2023 Lexus RX assessment | CarExpert

The Lexus RX is again.

Now into its fourth technology, the massive SUV is a pillar for the model in Australia. A whopping 37,000 have been offered because it debuted Down Underneath in 2003, of which 10,000 are hybrids.

Lexus has massive plans for the brand new mannequin. It has an extended wheelbase to liberate extra inside house, a brand new infotainment system designed to correctly take the struggle to what Germany’s best have to supply, and extra energy throughout the board.

It additionally packs a daring new look that tightly aligns it with the RZ450e electrical automotive coming Down Underneath in Might.

Gone is the previous base engine, bumping up the worth of entry by round $15,000 for 2023.

On the high finish of the vary is a brand new F Sport Efficiency mannequin that, with a sticker worth of $126,000 earlier than on-road prices, is $12,500 dearer than the previous-generation, seven-seat flagship mannequin.

How a lot does the Lexus RX price?

Pricing is up for the brand new RX. Beforehand, the vary opened at simply north of $73,000 earlier than on-road prices, now you’re on the hook for not less than $87,500 earlier than on-roads.

Lexus appropriately factors out the very fact the entry RX300 petrol has been axed for 2023, and the brand new automotive is a better-equipped, higher-specification car than earlier than.

On the backside finish of the vary, the RX is priced in keeping with the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. On the high finish, the RX500h F Sport Efficiency aligns with entry-level variations of the BMW X5 and Audi Q7.

Even with the worth improve it’s arduous to argue the RX doesn’t symbolize strong worth alongside its German rivals, particularly when you think about the very fact none affords a straight rival for the RX350h or RX500h.

2023 Lexus RX pricing:

  • Lexus RX350h
    • Luxurious FWD: $87,500
    • Luxurious AWD: $92,000
    • Luxurious FWD + Enhancement Pack: $92,600
    • Luxurious AWD + Enhancement Pack: $97,500
    • Sports activities Luxurious AWD: $111,900
    • Sports activities Luxurious AWD + Enhancement Pack 1: $114,900
    • Sports activities Luxurious AWD + Enhancement Pack 2: $115,800
  • Lexus RX350
    • F Sport AWD: $99,900
    • F Sport AWD + Enhancement Pack 1: $102,900
    • F Sport AWD + Enhancement Pack 2: $104,000
    • Sports activities Luxurious AWD: $105,900
    • Sports activities Luxurious AWD + Enhancement Pack 1: $108,900
    • Sports activities Luxurious AWD + Enhancement Pack 2: $109,800
  • Lexus RX500h F Sport Efficiency AWD: $126,000

All costs exclude on-road prices

What’s the Lexus RX like on the within?

Like its NX little brother, the RX has been given a high-tech makeover for 2023.

There are not any extra fiddly touchpads or hidden buttons right here, only a totally fashionable touchscreen neatly built-in right into a good-looking dashboard. It’s an enormous enchancment, and regardless of the plain similarities with the smaller NX it feels a bit extra grown up.

The place the little NX feels a bit claustrophobic up entrance with a sunroof fitted, the RX has a greater seating place for taller drivers. There’s extra legroom, extra space beneath the roof lining, and extra space between the entrance passengers to stretch out.

All of the supplies feel and appear high-quality, as you’d anticipate of a Lexus. The steering wheel in all fashions is trimmed in what appears like gentle, waxy leather-based, and even lower-end vehicles look high-end.

With generously bolstered seats and a smattering of additional badges, F Sport fashions specifically look unbelievable – take a look at the pink seats on the automotive pictured above.

The touchscreen is considerably higher than the touchpad-based tech within the final RX, with crisp graphics and a logical format. The lack of bodily buttons isn’t keenly felt as a result of there are nonetheless massive shortcuts to your local weather controls, and Hey Lexus voice prompts typically work properly.

The cameras are clear and shiny, and the Land Rover-style view that reveals what’s occurring beneath your automotive is helpful.

Together with 4 USB ports (three USB-C, one USB-A), there’s a wi-fi telephone charger up entrance.

The motive force is confronted with digital devices loosely mimicking the cluster from the LFA supercar, with out the cool mechanical sliding ring that beforehand featured.

It doesn’t transfer the sport on, given the dearth of mapping or a lot in the way in which of personalisation, however it’ll make returning homeowners really feel proper at dwelling.

There’s loads of space for storing up entrance to your drink bottles, snacks, and private bits and items.

Rear seat room is strong. Legroom represents an enchancment over the past automotive, thanks little doubt to an extended wheelbase, and the bench is sweet and plush. Headroom isn’t nice although, particularly with a sunroof fitted.

With the rear seats reclined it’s okay for adults again there, however with them set to a extra upright place that frees up additional boot house it’s a bit tight again there. Eradicating the sunroof improves issues, however it’s nonetheless tighter than in a BMW X3, not to mention an X5.

