.

Difference between revisions of "Lexus RX 400h"

Wikicars, a place to share your automotive knowledge
Jump to: navigation, search
m (Safety)
 
(48 intermediate revisions by 11 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
[[Image:Rx400hfront.jpg|right|300px]]
+
{{Infobox |
The '''[[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 400h''' is an automobile assembled by [[Toyota|Toyota Motor Corp.]] under the [[Lexus]] brand name using Toyota's [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] Synergy Drive technology.  It is called the '''Toyota Harrier [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]]''' in Japan. After first being introduced in January 2004 at the North American International Auto Show, it would become the world's second mass-produced [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] [[Sport utility vehicle|SUV]], after the [[Ford Escape Hybrid]].  In November 2004, Toyota announced the American launch of [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] [[Lexus|Lexus]]/Toyota SUV will be delayed to the 2006 model year, with European and Asian launches to meet the same fate. The Toyota version of the same car debuted in Japan in March of 2005 as the [[Toyota Highlander]] [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]].  
+
|Image = [[Image:Lx2005rx400h811423m.jpg]]
 +
|Marque =
 +
|aka =
 +
|Production =
 +
|Class =
 +
|Body Style =
 +
|Length =
 +
|Width =
 +
|Height =
 +
|Wheelbase =
 +
|Weight =
 +
|Transmission =
 +
|Engine =
 +
|Power =
 +
|Similar = 
 +
|Designer =
 +
}}
 +
The '''[[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 400h''' is an automobile assembled by [[Toyota|Toyota Motor Corp.]] under the [[Lexus]] brand name using Toyota's [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] Synergy Drive technology.  Currently, [[Lexus]] is using the fourth generation of [[Hybrid Synergy Drive]] from [[Toyota]]. Each generation surpasses the previous, offering greater power and less cost. The [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] powertrain adds a mere 300 pounds to the vehicle’s curb weight, an impressive engineering acheivement.  The majority of this extra weight is mounted low in the vehicle. To manage the additional weight, [[Lexus]] made the chassis of the RX stronger. The [[Lexus RX]], [[Lexus ES 350]], [[Toyota Camry]], and [[Toyota Highlander]] are all built on the same platform with slight modifications between the sedans and the SUVs.
  
The gasoline-powered part of the engine system is a 3.3L 3MZ-FE [[V6]], very similar to the one found in the [[Lexus RX|RX 330]]. It produced, in the case of the '''Harrier [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]]''', 211 [[HP]] and 212 lbs. ft. of torqueThis gasoline engine is aided by one or two additional electric motor(s) (depending on model), one driving the front wheels, producing 67 [[HP]] connected to the [[continuously variable transmission|CVT]] gearbox, and the other driving the rear wheels, producing 68 [[HP]] JIS. The whole system, called '''[[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] Synergy Drive''', produces a maximum of 272 [[HP]] JIS.  Under normal driving conditions, only the front motor and petrol engine will be used. The rear motor will only be used under full-throttle acceleration or when the front wheels lose traction. The petrol engine will switch off automatically and the car will be electrically driven when either stationary, decelerating, or being driven at a slow speed. A Ni-MH battery is responsible for powering the motors, and it is charged during deceleration.  
+
After first being introduced in January 2004 at the North American International Auto Show, it would become the world's second mass-produced [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] [[Sport utility vehicle|SUV]], after the [[Ford Escape Hybrid]].  In November 2004, Toyota announced the American launch of [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] [[Lexus|Lexus]]/Toyota SUV will be delayed to the 2006 model year, with European and Asian launches to meet the same fate. The Toyota version of the same car debuted in Japan in March of 2005 as the [[Toyota Highlander]] [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]].  
  
The assistance of the electric motor increases the vehicle's performance; the 400h [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] can reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in less than 8 s, quicker than the petrol-only RX. Despite the increased performance, the RX 400h/Harrier [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] consumes roughly the same amount of petrol as a compact four-cylinder [[Sedan (car)|saloon]] and it qualifies as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle ([[Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle|SULEV]]) in America. Under the Japanese "10.15 mode" fuel consumption standard, the Harrier [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] can run 17.8 km per litre of fuel (compared with the standard coil-sprung [[V6|V6]] 3.0 L Harrier, which returned 9.4 km/L). In Japan, it qualifies as a "4-star" LEV-car, where it produces 75% fewer emissions than the standard specified in Heisei 17 (i.e. year 2005). 
+
The gasoline-powered part of the engine system is a 3.3L 3MZ-FE [[V6]], very similar to the one found in the [[Lexus RX|RX 330]]. It produces 268 [[HP]] when aided by the two additional electric motors. Under normal driving conditions, only the front motor and gasoline engine will be used. The rear motor will only be used under full-throttle acceleration or when the front wheels lose traction (if so equipped). The gasoline engine will switch off automatically when the vehicle is either stationary, decelerating, or being driven at a slow speed and the electric motor will take over. A Ni-MH battery is responsible for powering the motors, and it is charged during deceleration and from the heat energy caused from braking.  
  
