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$35,363
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$39,075
On Green
The 2011 Lexus RX 350 is just average in its class, but the RX 450h is one of the greenest large luxury vehicles.
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18 mpg city, 25 highway (RX 350 front-wheel drive); 18/24 (RX 350 AWD); 32/28 (RX 450h FWD); 30/28 (RX 450h AWD)
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The 2011 Lexus RX 450h is one of the greenest family-sized vehicles, and one of the greenest luxury vehicles. And with its well-integrated powertrain, it provides performance that feels mostly on par with that of the RX 350.

However, in a drive of the RX 450h last year, in mixed driving, we didn't see anything close to the EPA rating; we saw only 23 mpg overall in an all-wheel drive model—but we should add, that's considerably better than the 17 mpg we last averaged in an RX 350 in similar conditions.

The RX 350, on the other hand is just average in this respect. Its fuel economy numbers of 18 mpg city and 24 or 25 highway aren't embarrassingly low, but they're barely good enough for a green-minded shopper to accept. All RX 350 models now include an 'eco driving' light that highlights when you're driving most economically.

Conclusion

The 2011 Lexus RX 350 is just average in its class, but the RX 450h is one of the greenest large luxury vehicles.

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