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#607 of 2363 RX 400 Pricing From lexus Today
Feb 23, 2005 (12:34 pm)
We have been on the list for the Hybrid RX 400h for some time. Looking at the base price at $48,500 base I think were canceling.
This looks like about a 8K premium, so we ordered a Hemi Jeep GC Limited today with MDC on the engine. Loaded it was 36K after rebates, you can buy a lot of fuel for about 20K, even at $4 / gallon.
Many of you have been with us from the beginning, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the world's first luxury hybrid. The good news is that the wait is almost over. And the very good news is that as a sign of our appreciation for your patience, you are among the first group of people to receive official information about the revolutionary Lexus RX 400h.
To begin, we thought we'd give you the two most highly anticipated numbers. Arriving in Lexus showrooms on April 15, 2005, the RX 400h will be priced at $48,535 MSRP .
Perhaps one of the most stunning attributes of the RX 400h is its impressive performance. Combining the power output from its electric drive motors and the 3.3-liter V6 engine, gives you brisk acceleration from 0 to 60 in 7.3 seconds , outperforming many of its V8-equipped competitors.
Even with its enhanced performance, the RX 400h still gives you the optimal mileage and low emissions that you expect from a hybrid. The estimated combined fuel-economy rating of 28 mpg  equals the average for compact sedans. And its estimated EPA city fuel-economy rating is even better. At 30 mpg, the RX 400h's city mileage more than doubles those of many V8-equipped luxury SUVs.
The RX 400h features an AWD system that utilizes a separate electric drive motor at the rear. Not only does it provide extra torque on demand, the intelligent system actually helps to manage front and rear torque distribution according to traction conditions.
It's only fitting that the next generation of luxury SUVs would feature the all-new Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)  system. Rather than reacting to vehicle wheel slippage, VDIM's advance sensors allow it to anticipate such conditions. As soon as any slippage or loss of traction is detected, it applies the Electronically Controlled Braking (ECB) system and controls the Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i) to help maintain the correct course.
As you can see, with the innovative RX 400h we didn't just go out of our way to create the new benchmark of luxury SUVs. We also set out to make April 15, 2005, one of the most inspiring dates in hybrid vehicle history.
Comfort and Luxury
- Brushed-aluminum accents
- Voice-activated DVD navigation system 
- Automatic dual-zone climate control with smog-sensing air filtration
- 10-way adjustable driver's power seat with memory function
- Power rear door with remote keyless entry
- Available Mark Levinson  audio system with 11 speakers and in-dash,
six-disc CD auto-changer
- Available DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System (RSES) with remote
control, wireless headphones and seven-inch LCD
- 38 cu ft  of rear cargo capacity; 84 cu ft  with rear seats
- Illuminated entry system
- Front dual-stage airbags Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) ,
driver's-knee airbag, front seat-mounted side airbags and side curtain
- Welded-steel unibody frame, side-impact door beams and impact-
dissipating front and rear crumple zones
- Rollover sensor
- Backup camera 
- Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)
- High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps
- Rain-sensing wipers
- 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with Roadside Assistance for
48 months/unlimited miles
- Powertrain and restraint system coverage is provided for 72 months/70,000
- Corrosion perforation protection is covered for 72 months, regardless of
- The hybrid-related components, including the HV battery, battery control
module, hybrid control module and inverter with converter, are covered for
96 months/100,000 miles
 2006 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) includes delivery, processing and handling fee. Excludes taxes, title, license and optional equipment. Actual dealer price may vary.
 These performance capacity figures are for comparison only, and were obtained with prototype vehicles by professional drivers using special safety equipment and procedures. Do not attempt.
 EPA-estimated ratings: 28 city/30 highway mpg. Actual mileage may vary.
 Lexus Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) is an electronic system designed to help the driver maintain vehicle control under adverse conditions. It is not a substitute for safe driving practices. Factors including speed, road conditions and driver steering input can all affect whether VDIM will be effective in preventing a loss of control. Please see your Owner's Manual for further details.
