variant. The Hybrid's powertrain has a 13-horsepower edge and gets better gas mileage by about 7 mpg, but it also costs about $2,400 more.

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RX Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the RX Hybrid Seat?

The standard RX Hybrid seats five, and the long-wheelbase model seats up to seven. The first two rows of seats accommodate adults with ease, providing lots of head- and legroom. The third-row seats in the long-wheelbase model are cramped, though the same holds true for many 3-row SUVs.

RX Hybrid and Car Seats

The RX Hybrid comes with two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the RX Hybrid's LATCH system a Good+ rating for ease of use, which is their highest rating.

RX Hybrid Interior Quality

This Lexus doesn’t scrimp on luxury. The RX Hybrid's cabin looks great thanks to its modern styling, and the richly appointed interior feels supremely elegant.

RX Hybrid Cargo Space

Other luxury midsize SUVs have more cargo space than this Lexus. It gives you 18 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which is enough room for about a dozen grocery bags. Folding the rear seats down will give you just under 56 cubic feet of space.

RX Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include an infotainment system with an 8-inch display, a 12-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and navigation. Available features include a panoramic moonroof, a 12.3-inch display, and a 15-speaker audio system.

Unlike many rivals, the RX Hybrid doesn't have a touch screen. Instead, you control the infotainment system with the Remote Touch Controller – a mouselike device on the center console. It's tedious, frustrating to use, and the sole reason that most competitors' infotainment systems are easier to use than the RX Hybrid's.

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RX Hybrid Performance

RX Hybrid Engine: It Gets the Job Done

This Lexus comes with a 308-horsepower hybrid powertrain that combines a V6 and three electric motors. While it can't match the verve of some rivals' engines, this SUV accelerates quickly and has enough power for all driving situations.

RX Hybrid Gas Mileage: Wrecking the Grade Curve

You expect a hybrid SUV to outpace its nonhybrid rivals when it comes to fuel economy, and that's exactly what this Lexus does. It earns 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which are even ahead of some other hybrids' ratings. For example, the Acura MDX Hybrid gets 26/27 mpg city/highway and will cost you about $200 more per year in gas money than the RX Hybrid.

RX Hybrid Ride and Handling: Easy to Drive

This all-wheel-drive SUV provides the plush ride you want from a luxury vehicle. Class rivals are more athletic, but the RX Hybrid remains composed on winding roads. You can upgrade to the F Sport trim for a more athletic driving experience, but even that trim isn't as agile as some rivals.

RX Hybrid Towing Capacity

A properly equipped RX Hybrid can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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RX Hybrid Reliability

Is the Lexus RX Hybrid Reliable?

The 2019 RX Hybrid earns a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That's an outstanding rating that few class rivals match.

Lexus RX Hybrid Warranty

Lexus covers the RX 450h with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hybrid-related components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles.

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RX Hybrid Safety

RX Hybrid Crash Test Results

The 2019 RX Hybrid earned a five-out-of-five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the RX Hybrid a top rating of Good in five crash tests.

RX Hybrid Safety Features

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, park assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning. Some of these features are part of the Lexus Safety System+ suite of technology. Available features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic braking, and a 360-degree camera.

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Which Lexus RX Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The RX Hybrid currently gives you three options. All trims have similar features lists, so you should stick with the base model unless you want to spend around $5,000 more for the F Sport's added athleticism or the 450hL's third-row seats.

Lexus RX 450h

The RX 450h carries a base price of $45,995. It comes standard with leatherette upholstery, dual-zone climate control, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display, a 12-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and navigation. Also standard is the Lexus Safety System+, which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning.

Lexus RX 450hL

The RX 450hL starts at $50,720. This model offers seating for up to seven people, and it has a similar features list to the base 450h.

Lexus RX 450h F Sport

The RX 450h F Sport has a starting price of $51,355. It has all of the base trim’s features and adds a sport-tuned, adaptive variable suspension and bolstered heated, ventilated front seats.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Lexus RX Hybrid leads the class in fuel economy, makes a comfortable daily driver, and earns a high predicted reliability rating. Those things all help it finish in the top third of our class rankings, despite the fact that it's less athletic and has more frustrating tech features than rivals. This is a good SUV that's worth considering for any luxury midsize SUV shopper.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Lexus RX 450h has many qualities that will make it appealing to a variety of shoppers. As a luxury crossover SUV, it hits all the right marks for interior quality, quietness and overall comfort. It's also a hybrid that returns excellent fuel economy numbers; the EPA says you can expect 30 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Holding back the RX 450h is one of the worst infotainment interfaces in the industry, acceleration that can best be described as leisurely and a cargo space that could be limiting for families. There is a larger three-row version, the RX 450hL, but its third-row seats are barely suitable for children. … Considering the pluses and minuses, the 2019 Lexus RX 450h remains a solid choice in the class. Add in Lexus' reputation for reliability and the scales tip a bit more in its favor." -- Edmunds
  • "If you're seeking a 5-passenger luxury SUV that delivers a smooth ride, comfortable cockpit and loads of luxury and safety features, then the 2017 … RX 450h hit[s] the mark. Money savvy consumers will appreciate the RX's excellent resale values and low maintenance costs." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The fourth-generation Lexus RX has a bit more room, a bit more power, a bit better mileage and bit more dynamism, without straying far from the formula that made its predecessors great. We'd call the … RX 450h a smashing success." -- Autoweek (2016)
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