Big black wheels, alluring blue paint and a grille as large as some gates in West Texas don’t always add up to sporty.
Heck, Lexus has been trying to light that fire with the F-Sport package under most of its vehicles for years, such as the 2021 RX 450h F-Sport crossover.
As you may know, the 450h is a somewhat polarizing mid-size vehicle with a hybrid powertrain and a grille only a designer could love.
But it works. Despite the empty sport-hype and styling that looks profoundly odd to me, the RX remains Lexi’s most popular vehicle, outselling all of the brand’s cars combined, including the truly sport IS sedan.
Somewhere along the way, I think I slipped out of the mainstream.
The RX 450 probably has not, offering buyers solid hybrid performance, a well-crafted near-luxury interior and 30-mile-per-gallon overall fuel economy – not to mention floor-mats branded with “sport.”
One reason I was mildly disappointed with the RX is I had kind of hoped that Lexus – Toyota’s luxury brand -- would eventually tune the milquetoast RX for performance as well as economy, as Toyota did with the RAV4 compact crossover.
Maybe next year.
For now, Lexi brings the heat with the, uh, highly distinctive styling of the RX, a vehicle that insists on getting your attention with a slap rather than a whisper.
As you probably know, Lexus favors huge, garish grilles flanked by slinky headlamps that wrap around into the fenders.
A broad, raised hood on the RX I had kind of set the vibe for the vehicle’s thick look-at-me sides carved by odd, curvy character lines and capped by a sloping top.
In an attempt to tune down some of that, I think, Lexus used a black graphic to fill in a scallop on the lower body and that worked fairly well.
The all-wheel-drive RX rolled on 20-inch black wheels – of course – wearing 255-55 tires.
At least it won’t be mistaken for a Ford Explorer.
While nowhere near as sporting as it claims to be, the RX brings some decent weapons to the mid-size, near-luxury segment.
As a hybrid, it relies on one of Toyota’s ubiquitous 3.5-liter V-6s supplemented by two electric motors – one up front and the other in back, giving the RX its all-wheel-drive system.
The V-6 and electric motors provide a decent 308 horsepower that spins mostly the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT), essentially a sophisticated belt-and-pulley system.
Toyota and Lexus enjoy years of experience with hybrids and it shows in the RX, which though not sporty, is smooth and torquey, and plenty adequate.
Sixty pops up in a reasonable 7.5 seconds, but as you may have guessed by now, that’s only part of the RX’s story.
Hybrids – not electrics – are the logical bridge between gasoline vehicles and electrics, giving drivers a chance to get accustomed to the silence of electric motors without having to sweat a rolling blackout, literally.
Moreover, they tend to be less expensive, far more practical and considerably greener than a gas vehicle.
In quiet drives through my suburb, the RX stayed in electric mode, acting like an EV as it whispered along at 35 to 40 mph – green and sort of mean.
Unfortunately, the occasional electric boost didn’t help the RX’s unenthusiastic handling, which resulted in some body lean and thick steering.
As a near-luxury vehicle, the 4,900-pound RX really excelled at offering a smooth, quiet ride in a pleasant environment.
In fact, the nicely crafted black-and white-interior in my $63,000 RX played yang to the jumbled exterior’s yin.
A deep, two-tier upper dashboard in a smooth black plastic, for example, rolled down to a striking mid-dash trimmed in flat silver plastic.
An 8-inch touchscreen rose from the center of the dash, stuffed with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Alexa capability, and offering mostly knobs and buttons for controlling the audio and climate systems.
Somewhere in the vehicle’s polished – but somewhat outdated – center-stack were some of Lexi’s overly active safety nannies, including road-sign assist, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-departure alert with steering assist.
Sometimes, incidentally, you get to drive.
Meanwhile, the RX’s black door panels with silver and white trim complemented black bucket seats with white bolsters and blue stitching.
That trim flowed to the back seat, which offered abundant leg and head room.
Like every new luxury and near-luxury vehicle on the planet these days, my RX came equipped with a dozen options, including a “Black Line” package with a black grille, the body side graphic and the black wheels, plus a lightweight two-piece luggage set ($1,350).
Also among the options were a navigation system and Mark Levinson premium audio system ($3,365); as well as parking assist ($1,365).
While a bit polarizing, the RX should probably be judged by its 100,000 sales last year. And by the fact that a 2021 model will likely last longer than I do.
2021 Lexus RX 450h F Sport Black Line
- What I liked most: The RX’s build quality and reputation for longevity.
- What I would change: Every square inch of the exterior.
- MSRP: Base price, $51,200; as equipped, $63,195.
- Official color: Grecian Water.
- Fuel economy: 31 miles per gallon in town, 28 on the highway and 30 combined with filler on the left.
- Odometer reading when tested: 3,587 miles.
- Spare tire: Temporary compact.
- Weight: 4,857 pounds.
- Length-width-height: 192.5 inches long/74.6 inches wide/67.7 inches tall.
- Fuel-tank capacity: 17.2 gallons.
- Towing capacity: 3,500 pounds.
- 2021 Lexus RX 450h in a few words: Though not beautiful, the RX is a solid, well-built near-luxury vehicle with good resale value.
- Warranty: Four-year, 50,000-mile overall warranty and six-year 70,000-mile powertrain protection.
- Final assembly location: Cambridge, Ontario.
