The most popular luxury mid-size SUV on the market may be older compared to most rivals, but still has a lot of things to show. That’s why the Japanese manufacturer doesn’t rush with the new generation and tends to stick to the company’s typical production cycle length. Therefore, the 2021 Lexus RX450h doesn’t bring any significant changes. Of course, there are novelties in terms of standard equipment, as well as a new interior color scheme. However, the overall layout remains pretty familiar.
This means you may count on one of the best hybrid luxury SUVs on the market, which offers a smooth and convenient ride, along with excellent comfort and loads of standard equipment. Also, you may count on an excellent fuel economy. Naturally, there are some drawbacks as well, starting from a small cargo area, tight optional third row and a little bit complicated infotainment system. We expect to see 2021 Lexus RX450h sometime late in the year.
2021 Lexus RX450h Powertrain
Without any doubt, the powertrain is definitely one of the strongest points of this SUV. Toyota makes the best hybrid powertrains in the world and even though this particular model comes with an older-generation system, it works pretty impressive. We particularly like that amazing transition from electric to gasoline power, which incredibly smooth.
In terms of power, you may count on a respectable 308 horsepower. Surely, this amount doesn’t make RX the fastest model in the segment, but there is definitely enough power for any kind of situation. The system consists of a familiar V6 engine and several electric motors, which are responsible not only for a smooth and confident ride, but for great mpg ratings as well. This SUV returns around 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
If you’re up to something more traditions, there is also the RX350 model, which runs on pure gasoline.
2021 Lexus RX450h Redesign
While there are some novelties to come in terms of standard equipment, the overall design will remain the same. This is one of the rare Toyota models that still rides on the K platform and the new TNGA won’t be used before the next generation. That’s why handling and driving dynamics aren’t on par with rivals like BMW X5 or Audi Q7. On the other side, the suspension setup is pretty soft and the ride is cushioned and really relaxing.
Visually, this model follows the brand’s contemporary design language. It looks really aggressive, thanks to that spindle grille approach. We’ve already seen a mid-cycle update, so there is no doubt that the 2021 Lexus RX450h will carry on in the same way. Some sources suggest new color options and anything more than that would be a real surprise.
The same thing goes for the interior. Practically, the biggest novelty for the next year will be the introduction of a new color scheme. More precisely, there is a new Glazed Caramel color, which replaces Noble Brown.
The overall cabin layout will remain unchanged. That’s definitely not a bad thing, considering that this crossover features one of the nicest cabins in the segment. The overall quality is really impressive. High-quality materials come in a combination with conventional aesthetics, making a perfect package.
When it comes to the interior space, the first two rows are very comfortable. We particularly like the front seats, which are some of the best in the class. On the other side, the optional third row isn’t particularly useful. More precisely, it is really cramped and only for kids.
The short wheelbase also leaves consequences in the cargo area, which is quite small for the class. You may count on about 18 cubic feet behind the second row, while the total cargo capacity goes up to 56 cubic feet.
As we’ve just mentioned, there won’t be many changes, so the list of standard features will remain quite similar. Therefore, expect to see things like dual-zone automatic climate control, 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 on the list of standard equipment. The list of options should include goodies like a panoramic moonroof, a 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation, an in-dash DVD player, a premium audio system etc.
When it comes to safety, the list of standard features is pretty long and includes 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.
2021 Lexus RX450h Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Lexus RX450h sometime late in the year. When it comes to the price, base models should go around 47.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Mercedes-Benz GLE, Volvo XC90, BMW X5 etc.