2012 Lexus RX 450h vs. Its Competition

2012 Lexus RX 450h
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Lexus RX marries an urbane body and a sterling brand image with higher gas mileage numbers.

You could test-drive something less expensive, like Toyota's own Highlander Hybrid, and gain more seats while losing points on style and prestige.

The Mercedes M-Class offers a diesel edition that's frugal and tightly built; the same goes for the BMW X5, which also offers a third-row seat, while the Benz lineup forces you to upgrade to the very expensive GL-Class for those additional seats.

Among gas-engined luxury crossovers, the Cadillac SRX has the most distinctive look, while the Volvo XC60 has top safety scores and a handsome interior to go with its roomy cabin and light, direct road feel.

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8.0
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.
8.4
It doesn't pop with the styling or interior plushness of its competitors, but the 2012 BMW X5 has the powerful X5 M and frugal diesel up its sleeve.
8.0
With a smooth new engine and a rich, uniquely American interior, the 2012 Cadillac SRX appeals to those who want a lot of luxury and flair but don't require driving excitement.
8.6
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class is improved in nearly way, and remains one of the most luxurious and secure choices for families not needing a third row of seats.
7.8
8.6
The 2012 Volvo XC60 is an attractive, well-designed family luxury vehicle, with a class-leading roster of innovative safety and tech features.
MSRP From     
$45,235$47,500$35,985$48,990$38,715$33,300
Gas Mileage     
30 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Electric V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas/Electric V6Gas I6
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 2WDSport Utility Vehicle 4WDSport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door HybridAWD 4-Door 35iFWD 4-Door Base4MATIC 4-Door ML3504WD 4-Door (GS)FWD 4-Door 3.2L
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555575
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport Utility VehicleCrossover4 Door4 Door5 Door Wagon
Transmission     
Continuously variable ratioAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticCVT AutomaticAutomatic w/manual shift