See WikiCars' comprehensive [http://wikicars.internetbrands.com/index.php?title=Lexus_RX400h_Hybrid_Review Lexus RX400h Hybrid Review Page]
+
The assistance of the electric motor increases the vehicle's performance, the RX 400h [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] can reach 60 mph (97km/h) in less than 8 seconds which is quicker than the normally aspirated RX 330. Despite the increased performance, the RX 400h consumes roughly the same amount of fuel as a compact four-cylinder [[sedan]] and it qualifies as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle ([[Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle|SULEV]]) in America.
  
 +
See WikiCars' comprehensive
 +
[[Lexus RX Review|'''Lexus RX 400h Hybrid Review Page''']]
  
 
==Recent Changes==  
 
==Recent Changes==  
The RX 400h is new for the 2006 model year.
+
The RX 400h was new for the 2006 model year.  2007 models received additional hybrid signifiers to the rear doors, and aft emblems to further distinguish the hybrid models. A combination wood trim package was also added.
  
 
==Styles and Major Options==
 
==Styles and Major Options==
 +
[[Image:RX 400h.jpg|right|350px]]
 +
There is only one trim for the 400h, but it is available in a variety of options.  It is powered by a 3.3L 208[[hp]] [[V6]] [[hybrid]] engine and a 2-speed [[continuously variable transmission]] ([[CVT]]), but there is a choice between [[front wheel drive]] and [[all wheel drive]] versions.  In addition, there are several optional packages available, from the Premium Package, which includes items like driver seat memory and a roof rack, to a Navigation Package, which includes not only a voice activated navigation system but also an 11-speaker 210-watt Premium Mark Levinson audio system.  Some of the standout features include:
 +
 
'''Standard Equipment'''
 
'''Standard Equipment'''
 
*  Leather-trimmed interior, steering wheel and shift knob
 
*  Leather-trimmed interior, steering wheel and shift knob
Line 30: Line 52:
 
*  [[Lexus|Lexus]] [[Entertainment Center|DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System]] (RSES) (includes two pairs of wireless headphones) - $1,840
 
*  [[Lexus|Lexus]] [[Entertainment Center|DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System]] (RSES) (includes two pairs of wireless headphones) - $1,840
 
*  Heated Front Seats with Rain-Sensing Wipers - $665
 
*  Heated Front Seats with Rain-Sensing Wipers - $665
*  Mark Levinson® 11-speaker, 210-watt Premium Audio System with [[In-Dash 6-Disc CD|in-dash, single-feed, six-disc CD]] changer - $980
+
*  Mark Levinson® 11-speaker, 210-watt Premium Audio System with in-dash, single-feed, six-disc CD changer - $980
 
*  [[Lexus|Lexus]] voice-activated DVD [[Navigation System]] (includes backup camera and [[Bluetooth]]® technology) - $2,350
 
*  [[Lexus|Lexus]] voice-activated DVD [[Navigation System]] (includes backup camera and [[Bluetooth]]® technology) - $2,350
  
Line 89: Line 111:
  
 
==Gas Mileage==
 
==Gas Mileage==
As seen on the [http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/bymodel/ FuelEconomy.gov] website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:
+
As seen on the [http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm FuelEconomy.gov] website, the revised City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:
  
 
<table border=1 bordercolor=#000008>
 
<table border=1 bordercolor=#000008>
Line 112: Line 134:
 
<tr bgcolor=#ffffcc>
 
<tr bgcolor=#ffffcc>
 
<td>
 
<td>
33/28
+
28/25
 
</td>
 
</td>
 
<td>
 
<td>
31/27
+
27/25
 
</td>
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
</tr>
Line 121: Line 143:
  
 
==Reliablity==
 
==Reliablity==
 +
 +
According to the 2007 Consumer Reports new car issue, the RX 400h has the highest rating in predicted reliability, and the record of used RX 400h models is also the highest possible rating.
  
