The RX is still one of the most popular mid-size luxury crossovers around and that is for a good number of reasons. Currently, in the fourth generation, this model is considered as one of the most essential luxury SUVs in history. It pioneered the segment and nowadays still offers plenty of qualities. Comfortable ride, opulent cabin, and strong and efficient engines are just some of them.
The current generation has been around since 2015 and it looks like it will carry on for another couple of years. This leads us to the conclusion that the 2020 Lexus RX is about to arrive without more important changes. The recent update has brought several interesting novelties, including a three-row version, so we have no doubt that the next year won’t bring too many novelties. Therefore, expect to see the new model sometime late in the year.
2020 Lexus RX Design
The overall design of the 2020 Lexus RX will be pretty familiar. This is a typical mid-size luxury crossover and the interesting fact is that we are talking about one of the rare Toyota models that still ride on the previous-generation K platform, along with the Highlander. Most of the models from this luxury brand already switched to a new TNGA underpainting, which brings significant improvements in terms of driving experience, especially when it comes to driving dynamics. However, the current generation still has a lot of qualities to offer, including a very comfortable ride and great overall efficiency.
The 2020 Lexus RX redesign definitely won’t happen. We are about to see a familiar styling, which is based on the brand’s familiar design language, based on a well-known spindle grille layout. The recent update has brought a new three-row version. Still, this version didn’t come with changes in terms of wheelbase, just with a longer rear overhang. So, there are four main versions of this crossover now. Besides standard two-row and optional three-row model, this crossover is also available in a performance-oriented F Sport package, as well in a hybrid version.
The interior design is essentially the same in all versions, with the exception of a third row in the L model. A hi-quality cabin is one of the strongest points of this crossover. You won’t find many other models in the class that can match such overall quality. The 2020 Lexus RX will continue to be refined, with excellent materials quality and plenty of styles. Another strong point of this crossover is a long list of standard equipment. So, even the most basic models come with things like 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, 9-speaker audio, HD radio and much more.
Besides tons of tech goodies, there is also a full load of safety systems. It includes adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, pre-collision warning, and braking system with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane departure warning, lane keep assist etc. Of course, there are a plethora of optional features as well.
2020 Lexus RX 350 and RX 350L
The 2020 Lexus RX 350 will continue to be the basic version of this luxury crossover. It comes with two rows of seating and features a familiar 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine, which delivers around 295 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. It comes with 8-speed automatic transmission and the overall driving experience is very good. The RX 350 is strong and accelerates pretty good. Driving dynamics could be better, but the overall comfort is pretty amazing. Another strong point is the amazing fuel economy. No V6 rival can match RX’s 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
The 2020 Lexus RX 350L is also about to continue without more important changes. This is a three-row version of the base model and there aren’t many important changes, except more inches in overall length. The wheelbase is the same, while the third row is typically tight for the class. Probably the biggest complaint goes to the cargo capacity, as you can count on 58.5 cubic feet of overall cargo volume, which isn’t a big improvement compared to two-row models, which are good for about 56 cubic feet.
2020 Lexus RX 350 F Sport
The F Sport is a version that comes with a bunch of distinctive details and all-wheel drive is one of them. The 2020 Lexus RX 350 F Sport AWD will continue in the same way, with some unique styling details. Some of the highlights are 20-inch wheels and a new body kit. Of course, there is much more than just visual upgrades. This version also comes with adaptive suspension, enhanced engine sound, paddle shifters, unique gauges etc. Also, the list of standard equipment is longer. Some of the notable upgrades are leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, unique interior schemes etc. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with any power boost, but with the same 295-hp V6 engine.
2020 Lexus RX 450h
As we already mentioned, this crossover comes with a hybrid powertrain as well and that is practically the main difference compared to standard gasoline models. This version features a system that combines a 3.5-liter V6 engine with three electric motors. The whole system delivers a total amount of 308 horsepower. It seems more than enough for a convenient ride, though some hybrid rivals are quicker. On the other side, this crossover features pretty good fuel economy, which goes around 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
2020 Lexus RX Release Date and Price
We expect new models to arrive sometime late in the year, with the pretty much same price. The base 2020 Lexus RX 350 will go around 43.500 dollars. The optional three-row version will cost you around 48.000 dollars, while the F Sport costs almost 50.000 dollars. Finally, there is the 2020 Lexus RX 450h, which should start around 46.000, but could easily go up to 55.000 dollars.
Key competitors are models like Acura MDX, Range Rover Velar, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60, Volvo XC90 etc.