Monday, May 09, 2005

 

Now you can eat your cake and fart out the window at the same time!

For the limousine liberal who has everything, including a solar-powered air-conditioner for his Honda Gold Wing.
Lexus RX 400h

Finally, here's a hybrid for high rollers -- those who like to be socially responsible but aren't willing to give up the creature comforts of a luxury ride. It's the 2006 Lexus RX 400h, the first hybrid from a premium brand.

Editor's Review:

The Good
Peppy V-6 masquerading as a V-8
The Bad Toyota loaded this car to drive up the price
The Bottom Line A luxury hybrid for when price -- gas or otherwise -- isn't an issue

And check out the sticker: This car starts at nearly 50 grand -- more than $11,000 above the base RX 330 with all-wheel drive. More than half of that is for equipment you would pay extra for on the RX 330, such as leather upholstery, moon roof, roof rack, and high-intensity headlights that swivel as you turn, along with a GPS navigation system.

Luxury-car buyers are accustomed to the supreme quiet of a cabin that's well insulated from wind and road noise. But hybrids often make strange sounds, so when you test-drive the Lexus, be sure you don't hear any noises you can't live with. I was vaguely uncomfortable with a dull whine when the car was decelerating to a stop. What's acceptable in a $20,000 Toyota Prius may not be in a $50,000 Lexus.
Only $50,000? That's hardly enough to make a guilty rich guy feel like he's doing something to save the planet.

In any case, the idea of an environmentally friendly SUV is such an oxymoron that you wonder who Toyota thinks they're fooling?

Interesting comment, though, from a reader:
I don't understand why the public/media isn't picking up on, and challenging, the fact that this and its lesser cousin, the Toyota Highlander, ARE NOT SUV's!!! If you read the FINE PRINT it says: NOT RECOMMENDED FOR OFFROAD USE! In all-wheel drive form these vehicles are not to be driven off pavement!! NO trips in the snow to go skiing!! NO driving up that dirt road when it might be wet!! Apparently you can't risk overheating the rear drive electric motor by slipping a wheel. SO...my point is if it's an in-town-only vehicle with NO SPORT to it...why didn't they just do a hybrid of a minivan and then just call it by its rightful moniker...UV for just a plain old utility vehicle?
Whatever you call them, mate, they're still to friggin' big and too friggin' expensive to drive, no matter how much money you may have burning holes in your pockets.

You could still call it an SUV, though - Suburban Utility Vehicle.
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