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2010 Lexus RX450hThe 2010 Lexus RX450h has a revised power train and a slick new iDrive killer called "remote touch."
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> The Lexus RX has always been kind of a tech-lover's favored ride, and Lexus is leaning into that now with the newly redesigned RX 450h hybrid. The 450h now has a three-and-a-half liter engine, V6 with 295 horsepower, up about 26 from the previous car. And it's got some different technologies in terms of capturing energy from that more. One captures heat from the exhaust system to allow the engine to heat up faster and get to its auto stop thermal point sooner, so it can auto stop earlier and more often and more efficiently. Which is one of the ways they make this car very green. If you get the 450h with all-wheel drive, it's not your typical all-wheel drive with transfer cases and drive shafts. In the rear you've got an electric motor, slash generator, that handles the distribution on that end of the car. You'll be able to get a wide-angle side view monitor, a camera mounted on the passenger mirror that scans the whole far side of the vehicle, the part you can't see when you're driving. If you option up navigation, it's now going to be hard drive based. They'll have XM Nav Traffic and Nav Weather. Look for natural language -- what they call casual language -- voice recognition. But what's really cool is this new thing called the remote touch controller. Remote touch. It's kind of Lexus' way of saying, hey, I drive -- up yours. Here's the controller. It's on this sort of a hump-back thing meant to kind of fit into your palm. Although that really doesn't work for me. To me, it's a fingerprint thing. [Inaudible] across the main menu and it's got [Inaudible] feedback, so I'm going clunk, clunk, clunk, as I move across these. Let's go into set up, let's say. There's an Enter button under my thumb. Very simple. Again, clunk, clunk, clunk. Enter. This is much more like navigating a smart phone or any other type of consumer electronics than what you think of as the rather arcane interfaces in a lot of cars today. ^M00:01:53 [ Music ]