Lexus RX450h review: if there’s such a thing as an ideal urban SUV, this is it



Are you looking to throw down a cheeky hundred-thousand dollars on something big, comfy and luxurious? Your list of options is populated mostly by the usual suspects, and most of them German. A thorn in the side of a Teutonic monopoly, other than the odd British or Swedish incursion, comes in the form of Toyota’s luxury spin-off brand, Lexus. The RX is its large SUV, and this particular model is the 2020 RX350 Sports Luxury.
That naturally aspirated '2GR-FKS’ runs through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to all four wheels. That gives you the means for an 8.0-second 0–100km/h sprint, if you are so inclined.
Fuel consumption is listed at 9.6 litres per hundred kilometres on the combined cycle, 7.3L/100km on the highway and 13.5L/100km around town. Our time mostly mimicked these figures, with a number sitting at 9.2L/100km thanks to the long drives we took between Canberra and the Blue Mountains. If you spend plenty of time in town, that number will certainly creep northwards.
2020 Lexus RX450h (facelifted version) - tested January 2020