- Manufacturer’s website:www.lexus.com
- E-mail me at [email protected]
- Up next:2021 Mazda CX-30
Lexus sells some sporty, fun-to-drive cars, but the 2022 RX isn't one of them. Despite its aggressive styling and available F Sport model, the RX is a big softie that delivers a creamy ride and two fuel-efficient powertrain offerings. A 3.5-liter V-6 is standard, but you can upgrade to a hybrid powertrain that makes 308 horsepower and delivered 31 mpg highway during our testing. The standard RX is a two-row, five-seat affair, but there's also an extended-length L model that seats up to seven riders across three rows. Inside, the RX offers a plush cabin with plenty of technology features and premium finishes appropriate for this segment of compact luxury SUVs. If you're looking for smooth-riding luxury with a practical twist, the RX is a great option, but there's more fun to be had with one of the Lexus's European rivals.
What's New for 2022?
The RX receives only minor changes for 2022, including newly standard fog lamps and a trio of new colors—Cloudburst Gray, Iridium, and Grecian Water. The Black Line special edition models return for 2022 with another 2500 limited examples all sporting darkened exterior trim, black wheels, and a matching Zero Halliburton luggage set.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The F Sport models look the coolest, in our opinion, so we'd go with a lightly optioned RX350 F Sport. Of the RX's many option packages, we'd keep it simple and add only the Navigation package; it features a larger 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display, in-dash navigation, a DVD/CD player, and a 12-speaker audio system. Lexus hasn't released official pricing yet, so we've estimated that above.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Buyers can have their RX in two distinct flavors: Models badged RX350 are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 while the RX450h comes with the V-6 plus two electric motors. Our RX350 test vehicle was equipped with all-wheel drive and managed an adequate—but slow for the segment—run of 6.9 seconds from zero to 60 mph. The RX450h is one of the segment's few hybrids, but it too required longer than average to reach 60 mph from rest. What the RX does best is ride comfortably; it irons out rough stretches of road and delivers a compliant ride. The cabin remains quiet and well isolated from the road, making the RX an excellent long-distance cruiser.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Fuel efficiency is where the RX shines, and not just because it's offered with an optional hybrid powertrain that's rated as high as 31 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. The nonhybrid RX350 doesn't look all that efficient on paper, with front-wheel-drive models earning ratings of 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. In the real world, however, both the RX350 and the RX450h outperformed their EPA ratings, with each posting 31 mpg on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test. For more information about the RX's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Lexus has chosen fine materials for the RX's interior, including soft leather, textured metallic or wood trims, and soft-touch plastics. The driving position is comfortable and easy to settle into, but the interior is marred by a few ergonomic missteps: The tuning knob for the radio is a long, awkward reach from the driver's seat, and the infotainment system is operated by an irritatingly inaccurate controller just aft of the shifter. Luckily, Lexus has added touchscreen capability to the RX's infotainment system. While it's not quite the cargo-hauling champ, the RX came close, holding just one less carry-on suitcase behind its rear seats than the victorious Cadillac XT5. With its second row folded—a process done either from the side door or from the cargo area—the RX matched the XT5 with 24 cases. Folding the seats does not yield a completely flat load floor.
Infotainment and Connectivity
We found the Enform infotainment system difficult to use while driving, but it comes standard with many of the automotive world's most modern and sought-after features: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and onboard Wi-Fi are all included. An 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen comes standard, but upgrading to the 12.3-inch display not only provides a wider viewing screen, it also adds in-dash navigation, a 12-speaker audio system (a nine-speaker setup is standard), a DVD/CD player, and access to the Lexus Enform App Suite. This collection of apps provides access to emergency assistance as well as limited internet connectivity from the infotainment system. A 15-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system is also optional, as is a rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones and dual 11.6-inch monitors.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Standard driver-assistance features add more incentive to buy, but a more comprehensive offering of standard driver aids could move the RX higher in this segment. For more information about the RX's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Lexus offers a limited warranty that matches most of its rivals in this segment and a powertrain warranty that surpasses many. Hybrid components get longer coverage; however, complimentary scheduled maintenance lasts only one year, whereas the XT5 and the Volvo XC60 both offer lengthier terms.
- Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 6 years or 70,000 miles
- Hybrid components are covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for 1 year or 10,000 miles
2020 Lexus RX350L AWD
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 6-passenger, 4-door wagon
$63,540 (base price: $55,725)
DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection
211 in3, 3456 cm3
290 hp @ 6300 rpm
263 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
Wheelbase: 109.8 in
Length: 196.9 in
Width: 74.6 in
Height: 67.3 in
Passenger volume: 115 ft3
Cargo volume: 6 ft3
Curb weight (C/D est): 4650 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 7.3 sec
100 mph: 19.3 sec
¼-mile: 15.5 sec
Top speed (governor limited): 131 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 21/18/25 mpg
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F SPORT 4dr All-wheel Drive
2019 Lexus RX 450h Pricing
$51,605MSRP / Window Sticker Price
Additional or Replacing Features:
- 20" gray aluminum Wheels
- driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats
- leather Seat trim
- 18" silver aluminum Wheels
- leatherette Seat trim
- 3.5L V-6 Engine
- CVTi-S 2-spd CVT w/OD Transmission
- 259 @ 6,000 rpm Horsepower
- 247 @ 4,800 rpm Torque
- all wheel Drive type
- ABS and driveline Traction control
- front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
- SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
- 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
- keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
- front Fog/driving lights
- Heated mirrors
- Windshield wipers - rain sensing
- driver and passenger Lumbar support
F SPORT 4dr All-wheel Drive
Nebula Gray Pearl
Silver Lining Metallic
Matador Red Mica
Stratus Gray w/F SPORT Leather
Black w/F SPORT Leather
Rioja Red w/F SPORT Leather
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