Whereas the Tesla Model Y is all about curves, the exterior design of the Lexus RZ is far edgier. This is clearly a Lexus at first glance, and it could simply be an RX to the average observer. Keener-eyed individuals will notice the charging port on the left side of the body and the latest iteration of the spindle body in front, which sees the smoothed-over section where a traditional grille would be, flow gently into the hood. Stylish bi-LED headlights with daytime running lights are standard, and headlamp washers are available for both trims. An illuminated front 'L' for the Lexus badge is optional.
For the Premium, there are 18-inch alloy wheels, but the Luxury comes with snazzier 20-inch alloys. The latter wheels and tires do, however, have a negative impact on the vehicle's range. At the rear, there is a sporty coupe-like roofline with a blade taillamp design that stretches across the width of the body. A panorama glass roof is standard on both trims, but only the Luxury model can be specified with a Dynamic Sky panorama glass roof that can quickly switch between transparent and opaque.
Although smaller than the RX in size in certain respects, the dimensions of the Lexus RZ have not compromised its packaging as the two vehicles have a similar amount of interior space. The RZ has a length of 189.2 inches, 3.3 inches less than the RX, although both crossovers have the same 112.2-inch wheelbase. Width measures 74.2 inches and the height of the RZ is 64.4 inches.
The dual motors and battery have added some weight to the EV, though. The RZ starts at 4,564 pounds, increasing to 4,619 lbs for the Luxury model. By comparison, the base RX AWD weighs 4,310 lbs.
|Lexus RZ Trims||RZ 450e Premium||RZ 450e Luxury|
|Max Width||74.6 in.||74.6 in.|
|Length||189 in.||189 in.|
|Height||64.4 in.||64.4 in.|
|Wheelbase||112.2 in.||112.2 in.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||18|
|Rear Wheel Size||18|
Of the seven exterior colors for the 2023 Lexus RZ, the only no-cost one is the dark Caviar. For $500, customers can select Eminent White Pearl, Iridium, Ether, or Cloudburst Gray. The two most distinctive colors are the dual-tone options. For $1,200, that blends a Black Onyx spindle body, hood, and roof with either Ether or Cloudburst Gray along the sides. In Europe, the RZ is offered with a few warmer shades as well, but these are curiously absent from the moodier palette of US-spec models.
The best color for the Lexus RZ will come down to the individual, but the crossover stands out in Ether, probably the most unique color in the range.
At $1,200, the two dual-tone body color choices - Black Onyx with either Cloudburst Gray or Ether - are the most expensive.
The RZ does not have a traditional sunroof but comes with a glass panorama roof instead. As an option for the RZ Luxury, there is a Dynamic Sky panorama roof that can switch between transparent and opaque.
The base RZ Premium has 18-inch alloy wheels, but it can be upgraded to 20-inch alloys which are standard on the RZ Luxury.