For a guy who absolutely hates about 98.73% of SUVs on the road - with the 1.27% being represented by the Land Rover model range and the... ahem... Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG – I didn't expect to like the Lexus RX 450h so much. No, really, I'm actually not kidding.
I mean, the ride is astonishingly comfy, just like stepping on a carpet made by a few hundred Angora rabbits, while the steering is so phenomenally... ahem... soft that you can practically turn the car around just by using your pinky. Also, the sound proofing is almost as efficient as a black metal recording studio that has song birds... ahem... peeking at its windows.
Scared you a little bit so far, huh? Don't worry, I haven't become a fan yet. First of all, the RX 450h is a hybrid... ahem... SUV. And as I've mentioned before I hate pretty much all SUVs and virtually all hybrids. On the other hand, for a two tonne+... ahem... SUV to have the fuel consumption of a compact car is quite an achievement.
Still, as I've probably mentioned before, I'm not that much into fuel economy. Plus, I didn't like the sound it makes when driving slowly. It sounds like a vibrator put on silent mode. Not that I would know... ahem... what sound would a vibrator on silent mode make. I need at least a V8's sound firing up a couple of dual straight-pipe exhausts to make me happy. Electric just... ahem... won't cut it.
To me, a car like this would probably get a 5. Straight and simple. On the other hand, I will give it an extra... ahem... point just for using a gasoline engine instead of the farming equipment found under the hoods of most European premium SUVs.