Compare 2012 Lexus RX 450h vs 2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2012 Lexus RX 450h
2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
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FWD 4-Door Hybrid
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4WD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD 4-Door 28 28 $35,617 $38,715
4WD 4-Door Limited 28 28 $40,598 $44,370
Pricing
Invoice Price
$42,520
$35,617
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$45,235
$38,715
Monthly Payment Estimate
$754 / month
$645 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
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.
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Fuel Economy
City
32 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 56.7
Second Leg Room (in)
37.1 38.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.0 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
139.7 145.4
Second Hip Room (in)
54.5 56.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 59.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 39.8
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 59.5
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 43.2
Third Head Room (in)
- 36.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 55.0
Third Leg Room (in)
- 29.9
Third Hip Room (in)
- 42.3
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 64.0
Wheelbase (in)
107.9 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.2 75.2
Track Width, Front (in)
64.2 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.9 7.3
Length, Overall (in)
187.8 188.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
66.3 68.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
40.0 42.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.3 94.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 10.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x - TBD - 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.9 x - TBD - 12.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.2 17.2
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.79 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
38.8 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.8 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 38.7
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/60VR18 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/60VR18 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4520 4641
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
- TBD - 215 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/211 3.5L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
295 combined 231 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas/Electric V6 Gas/Electric V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
32 28
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
NA 3.54
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously variable ratio CVT Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Type
1 1
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA - TBD -
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
NA - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Lexus RX 450h Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Dual-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.2 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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