2020 Lexus RX 450h Picture – 2020 Lexus RX 450h
Now that the 2020 Lexus RX has gone on sale, we’re revisiting our aboriginal alive impressions of the acknowledged affluence SUV (from July).
When I aboriginal landed in Liberia, Costa Rica, to drive the adapted 2020 Lexus RX, I wasn’t abiding why the Japanese affluence cast had aureate me and added journalists to Central America. About 40 account from the Liberia airport on the Pacific coast, the Papagayo Peninsula—with its beauteous landscape, bright water, and white-sand beaches—was area we absorbed ourselves in the Lexus world.
The cast is adulatory its 30th ceremony and chose Costa Rica not alone because of its beauteous anchorage and accustomed brightness but additionally because of its abysmal affiliation with Purdy Motor, Toyota’s absolute benefactor in the country. Costa Rica was Lexus’ fifth Latin American market, and it has apparent constant advance aback it began operations in 2013. Lexus’ aboriginal common bazaar was the U.S., and today the affluence cast continues its amplification beyond the apple with affairs to barrage in Mexico in 2021. It will accept a attendance in 90 countries by then.
It’s aural this landscape—both actually and metaphorically—that we collection Lexus’ best accepted model, which is accepting a midcycle brace for the 2020 archetypal year. Best of the changes are inside, area the crossover accustomed a touchscreen, a few updates to its infotainment system, and six USB ports. Buyers can accept amid the accepted 8.0-inch or the accessible 12.3-inch touchscreen; the closing can be had as a breach awning and has a college resolution than the abate screen. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Alexa are accordant with the adapted RX, and we begin it actual accessible to use CarPlay through the touchpad. Although the blow functionality is new, the awning is a bit adamantine to ability for the disciplinarian accustomed its area on top of the dash; it’s appealing accessible to ascendancy from the avant-garde passenger’s seat, though.
Despite the alive design, the RX’s autogenous is a nice abode to sit. The seats are comfortable, and abstracts feel bendable everywhere you touch. The advantageous driver’s bench position provides acceptable visibility.
The bigger three-row RX L continues for 2020 with second-row captain’s chairs that affluence access and avenue for third-row passengers.
The exoteric updates are subtle: The iconic arbor grille is now bigger, the avant-garde and rear fascias accept been redesigned, and the triple-beam LED headlights are slimmer. The accepted 18-inch auto action a new design, and the 20-inch auto on the Affluence trim accept additionally accustomed a appearance update.
Things abide the aforementioned beneath the hood, but according to Lexus, changes to the abeyance and adjustment accept added the vehicle’s rigidity. The shocks accept been retuned, the anti-roll confined were swapped for stiffer ones, and the dampers were adapted to accommodate a smoother ride. The RX 350 is still powered by a 295-hp, 267-lb-ft 3.5-liter V-6 agent commutual to an eight-speed automated transmission. All-wheel drive is still an advantage for the gas-only model; the assemblage we collection in the twisty, arresting anchorage overlooking the jaw-dropping Culebra Bay was absolutely loaded. The agent delivers abundant ability for an SUV of this size, but the manual was consistently hunting for the accomplished gear. Thankfully, paddle shifters are accepted for 2020, so the manual holds apparatus best aback the shifter is in its action position. The accouterment are smooth, and anatomy cycle is controlled well, but we’ll charge to absorb added time with it to accord you a abounding report.
During our drive we additionally got abaft the caster of the RX 450h, which is still propelled by the 3.5-liter V-6 akin to an electric motor and a CVT that sends ability to all four wheels. The 308 hp accomplish a huge aberration compared with the “regular” engine—we begin the amalgam to be added energetic. Whether we were alive up abrupt hills or demography aciculate corners, the RX 450h was added fun to drive. It additionally acquainted alive aback we stepped on the gas and appropriately anesthetized slower cars on the two-lane road. After this abbreviate drive, we’d absolutely go with the hybrid. We’ll get you added alive impressions already we accept a adventitious to absorb added time with it.
The F Action amalgamation continues for 2020, and now it can be breach into two. The top-of-the-line F Action Performance amalgamation adds the alive capricious abeyance from the Lexus LC, as able-bodied as a algid air intake, alive complete control, electric ability steering, and a acrimonious council wheel. The accepted F Action amalgamation comes with sportier dampers and a drive approach selector with Action . The RX F Action additionally offers red covering seats, added bolstering, and an F Action brand on the wheel.
Another amend for 2020 is the accession of Lexus Assurance Arrangement 2.0, which is now accepted beyond the board. Thanks to the changes in the pre-collision system, every RX can now ascertain cyclists during the day and pedestrians at night, article new for this archetypal year. Alley Sign Assist and Lane Tracing Assist are additionally new, but the Tico anchorage we collection on didn’t accept any lane marks, so we couldn’t absolutely try this feature.
Lexus has appear appraisement on the 2020 RX, which carries an MSRP of $330 USD added than the 2019 model. Get added capacity here.
The Lexus RX won our actual aboriginal SUV of the Year accolade aback in 1999, and it’s a avant-garde in the crossover segment, acceptable the aboriginal unibody SUV that delivered a “carlike” ride with the basement position and autogenous amplitude of an SUV. Aback then, it has thrived in the segment, acceptable Lexus’ best accepted archetypal by far, before all of the brand’s auto sales combined. With its adapted styling, bigger technology, avant-garde safety, and Pura Vida attitude, the 2020 Lexus RX will abide to be the brand’s sales baton aback it arrives at dealers at the end of August. This much-needed amend will accompany a breeze of beginning air to the crossover. A abounding redesign is accepted in the abutting two to three years.