2016, 2017 Lexus RX Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost
MSRP Invoice Price Destination Fee Holdback Dealer Cost
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While not intended as a sporty crossover, the 2017 Lexus RX 450h hints at the prospect of a performance SUV. The 450h's hybrid-electric powertrain features a 259-hp 3.5L V-6 paired with an AWD system and a continuously-variable transmission (CVT). As is common with CVT's, the 450h's acceleration is far from sporty, and the transmission itself can cause the Lexus to rev too high in the powerband a little too often. For daily driving it's more than adequate, but it's the primary reason why the 450h falls short of being a more sporty SUV.
Thankfully this is largely offset by the vehicle's intelligent hybrid-electric drive, powering the rear wheels and even allowing fully electric starts and low-speed driving. This enables the 450h to get an impressive 30 mpg, making it one of the most economical luxury crossovers available. A redesigned suspension has improved the 450h's already smooth ride over last year's model, further emphasizing the vehicle's role as a luxury family crossover. Drivers who would prefer more sporty handling characteristics can spring for the Sport F package, which grants the option to tighten the suspension and allows for more aggressive cornering.
Interior Styling and Comfort
The interior of the 2017 Lexus RX 450h is more upscale and comfortable than ever before. Last year's redesign included a significant overhaul to the 450h's interior and this year continues that trend. The standard luxury soft-touch surfaces are present, as are high-quality stitched seats, comfortable front and rear seating, and a wealth of quality-of-life features both standard and optional. Standard equipped 450h's include synthetic leather that does a great job of approximating the real thing, while Premium trims come with actual cow-hide. Going further up the price range and into the Luxury trim provides even more expensive leather seats, but most consumers won't find a noticeable difference between the three upholstery options.
Higher trims also feature a number of finishing touches on the interior aesthetic, including high-quality material options like wood and bamboo, adding to the 450h's upscale feel. Usually only offered on much more expensive vehicles, these add a nice flair to the 450h not found in other manufacturer's offerings.
Seating in the 450h is extremely comfortable, though there is slightly less interior head-room in the second row than the standard RX 350 due to the hybrid models electric motor. Passengers seated in the second row will find the same seating quality as those in the front, and the 450h includes enough noise dampening to create a nearly-silent ride for those inside it. The Sport-F package is a little noisier under hard-acceleration, as intake noise is piped into the interior for thrills. The RX 450h doesn't have a third row, instead focusing on creating two exquisitely comfortable rows with room in the back for cargo.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base Lexus RX invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Lexus RX Prices above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.