With Lexus’s new luxury SUV, Boston’s wilder terrain meets its eco-friendly match.
The 2016 Lexus RX 450h F Sport is sharp—and not in that way your granny might describe a pair of penny loafers. I’m talking hot-samurai-sword-through-Jell-O-shots sharp. Everything from its oversize grill to its 20-inch dark-graphite alloy wheels dices up the flavorless blah that has pervaded mid-size SUVs for far too long: Finally, there’s a luxury crossover with some edge.
Make that serious edge, as in a lipstick-red interior and panoramic moon roof—you might as well be driving a Porsche. But then again, who in their right mind is whipping a Porsche around off-road? Despite its sexy figure, the 450h F Sport was designed to gobble up gravel, potholes, and pavement—the F Sport in the name means suspension and handling tuned to track-worthy perfection.
As far as doing Mother Nature a solid, the 450h is a hybrid model that gets 30 miles per gallon—but, unlike most hybrids, this trend-defying vehicle sports a 3.5-liter, 308hp V6 engine that rips off the line to 60mph in less than eight seconds. Lexus will steal your heart with this crossover—but beware: It’s the kind of love that cuts deep. From $55,645. Herb Chambers Lexus, 25 Providence Hwy., Sharon, 508-668-5600