 
==Safety==
 
==Safety==
  
*  Front seat-mounted [[side airbags]] (SRS)  
+
*  Front seat-mounted side [[airbag]]s (SRS)  
 
*  Driver's and front passenger's advanced [[airbag]] system (SRS) with crash-severity sensors  
 
*  Driver's and front passenger's advanced [[airbag]] system (SRS) with crash-severity sensors  
*  Front and rear roll-sensing [[side curtain airbags]]  
+
*  Front and rear roll-sensing side curtain[[airbag]]s
 
*  Driver's knee [[airbag]]
 
*  Driver's knee [[airbag]]
 
*  Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)  
 
*  Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)  
Line 141: Line 165:
  
 
==Photos==
 
==Photos==
[[Image:Rx400hinterior.jpg|right|300px]]
+
[[Image:Rx400hinterior.jpg|350px]]
[[Image:rx400hdash.jpg|right|300px]]
+
[[Image:rx400hdash.jpg|350px]]
[[Image:rx400hmonitor.jpg|right|300px]]
+
[[Image:rx400hmonitor.jpg|350px]]
[[Image:rx400hside.jpg|right|300px]]
+
[[Image:rx400hside.jpg|350px]]
 
+
{{clear}}
 
==Colors==
 
==Colors==
 +
A complete list of the 400h's colors is available at [http://www.carsdirect.com/lexus/rx_400h/colors CarsDirect.com.]  Here are some of the available ones:
 +
 
[[Image:Neptune blue mica.gif|Neptune Blue Mica]] Neptune Blue Mica
 
[[Image:Neptune blue mica.gif|Neptune Blue Mica]] Neptune Blue Mica
  
Line 162: Line 188:
  
 
==Main Competitors==
 
==Main Competitors==
 +
*  [[Mercury Mariner Hybrid]]
 
*  [[Acura RDX]]
 
*  [[Acura RDX]]
 
*  [[BMW X3]]
 
*  [[BMW X3]]
Line 167: Line 194:
 
*  [[Infiniti FX|Infiniti FX35]]/[[Infiniti FX|FX45]]
 
*  [[Infiniti FX|Infiniti FX35]]/[[Infiniti FX|FX45]]
 
*  [[Land Rover LR3]]
 
*  [[Land Rover LR3]]
*  [[Mercedes Benz ML350]]
+
*  [[Mercedes-Benz ML-Class]]
 
*  [[Volvo XC90]]
 
*  [[Volvo XC90]]
  
Line 174: Line 201:
  
 
==Resale Values==
 
==Resale Values==
As mentioned in the October 2005 issue of '''SmartMoney''', the resale value of the [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX remains to be high due to [[Lexus|Lexus]]'s "reputation for reliablity".
+
'''Kelley Blue Book''' offers a range of resale value information, with mileage and equipment levels factored [http://www.kbb.com/ in].
 
+
<table border=2 bordercolor=#000008> 
+
<tr bgcolor=#ccccc> 
+
<td colspan=12>
+
'''Trim'''
+
</td>
+
<tr bgcolor=ffffcc>
+
<td>
+
2007 RX 350
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
2006 RX 400h
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
2006 RX 330
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
2005 RX 330
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
2004 RX 330
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
2003 RX 300
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
2002 RX 300
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
2001 RX 300
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
2000 RX 300
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
1999 RX 300
+
</td>
+
</tr>
+
<tr>
+
<td colspan=12 bgcolor=#ccccc>
+
'''Price'''
+
</td>
+
</tr>
+
<tr bgcolor=#66ccff>
+
<td colspan=12>
+
''MSRP''
+
</td>
+
</tr>
+
<tr bgcolor=#ffffcc>
+
<td>
+
$45,890
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$46,060
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$40,120
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$39,775
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$36,425
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$36,925
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$35,705
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$33,955
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$33,005
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$32,005
+
</td>
+
</tr>
+
<tr bgcolor=#66ccff>
+
<td colspan=12>
+
''Invoice''
+
</td>
+
</tr>
+
<tr bgcolor=#ffffcc>
+
<td>
+
$40,047
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$40,992
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$35,405
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$35,100
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$32,235
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$32,493
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$31,420
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$31,420
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$30,058
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$29,015
+
</td>
+
</tr>
+
<tr bgcolor=#66ccff>
+
<td colspan=12>
+
''Resale Value''
+
</td>
+
</tr>
+
<tr bgcolor=#ffffcc>
+
<td>
+
N/A
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$44,660
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$36,370
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$36,925
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$33,875
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$26,900
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$23,975
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$20,875
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$16,950
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
$14,725
+
</td>
+
</tr>
+
<td colspan=12 bgcolor=#ccccc>
+
'''Engine'''
+
</td>
+
</tr>
+
<tr bgcolor=#ffffcc>
+
<td>
+
3.5L [[V6|V-6]] 270 [[HP|HP]]
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 268 [[HP|HP]]
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 223 [[HP|HP]]
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 230 [[HP|HP]]
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 230 [[HP|HP]]
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 220 [[HP|HP]]
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 220 [[HP|HP]]
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 220 [[HP|HP]]
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 220 [[HP|HP]]
+
</td>
+
<td>
+
3.3L [[V6|V-6]] 220 [[HP|HP]]
+
</td>
+
</tr>
+
</table>
+
  
