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Published Date: 09/06/2014

This year’s J.D Power Survey marked out Lexus as a top-ranking manufacturer and it showed the RX model scoop the Best Large SUV title into the bargain.

RX 450h
Overall the Lexus RX450h is an excellent car as it has low CO2 emissions, is hugely tax-efficient, is spacious as a 4x4 should be and is spilling over with equipment.

Lexus prides itself highly on its RX model and says that a summary of customer reviews by another ratings service also scores it well, with an average 8.7 out of 10.

Powering the SUV is a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and a battery-powered electric motor which is capable of a zero to 62 mph sprint in 7.8 seconds will go on to a top speed of 124mph.

For short journeys around town, the Lexus RX will run happily on electric power as a standalone, but as it’s an SUV model it will run better in its hybrid state.

Thanks to the RX’s petrol-electric hybrid engine the model’s CO2 levels come in at around 145g/km, which is impressively low for a large SUV and it means that tax bills will be reassuringly low.

Winning the large SUV class and coming 16th overall in the J.D Power Survey, What Car summarised the positives of the RX450h, commenting that: “It’s comfortable, refined and its cabin uses upmarket materials. Lexus dealers also do a great job of keeping their customers happy.”

It’s no wonder that it’s so popular as even the entry-level equipment package is impressive with a nine-speaker audio system, 18-inch allow wheels, leather-upholstery with eight-way electrically adjustable heated front seats and privacy glass, amongst other features.

Opting for the flagship Premier equipment level will have added extras of a semi-aniline leather upholstery with 10-way adjustable front seats, 15-speaker Mark Levinson premium surround system and a heads-up display.

The Lexus RX450h Large SUV is available to buy now and has a starting price from £44,495.

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