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At the end of its product cycle, the RX 400h was the first luxury hybrid on the market.
Back to 2008 Lexus RX 400h review.
This model has the optional adaptive high intensity headlights, which turn into corners for better night time visibility.
The best part of the RX 400h is its hybrid power train. In this all-wheel-drive model, the 3.3-liter V-6 engine works with electric motors powering the front and rear wheels.
Although dated, the body style still looks good, with a wide, slanted D-pillar. The car seats five, with substantial luggage space.
The ride quality is very nice in the RX 400h, damping out bumps and jolts, befitting its luxury brand.
The cabin design of the RX 400h is a little space-age and a little traditional. Soft plastics and brushed metal cover some surfaces, while optional leather and wood cover others.
The RX 400h uses electric power steering, putting less stress on the engine than hydraulic steering, thereby saving gas.
As this is a hybrid, the tachometer gets replaced by a charge gauge, showing when electricity is being drawn from the battery and when it is being recharged.
A display in the speedometer shows information about the optional adaptive cruise control, such as the set speed and the following distance.
As with all Toyota and Lexus hybrids, the RX 400h uses a continuously variable transmission. It gives less driving excitement, but much more smoothness to the experience.
The map display looks good, but this is an older system lacking many modern features.
The compass is a nice alternative to the map display, and suggests the RX 400h could go into the trackless wilderness, but really it's just for show.
There is a radio display on the center stack, below the LCD. Most of its information is duplicated on the LCD--it is only present as a legacy for vehicles without the navigation option.
The six disc in-dash changer can read MP3 CDs, and a very usable interface is presented on the LCD.
The Mark Levinson audio system, with 11 speakers and 210 watts, puts out very good sound with acoustic music.