Though expensive compared to the non-hybrid RX, the 2012 Lexus RX 450h provides on its promise of cool fuel efficiency, utility, performance and luxury. Lexus RX 450h SUV offers the following pros: Economical hybrid powertrain; smooth ride; premium and convenient interior; smart controls interface; top security scores. Lexus RX 450h SUV drawbacks are: Expensive feature packages; questionable economic benefit.
The 2012 Lexus RX 450h is a five-passenger midsize luxury SUV available in front- or all-wheel-drive versions. It comes in one well-appointed trim level.
Traditional features include 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, 10-way performance front seatings, a performance tilt-and-telescoping helm, dual-zone automatic conditioning, cloth upholstery, wood dashboard trim, sliding and reclining second-row seatings and a nine-speaker stereo system with a six-disc CD changer, radio and an optional stereo slot.
Features are bundled in a number of packages. The Luxury suite adds leather seats, a sunroof, a performance tailgate, driver-seat memory, a rear-seat armrest and an Ipod interface. Add-on feature bundles require the Luxury suite. The Convenience suite tacks on adaptive xenon headlights with automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, heated/ventilated front seatings and an updated 12-speaker stereo system.
The Luxury suite contains 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, power-retractable outside mirrors, updated leather seats, side-view cameras, a wood and leather helm and extendable front bench cushions. The Navigation suite features a hard-drive-based navigator (with real-time traffic and voice control), the Lexus Remote Touch interface, a back-up camera, increased Bluetooth functionality and Lexus Enform telematics.
Individual features include park assist, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson luxury audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system with twin headrest-mounted displays, a head-up screen and adaptive cruise control with a pre-collision system (AWD only). Some of the different suite features are also available as stand-alone features. .
Both sensible and desirable, the 2011 Acura MDX is a standout for its make and its class. Definitely a top pick. Acura MDX SUV offers the following pros: Capable handling; user-friendly innovative features; comprehensive motor with decent fuel efficiency; finely crafted interior; relatively big third-row bench. Acura MDX SUV drawbacks are: Not as much dashboard room as some rivals; button-happy control design.
The 2011 Acura MDX is available in one trim level. Traditional equipment contains 18-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlamps, foglamps, a performance liftgate, a sunroof, privacy glass, heated eight-way performance front seatings, two-way adjustable driver lumbar, a performance tilt-and-telescoping helm, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic conditioning, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio system with Six-cd changer, optional stereo slot and radio.
The Technology suite adds a multiview parking camera, Gps-linked and solar-sensing conditioning, updated leather upholstery, a navigator, real-time traffic and weather, voice controls and a 10-speaker Acura/els surround-sound stereo system with digital audio cargo and an Ipod/usb stereo interface. The Advance suite contains all Technology items and adds 19-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot warning system, the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), auto-leveling headlamps, a sport helm and ventilated front seatings. The Entertainment suite, which can be added to the Technology or Advanced packages, adds a rear-seat entertainment system and heated second-row seatings.