Which Lexus hybrid is right for you?Apr 19th, 2018
With each spring blizzard, you might be more and more tempted to do a little something to help Mother Nature. It could be something simple, like changing your old light bulbs for more efficient units or starting a compost bin for your garden. Or, you could go a step further and diminish your fuel consumption, which will benefit the atmosphere AND your wallet.
Lexus has a wide variety of hybrid vehicles that are tailored to fit your lifestyle. And the best part is that none of them compromise on what makes a Lexus so good: they drive, feel and look exactly like their gasoline-powered brethren.
The NX 300h crossover is the smallest hybrid vehicle offered by Lexus, but don’t let its size fool you. It can comfortably seat four adults (or five, if the three in the back already know each other) and their luggage, is high enough to offer a good view of the road, and rides just like you would expect a Lexus to. With its electric motors located at the back, the NX 300h also offers permanent AWD to ensure you get to your destination regardless of the weather. With a fuel consumption rating of 7.2 litres per 100 km in the city, the crossover will also save you money at the pumps. View Northwest Lexus’s NX 300h inventory. Starting at $59,011.
The RX 450h is ideal for those who want to get into the hybrid SUV lifestyle but require more interior space. Its 3.5-litre V6 works in tandem with the electric motors to produce up to 306 horsepower, giving this RX enough power to zip around in traffic. It can drive around town in full EV mode, emitting no noise and no pollution. Just like the NX, its electric motors are located on the back wheels and can instantly help the vehicle by providing traction. It can even tow up to 1,594 kg (as much as the regular RX), so you can bring your boat to the lake. Browse Northwest Lexus’s RX 450h inventory. Starting at $74,861.
The ES is a sedan that has been designed around a simple concept: comfort. The large four-door glides over bumps and can cover impressive distances without a single noise permeating into the luxurious cabin. The addition of a hybrid variant (the ES 300h) was only logical—its front-wheel-drive layout makes it trouble-free and easy to operate, while its electric motors make it run far more quietly than any explosion engine ever could. Browse Northwest Lexus’s ES 300h inventory. Starting at $50,761.
If you prefer your four-door sedans to be more dynamic, the GS 450h might be more up your alley. Its rear-wheel-drive architecture and V6 gasoline engine make it more responsive when you feel like pushing its limits, yet it uses 33% less fuel than the GS 350. Its CVT transmission will make the ride home uneventful, and the EV mode usable at low speeds makes traversing traffic jams a breeze. Starting at $81,011.
The LS has been Lexus’ flagship sedan ever since the brand’s inception, its technologies and comfort reach new heights with each redesign. With the new LS 500h, a new bar has been set: the large sedan features the latest iteration of Lexus’ multi-stage hybrid system as well as an advanced all-wheel-drive layout. Just like the regular LS, the car features a deodorizing air filter, a 23-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and a 24-inch heads-up display. It also has the same options for motorized rear seats with massage function, a 4-way climate controller, an adaptive front headlight system and more. Browse Northwest Lexus’s LS 500h inventory. Starting at $137,761.
The last vehicle in Lexus’ hybrid armada shakes up the formula in an interesting way. By combining the absolutely gorgeous body of the LC coupe with the advanced hybrid system of the aforementioned LS sedan, the engineers have created one of the most beautiful hybrids on the market. The LC 500h packs 356 combined horsepower coming from a 3.5-litre V6 and an electric motor. This power is sent to a Torsen limited-slip differential on the rear axle. For even more nimbleness, the LC 500h comes with a four-wheel active steering system and adaptive variable suspension. If you want to look good while saving the environment, the LC 500h is one of the best ways to do so. View Northwest Lexus’s LC 500h inventory. Starting at $122,311.