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2013 Lexus RX Hybrid Review

The 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid ranks near the top of its class. It has a comfortable and spacious interior, and it earns great safety and reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Generous seating and cargo space
  • Frustrating navigation controls

Rankings & Awards

The 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Luxury Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2013 Best Hybrid SUV for the Money award. Currently the Lexus RX Hybrid has a score of 8.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 47 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.3
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2013 Lexus RX Hybrid Overview

Is the 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

A used 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid is an excellent choice if you’re shopping for a luxury midsize SUV. This five-seat crossover – also referred to as the RX 450h – impresses with its smooth ride, roomy cabin, sterling reliability, and many advanced safety features. It also offers the best fuel economy of any 2013 midsize SUV, including non-luxury models. There are some drawbacks, like a clumsy infotainment system. When it was new, we named the RX Hybrid the 2013 Best Hybrid SUV for the Money.

Used 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid Performance and Interior

The Lexus RX 450h has a V6 engine with two electric motors for front-wheel drive models, three for all-wheel drive models. Both setups yield a combined 295 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive (FWD) are standard; all-wheel drive (AWD) is available. The hybrid setup zips the SUV up to speed briskly, and the transitions between electric and gasoline power are smooth. Fuel economy is excellent, at 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive. Expect 29/27 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive. However, throttle response can be slow, which limits passing power.

The RX’s suspension softens bumps and dips in the road nicely, yielding a smooth ride. The SUV feels stable around corners as well. Its steering is responsive, and the brakes provide confident stopping power. The Lexus stops short of feeling sporty, though. When properly equipped with all-wheel drive, the RX 450h has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

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The Lexus RX 450h is a 2-row SUV with seating for five. Its front seats are plush and provide good long-distance comfort. A wide range of seat and steering-wheel adjustments ensure drivers of all sizes can find a comfy position. The rear seats are similarly cozy and offer generous head- and legroom. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats in the rear outboard positions. A single tether anchor is available in the middle seat. The Lexus RX has 40 cubic feet of cargo space, expanding to a roomy 80.3 cubic feet with its rear seats folded flat.

The RX’s cabin is hushed at higher speeds, and its interior materials feel high in quality. Many frequently touched areas are softly padded, as well. However, the overall dashboard design isn’t as fresh as some competitors, giving the RX 450h’s cabin a somewhat stodgy appearance. The standard infotainment system works acceptably well and operates by turning a dial on the center console. Models with navigation have the Remote Touch system instead, which features a mouselike controller. It’s not very user-friendly, and it can be quite distracting to use while driving.

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Used 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid Prices

The price of a used 2013 Lexus RX 450h ranges from around $25,100 for front-wheel-drive models to about $26,400 for all-wheel-drive models. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 47 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve researched 47 Lexus RX 450h reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid?

The Lexus RX has an excellent reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the RX Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Lexus RX a 2013 Top Safety Pick. The SUV received the highest rating of Good in all four areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Lexus RX 450h a perfect five-star rating for side impact testing, as well as four stars for front and rollover crash safety. All-wheel-drive models earned a five-star rating overall; front-wheel drive models received four stars overall.

The RX Hybrid is available with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, and a Pre-Collision System (forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control).

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Is the 2013 RX Hybrid the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 model year is a great place to start if you’re shopping for a used RX Hybrid. Lexus updated the exterior styling of the RX for 2013 and added blind spot monitoring as an option, which wasn’t available in 2011 or 2012. That said, you may want to consider the 2014 RX Hybrid model as well, which offers a more advanced collision warning system that can automatically apply the brakes.

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Which Used Lexus RX Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2013 RX Hybrid has one trim level: RX 450h. Standard features include satellite radio, a CD player, USB input, keyless entry with push-button start, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, cloth upholstery, one-touch folding rear seats, a power liftgate, and alloy wheels.

Available features include Bluetooth, a 7-inch infotainment screen, a navigation system, a head-up display, rear-seat DVD players, leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a moonroof, and a suite of active safety features.

You may also want to shop for a certified pre-owned Lexus RX Hybrid. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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2013 Lexus RX Hybrid and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Lexus RX 450h or 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid?

The Audi Q5 Hybrid and RX 450h are both great hybrid SUVs, but each has it perks. Go with the Lexus if practicality is your main concern. It’s more fuel efficient, offers far more cargo space, and rates higher than the Audi for reliability. Go with the Audi if refinement is what you’re after. The Q5 has a more upscale interior with higher-quality materials, an easier-to-use infotainment system, sportier handling, and zippier acceleration.

Which Is Better: 2013 Lexus RX 450h or 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid?

The 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid shares its gasoline-electric powertrain with the RX 450h, and as a result, it gets similar fuel economy. The Toyota also seats up to seven and features a simpler infotainment system. Also, used Highlander models are typically much more affordable than RX Hybrids. All in all, both are great SUV options, though the Lexus offers more safety features and a higher reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2013 Lexus RX 450h or 2013 Lexus RX 350?

The non-hybrid Lexus RX 350 shares many of the RX 450h’s best qualities. Both models impress with roomy seating and cargo space, pleasant handling, great reliability, and the same list of safety features. The trade-off comes at the gas pump. While used RX 350 models are typically much less expensive to buy, these SUVs earn much lower fuel economy estimates (18/26 mpg).

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