Highlight: All the RX hybrid models are outfitted with an all-wheel drive configuration.
Vehicle’s MSRP: $61,854 (Base Model: $52,080)
Seating Capacity: Up To Seven, Depending On The Trim
Standard Safety Features: ABS; airbags; all-wheel drive; a radar activated cruise control system; a tire pressure monitoring system; a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection; an all-speed radar activated cruise control system; an automatic high beam light system; a lane departure warning system with steering assist; a lane keep assist system; a brake assist system; a rain sensing wiper system; and a back up camera
Optional Features On Test Vehicle: blind spot monitor and intuitive parking assist with auto braking; auto dimming power fold mirror; panoramic view mirror; heads up display; touch free power rear liftgate; triple beam LED auto leveling headlamps with washers; intuitive parking assist; 12.3-inch navigation system; Mark Levinson 15-speaker system; power moonroof; aluminum roof rails; all-weather floor mats; and paint protection film
Other Trim Level:
Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 9-speaker AM/FM/HD with SiriusXM
Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes
USB Connectivity: Yes
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty: 6 years or 70,000 miles
Hybrid Warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles
Recommended Fuel: Regular
Standard Fuel Mileage:
What’s New: The RX hybrid is basically a carryover for the 2019 model year. The big news is related to the Lexus Enform Remote, which integrates both a smart watch and Amazon Alexa.
Why: The RX is available in both a two-row and a three-row configuration. All RX hybrids are powered by an all-wheel drive configuration.
The RX hybrid, which we reviewed, is fueled by a 6-cylinder, 308-horsepower gas and electric motor. The luxurious hybrid achieves 31 miles in the city and 28 miles on the highway. Lexus signature aggressive grille seems fitting for the F-Sport model.
For those seeking a sportier driving experience in their hybrid, they can step up to the F-Sport trim. This athletic package adds a stiffer suspension system, an enhanced throttle response and a more responsive steering system. Also the exterior appearance of the vehicle has been altered too. The performance-oriented hybrid adds 20-inch wheels, a black grille, a lower spoiler section, black side mirrors and badging, identifying its more aggressive appearance.
Inside the RX F-Sport, Lexus has beefed up the interior too. In addition to all of the luxury amenities one should expect in the RX, the interior design team has outfitted the vehicle with quilted supportive front seats with bolsters and aluminum pedals for the gas and brakes. In fact, our vehicle was accented with a bold looking optional red seats. The bright colored seats added 'flavor' to a brand that hasn't been associated with excitement.
But: While Lexus finally has a three-row, car-based crossover, its takes a lot of maneuvering to seat large adults in both the second and third row simultaneously. Thankfully the second row slides forward in order to accommodate two occupants in the third row. Possibly, the best scenario is to place adults in the second row, while seating small kids in the third row. We can’t imagine average size adults taking a road trip, while being seated in both the second and third rows.
Moreover, with the third row in use, the cargo room is severely limited and the horsepower drops slightly, when comparing the short wheel base RX to the extended version.
And the intuitive hand touched virtual mouse is super sensitive. The intuitive system controls the infotainment system. One can use the duplicate steering, ventilation and audio controls to use many of the systems.
Furthermore, Lexus’ massive spindle grille still is somewhat controversial. Either folks will love it, hate it or just tolerate it.
Lastly, the closes competitor to this non plug-in hybrid is BMW’s X5 which offers a plugin application.
Hybrid Plug-In Alternative: BMW X5 xDrive45e