2008 Lexus RX 400h vs. Its Competition

2008 Lexus RX 400h FWD 4-door Hybrid Rear Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Highlander Hybrid is closely related mechanically to the 2008 Lexus RX 400h; it has a boxier body style that makes its interior a bit roomier, though it's not as plush, as comfortable, or as quiet as the RX.

There are now several other hybrid sport-utility models to choose from.

The Mercury Mariner Hybrid and its mechanically identical sibling, the Ford Escape Hybrid, also have a full-hybrid system and get impressive fuel economy of up to 34 mpg city, 30 mpg highway.

That's significantly better than the RX 400h and Highlander, but they're notably smaller; they also lack the luxury comforts and high-tech features of the RX 400h.

The Saturn Vue Hybrid is a "mild" hybrid, meaning that the electric motor system only assists the engine to help improve fuel economy, but it gets 25 mpg city, 32 mpg highway.

If some measure of towing or off-roading is in order, you might also consider the M-Class diesel, which has tremendous torque and overall performance that matches the V-6 version of the M-Class, but with a rating of 24 mpg highway.

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Quick Specs
With the carbon footprint of a small car and all the comforts and technologies of a luxury SUV, the 2008 Lexus RX 400h is a green family’s dream.
The 2009 Mercury Mariner is an attractive and capable compact SUV, now with vastly improved performance.
With its available V-6 engine, the 2009 Saturn Vue is a bit more fun to drive than other compact SUVs; otherwise it’s not a standout.
The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
26 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric V6Gas I4Gas I4Gas/Electric V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door HybridFWD 4-Door I4FWD 4-Door I4 XE4WD 4-Door (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4-Door SUV4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door
ECVTAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT Automatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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