2019 Lexus RX 450h Review, F Sport and L Versions

The approaching 2019 Lexus RX 450h is a luxurious hybrid SUV and the new model will feature a couple of changes both inside and outside. Fuel-economy is great, which is expected from a hybrid model and that fuel economy puts new Lexus RX into a class-leading vehicle.

The interior is both quiet and comfortable and the ride feels smooth. Thanks to the numerous safety features, this midsize SUV comes with great safety rating and some features that were optional are now standard now. The price will remain the same as the outgoing model, which is another great thing about this SUV.

2019 Lexus RX 450h front

2019 Lexus RX 450h Exterior Redesign and Appearance

The 2019 Lexus RX 450h comes with an attractive and modern exterior. We could call this exterior a “classic Lexus” as most of the styling cues can be found on some other company’s models. The changes are minor, but the exterior is dynamic. The front spindle grille suffered a slight change, however, the character is on a different level. Lexus RX 450h will arrive with nice and sharp edges and lines that will boost the futuristic appearance a little more. This hybrid SUV offers a rearview camera, power tailgate, 18-inch wheels are rain-sensing wipers as a standard.

The touch-free tailgate and the sunroof are optional, just like the 20-inch wheels. A panoramic view monitor of the 2019 Lexus RX 450h is perhaps the biggest addition to this new hybrid model. This feature uses up to four cameras mounted on the front and rear sides so the 360-degree bird’s eye view is created. It comes with a 12-inch monitor that sits in front of the driver’s seat.

2019 Lexus RX 450h interior

Interior gets a premium materials

The interior is modern, just like the exterior. The materials inside the cabin feel premium and upscale. Different types of fine materials are all over the cabin, and the analog clock looks more than elegant. A large multimedia screen comes as a standard, the same stands for a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat and telescoping steering wheel. Both headroom and legroom are generous, even at the rear.

Cargo room offers more than 19 cubic feet and with rear seats folded flat, that area gets 57 cubic feet. Dual-zone climate control is a part of standard equipment too. Furthermore, the safety is now better thanks to adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are in the offer too.

2019 Lexus RX 450h F sport and base trim details

The model 2019 Lexus RX 450h will offer base trim and F-sport. The base one will be available with three packages 3500 lbs Tow Prep Package, Premium Package and Luxury Package. The 3500 lbs Tow Prep Package that cost around $265 will bring to this SUV features like Heavy Duty Radiator, Transmission Oil Cooler and Heavy-Duty Alternator. However, with the Premium Package that starts at $1,110 buyers will get doors with beautiful Wood Trim, Leather Seat Trim, Driver Seat & Steering Wheel Memory and Power-Folding Mirrors w/Memory.

The last one in this trims is the Luxury one with the attractive Black Wheel Caps, Wheels: 20″ x 7.5″ Super Chrome Machine Finished, Stainless Steel Rear Bumper Protector. Also, in this trim buyers will get Illuminated Aluminum, Heated Hard Maple Steering Wheel, Semi-Aniline Leather Seat Trim and Front Illuminated Aluminum Scuff Plates.

The next one trim is the F sport. With this trim, the package 3500 lbs Tow Prep Package will be offered as an option. However, this model will get many great features and it will look much sporty. The changes that are most seen sits on the front fascia and in the rear of the SUV. The grill will get a more attractive look and the buyers will have many options for modifications. Some of the features that come as the options are Rubber front and rear floor mats, Digital signal processor, 15 Mark Levinson speakers with 330W amplifier and Rear parking sensors are some of them.

2019 Lexus RX 450h L model

The upcoming 2019 Lexus RX 450h will like the model RX 350 gets its longer version that will add the third row of seats. Furthermore, the 2019 Lexus RX 450h L version will get a plenty of space. With the third row of seating, this SUV is now 4.3 inches longer than the base one. The manufacturers of the Lexus has done a good job hiding the extra length. However, if we look at its interior the changes are minor.

The exterior of 2019 Lexus RX 450h L model will be offered with 11 colors options Atomic Silver, Caviar, Autumn Shimmer, Eminent White Pearl, Nebula Gray Pearl, Matador Red Mica, Ultra White, Nightfall Mica, Obsidian, Silver Lining Metallic and Satin Cashmere Metallic.

The engine is the same as in the standard one. It gets 3.5-liter V6 and a 123-kW electric motor. Two electric motors will be able to make 308 combined horsepower. However, because this model is longer the fuel economy will be now in the city/highway of 29/28 mpg.

2019 Lexus RX 450h engine

2019 Lexus RX 450h Engine that is fuel efficient

As the things stand, the 2019 Lexus RX 450h will remain a class leader in the fuel economy category. This midsize SUV comes with the most efficient 3.5-liter V6 drivetrain. This unit will arrive with the 123-kW electric motor and it can create 308 HP and 248 lb-ft of torque. Another great thing is CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). All-wheel drive is also in the offer and the fuel economy with an all-wheel drive is 31/28 mpg.

We must mention that the base model of the RX 350 series comes with the 3.5-liter V6 engine. It is able to deliver 295 horsepower and 267 lb ft of torque. This engine comes with an EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 mpg for the FWD and 19/26 mpg for the model with AWD system. However, this version of the SUV will also get RX 350 L model. This one model with a third row comes with the same engine but the difference is that it has 5 HP less. Also, fuel economy is changed to 19/26 mpg (FWD) and 18/25 mpg (AWD).

2019 Lexus RX 450h rear

2019 Lexus RX 450h Price and Release Date

As we mentioned, the 2019 Lexus RX 450h will keep the same price as the outgoing model. So we can expect the price in the range of $55,000. The price is better than the Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5 models. This hybrid midsize SUV will go on sale in the first half of 2019.

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