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.
|2010 Lexus RX 450h||2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid||2008 Volkswagen Touareg|
|$42,685Browse Used Listings||$34,200Browse Used Listings||$39,300Browse Used Listings|
|30 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric V6||Gas/Electric V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utility||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door Hybrid||4WD 4-Door (GS)||4-Door V6|
|Front Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|4-Door SUV||4 Door||4 Door|