Lexus RX 450h — Practical luxury

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Lexus won the lottery when it developed the RX 300 crossover in the late ’90s. The first RX reached the marketplace as a 1999 model and quickly became the best selling vehicle in the Lexus stable.

A strict departure from the hot-selling body-on-frame sport utilities of the time, the RX hit all the right notes for thousands of customers who wanted a more fuel-efficient and car-like upscale sport utility.