Pricing for 2010 Lexus RX Hybrid and 2010 Lexus IS Convertible Announced

Joshua Duval
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Toyota announced pricing today for two of its luxury division's most highly anticipated vehicles, the redesigned 2010 Lexus RX hybrid and the all-new 2010 Lexus IS Convertible.

Surprising news for the RX hybrid is that the all-new 2010 model will actually start at a lower price than the 2008 model (Toyota skipped the 2009 model year for the RX hybrid). A front-wheel drive 2010 Lexus RX 450h costs $42,535 (all prices include destination fees), a decrease of $420 compared with the last-gen model. The all-wheel drive version of the 2010 RX 450h adds a $1590 premium. Both versions are significantly more expensive than their non-hybrid brethren, which check in at $37,675 (front-wheel drive) and $39,075 (all-wheel drive), respectively.

Both RX hybrid models come standard with an updated version of Lexus' Hybrid Drive system, which features a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V-6 and lighter electric motors than last year's models. Lexus claims the RX 450h's powertrain offers performance "similar to V-8" engines, with "better combined fuel economy than the average four-cylinder midsize sedan." The EPA estimates 32 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway for fwd models, with two fewer miles-per-gallon in the city for all-wheel drive models.

Available options for the RX include hard disc drive navigation with voice recognition and a remote touch controller, auxiliary USB inputs, Bluetooth capability, a rear seat entertainment system with two high-definition seven-inch displays mounted in the front seatbacks and a heads-up display.

The 2010 Lexus IS convertible will come in two flavors, the IS 250C and the IS 350C. Both models feature a three-panel roof made of lightweight aluminum that opens in 20 seconds. The powertrains from the IS sedans are carried over here: for the IS 250C, a 2.5-liter 204-hp V-6 with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, and a 3.5-liter 306-hp V-6 with a six-speed automatic for the IS 350C.

The IS 250C will cost $39,365 with a manual transmission or $40,535 with an automatic transmission, and the IS 350C will cost $44,815. For comparison, a rear-wheel drive 2009 IS 250 with a manual transmission is priced at $32,180.

Toyota says all the body panels of the IS were "designed to blend seamlessly with the new three-panel folding roof" except the hood, which is carried over from the sedan. Lexus puts the drag coefficient of the convertible at 0.29, versus 0.27 for the sedan. The convertible also gets new taillights, and a convenient one-touch automatic ingress-egress to access the rear seats.

The best news yet: we won't have to wait long for either Lexus. The IS convertible will go on sale at the end of May, and the RX hybrid will follow not long after.

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