2014 Lexus RX Hybrid Review

The 2014 Lexus RX Hybrid (also known as the RX 450h) has outstanding reliability and mpg ratings, as well as a spacious and comfortable interior. However, it’s less fun to drive than other cars in the class, and its infotainment system can be a chore to use.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • High-quality interior
  • Spacious seating and cargo area
  • Outstanding reliability


  • Dull handling
  • Distracting infotainment system


Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Lexus RX Hybrid's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Luxury Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2014 Best Hybrid SUV for the Money award and the winner of our 2014 Best Hybrid SUV for Families award and a finalist for our 2014 Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money award and and a finalist for our 2014 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for Families 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: 8.6
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.3
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2014 Lexus RX Hybrid Overview

Is the 2014 Lexus RX Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

There’s a lot to like about the RX 450h. It gets the outstanding gas mileage you expect from a hybrid, has spacious and supportive seats, and provides plenty of cargo room – all of which make it a great choice for families. If you need more convincing, the RX Hybrid was the 2014 winner of our Best Hybrid SUV for the Money and Best Hybrid SUV for Families awards.

The RX 450h features a 3.5-liter V6 engine and two electric motors that combine to produce 295 horsepower. That’s plenty of power to move the vehicle, but acceleration is a little underwhelming. A continuously variable transmission (CVT), which operates like an automatic, comes standard. Front-wheel drive is also standard, and all-wheel drive is available. The RX Hybrid has poised handling, but it’s not overly fun to drive. Where it truly excels, however, is in gas mileage. The Lexus hybrid SUV gets 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Those estimates are outstanding for the luxury midsize SUV class, and they’re good even for a hybrid SUV.

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The interior of this Lexus SUV is replete with quality materials. The RX Hybrid seats five, and the front seats are supportive on long drives. The rear seats have plenty of legroom, and they slide and recline for added comfort. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The anchor points are difficult to access, so it may be tough to secure a car seat.

Standard features in the RX Hybrid include Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a USB port. Notable options include a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, HD Radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, and navigation. Audio and navigation features are controlled through the Lexus Remote Touch system, which has a mouselike controller that can be inconvenient. The system can also be distracting and tough to use on the go.

Compared to other cars in the class, the RX 450h has a terrific maximum cargo capacity – slightly more than 80 cubic feet.

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Used 2014 Lexus RX Hybrid Prices

A used car’s price usually depends on the vehicle’s condition and mileage. For a 2014 RX Hybrid, prices are between about $33,900 and $34,800. Prices in your community may differ. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Lexus RX Hybrid?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the RX Hybrid a perfect score (five out of five) for reliability. That outstanding score means the RX Hybrid is more reliable than almost every class rival. A score of three is considered average across all vehicles.

How Safe Is the RX Hybrid?

Safety scores for the RX 450h are pretty good. It received four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a rating of Good (the highest rating) in four out of five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. The RX Hybrid wasn’t put through the IIHS’ small overlap front test.

No notable driver assistance features come standard in the RX Hybrid, but those available include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

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Should I Consider Another Used RX Hybrid?

The 2014 RX Hybrid is part of a generation that began with the 2010 model year and ran through 2015. Models from the same generation usually only differ with respect to feature availability and price – older vehicles cost less, but they also offer fewer features. The 2014 RX Hybrid offers a rear-seat entertainment system and several driver assistance features not found in 2013 and 2012 models. However, you’ll save about $5,000 for each model year you go back. If you don’t care about the active safety features, you’re probably fine getting a 2012 RX Hybrid, which is roughly $10,000 less than a 2014 model.

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Which Used Lexus RX Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 450h is really just a hybrid trim of the Lexus RX, so you just have to decide which available features are important to you and whether you want all-wheel drive.

Some buyers prefer certified pre-owned cars. 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 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 47 Pieces of Data Analyzed

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2014 Lexus RX Hybrid and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Lexus RX Hybrid or 2014 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid?

The Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is possibly the most fun-to-drive hybrid SUV. It has 85 more horsepower than its Lexus rival, a comfortable ride, and excellent road grip. However, the increased athleticism means the Cayenne Hybrid can’t match the RX Hybrid’s mpg ratings. The Cayenne Hybrid’s interior is filled with premium materials, and both rows of seats are spacious. Its features list is similar to the RX Hybrid’s, but it has 25 percent less cargo space. It is one of the few luxury midsize SUVs with a reliability rating close to the RX Hybrid’s. Still, unless you’re looking for a fun-to-drive hybrid, the RX 450h is a better choice than the Cayenne Hybrid – and it’ll cost you thousands of dollars less.

Which Is Better: 2014 Lexus RX Hybrid or 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid?

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a lot like the RX Hybrid, which makes sense because Toyota owns Lexus. Both vehicles have upscale cabins, comfortable seats, and strong mpg ratings. Both have ample engine power and composed handling as well, and they even have similar price tags. The biggest difference is that the Highlander has three rows of seats and can seat up to seven, while the RX Hybrid only seats five. The Highlander also has slightly more cargo space, a few more standard features, and an easier-to-use infotainment system, while the RX 450h has more driver assistance features. The RX Hybrid is more reliable, but the Highlander Hybrid has better crash test results. It’s a close call, but the Highlander Hybrid is probably a better choice for most buyers.

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