2021 Lexus RX Hybrid

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2021 Lexus RX Hybrid Review: Choice Eco-Friendly Runabout

by Aiden Eksteen

A vehicle that is considered modern and stylish, is renowned for its proven dependability, safety, and affordability, and that delivers thrifty fuel economy returns may seem like an impossibility. But it's these qualities that define the 2021 Lexus RX Hybrid as the fourth-generation luxury, midsize crossover SUV proffered by Toyota's premium division - Lexus. Under the hood of the RX Hybrid is the very same 3.5-liter V6 engine found in the gasoline counterpart, but strapped with three electric motors and an MHEV system for a combined output of 308 horsepower. Unfortunately, the RX Hybrid isn't an athletic cruiser, submitting rather dull acceleration responses and clunky handling characteristics that many of its competitors, the Volvo XC90 Recharge, Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, and even the more mainstream Kia Sorento Hybrid easily beat. Nevertheless, the 2021 RX Hybrid SUV is still a contemporary, comfortable, and featureful cruiser, well worth considering within the trending segment.

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2021 Lexus RX Hybrid Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 Lexus 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 and fairly sporty design
  • Modern and well-built interior
  • Excellent fuel economy ratings
  • Loads of standard features and tech
  • Leading safety and reliability standards
  • Boring and detached driving experience
  • Lethargic acceleration responses
  • Subpar trunk cargo capacity

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2021 Lexus RX Hybrid Trims and Prices

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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
  • Curb Weight 4,740.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Ultra White +$425
  • Eminent White Pearl +$425
  • Atomic Silver
  • Obsidian
  • Caviar
  • Nightfall Mica
  • Matador Red Mica
  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Celestial GF
  • Nori Green Pearl
  • Moonbeam Beige Metallic

RX Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Power from the RX Hybrid's electrified 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine is forwarded through a continuously variable automatic transmission to an emulated all-wheel drivetrain. While 308 hp may seem like plenty, the reluctance of the CVT slows acceleration responses, meaning that 0 to 60 mph comes at a leisurely eight seconds. Though one will never find the RX Hybrid SUV to be exciting, it won't disappoint during casual driving, especially in urban settings.

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

RX Hybrid Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    17.2 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 31/28 mpg
* 2021 Lexus RX 450h AWD

RX Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • 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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RX Hybrid Safety and Reliability


  • 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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2021 Lexus RX Hybrid A Good SUV?

With its urban-centered performance dynamics, abundance of features, and top-notch safety rating and proven reliability standards, the 2021 Lexus RX Hybrid is most certainly a good choice as a family runabout. It's a handsome and contemporary-looking 4-door car with a modern interior brimming with advanced features and technology. This includes a comprehensive infotainment suite, loads of luxury conveniences, and tons of driver assists and active safety systems. It's also a highly frugal runabout and offers a relatively decent towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

The 2021 Lexus RX Hybrid could, however, do with a turbocharged motor such as those found in BMW and Mercedes-Benz competitors, as its powertrain does feel a little stodgy. It's otherwise good for city commuting. The available third-row seats are considerably cramped, though, so if you do require seating for more than five, we'd suggest looking elsewhere such as at the Volvo XC90 Recharge. If you're after something a little more exciting or off-road capable, there are quite a few attractive alternatives in the USA around the 2021 Lexus RX Hybrid SUV's price - $47,820.

What Lexus RX Hybrid Model Should I Buy?

After a review of the 2021 Lexus RX Hybrid lineup, the most sensible model to go for in terms of value and practicality will be the base RX 450h. The RX Hybrid SUV is to no extent a sporty car, so we feel the F-Sport Appearance, F-Sport Black Line, and F-Sport Handling trims aren't really worth the price for primarily cosmetic enhancements. We also feel the 450hL should be disregarded if you need the extra seats, as the 3rd-row is barely usable and only detracts from the already scanty trunk capacity.

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