LEXUS HYBRID MODELS
Since its beginnings as a spin-off from Toyota in 1989, Lexus has since built a reputation as arguably the best luxury automotive brand in the world. Credit that to the ability to turn out utterly refined premium vehicles characterized by plush ride quality, a wealth of comfort and convenience features, quiet yet powerful engines, and well-crafted and serene cabins. Today, there are hybrid versions of some Lexus vehicles, which have the added bonus of being extremely fuel efficient. There are currently six hybrids to choose from, which are the following:
Lexus UX Hybrid
The UX, which is a subcompact luxury crossover SUV, is not only the smallest vehicle from Lexus but also the latest offering from the luxury brand. (It debuted in 2018.) The hybrid version is split into base-level 250h and higher-level 250h Luxury trims. With its hybrid powertrain-which is anchored by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine and includes a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and all-wheel-drive system-it produces a combined fuel economy of 39 mpg.
Lexus NX Hybrid
Before the arrival of the UX, the NX used to function as Lexus’s smallest vehicle. The hybrid version is available as a sole model: the NX 300h. The compact crossover SUV, which first appeared in 2014, uses a 2.5-liter I4-with a CVT and the choice between the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Due to its larger engine, the NX Hybrid produces a combined fuel economy of 31 mpg.
Lexus RX Hybrid
The RX has served as Lexus’s compact, then mid-size, crossover SUV since 1998, and it has been the best-selling vehicle of its kind in the United States. In addition, its hybrid version, introduced in 2005, is the best-selling Lexus hybrid around. The current edition, which is known as the RX 450h. As a larger vehicle than its aforementioned siblings, the 450h is powered by a beefier 3.5-liter V6, and combined fuel economy is rated at 30 mpg. There’s also a version known as the RX 450hL, which is so named because it has a longer wheelbase (and thus more interior room).
Lexus ES Hybrid
The ES-initially a compact sedan, but now a larger, midsize one-was one of the two vehicles that launched the Lexus brand in 1989, and it has been the division’s best-selling vehicle for most of its history. The hybrid version was introduced in 2012, and with its combined fuel rating of 44 mpg, it is the most fuel-efficient of the six Lexus hybrids. Credit that to a 2.5-liter I4 with an Atkinson cycle that allows the electric motor to compensate for the lost low-speed output; a front-wheel drive, which consumes less fuel because engine power is sent to two wheels instead of four; and the CVT, which already saves energy by eschewing gear shifting. The EX Hybrid is split into 300h, 300h Luxury, and 300h Ultra Luxury trims.
Lexus LS Hybrid
The LS is the other vehicle that formed Lexus’s debut lineup in ’89. This full-size sedan, which is larger than the ES, has always emphasized power and performance: with its standard rear-wheel drive and a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 354 horsepower. The current edition, which is named the LS 500h, provides the choice between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and the V6 is pinned to a multistage CVT with paddle shifters. The 500h can be configured to produce up to 28 mpg in combined fuel economy.
Lexus LS Hybrid
The LC, a 2-door fastback coupe that debuted in 2017, has a hybrid variant (the 500h) with the same V6 engine that’s on the LS Hybrid. However, it provides better-combined fuel economy, which is measured at 30 mpg.
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