 
==Criticisms==
 
==Criticisms==
 +
While the improved fuel economy is commendable, at current gas prices it will take years to recover the hybrid premium.
  
 
==[[Lexus|Lexus]] RX Generations==
 
==[[Lexus|Lexus]] RX Generations==
Line 389: Line 226:
  
 
The first-generation RX 300 continued largely unchanged until November 2000, when the 2.2 L 5S-FE engine was replaced by the 2.4 L 2AZ-FE 4-cylinder engine, producing 159 [[HP|hp]] JIS (117 kW) and 221 Nm (163 ft·lbf). Again, the new engine was offered with either front wheel drive or four wheel drive. The change in engine also meant a change in model code, which was now ACU10 for the front wheel drive version and ACU15 for the four wheel drive version. A small facelift was also performed on the Harrier. 2000 is also the year where the [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 300 first went on sale in Europe and Asia. The distinguishing feature for those versions of the RX 300 is a different rear light cluster and larger wheels. The front wheel drive version was not offered in either Europe or Asia.
 
The first-generation RX 300 continued largely unchanged until November 2000, when the 2.2 L 5S-FE engine was replaced by the 2.4 L 2AZ-FE 4-cylinder engine, producing 159 [[HP|hp]] JIS (117 kW) and 221 Nm (163 ft·lbf). Again, the new engine was offered with either front wheel drive or four wheel drive. The change in engine also meant a change in model code, which was now ACU10 for the front wheel drive version and ACU15 for the four wheel drive version. A small facelift was also performed on the Harrier. 2000 is also the year where the [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 300 first went on sale in Europe and Asia. The distinguishing feature for those versions of the RX 300 is a different rear light cluster and larger wheels. The front wheel drive version was not offered in either Europe or Asia.
----
 
  
 
==Worldwide==
 
==Worldwide==
For European and Asian markets, the second generation RX was launched in early 2003, where it continues to be a RX 300 and is made in Japan. Mechanical specification is more or less identical to the 3.0 L [[V6|V6]] Toyota Harrier, with only the four wheel drive version available. Once again, air-suspension and Mark Levinson audio can be specified.
+
[[Image:HarrierhybridIII.jpg|right|300px]]
 
+
The Toyota Harrier [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] went on sale in Japan on March 2005. Europe and Asia will also receive the [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] RX during 2006.
The Toyota Harrier [[Hybrid Cars|Hybrid]] went on sale in Japan on March 2005, and the [[Lexus|Lexus]] RX 400h [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] went on sale during the 2006 model year in North America. Europe and Asia will also receive the [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] RX during 2006.
+
----
+
  
 
==Design quirks and oddities==
 
==Design quirks and oddities==
 
 
*  Unique Front Bumper for increased cooling
 
*  Unique Front Bumper for increased cooling
 
*  Unique Grille
 
*  Unique Grille
 
*  Unique Fog Lamps
 
*  Unique Fog Lamps
*  New Tail Lamps, LEDs instead of traditional Incandescent Bulbs
+
*  New Tailights with LEDs instead of incandescent bulbs
 
*  18 inch wheels
 
*  18 inch wheels
 
*  Performance tires
 
*  Performance tires
 
Currently, [[Lexus]] is using the fourth generation of [[Hybrid Synergy Drive]] from [[Toyota]]. Each generation surpasses the previous, making them faster and less expensive. The [[Hybrid Cars|hybrid]] powertrain adds a mere 300 pounds to the vehicle’s curb weight, making it an impressive engineering acheivement, since the majority of this weight is mounted low in the vehicle. To manage the additional weight, [[Lexus]] made the chassis of the RX more chiseled. The [[Lexus]] RX, [[Lexus ES 350]], [[Toyota Camry]], and [[Toyota Highlander]] are all built on the same platform with slight modifications between the sedans and the SUVs.
 
