2021 Lexus RX Hybrid

2021 Lexus RX Hybrid Review: Green Luxury

The Lexus RX hybrid is a slightly greener take on an already laid back, luxury midsize SUV. It has a bold exterior aesthetic that juxtaposes the plush cabin quite well. But it has more than just good looks; the V6 engine under the hood works in tandem with electric motors to deliver a combined 308 horsepower to all four wheels, which is more than enough to get the hefty crossover moving around town. This powertrain also returns some decent fuel economy figures. Available as either a five- six-seater, the RX offers a fair amount of passenger and cargo space, and loads of features to keep everyone safe and happy. But the competition in the USA is stiff, to say the least, with competent rivals like the Volvo XC90 and Toyota Highlander Hybrid drawing a lot of attention away from the Lexus.

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New 2021 Lexus RX Hybrid Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 RX Hybrid?

Very little has changed in the specs list for the 2021 RX Hybrid. Mechanically, it is the same as it was last year, but the standard features have received some updates. New for this year, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on every model, as are power-folding auto-dimming mirrors. In terms of options, a wireless charger is now available and the Performance Package has been renamed the Handling Package. Noble Brown has been replaced with Glazed Caramel in the Luxury Package, while the Premium Package gets the same Glazed Caramel as a new color for the interior.

Pros and Cons

  • Handsome good looks
  • Capable standard powertrain
  • Competitive fuel economy
  • Stylish cabin design
  • Long list of standard and available tech
  • Customization pushes up the cost drastically
  • Disconnected driving experience
  • Middling acceleration
  • Poor cargo capacity

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2021 Lexus RX Hybrid Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
RX 450h
3.5L V6 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
RX 450h F SPORT Appearance
3.5L V6 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
RX 450hL
3.5L V6 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
RX 450h F SPORT Black Line
3.5L V6 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
RX 450h F SPORT Handling
3.5L V6 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive

RX Hybrid Exterior

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  • Length 192.5 in
  • Wheelbase 109.8 in
  • Height 67.7 in
  • Max Width 74.6 in
  • Front Width 64.4 in
  • Rear Width 64.0 in

Exterior Colors

  • Ultra White
  • Eminent White Pearl
  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Atomic Silver
  • Obsidian
  • Caviar
  • Nightfall Mica
  • Matador Red Mica
  • Celestial GF
  • Nori Green Pearl
  • Moonbeam Beige Metallic

RX Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    3.5L V6 Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain

RX Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Front Leg Room 44.1 in
  • Front Head Room 39.4 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.2 in

RX Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Lexus RX Hybrid Hybrid a good SUV?

The Lexus RX Hybrid looks amazing on paper, and in person, too. However, once you get behind the wheel, the rose-tinted glasses fall away. Sure, it has a spacious cabin when configured for five passengers, thanks to generous interior dimensions, but it's less comfortable in 6-seater configurations. The tech is amazing, too, with loads of safety and infotainment features to play around with, including power seating, dual-zone climate control, a nine-speaker sound system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an eight-inch LCD display, and Lexus' Safety system 2.0+, which is standard across the range. And, although there is no comprehensive review for the Lexus RX Hybrid in terms of safety from the NHTSA or IIHS, gas-fed derivatives received a Top Safety Pick award for 2020 from the IIHS from its reviews. The hybrid did at least score five stars for safety from the NHTSA for the side-impact test.

On the negative side, standard trunk space is barely adequate, losing out in comparison to competitors like the Toyota Highlander. And, while a 308-hp engine sounds good, true performance is not at all exciting. It takes somewhere around eight seconds to get to 60 mph and there's a mediocre top speed of 112 mph; while it never feels lacking, it's just rather bland, overall. Still, it can tow 3,500 pounds of weight behind it when properly equipped, which isn't bad for a hybrid vehicle.

If you just want a comfy commuter for hauling the kids around town, then it fits the bill quite nicely, thanks to an absorbent suspension setup and a good reliability rating from J.D. Power. It is lighter on fuel than many of its rivals, with gas mileage estimates of 31/28/30 mpg in all but the three-row versions, so you'll save more in the long run. But, if you want a car you can actually take pleasure in piloting, some rivals may be more deserving of a test drive.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Lexus RX Hybrid Hybrid?

The base price of the Lexus RX Hybrid is not oppressive considering the long-term savings in fuel. The entry-level RX 450h opens bidding at $47,720 in the US, while upgrading to the three-row 450hL adds $3,390. The more athletic 450h F Sport has a sticker price of $51,200 but it still isn't the most expensive option. That honor goes to the special F Sport Black Line Edition, which asks for an investment of $51,885. These prices are MSRP and do not include tax, registration, or the $1,025 destination fee. Once you start opting on some of the more desirable packages, such as the Premium or Luxury packages, you can expect costs to soar.

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