2006 Lexus RX 400hElectric SUV - Highland Park, IL11/20/2006
I was hesitant in purchasing a hybrid, especially a "luxury" SUV...I have been pleasantly surprised. To date I have averaged roughly 29mpg and the performance (250+ HP) has been more than adequate. As a comparison, I had replaced a full size SUV which averaged 12 miles per gallon and was in the 200HP range.
The areas which could be improved, would be rear seat leg room and the transition "feel" between gas and electric motors. Additionally, the DVD navigation unit, which is voice enabled can create a great deal of frustration as you get it to respond to your verbal commands.
A hybrid takes a while to get used to, especially when the engine transitions between gas and electric. There have been numerous times when I thought the vehicle had stalled while I was idling. After some getting used to, I am now oblivious to the transition to economy mode.
As a first time hybrid owner, I'm now convinced the technology is a viable alternative for future purchases.
Great car. Does everything for you - even some things you'd like to have a choice with. We hoped MPG would be better - 23.7 - but then we live somewhat country, so we lose the advantage of the hybrid. People comment how nice the car is!
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2006 Lexus RX 400hMari - Collin County, Tx05/08/2008
I just wanted to add to the guy that mentioned about the tire wear on his Lexus, I have owned 2 GS400 and they both had uneven wear on the tires. I went to a Lexus independent shop to check for the problem and the guy told me that he has just gotten a Lexus I believe IS350 and had a shimmy and uneven wear of the tires. I love Lexus but I'll be watching out for that because its not the first time I hear this.