With two USB-C ports, air vents, a fold-down central armrest, and retractable window shades, the youngsters aren’t wanting creature comforts.

Claimed boot house is 612 litres with all 5 seats in place, increasing to 1678L with the second row folded.

F Sport fashions function an area saver spare, whereas Luxurious and Sports activities Luxurious fashions have a tyre restore equipment.

What’s beneath the bonnet?

The 2023 Lexus RX350h makes use of a 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid powertrain with 184kW of energy. It’s obtainable with both front- or all-wheel drive, and makes use of an eCVT. It sticks with an older nickel-metal hydride battery instead of the lighter, extra power dense lithium-ion models rolling out in some Toyota hybrids.

The RX350 is powered by a 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 205kW of energy and 430Nm of torque. It’s all-wheel drive solely and makes use of an eight-speed computerized transmission.

The RX500h F Sport Efficiency makes use of a 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder hybrid powertrain with a complete system output of 273kW. It encompasses a ‘high-output’ eAxle rear electrical motor and DIRECT4 all-wheel drive system. The 0-100km/h time is a claimed 6.2 seconds.

Claimed mixed gasoline financial system for the RX350h FWD is 5.0 litres per 100km, leaping to 5.4 litres per 100km for the RX350h AWD.

The petrol-only RX350 makes use of a claimed 8.7L/100km on the mixed cycle, and the range-topping RX500h makes use of a claimed 6.5L/100km.

All three fashions drink 95 RON premium unleaded. Petrol fashions have a 67.5 litre gasoline tank, hybrids have a 65L tank.

How does the Lexus RX drive?

How the RX drives will depend on the way you specify it.

The RX350h is predicted to be the best-seller, and it’s the mannequin that drives most such as you’d anticipate of a giant Lexus. The experience in our Sports activities Luxurious tester was relaxed, with a stunning long-travel feeling and a touch of float over freeway crests.

It’s close to silent at a cruise, with hardly any wind or street noise sneaking into the cabin. The hybrid powertrain generally is a bit noisy if you push it, although.

Like all Toyota hybrids, it defaults to electrical mode off the mark and accelerates to round 30km/h utilizing the motor earlier than the petrol engine kicks in. When it does, the engine fires easily and quietly.

On gentle throttle inputs it typically hums away within the background, mixing the 2 energy sources to ship probably the most environment friendly progress attainable.

Put your foot down and it will get a good transfer on, regardless that the V6 has been ditched for a four-cylinder engine right here, however the e-CVT transmission accomplishes that by elevating revs and holding them there. Which means it could all get a bit droney behind the wheel.

Stepping to the RX350 F Sport modifications the character barely. The petrol engine makes extra noise, however it’s a growly noise that nearly has a touch of Toyota GR86 about it, and the CVT has been subbed for a traditional computerized.

It affords strong punch off the mark, and offers you a good shove within the again by the mid-range when the turbo is singing. It’s a sportier, extra typical feeling different to the 350h if you put your foot down, though the trade-off is of course gasoline financial system.

The F Sport feels tauter than the relaxed Sports activities Luxurious. It doesn’t have the identical barely floaty feeling on the freeway, as an alternative providing higher physique management, however even on pitted nation roads it’s by no means uncomfortable or crashy.

It feels keener to show than the RX350h if you’re in a rush, and there’s much less physique roll within the corners – but when it’s a sporty RX you’re after, the RX500h F Sport Efficiency is the choose. It debuts quite a lot of applied sciences the RX badge, together with rear-wheel steering and a turbocharged engine as a part of a hybrid powertrain.

It’s designed to take a seat above the F Sport trim, however under full-on F fashions such because the previous IS F and GS F.

There’s a noticeable step up in efficiency. Put your foot down and reasonably than feeling barely strained, there’s a wholesome slug of low-down torque from the electrical motor that doesn’t relent because the revs rise.

With a traditional (long-geared) six-speed computerized, it pulls arduous out to the redline in a means even the common petrol doesn’t.

Moderately than a screamer that loves chasing the highest finish, the powertrain nearly appears like a distinctly Lexus tackle to the big-displacement diesel engines on supply in German alternate options. It packs a punch however by no means feels prefer it’s making an attempt too arduous, though the circa-6.0 second run to 100km/h (reasonably cruelly) sees it fall into the nice and cozy, not sizzling, a part of the SUV world.

The rear-wheel steer helps make the F Sport Efficiency really feel extra agile than the common RX350 on tight roads. It turns in properly, and does a greater job disguising its measurement if you’re in a rush.

At low speeds the rear-wheel steer turns as much as 4 levels in the other way to the fronts; at increased speeds it turns them in the identical route to just about lengthen the wheelbase. It’s the type of factor we wouldn’t have anticipated from Lexus up to now, however matches properly into the 500h’s character.

What do you get?

