One of the most often-asked questions among luxury car shoppers is the difference between Lexus hybrid vehicles versus Lexus plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). The first thing to know is that there’s no wrong option here since both technologies are proven, and neither sacrifices performance nor an ounce of luxury. However, a few key differences are worth knowing before you buy or lease from Keyes Lexus.

Lexus Hybrids

Hybrids like the Lexus RX 450h get their name from a powertrain that combines a gas engine with one or more electric motors. Besides its regular job propelling the vehicle, the gas engine also works in tandem with a regenerative braking system to charge the vehicle’s battery pack. This setup increases hybrids’ range, fuel economy, and emissions.

Lexus Plug-in Hybrids

Plug-in hybrids, including the Lexus NX Plug-in Hybrid, use most of the same technology as a conventional hybrid. However, these vehicles have larger battery packs that can be charged using a 120-volt household outlet or 240-volt charging station. They’re also an intermediate step toward EVs since they offer a significant all-electric range.

Lexus EVs

While we’re discussing greener driving, we should mention that the first Lexus EV is on its way to Keyes Lexus. Called the Lexus RZ 450e, it’s currently available for pre-order.

Unlike our hybrids and PHEVs, this crossover has no gas engine. That also means lower maintenance and no emissions. Perhaps best of all, it still offers 308 horsepower, a manufacturer-estimated 225-mile range through its Direct4 powertrain, and all the amenities you’d expect from the Lexus brand.

See for Yourself

The best way to compare a Lexus hybrid and a Lexus plug-in hybrid is to see them yourself. We have both options in stock at our Lexus dealership in Van Nuys. Take one for a test drive today!