Lexus RX450h version L · AWD

Lexus RX450h Review: “An earnestly gentle luxury car” by Naoto Shimazaki

The new Lexus RX450h has been marked as a flagship model. It is also available in the sportier F Sport grade, but the model that I test-drove was the Version L luxury grade, which has an AWD system and has high quality equipment and power performance.

It has a superb interior. The bold stripe patterns embellished on the leather cut wood at the center panel look like the cloth from the suits that dandy guys (?) like, but the height of its instrument panel has been suppressed to make it flat. Personally, even though it’s a hybrid car, the traditional design of its shift lever is casually likeable.

Lexus cars are known for having a highly comfortable interior space with the feel of real leather, and this model follows that characteristic. Even though it’s an SUV, it seems like a luxury sedan, and it offers a great seat posture, with great comfort that makes you want to invite not only your family members, but also your friends and acquaintances to ride on it.

In addition to its 3.5L V6 engine, it adopts an AWD system that also turns its rear wheels through a motor, so it has a very powerful performance. Then, it did not have a coarse behavior anywhere, and when I stepped on the accelerator, it had a smooth performance even when accelerating; its engine did not have rough sounds and its suspension was all smooth. The model that I test drove weighs 2,150kg, but it makes use of its heaviness and provides a smooth ride quality.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor, and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)