  
 
==Awards==
 
==Awards==
 +
* '''J.D. Power''' awarded the RX 400h the ''top spot for entry-luxury SUVs'' in its 2005 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study (APEAL) on owners' attitudes towards new vehicle designs.
 +
* '''J.D. Power''' and Associates' 2006 Automotive Environmental Index of the top 30 ''most environmentally-friendly vehicles'' listed the RX 400h as one of only four SUVs on the list.
 +
* At the 2005 '''GreenFleet Awards''' in the United Kingdom, recognizing environmentally friendly transportation, Lexus was recognized for introducing the RX 400h with the ''4x4 Manufacturer of the Year'' title.
 +
* The RX 400h was named ''SUV of Texas'' at the 2005 '''Texas Truck Rodeo awards'''.
 +
* '''CNET''' ''editor's choice'' vehicle in 2005.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
  
<br clear=all>
+
* [[Lexus RX]]
{| cellspacing=1 cellpadding=1 class="toccolours plainlinks" align="center"
+
* [[Hybrid Cars]]
|align="center" colspan=22|'''[[Lexus]], a marque of [[Toyota]], road car timeline, 1989-present''' [<small class="editlink noprint plainlinksneverexpand">[{{SERVER}}{{localurl:Template:Lexus|action=edit}} edit]</small>]
+
 
|-
+
{{Lexus}}
|align=center rowspan=2 bgcolor=#F0F0F0|'''Type'''
+
|align=center colspan=1 width=4% bgcolor=#F0F0F0|1980s
+
|align=center colspan=10 width=40% bgcolor=#F0F0F0|1990s
+
|align=center colspan=10 width=40% bgcolor=#F0F0F0|2000s
+
|- align=center bgcolor=#F0F0F0
+
|width=4%|9
+
|width=4%|0||width=4%|1||width=4%|2||width=4%|3||width=4%|4||width=4%|5||width=4%|6||width=4%|7||width=4%|8||width=4%|9
+
|width=4%|0||width=4%|1||width=4%|2||width=4%|3||width=4%|4||width=4%|5||width=4%|6||width=4%|7||width=4%|8||width=4%|9
+
|- align=center
+
|bgcolor=#F0F0F0| [[Compact car|Compact]]
+
|colspan=1 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=9 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=7 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus IS 350|IS 200/300]]
+
|colspan=4 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus IS 350|IS 250/350]]
+
|- align=center
+
|bgcolor=#F0F0F0 rowspan=2| [[Mid-size car|Mid-size]]
+
|colspan=3 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus ES 350|ES 250]]
+
|colspan=5 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus ES 350|ES 300]]
+
|colspan=5 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus ES 350|ES 300]]
+
|colspan=5 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus ES 350|ES 300/330]]
+
|colspan=3 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus ES 350|ES 350]]
+
|- align=center
+
|colspan=1 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=3 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=5 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus GS|GS 300]]
+
|colspan=7 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus GS|GS 300/400/430]]
+
|colspan=5 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus GS|GS 300/430/450h]]
+
|- align=center
+
|bgcolor=#F0F0F0| [[Full-size car|Full-size]]
+
|colspan=6 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus LS|LS 400]]
+
|colspan=6 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus LS|LS 400]]
+
|colspan=6 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus LS|LS 430]]
+
|colspan=3 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus LS|LS 460/600h]]
+
|- align=center
+
|bgcolor=#F0F0F0| [[Crossover SUV|Crossover]]
+
|colspan=1 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=9 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=5 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus RX 350|RX 300]]
+
|colspan=6 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus RX 350|RX 330/350/400h]]
+
|- align=center
+
|bgcolor=#F0F0F0 rowspan=2| [[SUV]]
+
|colspan=1 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=10 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=3 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=7 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus GX 470|GX 470]]
+
|- align=center
+
|colspan=1 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=6 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=2 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus LX 470|LX 450]]
+
|colspan=9 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus LX 470|LX 470]]
+
|colspan=3 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus JX 470|JX 470]]
+
|- align=center
+
|bgcolor=#F0F0F0| [[Sports car|Sports]]
+
|colspan=1 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=2 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=9 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus SC 430|SC 300/400]]
+
|colspan=9 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus SC 430|SC 430]]
+
|- align=center
+
|bgcolor=#F0F0F0| [[Concept car|Concept]]
+
|colspan=1 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=10 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=8 bgcolor=#E0E0E0|
+
|colspan=2 bgcolor=#C0C0C0 |[[Lexus LF|LF]]
+
|}<noinclude>
+
----
+
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
* [http://www.lexus.com Official Lexus Website]
+
* [http://www.lexus.com Lexus.com] - official website
* [http://www.lexus.com/models/rx/index.html Official Lexus RX400h website]
+
* [http://www.lexus.com/models/rx/index.html Lexus RX 400h] - official website
 +
* [http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2009/01/lexus-uk-launches-new-limited-edition.html Lexus UK Launches New Limited Edition RX400hs]
 +
 
