Written by Marco Carvajal
This is the most powerful RX in the world, the 2019 Lexus RX 450h AWD F SPORT, a hybrid luxury-utility vehicle.
2019 RX 450h F SPORT, Amazing styling and impressive 30 MPG fuel efficiency
The 2019 RX 450h Hybrid F SPORT
Lexus has been an innovator about hybrid cars. More than 10 years ago Lexus introduced the world’s first luxury hybrid vehicle, a gas and electric version of the RX luxury-utility vehicle.
Today, the 2019 RX 450h, the most powerful RX, continues as an icon of success for Lexus hybrid leadership, with 308 horsepower powerful performance and impressive fuel economy.
The RX 450h comes with an advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive system that combines a D4-S injection 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two high-torque electric drive motor-generators for strong acceleration and passing performance. Instead the usual transfer of gears and a driveshaft to rear wheels, the new standard all-weather drive system uses a second independent electric motor to drive the rear wheels independently when needed, maintaining optimal traction and performance with this innovative system.
|308 Horse power
Torque 247 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm (not including hybrid drive)
Hybrid power system, type Series/parallel system with gas engine and electric motors. D4-S injection 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two high-torque electric drive motor-generator
Front gas engine with hybrid transaxle and front and rear electric drive motors, electric all-wheel drive
Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT); planetary gear unit for gear reduction and power splitting, electronic all- or front-wheel-drive control system
Max Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs. (with appropriate hitch)
Fuel Tank Capacity 17.2 gal.
Estimated Fuel Economy 30/28/30 (City/Hwy/Combined)
Cargo area 18.0 cu. ft. Rear seats folded down 55.9 cu. ft.
The RX lineup has a starting price of $43,570 on the base trim level RX 350, then the RX 450h has a starting price of $45,995. Other trims available are the RX 350 L, RX 350 F Sport, RX 450h L and finally the top of the line is the RX 450h F with a top price of $51,355. The base price of the RX doesn’t include many packages and options that are available for an additional price.
The RX has very good price compared to other similar luxury SUVs with a price range from $43K to $51K. Its price is very competitive, especially considering all the quality, design, luxury, performance and backup of Lexus included on this advance mobile machine.
|2019 RX 450h F Sport, all-wheel drive||Starting at $53,730|
F SPORT models give the RX a big upgrade and enhanced design, including cabin transformation. The exterior of all F Sport models is enhanced with exclusive blackout mesh grille, lower spoiler and a satin-finish chrome-plated lower protector. Black side mirrors match the grille, and exclusive 20-inch 10-spoke aluminum alloy wheels and distinctive F SPORT badging round out the expressive exterior. AVS is standard on F Sport models.
More benefits of the F Sport style include an 8-inch LCD instrument cluster inspired by Lexus LFA supercar. A tachometer and digital speed indicator. Real-time information such as G-force metrics, navigation information, and torque distribution for the AWD model. Supportive quilted seats in exclusive and stirring color, Rioja Red.
The F SPORT treatment adds more to the interior with a unique perforated leather-wrapped shift lever and three-spoke sport steering wheel with F SPORT badge, aluminum interior trim accents and drilled non-slip lightweight aluminum pedals and a foot rest.
F Sport models like the 2019 RX 450h F Sport are the top of the line of the 2019 RX trim levels.
The standard multimedia system on the RX includes an eight-inch screen, HD Radio, Scout GPS Link, Bluetooth audio, voice recognition, an auxiliary mini jack, two USB ports and nine speakers for the RX 450h. There are more options available for an additional price.
The RX 450h comes with a lot of safety features like stability control, side curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbag and the “Safety Connect” emergency communications system, which includes automatic collision notification, button and stolen vehicle location help services. Adaptive cruise control, frontal collision warning and automatic braking, warning and lane change intervention. The adapted cruise control system includes a pre-collision warning system.
The RX 450h comes standard with adaptive cruise control, frontal collision warning and automatic braking that detect other cars and pedestrians, and lane maintenance assistance. These features are optional on most competitor SUVs to the RX. Blind spot monitoring and back cross traffic alert are optional.
The 2019 Lexus RX 450h is the hybrid version of the highly successful RX 350 crossover with wonderful performance. The Lexus RX 450h is powerful, strong and solid, and it can be one of the best options for luxury SUV buyers. Firm presence on the road, passenger comfort, enough storage space and environmental friendly.
The 2019 RX 450h F Sport, all-wheel drive is the top of the line but it has a reasonable base price around $53 K. This price can increase as you add more options. The RX has a few optional packages available so the price is not so low if you add a few packages. It seems that Lexus pricing strategy on the RX is to offer a lower base price and let the customer decide how high you want to go in price by adding optional features. Some competitors manufacturers of less luxury car sometimes do the opposite, providing a base price full of standard features already included in the price what can be an advantage for the buyer, but let’s not forget that when you buy a Luxury, you are getting one of the most luxury cars in the world.
If you have a budget to buy a car around $53,000 and want to own a powerful, smart, luxury hybrid then the 2019 RX 450h F Sport is probably one of your best options in the market.