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April 6, 2023

Words by: Tom Sedens

Bold, alluring and luxurious - the all-new Lexus RX

The RX SUV has always been a mainstay for Lexus. You see a lot of them, including many of the original models that are now 4 generations old and a testament to Lexus’ reliability and longevity. The RX continues to be a popular choice in the highly competitive and crowded luxury SUV category because it ticks off all the right boxes for many buyers.

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Completely redesigned from the wheels to the roof rails, the 5th generation RX embodies the transformation of the Lexus brand. Featuring a brand-new global platform, bold new exterior and completely re-envisioned cabin, it is a definitive and confident step into the future, while continuing to excel at all the things the world has come to love about the RX in the past. 

While instantly recognizable, the fresh new RX design is at once sleek and sophisticated, while looking ready to pounce with its lower, more planted stance. The seamlessly integrated grille is striking and LED lighting all the way around is as eye-catching as it is effective. The honed body combines a flowing roofline and muscular, flared rear fenders into one cohesive shape, with stunning 21-inch rims filling the wheel wells. 

Stepping into the RX cabin immediately evokes a sensation of luxury – world-class materials surround the driver and passengers and the fit and finish is nothing short of spectacular. Real leather upholstery (which is not as common as it used to be in the luxury space), laser-cut, open-pore wood trim, beautifully textured and stitched soft-touch panels – it all comes together in an elegant and simplified design that maximizes driver-focused functionality and the sublime comfort that Lexus is known for. 

Incredibly comfortable and well-bolstered seats, heated and ventilated for both front and back passengers, are thrones as suitable for the commute as they are for cross-country trips. The massive 14-inch high-definition touchscreen uses the highly intuitive Lexus Interface and puts everything at the driver’s fingertips. 

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Rear passengers have ample space to stretch out in comfort and the huge panoramic roof overhead makes the spacious cabin seem even airier. 

Under the hood, a more efficient turbocharged 2.4L engine puts out 275 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a buttery smooth 8-speed transmission, the powertrain balances performance and efficiency with ease – it accelerates quicker than the previous V6, yet uses less fuel in every driving situation. Two hybrid drivetrains are also available, including a remarkable 367 horsepower performance hybrid that will accelerate to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds. 

The RX’s suspension is tuned for comfort without giving up excellent handling. For an even more involved driving experience, the F Sport trims include an adaptive variable suspension that continuously adjusts to the current situation to provide the best possible performance. A confidence inspiring all-wheel drive system is standard in all trims. 

The RX can be driven in absolute confidence, knowing that the Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 surrounds driver and passengers with a full suite of passive and active safety systems. Not only does it allow for complete peace of mind, the technology works beautifully without ever being noticeable.

Combining a bold, refined exterior with a world-class cabin that envelops driver and passengers with luxury, technology and comfort, the new RX is everything we’ve loved in the past and everything we expect from the future.

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