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2017 Lexus RX Hybrid Review

The 2017 Lexus RX 450h ranks high in the luxury midsize SUV class. It has strong acceleration, good safety ratings, and a near-perfect predicted reliability rating. However, its upgraded infotainment system can be frustrating to use.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Comfortable, spacious cabin
  • Frustrating available infotainment system
  • Small cargo space

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Lexus RX Hybrid's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Luxury Midsize SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2017 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2017 Best Hybrid SUV for Families award. Currently the Lexus RX Hybrid has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.2
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Lexus RX Hybrid Overview

Is the 2017 Lexus RX 450h a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Lexus RX 450h is a fuel-efficient luxury midsize SUV that boasts a handsome and roomy interior with plush seating. Though it's a good people hauler, it may not be the best choice for carrying everyone's luggage since it has one of the smallest cargo areas in the segment.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 24 professional evaluations for this 2017 Lexus RX 450h review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Lexus RX 450h?

Based on roughly 50 used listings for the 2017 RX Hybrid on our site, prices range from about $42,000 to roughly $57,000. The average price is about $53,000. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Lexus RX 450h Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Lexus RX 450h are estimated to be about $28,800. That’s well below average for a luxury midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New RX 450h?

The 2018 Lexus RX 450h’s starting price of $45,895 is about $7,000 lower than the average price of a used 2017 model. However, Lexus took away some of the RX Hybrid’s standard features for 2018. A moonroof, navigation system, leather seating, heated and cooled front seats, and active suspension came standard in the 2017 model, but not in the 2018. Still, the 2018 RX 450h is well equipped, especially considering its lower price. Also, the 2018 model’s standard infotainment system is better than the clunky system found in better-equipped 2017 models.

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The 2017 RX 450h has an average used price of $52,895. There are several new luxury midsize SUVs worth considering that cost the same or less, including the 2018 Acura MDX. We named the MDX our 2018 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money because of its excellent combination of quality and value. It starts at $44,200, and though it doesn't have the fuel economy of the Lexus hybrid, this Acura comes with a better infotainment system, three rows of seats, and much more cargo space.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus RX 450h Is Best?

The Lexus 450h was completely redesigned for the 2016 model year. Pre-2016 models cost less but fall short of the interior refinement found in the current generation. The 2016 RX 450h lacks the available all-wheel-drive system added for 2017. Unless that is a must-have, a 2016 model is the best choice for most buyers.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Lexus RX 450h?

The 2017 Lexus RX 450h has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Lexus RX 450h Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Lexus RX 450h has no recalls.

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Which Used Lexus RX 450h Model Is Right for Me?

The RX 450h comes in two trims: RX 450h and RX 450h F Sport. Stick with the base model if ride comfort is your goal. The F Sport boasts edgier road manners thanks to a sport-tuned and adaptive variable suspension, a Sport S+ driving mode, and sport-tuned electronic power steering.

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What Does Lexus' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lexus offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to six years or unlimited mileage. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus CPO vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles. Every CPO Lexus must pass a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like loaner cars, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Lexus has the best CPO program in the industry.

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How Safe Is the RX 450h?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2017 RX 450h five out of five stars in the side crash test, and four stars in the front and rollover crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2017 RX 450h.

The RX 450h comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+. It includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are also standard. A 360-degree parking camera is available.

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2017 Lexus RX 450h Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus RX 450h or 2017 BMW X5?

The 2017 BMW X5 is another great luxury midsize SUV. The X5 has a better range of powerful engines, sharper handling, and substantially more cargo space than the Lexus. Your choice between the two comes down to the BMW’s performance and cargo space versus the RX Hybrid’s comfort, higher predicted reliability rating, and excellent fuel economy.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus RX 450h or 2017 Audi Q7?

The 2017 Audi Q7 has agile handling and good maneuverability, along with a perfect safety rating. Both SUVs come with similar features, but the Q7’s interior is more luxurious than the RX Hybrid's. Still, the RX 450h is a better choice because of its superior fuel economy, lower operating costs, and almost perfect predicted reliability rating (compared to the Audi’s below-average score).

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2017 RX 450h Performance

How Does the 2017 Lexus RX 450h Drive?

The RX 450h focuses on comfort over sportiness, with steering that’s numb rather than responsive. The available F Sport trim has an upgraded suspension for a more engaging ride. Front-wheel drive comes standard; all-wheel drive is available.

A V6 engine, three electric motors, and a continuously variable automatic transmission are standard. With 308 horsepower, the RX Hybrid’s powertrain gives this SUV peppy acceleration and instant throttle response. Transitions from electric to gas power are smooth.

Does the 2017 Lexus RX 450h Get Good Gas Mileage?

With all-wheel drive, the Lexus RX Hybrid gets 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

2017 Lexus RX 450h Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the RX 450h has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

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2017 RX 450h Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 RX 450h Seat?

The RX Hybrid seats five on standard leather upholstery. Heated and cooled front seats are standard, along with reclining and folding rear seats. Available seating features include power-folding heated rear seats and – in F Sport models – bolstered heated and cooled front seats. Both rows of the RX 450h have plenty of room.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lexus RX 450h?

The RX 450h has two sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outer rear seats and a middle-seat top tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway System did not evaluate the LATCH system for ease of use.

2017 Lexus RX 450h Features

Standard equipment includes an 8-inch infotainment display, a 12-speaker sound system, smartphone integration, Siri Eyes Free, satellite radio, voice recognition, HD Radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and navigation. All models also come with Lexus Enform Destinations, which offers access to an agent to help locate restaurants, points of interest, and businesses. Available features include a 12.3-inch display, a 15-speaker sound system, and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 11.6-inch screens.

The RX 450h’s standard infotainment system is easy to use, but the upgraded system is more complicated. It employs a mouselike controller that is distracting to use while driving. However, the upgraded 12.3-inch screen has a crisp display and better graphics than the standard 8-inch screen.

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2017 Lexus RX 450h Dimensions

Lexus RX 450h Cargo Space

The RX 450h has 18 cubic feet of space with the rear seats in use, and 55.9 cubic feet with them folded. That’s small for the luxury midsize SUV segment. The roomy rear seats and steep slope of the rear liftgate cut into cargo space.

2017 RX 450h Length and Weight

The 2017 Lexus RX 450h is 16 feet long. It has a curb weight of 4,740 pounds and a gross vehicle weight rating of 5,997 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Lexus RX 450h Built?

Lexus built the 2017 Lexus RX 450h in Canada.

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