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2010 Lexus RX 450h vs. Its Competition

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Finding comparable vehicles to the 2010 Lexus RX 450h isn't an easy task, but two German SUVs and a downscale Toyota come closest to the Lexus' fuel economy and interior room.

The Mercedes-Benz ML320 CDI sports that maker's BlueTEC diesel engine and gets highway fuel economy in the mid-20s, while offering a plush and expensive five-seat cabin.

The coming VW Touareg diesel is similar in mission to the Benz, minus the coveted badge and brand name; those wanting a slightly sprightlier driving feel might also like the Audi Q7, which late in the 2009 model year comes in a fuel-efficient TDI version.

Toyota's own Highlander Hybrid is another alternative; it's substantially cheaper than the new Lexus hybrid, while offering a similar powertrain and additional seating for two more passengers—with blocky, unrefined looks and loose, unengaging handling.

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The 2010 Lexus RX 450h pleases green do-gooders and upscale shopaholics alike. Driving enthusiasts, though, should look elsewhere.
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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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The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg has more toughness than most mid-size SUVs for heavy-duty towing and off-road needs yet on-the-road comfort doesn’t suffer.
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Gas Mileage  
30 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric V6Gas/Electric V6Gas V6
EPA Class  
2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
FWD 4-Door Hybrid4WD 4-Door (GS)4-Door V6
Front Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4-Door SUV4 Door4 Door
ECVTCVT AutomaticAutomatic
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