RX400h - A Hybrid Well-Off Americans Can Love
With snow, sleet and frigid rain buffeting most of the East Coast last week, the Florida beach sounded like a great spot to test-drive Lexus's new luxury SUV gas-electric hybrid, the RX 400h. Who knew how blustery and cold -- not to mention wet -- the Sunshine State's northern Atlantic coast would be?
And yet the challenging conditions, with a posh beach resort as backdrop, created a fitting setting to show off Lexus's elegant solution to America's seemingly unsolvable predicament: Car buyers are in love with high-riding (and high-profit), four-wheel-drive SUVs, but the vehicles' gas-guzzling ways are at odds with the need to deliver better fuel economy and cleaner emissions.
Lexus kicked off the luxury crossover SUV trend in 1999 with its RX 300, which evolved into the RX 330 in 2004 (named for its bigger, 3.3-liter engine). From the outside, you won't see much that's different with the new RX 400h.
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