Cars: Cars: A Hybrid for Highbrows

At first the Lexus RX 400h looks like another road-hogging sport-utility vehicle--albeit one that's plusher than typical models. But because it draws power from two electric motors--in addition to a regular gas engine--the 400h is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs. No wonder buyers have placed some 12,000 preorders for the car, which hits showrooms this month. TIME took a production model for a test drive to find out what all the buzz is about. --By Anita Hamilton

WHAT YOU GET As the first luxury hybrid SUV, the $48,535 400h comes equipped with creature comforts like a navigation system, rain-sensing wipers,...

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