Just because you can afford a luxury SUV, doesn't mean you should use up all the gas in the world fueling the thing. The 2006 RX 400h (starting at $49,000) is powered by a 3.3 liter V6 engine and a pair of electric-drive motors that offer a combined horsepower of 268 and, more importantly, an EPA city rating of 31 mpg and a highway rating of 27 mpg. Take that, Ford Excursion. The gas/electric hybrid is also still a Lexus, so you can expect extras like adaptive front lighting, rain-sensing wipers, Mark Levinson audio system, standard 18-inch alloy wheels, and an available Lexus voice-activated DVD Navigation System with Bluetooth. And by purchasing a hybrid vehicle, you're eligible for a tax deduction of up to $2,000 on Form 1040. Nice.
Another premium gift found in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is this limited edition Lexus GS 450h ($65,000). The hybrid luxury car is available in an exclusive exterior color, “Crystalline Ice,” and merges a 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 engine with high-output electric motor rear-wheel drive for more than 300 horsepower and great fuel economy. The interior has leather and wood details, Mark Levinson surround sound, voice-activated DVD Navigation System with Bluetooth, back-up camera, and a power meter that replaces the tachometer. Better hurry if you’re wanting one — only 75 will be made.