 +
This page uses content from Wikipedia; see [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexus_RX_400h Lexus RX 400h], which includes these [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lexus_RX_400h&action=history contributors].
 +
 
 +
[[Category:Current Models]]
 +
[[Category:Lexus Vehicles|RX 400h]]
 +
[[Category:Front Wheel Drive Vehicles]]
 +
[[Category:All Wheel Drive Vehicles]]
 +
[[Category:Luxury Vehicles]]
 +
[[Category:Hybrid Vehicles]]
 +
[[Category:Prestige Vehicles]]
 +
[[Category:Mid-Size SUVs]]
 +
[[Category:Sedans]]
 +
[[Category:2000s Automobiles]]

Latest revision as of 10:52, 6 December 2010

Lx2005rx400h811423m.jpg
Lexus RX 400h
aka
Production
Class
Body Style
Length
Width
Height
Wheelbase
Weight
Transmission
Engine
Power
Similar
Designer

The Lexus RX 400h is an automobile assembled by Toyota Motor Corp. under the Lexus brand name using Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. Currently, Lexus is using the fourth generation of Hybrid Synergy Drive from Toyota. Each generation surpasses the previous, offering greater power and less cost. The hybrid powertrain adds a mere 300 pounds to the vehicle’s curb weight, an impressive engineering acheivement. The majority of this extra weight is mounted low in the vehicle. To manage the additional weight, Lexus made the chassis of the RX stronger. The Lexus RX, Lexus ES 350, Toyota Camry, and Toyota Highlander are all built on the same platform with slight modifications between the sedans and the SUVs.

After first being introduced in January 2004 at the North American International Auto Show, it would become the world's second mass-produced hybrid SUV, after the Ford Escape Hybrid. In November 2004, Toyota announced the American launch of hybrid Lexus/Toyota SUV will be delayed to the 2006 model year, with European and Asian launches to meet the same fate. The Toyota version of the same car debuted in Japan in March of 2005 as the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

The gasoline-powered part of the engine system is a 3.3L 3MZ-FE V6, very similar to the one found in the RX 330. It produces 268 HP when aided by the two additional electric motors. Under normal driving conditions, only the front motor and gasoline engine will be used. The rear motor will only be used under full-throttle acceleration or when the front wheels lose traction (if so equipped). The gasoline engine will switch off automatically when the vehicle is either stationary, decelerating, or being driven at a slow speed and the electric motor will take over. A Ni-MH battery is responsible for powering the motors, and it is charged during deceleration and from the heat energy caused from braking.

The assistance of the electric motor increases the vehicle's performance, the RX 400h Hybrid can reach 60 mph (97km/h) in less than 8 seconds which is quicker than the normally aspirated RX 330. Despite the increased performance, the RX 400h consumes roughly the same amount of fuel as a compact four-cylinder sedan and it qualifies as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) in America.

See WikiCars' comprehensive Lexus RX 400h Hybrid Review Page

Recent Changes

The RX 400h was new for the 2006 model year. 2007 models received additional hybrid signifiers to the rear doors, and aft emblems to further distinguish the hybrid models. A combination wood trim package was also added.

