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The Lexus RX450h and the Abbey GTS Vogue 417 with a laden weight of 1399 kg is a perfect match.

Attention: performances are not possible to calculate!

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
8th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

60%

1399 kg 2335 kg
75 kg


Score 9.8


48%

Good

  • Car is relatively heavy compared to caravan
  • Speed on motorways
  • Hill starts
  • Usability highest gear
  • Higher revs uphill not necessary

Bad

  • No salient features

Verdict

The Lexus RX450h and the Abbey GTS Vogue 417 of a laden weight of 1399 kg is an excellent combination for all journeys on all kinds of roads.

Weight

The chance of snaking is small even at higher speeds.

Flat roads

The performances of the engine of this outfit are in general very good. Under all conditions on motorways it is possible to drive with 60 mph in the 8th gear. In that case the engine runs approximately 1800 rpm. Maybe the engine is not running smoothly at low revs so it is better to shiftdown to the 7th gear, the engine runs in that case 2600 rpm (witch is maybe more noisily than usually accustomed). In a headwind or for example on a crossover there is no need to downshift immediately.

Mountains

On most motorways inclines (1:20) driving is easily possible in the 7th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 73 mph but maybe the engine is running better by somewhat more revs in the 6th gear). In the 6th gear the top speed is 88 mph (5161 rpm). Hill starts are possible on steep slopes, theoretical up to 52%, if the wheels have sufficient traction. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 50% not to drive.

Attention: This car can easily drive much faster with the caravan than is safe. So always keep an eye on your speed!


Results

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Weight
Towing limit
2000 kg
Weight ratio
60%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1399 kg / 2335 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
80 kg
Advise
75 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
9.8
Infuence pay load
15%
Flat roads
Top speed
103 mph (7th gear)
At headwind
99 mph
Speed in practice
99 mph (7th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
10.8 sec. - (max. 11 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
6.2 sec. - (max. 7.1 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
3th gear: 3.1 sec. (max. 2.7 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (8th) gear
often useful
Gears in practice
8th gear
7th gear
Revs at 60 mph
1757
2635
Percentage between accelerator
57% - 66%
39% - 45%
Power needed at 60 mph 1701 N
over: 1388 N
over: 2785 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
76 mph - (88 mph)
In the
6th gear
Revs
4466 - (5161)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
6.6 sec. - (max. 5.8 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
7th gear
6th gear
By revs
2196
2928
Percentage accelerator
75%
58%
Hill starts
Maximum incline
43.2% - 57.6%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
4 mph - (5 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
41.9%
Maximum speed on 1:8
59 mph in the 5th gear

 

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Details combination

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Car
Lexus RX450h
Year
April 2008 - 2015
Power
kW (299 bhp) at rpm
Torque
Nm at - rpm
Kerbweight
kg user payload kg
Tyres
/ R
Gearbox
automatic with 8 gears and torque converter
Towing limit
kg (towball limit kg)
Caravan
Abbey GTS Vogue 417
MIRO
kg Payload kg
MTPLM
kg
Height:
m. (8'7")
Overall width:
m. (7'4")
Overall body lenght:
m. (19'1")
Shipping length:
m. (23'2")
Actual gross train weight
3734 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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Reviews

The Lexus towing a Abbey GTS Vogue 417 (1399) kg reviewed by Paul:

Have been towing with the Lexus RX450h now for a couple of years and am very happy with it. I was a little apprehensive at first due to the car being a hybrid but it doesn't seem to affect things too much to be honest. It will pull the caravan at 40mph on electric only when conditions allow. Nowhere near as torquey as a my previous towcar (Volvo XC60) but copes just as well. Just don't expect it to keep up with the big diesels like land rovers etc up the hills. On a recent trip to the New Forest, I managed to achieve a frankly unbelievable 41mpg!!! This was with 2 adults, 2 children and a weeks worth of food, clothing etc inside the caravan. A total of 240 miles at a modest 50mph, mainly on cruise control. The mpg indicator on this car is usually pretty much accurate so I can only assume this was correct. One down side I would like to mention is the very low towball limit of 80kg. The car is capable of towing 2000kg but I find it hard to believe you could manage to tow a twin axle caravan of this weight and still get the towball weight down to 80kg. I would love to be told different if anyone has managed this. Also, I think the rear suspension is a little on the soft side to cope well with the weight transfer from caravan to car although this is obviously fine on smooth roads. To summarise, anyone that's thinking about buying one of these and using it as a towcar, I'd say just go for it. I don't think you would be disappointed.


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