Lexus RX is the best-selling luxury car in America. There may not be more great prizes in the automotive world. When people can reward themselves with a luxury car, that is what they turn to most.
All-new for 2023, the RX has been redesigned from the ground up to retain the attributes that made it a success and create new appeal. It’s also incredibly affordable. You can pay more for a less balanced competitor. Having to list a critique of the new model, our test driver suggested its popularity might be a drawback. That’s how hard it is to find something wrong with the RX.
Lexus sells the RX in a bewildering array of configurations—with 10 trim levels and three powertrains, including two different hybrid models and two sport versions tuned by the Lexus F Sport performance shop.
passenger and comfort room
If Lexus has a different reputation than other luxury automakers, it’s that it puts an emphasis on comfort. Known for luxury and quietness, Lexus cars lure their drivers into a world away from the traffic around them.
The 2023 Lexus RX features rich materials designed with restrained craftsmanship.
The RX isn’t the most spacious midsize SUV out there. Second-row passengers have slightly more legroom in the Acura MDX or Infiniti QX60. But its proportions are within an inch of most of the chapter in most measurements.
Where the RX really excels is its sleek design and wide selection of materials – up to 15 trim and upholstery combinations are available.
Most trims come with 8-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats. Deluxe trim replaces the 10-way power-adjustable driver and front-passenger seats with 4-way power lumbar adjustment. F Sport models have improved seat bolstering.
Features and technology
Lexus has redesigned its infotainment system — called the Lexus Interface — for the 2023 RX. If you’ve ever driven an older model and remember the frustrating touchpad controller, you’ll be glad to hear it’s gone. In its place is a more intuitive touchscreen interface.
A 9.8-inch screen is standard, but the available 14-inch HD display makes a stunning centerpiece.
An available head-up display can help keep the driver’s eyes on the road. On F Sport models, it transmits performance data like the G Force. Buyers get a trial subscription to Lexus Drive Connect, which includes a voice-activated intelligent assistant that responds to natural language commands.
The available 1800-watt Mark Levinson Pure Play surround sound system offers 21 speakers.
Traffic Jam Assist, which is an option, can accelerate, brake and steer to hold the car’s position in low-speed traffic—and it wouldn’t be a Lexus if it couldn’t park itself. Available Advanced Park uses four cameras and 12 sensors to assist in getting in and out of perpendicular and parallel parking spaces.
Materials and design
The RX is all new for 2023. Lexus designers kept the model’s curved design theme intact. But they’ve updated the look with a sharper edge on the hood and a subtler take on Lexus’ signature spindle grille. A nice gradient effect makes the grille appear to fade as it rises toward the lid.
An opaque C-pillar creates the illusion of a floating ceiling.
It’s great looking, and Lexus designers have enhanced it with one of the most adventurous color palettes on the luxury car market. In a year when most automakers seem to only offer shades of gray, Lexus will build you the RX in Matador Red Mica, a two-jeweled blouse, a gorgeous muted green called Nori Green Pearl, or a unique metallic brown shade called Copper Crest that catches the light beautifully.
That sense of custom carries over into the interior, where more than a dozen upholstery and trim combinations are offered. The designers broke the mold with options such as door panels in a wool-like material with great visual depth.
Upholstery options include semi-aniline leather and an eco-leather alternative, NuLuxe.
Cargo room and flexibility
The 2023 Lexus RX’s famous curvy profile robs it of a bit of room – a compromise on style. This is shown in the cargo volume, not the passenger compartment.
The 2023 Lexus RX offers 29.6 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are in place. That’s a competitive number for its class, with the Genesis GV70 delivering just under at 28.9 and the BMW X5 offering slightly more at 33.9.
With the power-folding rear seats lowered, the RX has 46.2 cubic feet of space. This figure is slightly lower than the class norm. The GV70 has 56.9 cubic feet of volume, while the X5 has 72.3 cubic feet.
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