Styles and Major Options

RX 400h.jpg

There is only one trim for the 400h, but it is available in a variety of options. It is powered by a 3.3L 208hp V6 hybrid engine and a 2-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT), but there is a choice between front wheel drive and all wheel drive versions. In addition, there are several optional packages available, from the Premium Package, which includes items like driver seat memory and a roof rack, to a Navigation Package, which includes not only a voice activated navigation system but also an 11-speaker 210-watt Premium Mark Levinson audio system. Some of the standout features include:

Standard Equipment

  • Leather-trimmed interior, steering wheel and shift knob
  • Brushed aluminum interior trim pieces
  • Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column with memory
  • Lexus Memory System to control power driver’s seat (except lumbar), outside mirrors and steering wheel
  • Illuminated entry system
  • Power tilt-and-slide sunroof with one-touch open/close and sliding sunshade
  • Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)
  • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling
  • Roof rack with rails
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 10-way driver (including lumbar) and 8-way front passenger power seats
  • Lexus eight-speaker, Premium Sound system with in-dash six-disc CD changer
  • Steering wheel mounted cruise control, audio and display function controls

Individual Factory Options

  • Lexus DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System (RSES) (includes two pairs of wireless headphones) - $1,840
  • Heated Front Seats with Rain-Sensing Wipers - $665
  • Mark Levinson® 11-speaker, 210-watt Premium Audio System with in-dash, single-feed, six-disc CD changer - $980
  • Lexus voice-activated DVD Navigation System (includes backup camera and Bluetooth® technology) - $2,350

Dealer Accessories

  • All-weather floor mats
  • Car cover
  • Cargo mat
  • Cargo net
  • Front-end mask
  • Tow-hitch receiver
  • Wheel locks
  • Wireless headphones

Pricing

Today's actual prices for the Lexus RX 400h can be found at CarsDirect.

Model Trims

FWD

AWD

MSRP

$44,660

$46,060

Invoice

$39,746

$40,992

Gas Mileage

As seen on the FuelEconomy.gov website, the revised City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:

Trim

2006 RX 400h FWD

2006 RX 400h AWD

MPG

28/25

27/25

Reliablity

According to the 2007 Consumer Reports new car issue, the RX 400h has the highest rating in predicted reliability, and the record of used RX 400h models is also the highest possible rating.

Safety

  • Front seat-mounted side airbags (SRS)
  • Driver's and front passenger's advanced airbag system (SRS) with crash-severity sensors
  • Front and rear roll-sensing side curtainairbags
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)
  • ABS with Brake Assist
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Reinforced Body
  • Three-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners seatbelts for all seats
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • Traction Control (TRAC)
  • Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Theft-Deterrent System with engine immobilizer
  • LED tailights

Photos

Rx400hinterior.jpg Rx400hdash.jpg Rx400hmonitor.jpg Rx400hside.jpg

Colors

A complete list of the 400h's colors is available at CarsDirect.com. Here are some of the available ones:

Neptune Blue Mica Neptune Blue Mica

Flint Mica Flint Mica

Savannah Metallic Savannah Metallic

Bamboo Pearl Bamboo Pearl

Crystal White Crystal White

Millenium Silver Metallic Millenium Silver Metallic

Black Onyx Black Onyx

Main Competitors

Unique Attributes

The available Four-Wheel Air Suspension controls vehicle height, depending on driving conditions and needs. At speeds higher than 62 mph, the vehicle lowers 0.3 inches automatically (Normal mode), providing increased control and lower drag coefficient. For additional control during sport driving, you can select Low mode, which lowers the vehicle by 0.6 inches. For low-speed emergency driving on rough terrain, you're able to switch to High mode to raise the ground clearance to a full 8.3 inches. Or, for easy passenger access or loading, the vehicle will lower an additional 1.2 inches (Access mode). The RX 350 is a certified Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV II) that everyone can feel good about.

Resale Values

Kelley Blue Book offers a range of resale value information, with mileage and equipment levels factored in.

Criticisms

While the improved fuel economy is commendable, at current gas prices it will take years to recover the hybrid premium.

Lexus RX Generations

Current Model (Updated Second Generation)

For 2007, the RX has a mid-cycle refresh consisting of a new 2GR-FE 3.5-liter V6 instead of the older 3MZ-FE 3.3-liter V6 engine, changing the vehicle's name from RX 330 to RX 350. The RX 350 will also feature an updated DVD navigation system with better graphics, voice controlled destination inputs, and a new device called "bread crumbs", enabling drivers to retrace their steps.

Second Generation: (2004-present)

The second generation RX, called the Lexus RX 330 for the North American and Middle Eastern markets, was introduced at the 2003 North American International Auto Show. The North American-market cars were initially built in Japan, with production of the RX 330 started at Toyota's Cambridge, Ontario, Canada plant in September 2003 (some North American RX 330/RX 350 models are still made in Japan). The RX 330 is powered by a 3.3 L 3MZ-FE V6, producing 223 hp SAE and (238 ft·lb), and is available in either front or four wheel drive. "AIRS" air-suspension is again an option on the four wheel drive models, and interestingly, a Mark Levinson sound-system is available in place of the JBL system found in the Toyota Harrier.

