RX 450h: True spirit of driving

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There is a reason why the Lexus RX 450h has unfailingly been the luxury crossover of choice and the king of car sales in Canada. Perhaps, most of it has something to do with the exceptional value, incomparable features, and a plethora of discretionary specs for car owners with a connoisseur for finer things when it concerns being behind the wheel.

Luxurious, functional and practical, the iconic Lexus RX 450h has demonstrated to the world what Japanese car makers can achieve if they fixated the entirety of their efforts on the three aspects that make a good car tick: refinement, reliability, and comfort. And with much to be desired, the Lexus RX 450h undoubtedly exemplifies the true spirit of driving beside being equipped with a wide array of features and functionalities necessary to traverse any conceivable terrains and weather conditions in the whole of Canada. Even so, what exactly makes this artistic and iconic piece of car engineering so exceptional? Well...

Exterior looks

For the lack of a better word, every aspect of its exterior is sharpened and chiselled to augment and amplify this cars aura and stature of rock-solid stability. To be precise, it comes with a honed character line that runs from its rear to the front, fashioned like an arrow like the silhouette and a flowing roofline to reduce drag, minimize noise and bolster stability when on high speeds. If you are after a sporty look, an F sport package is available with the Lexus RX 450h. It infuses and imbues with a prominent sporty look, including 20-inch aluminum allow rims and an eye-catching mesh grille at the front.

Interior looks

Honestly speaking, the interior is a realm of superb craftsmanship and sublime comfort unrivalled by a few if any SUVs in its class. It comes complete with an unprecedented heated leather steering wheel, an artistic and hand stitched leather dashboard available in an array of designs from laser edged wood trim, F sport all the way to walnut.

If that’s not impressive enough, there is also a panoramic glass roof and other optional F sport refinements that add to its allure on the inside. These include a shift knob, scuff plates, steering wheel with paddle shifter and an LFA inspired instrument panel, which epitomizes the feeling of immersing oneself in a cockpit engineered with the driver in mind.

Engine Performance

When it comes to engine performance, the Lexus RX 450h doesn’t disappoint either. It is packed with a V6 3.5-litre engine which has been ingeniously tuned to achieve an impressive 295 horsepower for gas models. Hybrid or self-charging models combine an Atkinson cycle V6 engine with an advanced electric motor to produce a net 308 horsepower.

Piloting Outlook

The RX 540h is fitted with an innovative drive mode. This mode brings offers the driver an advanced steering performance and improved acceleration which comes in 3 modes Normal, Eco and Sports S. All of these are optimized to respond to different terrains. Its iconic AWD system facilitates unrivalled traction, while efficiently and effectively distributing torque to the rear and front wheels. The result of this harmonious collaboration of systems is a crossover that seamlessly and effortlessly achieves heightened fuel efficiency without compromising its overall performance.

Safety features

The RX 450h is a hallmark for safety. It is designed with comprehensive and top-notch safety technology and features. The most notable ones include (LSS+) otherwise known as the standard Lexus Safety System+ and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Besides these top-notch safety systems, the Lexus RX 450h has maintained the old fashioned but effective airbags. Speaking of which, it is fitted with 10 of them evenly distributed all over the car just in case the inevitable happens. And though nothing can replace the sound and defensive driving, the RX 450h keeps you and your passengers protected that moment when you are no longer in control.