2008 Lexus RX Hybrid
There are 11 user reviews for the 400h AWD trim shown below
- Everything about this car is top rate
Purchased As Used
Purchased this car several weeks ago with only 24k miles. It was in like new condition. It was everything we expected and then some. This is our third Lexus. We had a new ES250, a LS400 and this RX400h. This is by far the best one we have owned.
This car has all the available options that Lexus offers. We are averaging 27mpg using regular gas. Tried using high test but did not see any difference in performance or gas milage. I would highly recommend this car to anyone looking for a SUV that has the comfort and luxury of a luxury car but has the room and drivability of a awd SUV. I smile every time I have to sit in traffic and know my car is not using any gas.
This car is like a rocket when you want to pass someone, as the back electric motor along with the front electric motor and the gas engine, all working together really give this car a feeling of a turbo powered unit. It is a lot of fun to drive and our teenage granddaughters really love it, especially the backseat DVD entertainment system....read morehide
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- comfort drive and fuel efficient
- worry about power battery in long term but there is warranty
I love this car and hope it will function like this for a long time.
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- nimble, comfortable, well-designed, efficient
I have put 4400 miles on my 2008 400h since purchasing 6 months ago.
Overall, we're very happy with the car as a family vehicle. Our infant's car seat is a bit squeezed in the backseat (cannot maintain full legroom up front and fit the seat behind), but we've been happy with the overall size as a smaller alternative to a big SUV. The brakes have a whirring sound as you come to a stop, but on the otherhand it is exceptionally quiet when in electric mode, to the point that people are unaware of a car moving sometimes in parking lots. I have not experienced the wind noise that other reviewers comment on (and it's especially quiet compared to previous SUVs I've driven - Trailblazer, Yukon and Suburban).
I really like the moveable center console, individual armrests, navigation system (backup camera) and styling.
On the cons, after the first free oil change experience, I think the Lexus oil changes are a complete ripoff, and will be using a Toyota dealer instead for those.
All in all, I would buy this car again....read morehide
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- Fuel economy is pretty good (w/Michelin Energy MX tires): 28mpg+ in town; 26mpg avg.
- Control knobs for seat heaters could be bigger. No other cons.
2008 RX 400h is an improvement from our 2006 model which had 37K miles. The RX usually comes with Goodyear RSA tires, which are sporty, noisey and somewhat hard. Negotiated for Michelin Energy MX tires - these improve the ride, quietness, mpg by as much as 12%(!) while using 87 octane, and wear better by 50% more.
Wood trim appointments add to a luxurious interior. The GPS and computer have also been upgraded in 2008 for better navigation accuracy. General usage is more intuitive.
Power is adequate and passing capability is excellent. Some engine whine when accelerating (b/c of the continuously variable transmission), but otherwise very quiet.
Overall, the 2008 RX 400h AWD is an excellent vehicle that is fun to drive....read morehide
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- Appearance, interior styling and safety feaures
- wind noise, poor backseat leg room, blah gas mileage in CO - even for a non-lead foot
I had waited to buy my 400H until I thought Lexus had kinks worked out with the 400H, but I feel I was premature in my purchase.
There is a lot of wind noise and I've had the door seals replaced twice - no change. I noticed this wind noise was also present in several of the loaner RX vehicles my dealership provided, but not in the sedans.
I average 23 city/26 hwy, and I drive 30-35 mph city and 45-55 hwy (yes, really). If I'd have known that the hills, cold weather and short-in-town driving would prevent me from attaining the advertised mileage I would have not chosen this car.
With the dissappointing gas mileage, I feel like the 51K shelled out for this car with all the upgrades bought an elitist status symbol as opposed to a luxury car that really lessens my carbon tiretread. Ultimately, I'd rather have put that money into a photovoltic roof system and waited until the new BMW hydrogen sedan came out in 2009/2010. I'll have to take solace in the fact that it does produce lower emissions and my car fits right in with all of my neighbors' cars except I overpaid....read morehide
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- done 36K in 15months. consumption avg 8.5 to 9 litre per 100km, super pickup, very quiet,
- no complaints.
loved this car. mine is a 2007 model. had a Toyota harrier before this but there is no comparison. So far, there is nothing to complaint about this car. Hope the fuel comsumption will remain as good for years to come.
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- Styling, fuel economy
- Ride is too soft; interior rattles; poor stereo; too much road noise; counter-intuitive navi system
After driving this car for a month, I'm pretty disappointed in the road noise, handling, interior rattles, stereo quality and navigation system.
The styling and fuel economy are nice, but I expected more from this car relative to other luxury SUVs.
Note: I've owned a BMW X-5, Jeep Grand Cherokee and still own a Range Rover HSE and Mercedes CLK320. I'd rate this car at the top in terms of fuel economy, but at the bottom on almost all other categories. Handling and road noise are substandard, for sure....read morehide
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- good fuel economy, gps is the best
- ride is very soft
this car is the best car out in the market it is very soft and the hybrid drive system is the best for fuel economy
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- Bad tires and terrible tire maintenance!!! Makes you wonder, what else is wrong.
Lexus dealerships and perhaps Lexus company are getting to be less than honest. When you go for oil change, price for rotating the tires is included. However, they do not balance the tires, which is critical to maintain the tires. In fact they discourage balancing the tires. Then after about 25,000 miles, they start saying we should replace the tires. I have Honda and BMW, in addition to Lexus. Tires in those cars last well over 50,000 miles. In Lexus after 25,000 miles, there is a discussion about replacement.
If this is the case with tires, I do not know, what else, they are designing for failure? Lexus quality and service is not where it used to be. Next year, when I need to replace one of my other cars, I am going to go for an American manufacturer, perhaps Lincoln or Buick.
I am really disappointed about the tires issue. If I find one more problem in the car, which should not have been there, I will never buy Lexus or Toyota car again. The dealership cannot balance the tires, after charging more than $120 for an oil change? This is ridiculous....read morehide
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- 24 / 25.4 highway; uses premium fuel
- Ride is like a premium sedan
Engine power is excellent, especially when you need it ie., when entering an interstate highway.
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