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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Hybrid 32 28 $38,841 $42,685
AWD 4-Door Hybrid 30 28 $40,289 $44,275
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD 4-Door 27 25 $30,780 $34,200
4WD 4-Door w/3rd Row Limited 27 25 $36,202 $40,450
Pricing
Invoice Price
$38,841
$30,780
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,685
$34,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$711 / month
$570 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2010 Lexus RX 450h pleases green do-gooders and upscale shopaholics alike. Driving enthusiasts, though, should look elsewhere. The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 32 mpg 27 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 37.0 38.4
Front Head Room (in) - TBD - 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.0 145.4
Second Hip Room (in) 54.5 56.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.0 59.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.7 39.8
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.6 59.3
Front Leg Room (in) 43.1 43.2
Front Hip Room (in) 55.6 56.7
Third Head Room (in) - NA
Third Shoulder Room (in) - NA
Third Leg Room (in) - NA
Third Hip Room (in) - NA
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.2 75.2
Track Width, Front (in) 64.2 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.9 7.3
Length, Overall (in) 187.8 188.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 66.3 68.1
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.8 64.0
Wheelbase (in) 107.9 109.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 80.3 94.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 40.0 42.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.9 x - TBD - 12.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.2 x - TBD - 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.2 17.2
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.79 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.8 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.8 39.0
Steering Type Electric pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size 235/60R18 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 235/60R18 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size Compact P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 300 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4520 4508
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 234 @ 4800 212 @ 3600
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/214 3.3L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 245 @ 6000 209 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas/Electric V6 Gas/Electric V6
Fuel System SFI MPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 32 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 30 -
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - - TBD -
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Type 1 1
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA - TBD -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.54 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. ECVT CVT Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name Lexus RX 450h Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Body Style 4-Door SUV 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone Dual-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.2 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8 -
 
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