Shopping for a new Lexus RX 450h?
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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Cabin feels just like the RX 350's and offers all the same amenities
Navigation screen is placed conveniently high in dashboard and deeply inset
Appears conspicuously similar to the 2009 model
If you've seen the less expensive RX 350—or even previous model-year RX models—you've essentially spotted the pricier 2010 Lexus RX 450h hybrid model. That's the case according to most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. Even though the Lexus RX crossover utility vehicles have been redesigned, they bear a striking resemblance to previous RX Lexus models and could easily be mistaken for them from the outside.
The exterior styling of the Lexus RX 450h is familiar for a reason—it works, and Lexus doesn't want to mess with the unbridled success of the RX lineup. Motor Trend is quick to point out that "it's unlikely the neighbors will be able to detect that the 2010 RX is all-new," although they mention that the Lexus RX 450h features a "unique front grille and bumper and blue-tinted badges." Kelley Blue Book says the 2010 Lexus RX 450h is "slightly larger inside and out," while Cars.com adds that the Lexus RX 450h "is the latest Lexus to receive the brand's 'L-finesse' styling language." The key aspects of the new styling, according to Cars.com, are "sharp, angular design elements, such as the headlights." Road & Track picks up the new elements, remarking that "the new body has a much more muscular look," but for the most part it's the same RX you know and love.
The interior of the 2010 Lexus RX 450h is another story, however, and it features a significant styling makeover. Road & Track calls the new look the "'dual-zone' cockpit design," which features "a display zone centered around the dash-mounted 8-in. navigation display, while the operation zone, closer to the driver, includes a remote touch-navigation controller and steering wheel-mounted multi-information switch." Automobile Magazine likes what Lexus has done inside, noting that the interior "now sports more angular faces than the Sydney Opera House" and claims "it's interesting to look at [and] even more intriguing to use."
Cars.com reports that other changes include "solid or two-tone color schemes" and "sweeping lines" across the dashboard. Another major change, according to Edmunds, is the "mouse-operated, hard-drive-based Remote Touch navigation system [that]...attracts a Gizmodo crowd that revels in technology for technology's sake."
The interior of the 2010 Lexus RX 450h wins praise for its user-friendly layout, while the refreshed exterior maintains a conservative appeal.