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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 6.9
Safety:
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2020 Lexus RX Hybrid Review

The 2020 Lexus RX Hybrid finishes in the top half of our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings. Its comfortable interior and stable ride make it a great daily driver, though it isn't quite as athletic as some rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent gas mileage
  • Serene ride
  • Upscale interior
  • Not as fun to drive as rivals
  • Subpar cargo capacity
  • Sloped roofline limits visibility and cargo utility

New for 2020

  • Updated infotainment interface, now with touch-screen functionality
  • Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto now standard

Is the Lexus RX Hybrid a Good SUV?

Yes, the Lexus RX Hybrid is a good choice among luxury hybrid and electric SUVs. It comes in two- and three-row body styles, and it offers a stylish cabin with comfortable seats and plenty of standard and available tech features. The RX Hybrid is fuel-efficient and rides smoothly. There are some weak spots here, such as a subpar cargo capacity. The sloped roofline also limits cargo utility and driver visibility.

Should I Buy the Lexus RX Hybrid?

The RX Hybrid is a great choice for buyers who want a comfortable, efficient SUV and don't care about a sporty driving experience. It also has a reasonable price tag, but just to make sure all your bases are covered, you might want to compare the RX Hybrid against alternatives like the Acura MDX Hybrid or even the nonhybrid Lexus RX 350.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Lexus RX Hybrid?

The 2020 RX Hybrid belongs to a generation that began with the 2016 model year. New standard features for 2020 include a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Perhaps the most considerable change for 2020 is that the RX Hybrid's infotainment system now features a touch screen, replacing the frustrating Remote Touch controller of the previous system.

There weren't any major changes for the 2019 model year, and there haven't been all that many updates since the RX's 2016 redesign. For 2018, the RX gained a long-wheelbase variant with a third row of seats, and the 2017 model gained standard all-wheel drive.

Buying a used RX Hybrid can potentially save you thousands. If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2018 and 2019 Lexus RX Hybrid. To learn about used car incentives, check out our Used Car Deals page.

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We Did the Research for You: 28 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current RX Hybrid generation, which runs from 2016 to 2020.

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How Much Does the Lexus RX Hybrid Cost?

The RX 450h carries a base price of $46,750. That's less than the starting price of many luxury midsize SUVs, which is impressive considering that hybrids tend to cost more than nonhybrids. The RX 450h F Sport has a starting price of $50,550. That's below average compared to rivals' top trims.

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Lexus RX Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Lexus RX Hybrid or Acura MDX Hybrid?

The Acura MDX Hybrid finishes just a bit behind the RX Hybrid in our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings. The Acura delivers superior handling and has a bit more horsepower, but the RX Hybrid is the more fuel-efficient SUV of the two. The MDX Hybrid can seat one extra person and provides more cargo space than the Lexus. Both SUVs have fairly lengthy standard features lists, though the Acura has a frustrating infotainment system. However, the Lexus is more upscale and stylish inside. There are reasons to like each of these SUVs, so choosing the right one for you comes down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: Lexus RX 450h or Lexus RX 350?

As you might guess, the Lexus RX 350 and the hybrid RX 450h are basically identical except for the powertrain each comes with. These models are similar in terms of features, passenger space, cabin quality, and cargo space. Each delivers a serene ride and offers a more-athletic F Sport trim and a long-wheelbase variant. As you'd expect, the Hybrid is more fuel-efficient, though the fuel cost savings are small, at less than $100 per year. It also costs more than the nonhybrid RX, but it's up to you to decide if those benefits are worth the extra money.

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RX Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the RX Hybrid Seat?

The base RX Hybrid seats five people in two rows, while the long-wheelbase model seats six people in three rows. The driver has limited rearward visibility because of the sloping roofline, but that's the only issue with the front seats, which are otherwise spacious and supportive. The rear seats have ample head- and legroom for adults as well. However, the third row in 450hL models is pretty cramped, and it might even be too tight for some children.

RX Hybrid and Child Car Seats

The RX Hybrid comes with two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the second row of seats. The third row has tether-only connections. The second-row lower anchors are easy to connect, and accessing the tether anchors is simple.

RX Hybrid Interior Quality

This Lexus features plenty of premium materials throughout its handsome interior. Overall, the RX Hybrid looks and feels like a luxury SUV should.

RX Hybrid Cargo Space

The RX Hybrid has a decent amount of cargo space compared to other luxury hybrid and electric SUVs, but it's below average compared to other luxury midsize SUVs. The RX Hybrid gives you 18 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 55.9 cubic feet with them folded down. Long-wheelbase RX Hybrid L models give you 16.3 cubes behind the third-row seats.

RX Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, eight USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Available features include a panoramic moonroof, a 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation, an in-dash DVD player, and one of two upgraded audio systems.

