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For a little over a decade, the Lexus RX has remained one of the brand’s most popular models of luxury SUVs. While cruising in Atlanta in the 2020 RX 450h F Sport, Lexus’ hybrid luxury SUV, I quickly learned why the RX is one of Lexus’ most popular SUV models.

While cruising in Atlanta in the 2020 RX 450h F Sport, Lexus' hybrid luxury SUV, I quickly learned why the RX is one of Lexus’ most popular SUV models.

The ‘h’ in RX 450h Stands for High Performance

This hybrid version of the RX 450h features a highly efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine. This efficiency can be attributed to its powerful electric motors and an Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission, allowing moms who are zipping between work and school pick-up to get there safely and quickly with the help of 308 horsepower.

For added benefit, this hybrid luxury SUV does not require a charge. For me, that is a major selling point because other hybrid vehicles I’ve used that required to be hooked up to charge increased my home electrical usage. What I was saving in gas, I lost in my electric bill.

Related: Room For More in the 2019 Lexus RX450 L Hybrid

Road tripping families will love the fuel economy of the RX 450h. It’s simply amazing. What 3.5 L 6 cylinder SUV gives you a combined MPG of 30 (31 city/28 highway).  

Top of the Line Safety Features that Make Driving Less Stressful

Lexus knows that if there is one thing a mom needs less of, it’s stress. That is why the top of the line safety features come standard in the RX 450h. This 5-passenger luxury SUV is equipped with Lexus Safety System + 2.0. This package includes safety features that make driving for moms less stressful, such as:

  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Pre-collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Intelligent High Beam Headlamps
RX 450h F Sport Lights and Grill
Intelligent High Beam Head Lamps
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Standard safety features that the 2020 RX 450h has is Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking can help you when backing out of a parking space by notifying you of vehicles approaching from either side. And, if it senses an impending collision, the system can automatically brake your vehicle to a stop.

RX 450h F Sport Has a Pristine Backup Camera
The backup camera is pristine. I love the birds-eye view.
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Driving in cities like Atlanta or in New York where I am from, coming into contact with pedestrians and bicyclists is imminent. The 2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport is equipped with technology (Vehicle Proximity Notification System) that, when driving at low speeds or in EV mode, will notify pedestrians or cyclists of your vehicle approaching.  A sound is emitted from a speaker mounted near the SUVs front bumper.

Related: The Best Three-Row Luxury SUVs for Growing Families

Kid-Sensing Safety Seats

Kids, once they get older and taller love to try riding in the first seat. It makes them feel more mature. Lexus, keeping kids’ safety in mind has designed the front-passenger seat to detect whether the seat is occupied by an adult or a child, or is vacant. In case the system detects a child or empty passenger seat, the system prevents the passenger’s front, side and knee airbags from being deployed.

Heads Up, Mom!

When I was driving on Atlanta’s highways, which for me was unfamiliar territory, the heads up display was a godsend. I loved not having to take my eyes off the road to look at a screen for directions because everything was in my line of vision. Being able to focus on the road and driving was one less element of stress that this luxury SUV delivered.

Lexus RX 450h Navigation Screen
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Silence is Golden in this Luxury Hybrid SUV

As a mom, I know how important it is to have peace and quiet. The smooth hybrid engine is quiet, even when the car transitions from gas to electric or initiates the Start-Stop Technology, the SUV remains quiet.

The Lexus RX 450h has 6 USB ports
In addition to having 6 USB ports, there is a space to hold your key fob and phone.
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Even in a car full of kids, the Lexus RX 450h provides mom with a silent ride. and with six (6) USB ports kids can ensure their mobile devices are at full charge during car rides, leaving mom in peace. Plus, it is also equipped with Apple Carplay and Android Compatible, allowing you to listen to your favorite tunes on the 15-speaker Premium Audio System.

Plus, it is also equipped with Apple Carplay and Android Compatible, allowing you to listen to your favorite tunes on the 15-speaker Premium Audio System.
Speaker in the front driver side door. Plus, the sporty footpads.
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Lexus listened to their loyal consumer base and added, in addition to intuitive controls on the steering wheel and a new Remote Touchpad, a touchscreen with pinch/zoom functionality. This feature takes the guesswork out of maneuvering through the menu and entertainment options.

Related: The Lexus 2020 RX 450h F Sport – Leading Luxury SUV – Now Even More Defined

Lexus listened to their loyal consumer base and added, in addition to intuitive controls on the steering wheel and a new Remote Touchpad, a touchscreen with pinch/zoom functionality. This feature takes the guesswork out of maneuvering through the menu and entertainment options.
Lexus RX 450h controls
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The 2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport is Roomy

This may sound weird but I love an SUV that has rear passenger seats on rails. Seats on rails make it easier to accommodate passengers with long legs, like a growing teenager or adult. Rails also help when you need to place smaller kids in their car safety seats. The RX 450h has rear seats on rails, which made me love it even more.

2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport Rear Seats on Rails

In addition to seats being on rails, there is enough room for three car seats. The 2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport is equipped with two (2) sets of LATCH connectors systems plus three (3) anchors to securely install child safety seats.

Lexus RX 450 h F Sport Anchor Car Seats
Three anchors for securely installing child safety seats. 📸 Kim Smith

If you’re a mom with two kids in seats, you should know that two [infant] seats can be installed – one behind the passenger and one behind the driver – with a small adult or larger child fitting in the middle.

Thank you, Jana (Whiskey + Sunshine) for demonstrating how an adult can fit between two infant seats. 📸 Kim Smith

If you are like me, and end up toting around luggage, boxes or any random large item, you’ll be impressed by the 18 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 55.9 cubic feet with them folded down.

The RX 450h F Sport has 40/20/40-split-folding rear seating to accommodate large loads.
The RX 450h features 40/20/40-split-folding rear seating.
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How much does the 2020 Lexus RX 450h AWD F Sport Cost?

The 2020 Lexus RX 450 h F Sport has a starting MSRP of $50,550.

  • Base Price RX 450h: $46,750
  • Optional Packages:
    • Luxury package ($4,130) – adds leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel;
    • Navigation package ($2,285) – adds a 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation, an in-dash DVD player, and a 12-speaker audio system.

The 2020 Lexus RX 450 h F Sport has a starting MSRP of $50,550.

I loved driving the 2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport

It was a quiet and smooth ride equipped with all of the bells and whistles a luxury SUV should have. It has everything a mom with a small family (at most three children) would love, from top of the line safety features, technology, and entertainment options. Plus, with it being a hybrid luxury SUV, it has excellent gas mileage. If you’re a mom looking for a luxury SUV that’s safe (earned 5/5 safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and performs, the 2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport is for you. Learn more about this hybrid luxury SUV here: http://www.lexus.com.

2020 Lexus RX 450h AWD F Sport Hybrid Luxury SUV

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Disclosure: As an A Girls Guide to Cars Partner, the Lexus RX450 h F Sport was provided for review purposes only. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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Kim is a 30 something Brooklyn, NY native, currently enjoying Long Island suburban life with her husband and 8-year-old daughter, Chloe as they await the arrival of her sister in February 2020. She not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also shares her love for the things that she finds beautiful: her love of family, travel, cars, and makeup and skincare on Beauty and the Bump NYC. In addition to that, she is a writer for A Girl's Guide to Cars. Now, if that wasn’t enough, she also took on the role of class parent for her daughter's 3rd-grade class. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she gets it all done with style, grace, and of course, beauty.