Three-row 2018 Lexus RX 450hL hybrid luxury crossover priced from $51,615

February 8, 2018

You won't have to pay much more for less with the 2018 Lexus RX 450hL. The luxury automaker announced Thursday at the Chicago auto show that the first three-row version of its hybrid will be priced from $51,615 when it goes on sale in April.

That works out to $1,550 more than the all-wheel drive version of the RX 300L, which is likely to be less fuel-efficient than the hybrid. The 450hL variant features a 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to a two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain rated at 308 horsepower. By comparison, the RX 300L uses a version of the same V-6 without the added electrification that's rated at 290 hp.

MORE: Read our 2018 Lexus RX review

The RX 450hL comes standard with all-wheel drive. Both RX L crossovers are stretched, three-row versions of Lexus' popular, five-seat RX.

2018 Lexus RX L

2018 Lexus RX L

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Lexus has yet to announce fuel-economy figures for the hybrid version of its long-wheelbase RX crossover. The RX 300L with all-wheel drive is rated by the EPA at 18 mpg city, 25 highway, 21 combined, which works out to 1 mpg lower all around than the standard RX 300. By comparison, the standard RX 450h is rated at 31/28/30 mpg.

Other than what's under the hood, the RX 450hL's standard equipment largely mirrors that of the RX 300L. Both crossovers can be optioned up with a package that includes softer leather upholstery, 20-inch alloy wheels, and glossy wood interior trim for about $4,000.

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