The Benefits of Lexus Hybrids
Ten years ago Lexus pioneered the RX 400h, a luxury crossover SUV that paired Lexus’ powerful gasoline engine with an electric motor and a self-charging battery. The launch of the RX 400h promptly transformed the hybrid market. It brought luxury comfort and head-turning good looks to the relatively generic compact sedan hybrid lineup.
Today, Lexus continues to push the boundaries of the hybrid market. Lexus offers not just one hybrid model, but a range of hybrid vehicles, all of which don Lexus’ striking good looks and deliver high performance and fuel efficiency thanks to Lexus’ dual-source powertrain. Let’s take a look at the specific benefits of Lexus hybrids.
First things first: peace of mind. Every new Lexus hybrid battery includes a warranty of 10 years or 150,000 miles, which is the exact type of warranty that guarantees a more confident drive.
In a Lexus hybrid, the electric motors combine with the gas engine to deliver immediate torque and seamless acceleration. For light acceleration, only the electric drive is used, which produces a more gentle takeoff and enhanced efficiency, but as speed increases, the gas engine kicks in. When an acceleration boost is needed, both sources deliver optimal power output.
The Lexus hybrid system works in tandem with Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission. This pairing produces powerful acceleration without any abrupt or jerky shifts.
Impressive Fuel Efficiency
A major difference between Lexus hybrid vehicles and other hybrids on the market is Lexus hybrids are more efficient in all driving conditions. Most hybrids are only optimized while cruising, but in a Lexus hybrid it does not matter what type of condition you are driving in — city traffic or highway speeds — the Lexus hybrid system optimizes output from the electric motor and gasoline engine, and allocates power to the drive wheels as well as to an electric generator. All of this results in not only a better ride quality but more miles per tank.
Instead of losing the kinetic energy to braking, the Lexus Hybrid Drive system converts that energy into electricity and sends it back to the battery, effectively adding a charge to the battery each time you brake.
When decelerating and at a stop, the Lexus Hybrid switches off its gas engine to save fuel and minimize emissions, but the electric motor remains ready and active to initiate immediate takeoff.
Ready to experience the Lexus hybrid difference? Stop by Coliseum Lexus of Oakland and meet with a member of our Coliseum Lexus team for a Lexus hybrid test drive. At Coliseum Lexus of Oakland, we currently have the following Lexus hybrid vehicles in stock and ready for your hybrid-driving pleasure:
- 2020 ESh – A luxury hybrid sedan that delivers an impressive 44-MPG combined estimate.
- 2020 NXh – A world-class luxury SUV that puts out a 31-MPG combined estimate.
- 2020 RXh – With seating for up to six, this luxury hybrid crossover offers 308 total system horsepower.
- 2020 UXh – The compact crossover SUV that delivers the best combined MPG estimate of all non-plug-in luxury SUVs and the most advanced technology.