Compare 2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs 2012 Lexus RX 450h

2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2012 Lexus RX 450h
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4WD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD 4-Door 28 28 $35,617 $38,715
4WD 4-Door Limited 28 28 $40,598 $44,370
FWD 4-Door Hybrid
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,617
$42,520
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,715
$45,235
Monthly Payment Estimate
$645 / month
$754 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
It's not an involving crossover to drive, but the 2012 Lexus RX 450h has hybrid technology underhood and a long track record of satisfied buyers behind it.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 32 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
29.9 -
Second Head Room (in)
39.8 37.7
Passenger Capacity
7 5
Third Hip Room (in)
42.3 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.5 57.5
Front Leg Room (in)
43.2 43.1
Third Head Room (in)
36.3 -
Front Hip Room (in)
56.7 55.5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
55.0 -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 37.1
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 39.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
145.4 139.7
Second Hip Room (in)
56.3 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.7 57.9
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.2 74.2
Track Width, Front (in)
64.0 64.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.3 6.9
Length, Overall (in)
188.4 187.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.1 66.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.0 63.8
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 107.9
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)
94.1 80.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
10.3 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
42.3 40.0
Brakes
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.9 x - TBD - 12.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.2 17.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.0 14.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 - TBD -
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 2.79
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 38.8
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P235/60VR18
Spare Tire Size
P245/65R17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P235/60VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4641 4520
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 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 Horsepower @ RPM
231 @ 5800 295 combined
Engine Type
Gas/Electric V6 Gas/Electric V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
215 @ 4800 - TBD -
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/211 3.5L/211
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 32
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - NA
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.54 NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
CVT Automatic Continuously variable ratio
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Type
1 1
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Lexus RX 450h
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Dual-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 6.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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