But there was an additional $15,690 of options in this tester-heated/ventilated front seats, dual-screen rear entertainment system, XM NavTraffic and NavWeather, heads-up display, LED headlamps with intelligent high-beams, semi-aniline leather trim, 18-inch wheels, parking assist, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system, and, arguably the coolest item available on the RX, the Remote Touch controller. This is the logical next step in the world of iDrive, MMI, and the rest-and works better than any of those. It's shaped like a computer mouse and works essentially the same way. It's so easy to use that unlike some of the other systems out there, we never found ourselves taking our eyes off the road to operate it.

As its predecessor was, the 450h is a well-built, quiet, comfortable vehicle. It's the perfect SUV for those who like what the RX line has to offer and for people who want to be able to carry five people, tow 3500 pounds, and haul up to 80.3 cubic feet of stuff, and, when the vehicle's empty, get 30 mpg around town. That's a strong combination -- but at $60,000, it's awfully pricy.

2010 Lexus RX 450h AWD
Base price range $44,125
Price as tested $59,815
Vehicle layout Front engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV
Engine 3.5L/245-hp/234-lb-ft Atkinson cycle DOHC 24-valve V-6 plus 167-hp/247-lb-ft front and 68-hp/103-lb-ft rear electric motors
Transmission Continuously variable transmission
Curb weight (dist f/r) 4790 lb (56/44%)
Wheelbase 107.9 in
Length x width x height 187.8 x 74.2 x 66.3 in
0-60 mph 6.9 sec
Quarter mile 15.2 sec @ 92.6 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph 137 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.74 g (avg)
MT figure eight 28.6 sec @ 0.59 g (avg)
EPA city/hwy econ 30/28 mpg
CO2 emissions 0.67 lb/mile