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Lexus RX400h
Lexus RX400h
Hybrid value rank: 11
Time to recoup premium in fuel savings alone: 11.7
Typical price: $41,047

Compared to: RX350

Hybrid cost premium: $4,767 (Based on Edmunds.com "True Market Value." No tax credits are available on Lexus vehicles.)

Overall mpg vs. non-hybrid: 24.7 vs. 20.3

Annual fuel savings: $407 (132 gallons)

The Lexus RX400h offers an impressive boost in estimated fuel economy compared to the non-hybrid version, resulting in equally impressive dollar savings of $407 a year in gas. Still, a big price difference eats up that money for the foreseeable future.

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