Fresh Ride: Lexus RX 450h

I was given the opportunity to drive the 2015 Lexus RX 450h a couple of weeks ago, and the two of us got comfortable right away. I toted that whip around the city, into the woods and back!

It's funny how a simple test drive can get you out of your comfort zone. As a city dweller, I probably never would find myself behind the wheel of an SUV otherwise - too big, nowhere to park it, etc. I wasn't sure I'd be into it, but was pleasantly surprised by how easily I could acclimate it to city life, and by all the little details that make it a standout drive.

It's really all about the little details with vehicles nowadays. Lexus always goes above and beyond the call of duty to create a luxury experience, and the latest RX is no different. I actually thought it had less gadgets and touch screen options than other types of cars - and I appreciated that. There's so much to look at, touch, talk to and otherwise be distracted by on the dashboards of new makes and models. Why not focus on making the actual driving experience an amazing one?

For an SUV, the Lexus RX is super quiet and drives so, so smoothly. Its hybrid engine purrs like a ninja cat, yet still has the horsepower you'd want and expect. Quiet horsepower was such a nice change from my normal ride (an '08 Civic hybrid!)