Good fuel technology, smooth handling, reliability, quality and value for money.Cons
There are more spacious 4X4s available with higher performance and better off road capability.
Luxury mid size 4x4 SUV whose USP is a revolutionary petrol-electric hybrid power system offering decent fuel savings. The high performance hybrid makes sure that power is sent exactly where it's needed. It combines a 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine (208 bhp); plus two electric motors, one driving the front wheels and one the rear, offering a total power output of 269 bhp. When you want acceleration, power from the petrol engine and electric motors is sent to the wheels. When you are slowing down, the energy produced by the petrol engine and from vehicle braking is used to recharge the batteries. The system promises a smooth drive, jolt-free acceleration; formidable performance and impressive fuel economy. The RX 400h is the leading light of the Lexus RX Sports Utility Vehicles series, the other being the RX 350 with a V6 3.5-litre petrol engine. The RX 400h is the high performance hybrid option. RX 400h also benefits from Lexuss distinguished look, featuring distinctive round fog lamps, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels and the usual luxury accessories and stylings.
The Lexus RX 400h is a hybrid luxury crossover 4X4 made by Toyota Motor Corp for its Lexus luxury division.
The RX 400h was launched in 2005.
The RX 400h became the world's second mass-produced hybrid sport utility vehicle, after the Ford Escape Hybrid.
The RX 400h is the first luxury hybrid in this class.
The Lexus RX 400h was one of only four SUVs to achieve recognition on JD Power and Associates 2006 Automotive Environmental Index of the top 30 most environmentally-friendly vehicles.
JD Power awarded the RX 400h top slot for entry-luxury SUVs in 2005 for its design and usage.
The 2005 UK GreenFleet Awards - Lexus RX 400h 4x4 Manufacturer of the Year award.
The RX 400h four-wheel-drive system called E-Four raises efficiency and security on the road. When the RX 400h is starting up, accelerating, braking and stopping, all wheels are driven, keeping you stable and in control. When cruising E-Four automatically switches into two wheel drive to improve fuel economy.
The RX 400h also benefits from the latest generation of Lexus's Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM). This pools together the car's safety and stability resources to anticipate and deal with problems on the road before they trouble you. VDIM extends the car's dynamic capabilities.
Maximum speed mph (kph) 124 (200)
Acceleration 0-62mph/100kph (s) 7.6
Urban mpg (l/100km) 31 (9.1)
Extra urban mpg (l/100km) 37.2 (7.6)
Combined mpg (l/100km) 34.9 (8.1)
CO2-emissions (g/km) 192
Emission compliance Level Euro IV
Insurance group 16P
Gross vehicle weight:
Front - 1245 kg
Rear - 1260 kg
Total - 2505 kg
Kerb weight Min-max: 2000-2040 kg
Dimensions - 4760 mm x 1845 mm x 1710 mm
Wheelbase - 2720 mm
Fuel tank capacity (to tonneau cover) (m3) 0.439
Luggage compartment - 66 litres
Capacity 3311 cc
Max. output (bhp/kw @ rpm) 208/153@5600
Maximum torque (Nm@rpm) 288@4400
VVT-i Variable Valve Timing-intelligent (electronically controlled)
E-CVT Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission
E-FOUR Electric four-wheel drive
Electric front motor Power (kW@rpm) 123@4500
Maximum (rpm) 12,400
Maximum voltage (v) 650
Electric rear motor Power (kW@rpm) 50@4610-5120
Torque (Nm@rpm) 130@0-610
Maximum (rpm) 10,752
Maximum voltage (v) 650
Electric generator Power (kW@rpm) 109/@3,000
Maximum voltage (v) 650
High voltage battery Type Nickel-metal hydride
Power (kW) 45
Maximum power (kW) 200 (bhp) 269
Front and rear MacPherson strut, coil springs, Brake Assist System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Traction Control System (TRC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Electronic Power Steering (EPS), speed sensitive Electronically Controlled Braking (ECB,) Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), Driver and front passenger 2-stage airbag, Driver's knee airbag, Thorax Abdomen Pelvis (TAP) airbag (driver and front passenger), Curtain Shield airbag, front and rear Isofix preparation, rear seats Seatbelt pre-tensioners, front Whiplash Injury Lessening front seats (WIL), Seatbelt warning (buzzer), Anti-theft system, immobiliser, intrusion sensor, double door lock Brake Type Front Ventilated disc/319mm, Front Ventilated disc/319mm Rear Ventilated disc/288mm.
Outside rear-view mirror: electrically adjustable and heated, electro chromatic (auto-dimming)
Water repellent front door glass, UV-cut front side glass
Rear side and rear back privacy glass
HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlamps with pop-up cleaners and auto-levelling
Front foglamps, LED taillights and brake lights
Rear spoiler Roof rails
18" 5-spoke alloy wheels: Tyre size 235/55R18
Double door lock
Rain sensing wiper, windshield de-icer Fabric trim
Optional In-Car Entertainment system (ICE)
Rear seat slide (adjustable rear seat)
60/40 foldable rear seats
Optitron instruments with power meter
Automatic climate control air conditioning system with clean air filter Separate driver/passenger temperature controls
Automatic retractable tonneau cover
One-touch power windows, front and rear
Inside rear-view mirror: electro chromatic (auto-dimming)
12v accessory power outlet in luggage area
Carpet floor mats are provided as standard in all new Lexus models
Premium 8-speaker audio system
FM/AM RDS tuner with in-dash single slot 6-CD auto-changer
Rigid high-tensile steel cabin cage
Extensive anti-corrosion protection
Super-high quality finish featuring multi-layer paint treatment