Many see the RX as the ultimate luxury mid-size crossover. Simply, it offers excellent value for the money and that is the main reason for its popularity. Although most of the sales still go to the standard RX 350 model, the numbers of hybrids sold are jumping every year. Only in 2019, more than 16.000 RX 450h models were sold in the U.S. and that is a quite respectable number for a hybrid crossover that is also very luxurious. That’s everyone is eagerly waiting for the 2021 Lexus RX 450h, even though the number of changes will probably be minimal.
This means you may count on a pretty familiar crossover. Even though it has been updated last year, it is still pretty much the same vehicle that has been around since 2015. That means you may count on a very comfortable vehicle, which seems perfect for longer journeys, while driving in urban conditions is also great, because of high mpg ratings. Of course, there are some drawbacks as well, but most drivers don’t consider them deciding factors when buying a new mid-size crossover.
2021 Lexus RX 450h Design
In terms of base design characteristics, the RX 450h isn’t much different compared to the standard gasoline model. Therefore, you may count on a familiar design, which has been around since 2015 and which hasn’t changed too much for all these years. Of course, we saw a mid-cycle refresh last year, which has brought a couple of interesting updates, mostly at the front. We saw a new version of the spindle grille, as well as some revisions on the front bumpers, but the overall layout has remained the same. The 2021 Lexus RX 450h will also be available in a three-row version, which offers an additional third row and adds a couple of inches in overall length.
The cabin is certainly one of the strongest points of this crossover. First of all, the overall quality is at a really high level. You may count on hi-quality materials all around the cabin, while the aesthetics are quite amazing as well. In addition, the long list of tech goodies makes everything looks even more opulent. Also, we really like the seats, which are really soft and which are some of the most comfortable in the class. Ergonomics are excellent, while the amount of head and legroom is more than generous in two-row models. On the other side, the third row in the stretched model isn’t that comfortable and some three-row competitors seem like a better choice.
When it comes to the cargo volume, the standard two-row model seems quite decent. You may count on about 18 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 55.9 cubic feet with them folded down.
When it comes to the list of standard equipment, we may see a couple of additions for the next year. However, most of the things are about to remain the same, as the current model is already equipped pretty well. To give you a clearer picture, the current model comes standard with tech goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, eight USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. In higher trim levels, you can also get things like a panoramic moonroof, a 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation, an in-dash DVD player, premium audio systems etc.
When it comes to safety features, all models come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, lane trace assist, and lane departure warning. In addition, you can get things like head-up display, park assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic braking, and a surround-view parking camera system.
2021 Lexus RX 450h Powertrain
Things under the hood will certainly remain the same. That means you may count on a familiar system that combines a well-known V6 engine with multiple electric motors and CVT gearbox. The whole system delivers 308 horsepower, which is more than enough for decent performances that will satisfy most drivers. More importantly, you may count excellent predicted reliability ratings.
Also, this powertrain guarantees a pretty amazing fuel economy, which goes around 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Those are really amazing numbers for the class.
2021 Lexus RX 450h Release Date and Price
Given the fact that no bigger changes are expected for the next year, the 2021 Lexus RX 450h should hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. Also, we don’t expect bigger changed in terms of the price, so base models should go around 46/47.000 dollars. These crossovers mostly competes with other hybrid SUVs, such as Acura MDX Hybrid, as well as a conventional crossover like Mercedes-Benz GLE Class, BMW X5 etc.