Unlike previous Lexus infotainment systems that have the irritating Remote Touch controller, the new version in the RX Hybrid features a touch screen. It also adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the features list for 2020, making it easy to sync your smartphone with the vehicle.

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RX Hybrid Performance

RX Hybrid Engine: Getting the Job Done

This Lexus comes with a 308-horsepower hybrid powertrain – comprised of a V6 and multiple electric motors – and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). It's not the fastest SUV in the class, but the RX Hybrid has enough power for any driving situation, and the transition between electric and gasoline power is smooth.

RX Hybrid Gas Mileage: Leading the Pack

When it comes to fuel economy, most luxury midsize SUVs are well behind this Lexus. The RX Hybrid earns ratings of 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, while the RX Hybrid L gets 29/28 mpg city/highway.

RX Hybrid Ride and Handling: Comfort First

Ride quality is the RX Hybrid's top priority, and it delivers. It glides over bumps in the road without jostling occupants, giving the RX 450h a comfortable driving experience. Just don't expect too much sportiness. Although the RX Hybrid feels fairly poised, there's also some body roll around turns. Rivals are more athletic overall.

RX Hybrid Towing Capacity

The RX Hybrid can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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RX Hybrid Reliability

Is the Lexus RX Hybrid Reliable?

The 2020 Lexus RX Hybrid does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Lexus RX Hybrid Warranty

Lexus covers the RX 450h with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hybrid-related components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles.

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RX Hybrid Safety

RX Hybrid Crash Test Results

The 2020 RX 450h earned an overall safety rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The RX 450hL earned a four-star overall rating, five stars in the side crash test, and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

RX Hybrid Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, lane trace assist, and lane departure warning. Some of these features are part of the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 suite of technology.

Available active safety features include a head-up display, park assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic braking, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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RX Hybrid Dimensions and Weight

The RX Hybrid is 16 feet long and has a curb weight of 4,740 pounds. The RX Hybrid L is 16.4 feet long and has a curb weight of 4,905 pounds.

Where is the Lexus RX Hybrid built?

Lexus builds the 2020 RX Hybrid in Canada.

Which Lexus RX Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

There are three trim options with the RX Hybrid. Every model features a hybrid powertrain that consists of a V6 engine, several electric motors, and a continuously variable transmission. All-wheel drive is also standard.

All trims have similar features lists, so you should stick with the base model unless you want to spend around $4,000 more for the F Sport's added athleticism or the 450hL's third-row seats.

Lexus RX 450h

The RX 450h carries a base price of $46,750. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, eight USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, lane trace assist, and lane departure warning. Some of these features are part of the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 suite of technology.

There are also several notable option packages. The Luxury package ($4,130) adds leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel. The Navigation package ($2,285) adds a 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation, an in-dash DVD player, and a 12-speaker audio system.

Lexus RX 450hL

The RX 450hL starts at $50,460. This model offers seating for up to seven people, and it has a similar features list to the base 450h. The Luxury and Navigation packages are available for this model as well.

Lexus RX 450h F Sport

The RX 450h F Sport has a starting price of $50,550. It has all of the base trim’s features and adds a sport-tuned, adaptive variable suspension and bolstered front seats. This model offers the Navigation package but not the Luxury package.

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The Final Call

Lexus didn't make too many changes to the RX Hybrid for the 2020 model year, but that's a good thing, since this SUV already delivers on many fronts. It's quiet and comfortable, with a luxurious interior. The RX also gets great fuel economy, and its new-for-2020 touch-screen infotainment system shores up what was arguably its biggest weakness. It's easy to see why this Lexus finishes in the top half of our class rankings.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "… This is a quiet, comfy cruiser first and foremost, with the changes for 2020 only sharpening its edges ever so slightly. Lexus knows not to mess too much with this luxury SUV's proven formula." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 2019 Lexus RX 450h has many qualities that will make it appealing to a variety of shoppers. As a luxury crossover SUV, it hits all the right marks for interior quality, quietness and overall comfort. It's also a hybrid that returns excellent fuel economy numbers; the EPA says you can expect 30 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Holding back the RX 450h is … acceleration that can best be described as leisurely and a cargo space that could be limiting for families. There is a larger three-row version, the RX 450hL, but its third-row seats are barely suitable for children. … Considering the pluses and minuses, the 2019 Lexus RX 450h remains a solid choice in the class. Add in Lexus' reputation for reliability and the scales tip a bit more in its favor." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "If you're seeking a 5-passenger luxury SUV that delivers a smooth ride, comfortable cockpit and loads of luxury and safety features, then the 2017 … RX 450h hit[s] the mark. Money savvy consumers will appreciate the RX's excellent resale values and low maintenance costs." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
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