 The Lexus DVD Navigation System is designed to assist in locating an address or point of interest. Discrepancies may be encountered between the system and your actual location. Changes in street names, road closures, traffic flow or other road system changes may affect the accuracy of the mapping software. Rely upon your common sense to decide whether or not to follow a specified route. Detailed coverage not available in every city. Optional periodic geographic updates available at an additional cost. See your Navigation System Owner's Manual and your Lexus dealer for further details.
 Mark Levinson is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries.
 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.
 The Lexus driver's and front passenger's dual-stage airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, driver's-knee airbag and side curtain airbags are Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS). The driver's and front passenger's airbags and driver's-knee airbag are designed to deploy in severe (usually frontal) collisions where the magnitude and duration of the forward deceleration of the vehicle exceed the design threshold level. The side airbags and side curtain airbags are designed to deploy in certain types of severe side-impact collisions. The side curtain airbags are Roll-Sensing Curtain Airbags (RSCA) and are designed to deploy at a severe tilt degree, roll or lateral G-force. In all other accidents, the airbags will not deploy. To decrease the risk of injury from a deploying airbag, always wear your seatbelt, sit upright in the middle of the seat, and do not lean against the door. Do not put objects in front of an airbag or around the seatback. Do not use a rearward-facing child seat in any front passenger seat. The force of a deploying airbag SRS may cause serious injury or death. Please see your Owner's Manual for further instructions.
 The backup camera, available only with the navigation system, does not provide a comprehensive view of the entire rear area of the vehicle. You should also look around outsid
#608 of 2363 Re: Different RX400H models? [jamese777]
Feb 23, 2005 (12:49 pm)
Thanks for posting the article. This was an excellent read.
Feb 23, 2005 (1:08 pm)
The article was removed. Posting entire articles is a copyright infringement.
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#610 of 2363 Re: sorry... [kirstie_h]
Feb 23, 2005 (3:02 pm)
Too bad.. maybe that person will be so kind as to post a link.
#611 of 2363 Re: RX 400 Pricing From lexus Today [bob_graham]
Feb 23, 2005 (3:13 pm)
"This looks like about a 8K premium"
What might you be basing your calculation on? I noted that #605 calculated that there was ~3500 premium over a comparably equipped RX330.
#612 of 2363 Re: RX 400 Pricing From lexus Today [michael2003]
Feb 23, 2005 (10:41 pm)
The price a dealer in the SF bay area is willing to sell a RX 330 with the same equipment. About 42K versus over 50K with the same options. The 330's are being sold below list, this is what we are comparing. The dealers will not discount the hybrid.
#613 of 2363 Re: sorry... [falconone]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Feb 24, 2005 (6:31 am)
I think he's going to come back and post the link... innocent "newbie" error!
Feb 24, 2005 (6:56 am)
I don't understand going from a 400h to a JGC.
These two vehicles are for totally different buyers!
One is efficient, stylish, roomier (than the JGC), and with impeccable quality, value, and luxury. It is not an off-roader, it is a Road Ruler!
The other is a Jeep.
And if you're paying $36k AFTER rebates, you are getting RIPPED! Hemi Scmemi! That thing is worth $25k next year. Maybe.
#615 of 2363 Re: b. graham [callmedrfill]
Feb 24, 2005 (7:41 am)
it is a Road Ruler!
That is a push for a wannabe SUV like the RX. Maybe the LX470, Escalade, Navigator or Hummer2. No one even takes a second glance at an RX330 nor will they of the RX400h. Asian midsize SUVs all look alike, Garish. It should not be considered an SUV according to the American Heritage dictionary.
sport-u·til·i·ty vehicle (spôrty-tl-t, sprt-)
n. Abbr. SUV
A four-wheel-drive vehicle with a roomy body, designed for off-road travel.
S.U.V. n : a high-performance four-wheel drive car built on a truck chassis