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2007 Lexus RX400h

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2007 Lexus RX400h Review

Luxury style, impressive fuel economy, and creature comforts in a single package.

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Overview

The 2007 Lexus RX400h is a hybrid gas/electric midsize luxury SUV that was introduced during the 2006 model year. The RX400h is similar in appearance to the RX 350. The RX400h is available in a single trim level that is equipped with a 3.3-liter 268-hp V-6 engine and continuously variable-speed automatic transmission. It is available in either front drive or all-wheel drive.

The Range

Body Styles: luxury SUV
Engines: 3.3-liter 268 hp V-6
Transmissions: CVT automatic
Models: Lexus RX400h

What's New

Tire pressure monitoring is now standard.

Exterior

The 2007 Lexus RX400h features 17-inch wheels. From the front, its large bumper, lower air intake and flared fenders give it a rugged look. Illumination is provided by round foglights and HID headlights with swivel. The rear of the vehicle features a rear spoiler, liftgate, and taillights with clear lenses. The RX400h has a wheelbase of 106.9 inches and overall length of 187.2 inches. Standard equipment on the Base model includes 17-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires, chrome grille, variable intermittent wipers, privacy glass, rear defogger, intermittent rear wiper, power door locks, power windows, power heated mirrors with reverse tilt for curb view, and trailer wiring. Optional equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, power sunroof, roof rack with rails, and Xenon HID headlights with swivel.

Interior

The RX400h offers seating for five passengers. The seats are comfortable, even on long trips. The reclining back seats have been raised 0.7 inches to accommodate the hybrid battery pack. The cabin is quiet and has the high-tech gadgetry and controls that buyer's desire. Hybrid performance is viewed on a LCD display screen. It highlights fuel consumption, and driving style, and it monitors the system to determine when the hybrid motors should start working. The dashboard has an illuminated batty-power meter in place of a tachometer so you can watch how efficiently the second motor is operating. Cargo capacity with all seats in place is 38 cu ft.; when the rear seats are stowed, capacity jumps to 85 cubic feet. Standard equipment on the Base model includes power door locks, power windows, power heated mirrors with reverse tilt for curb view, 10-way power driver and passenger seats with power lumbar support and height adjustment, cloth upholstery, bucket front seats, split-folding rear seatback, reclining rear seats, first aid kit, universal remote transmitter, 12-volt power outlets, air filtration, dual-zone climate controls, leather/alloy interior trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, trip computer, external temperature display, compass, and 132-watt audio system with AM/FM/six-CD changer, radio data system, and eight speakers. Optional equipment includes leather upholstery, Mark Levinson premium audio system with 11 speakers, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a navigation system with backup camera and voice activation.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Lexus RX400h offers brisk acceleration and responsive steering and handling. Despite the hybrid equipment’s extra 300 lbs. in weight, the RX400h can still zoom around town. Drivers will hear nothing but the hum of the electric motor until the vehicle reaches 25 mph. The hybrid uses two electric motors and a 288-volt battery pack to send power to the wheels via the CVT. One motor sends power to the front wheels, and the second motor recharges the battery pack. A third motor is necessary if the AWD model is bought; that motor sends power to the rear wheels when it senses traction slipping on one of the front wheels. Let the Lexus RX400h run through its paces, confident that you’re reducing emissions and lessening fuel consumption. The RX400h was timed at 7.3 seconds in zero to 60 mph sprints and 7.5 seconds for the AWD model. Drivers may notice additional engine noise from the V-6 until the vehicle reaches speed, as the hybrid technology causes the engine to run at high rpms. When properly equipped, the RX400h has a maximum towing capacity of 3500 pounds.

Safety

Standard safety equipment includes four-wheel ABS with braking assist, tire pressure monitoring, adaptive headlights that swivel the beam into the curves, and seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, and knee-level airbags. The list goes on to include electronic brake force distribution, ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes, remote anti-theft alarm system, daytime running lights, foglights, auto delay off dusk-sensing headlights, stability control, and traction control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lexus RX400h: 32/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Brisk acceleration

You Won't Like

  • Engine noise with hybrid
  • High base price due to standard equipment

Sum Up

Luxury style, impressive fuel economy, and creature comforts in a single package.

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