RX350h Luxurious highlights:

  • Bi-LED headlights
  • LED daytime working lights, fog lights
  • Heated exterior mirrors with driver’s facet auto-dimming
  • Rear privateness glass
  • 19-inch alloy wheels with shiny machined end
  • Roof rails
  • Energy tailgate
  • 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Wi-fi Apple CarPlay
  • Wired Android Auto
  • 12-speaker Panasonic sound system
  • Satellite tv for pc navigation
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • Lexus Related Providers
  • 5 x USB-C, 2 x 12V, 1 x USB-A
  • 8-way energy entrance seats with two-way energy lumbar
  • Heated entrance seats
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Tri-zone local weather management
  • Energy-adjustable steering column
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Paddle shifters
  • Ambient lighting

Enhancement Pack ($5100 FWD, $5500 AWD) provides:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Leather-based upholstery
  • Ventilated entrance seats
  • Easy accessibility seat
  • Driver’s seat reminiscence
  • Head-up show
  • ‘Excessive-grade’ instrument cluster show
  • Sensible key card
  • Wi-fi telephone charger
  • Contact-sensitive steering wheel controls

RX350 F Sport provides:

  • Turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 21-inch gloss black alloy wheels
  • Bi-LED headlights
    • BladeScan expertise
    • Adaptive high-beam
    • Dynamic auto-levelling
    • Cornering lights
    • Headlight cleaners
  • F Sport exterior look bundle with distinctive bumpers, grille
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Aluminium monobloc six-piston calipers
  • Arms-free energy tailgate
  • Encompass-view digital camera
  • Dimpled leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • F Sport scuff plates
  • F Sport shifter
  • F Sport instrument cluster
  • Heated and ventilated entrance sport seats
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Easy accessibility driver’s seat
  • Contact-sensitive steering wheel controls
  • Multi-colour ambient lighting
  • 21-speaker Mark Levinson sound system
  • Energetic Noise Management
  • Wi-fi telephone charger
  • Rear door sunshades
  • Sensible key card

The $3000 Enhancement Pack 1 provides a panoramic sunroof, whereas the $1100 Enhancement Pack 2 provides a digital rear-view mirror, semi-automatic parking help, and a heated steering wheel.

RX350 Sports activities Luxurious and RX350h Sports activities Luxurious add (over Luxurious):

  • Bi-LED headlights with adaptive high-beam
  • 21-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels
  • Encompass-view digital camera
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Heated and ventilated entrance seats
  • 21-speaker Mark Levinson sound system
  • Energetic Noise Management (RX350 solely)
  • 10-way energy entrance seats with semi-aniline leather-based upholstery
  • 4-way lumbar help and reminiscence
  • Heated steering wheel with woodgrain trim
  • Energy-folding and reclining rear seats
  • Heated and ventilated outboard rear seats

The $3000 Enhancement Pack 1 provides a panoramic sunroof, whereas the $900 Enhancement Pack 2 provides a digital rear-view mirror and semi-automatic parking help.

RX500h F Sport Efficiency provides (over F Sport):

  • Enhancement Pack 1 + 2
  • Matte black 21-inch alloy wheels
  • Black aluminium monobloc entrance calipers
  • Piano black bumper facet moulding
  • Physique-coloured rocker trim
  • Energetic Sound Management
  • Dynamic Rear Steering

Is the Lexus RX secure?

The Lexus RX has but to be examined by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.

Normal security gear consists of:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
  • Intersection collision avoidance help
  • Emergency steering help
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane Tracing Help (lane centring)
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Driver fatigue monitoring

Some fashions additionally embrace a surround-view digital camera.

How a lot does the Lexus RX price to run?

The Lexus RX is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee.

Upkeep is required each 12 months or 15,000 kilometres, and the primary 5 companies will every set you again $695 beneath the Lexus capped-price service program.

Lexus additionally affords its homeowners a variety of perks as a part of its Encore program, starting from the choice to have their car collected earlier than a service, entry to concert events or occasions, and advantages from companions equivalent to Ampol.

CarExpert’s Tackle the Lexus RX

Quiet, comfy, and opulent, the brand new Lexus RX vary doesn’t deviate removed from the components laid down by its strong-selling predecessors.

Its inside is an enormous step ahead, lastly including a correctly fashionable infotainment system to the standard supplies and engaging design we’ve come to anticipate from Lexus, and there’s polish to the way in which the RX350 and RX350h drive.

Neither will set your pulse racing, however consolation and refinement have all the time been core to the RX attraction anyway, proper?

As for the RX500h F Sport Efficiency? It’s one thing a bit completely different from Lexus.

The rear-wheel steering system and punchy hybrid system give it a definite character alongside the remainder of the vary.

It delivers on the promise of that new F Sport Efficiency badge, and represents an intriguing different to hotter takes on the BMW X5 or Mercedes-Benz GLE.

If solely you may get one…

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