Lexusgen2.jpg

For European and Asian markets, the second generation RX was launched in early 2003, where it continues to be a RX 300 and is made in Japan. Mechanical specification is more or less identical to the 3.0 L V6 Toyota Harrier, with only the four wheel drive version available. Once again, air-suspension and Mark Levinson audio can be specified.

The Harrier Hybrid went on sale in Japan on March 2005, and the hybrid Lexus RX 400h went on sale during the 2006 model year in North America. Europe and Asia will also receive the Hybrid RX during 2006.

First Generation: (1999-2003)

The first-generation RX 300 for the four wheel drive models made its debut in December 1997 as the Toyota Harrier. Two engines were available, the 2.2 L 5S-FE I4 which produced 139 hp JIS (102 kW) and 191 Nm (140 ft·lbf), and the 3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6 which produced 219 hp JIS (161 kW) and 304 Nm (224 ft·lbf). Both engines could be specified with either front or four wheel drive. All models came with an automatic transmission as standard, with the V6 version having the Sportmatic +/- feature. The Toyota Harrier was a sales success, and many went to other right hand drive markets in Asia as grey imports.

The Lexus RX 300, made its debut in America in 1998. The only engine and drivetrain combination available was the 3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6 and either front or four wheel drive.

Lexusfirstgen.jpg

The first-generation RX 300 continued largely unchanged until November 2000, when the 2.2 L 5S-FE engine was replaced by the 2.4 L 2AZ-FE 4-cylinder engine, producing 159 hp JIS (117 kW) and 221 Nm (163 ft·lbf). Again, the new engine was offered with either front wheel drive or four wheel drive. The change in engine also meant a change in model code, which was now ACU10 for the front wheel drive version and ACU15 for the four wheel drive version. A small facelift was also performed on the Harrier. 2000 is also the year where the Lexus RX 300 first went on sale in Europe and Asia. The distinguishing feature for those versions of the RX 300 is a different rear light cluster and larger wheels. The front wheel drive version was not offered in either Europe or Asia.

Worldwide

HarrierhybridIII.jpg

The Toyota Harrier Hybrid went on sale in Japan on March 2005. Europe and Asia will also receive the hybrid RX during 2006.

Design quirks and oddities

  • Unique Front Bumper for increased cooling
  • Unique Grille
  • Unique Fog Lamps
  • New Tailights with LEDs instead of incandescent bulbs
  • 18 inch wheels
  • Performance tires

Awards

  • J.D. Power awarded the RX 400h the top spot for entry-luxury SUVs in its 2005 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study (APEAL) on owners' attitudes towards new vehicle designs.
  • J.D. Power and Associates' 2006 Automotive Environmental Index of the top 30 most environmentally-friendly vehicles listed the RX 400h as one of only four SUVs on the list.
  • At the 2005 GreenFleet Awards in the United Kingdom, recognizing environmentally friendly transportation, Lexus was recognized for introducing the RX 400h with the 4x4 Manufacturer of the Year title.
  • The RX 400h was named SUV of Texas at the 2005 Texas Truck Rodeo awards.
  • CNET editor's choice vehicle in 2005.

See also


Lexus RX 400h 2006.jpg
LEXUS

Toyota Motor Corporation


Toyota | Lexus | Scion | Hino | Daihatsu


Current

Cars: IS 250/250C/350 · IS-F · ES 350 · GS 300/430/450h · LS 460/460L · LS 600h/600hL · LFA · CT 200h

SUVs: RX 330/350/400h · GX 460 · LX 470 · LX 570

Hybrid: RX 450h · GS 450h · LS 600h/600hL · HS 250h

Historic

Cars: IS 200/300 · ES 250/300/330 · GS 300/400/430 · LS 400/430 · SC 300/400/430

SUVs: RX 300 · LX 450

Hybrid: RX 400h

Racing Vehicles

LF-A Nürburgring 24

Concept Vehicles

LF-A Concept · LF-C Concept · LF-Ch Concept · LF-S Concept · LF-Sh Concept · LF-X Concept · LF-Xh Concept · IS 250 Sports Concept


Engines · Transmissions


Toyota Corporate website A division of the Toyota Motor Corporation


External Links

This page uses content from Wikipedia; see Lexus RX 400h, which includes these contributors.