Have you ever heard the quote “not all who wander are lost?” Have you ever wandered just because? Maybe it was because you wanted to explore the area around you, or you were just killing time. In my case? I wanted to drive the 2015 Lexus RX 450H as long as I could. Sometimes it’s nice to just take a long drive, roll down the windows, listen to music and enjoy the world around you. I found myself truly taking everything nature had to offer during my time in the Lexus RX.
With the Lexus being a full hybrid, the RX 450h can operate in electric-only, gas-engine-only, or combined gas and electric modes.
The RX 450h driver can choose from four selectable driving modes, including EV, which allows the vehicle to operate on electric-only power at low speeds under certain conditions. Normal mode provides an ideal blend of performance and efficiency for everyday driving. Eco mode favors fuel economy, and Sport mode which increases powertrain responsiveness for a more engaging driving experience.
Since I was averaging over 27 mph, it was the perfect vehicle to wander in. The ride was smooth, quiet and comfortable,
The interior of the RX 450H is everything you would expect from a Lexus— luxurious, spacious and impressive technology.
One of my favorite technology features is the standard SmartAccess system which combines push-button starting and touch-sensitive exterior door handles. When the driver turns off the ignition, the seat automatically slides up to two inches rearward and the power tilt/telescoping steering wheel tilts upward and slides forward to ease exit. The next time the driver is seated and pushes the “On” button, the seat and steering wheel return to their preset positions automatically.
We also love how Lexus pays close attention to detail and we were extremely impressed by the wooden trim inside the cabin.
From a mom’s perspective we were pleased with the leg room both the driver, front, and back passengers had.
One thing I wish the back seats had would be outlets to plug in devices under the air vents. For a luxury vehicle, I would have assumed back outlets would have been already installed, but I will just have to cross my fingers for 2016.
When you make your way up to the front of the vehicle there were two things that really stood out to me.
First is the hidden cup-holder on front dashboard. Ok, please tell me how genius this is! I purposely made sure to bring a drink with me whenever I got into the car just so I could use this holder. The amount of water I drank during the week loan was more than I had consumed the weeks prior, so thanks Lexus!
I also enjoyed having a storage space under the center console. The space was perfect for a purse or small bag and had a spot to plug in your phone.
The amount of places to store items in the Rx 450H is awesome. Not only are there the two storage compartments I talked about, but in the back seat the cup holder also has a little storage cubby connected. My kids loved having this as they were able to store their toys for the drive.
And let’s not forget about the amount of cargo space in the back, which came complete with a first aid kit.
The 2015 Lexus RX 450H starts at $47,650 and offers 30 MPG combined. While it is not my favorite crossover on the market, it is definitely still impressive. If you are looking for a spacious, luxurious hybrid that you can drive your family in comfortably, I recommend test driving this model at your local dealership.
*Huge thanks to Lexus for providing this Lexus model for review purposes. Opinions are all my own.