2013 Lexus RX Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid was new.


Interior: 8.1

Though some hybrids skimp on interior appointments to save weight, reviewers say the 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid has a cabin that lives up to the reputation of the Lexus brand. They report that the cabin is hushed and comfortable, with first-rate materials and plenty of space for five passengers.

  • "Upscale appointments, exceptional build quality and cutting-edge tech features make the 2013 Lexus RX 450h look and feel suitably expensive for its price." -- Edmunds
  • "The passenger compartment of the crossover features the automaker's standard high quality materials at all of the important touch points. ..." -- Autobytel


The 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid has seating for five. Leather upholstery is standard, as are 10-way power-adjustable front seats. The rear bench reclines and slides for more legroom or more rear cargo space. Reviewers generally like the seats in the 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid, though a few think they could be more supportive.

  • "The (front) seats are shaped and padded for long-haul comfort, with an excellent blend of cushioning and support. Plentiful seat and steering-wheel adjustments make it simple to tailor a comfortable driving stance." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front seats could use some extra adjustment range and thigh support, and lateral support is lacking. However, rear passengers will find the seating roomy and comfortable thanks to reclining and sliding adjustments." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid include push-button start, Bluetooth and smart key technology that allows you to unlock and start the RX without taking the key out of your bag or pocket. An iPod interface and a USB jack are newly standard for 2013. Optional features include navigation and an available Mark Levinson stereo.

Most reviewers like the electronics in the 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid, though a few say that the Lexus Remote Touch System, which controls many features, takes some getting used to.

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  • "Backlit gauges are large, well marked, and clearly legible. The dashboard contains many small buttons, but climate and audio controls are grouped separately and colored differently for easier identification at a glance." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The controls are more complicated than past Lexus products, but now there are more features that need controlling. When you opt for the Display Audio or Navigation packages, you get the Lexus Remote Touch system, which is a mouselike device that allows the user to move among a variety of icons on a large centrally located screen. It's a nifty technological achievement, but in practice, we've found this to be a love-it or hate-it interface and recommend playing around with it before you take an RX 350 home." -- Edmunds
  • "What We Don't (Like): Joystick-operated navigation system." -- Cars.com


Most reviewers agree that cargo space isn't a problem for the 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid. Though it doesn't have as much overall cargo space as larger, three row SUVs, it has 40 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 80.3 cubic feet of space when the second row is folded flat. Reviewers say that's a good amount of cargo space, though some complain that there's a lack of storage for small items.

  • "There's also ample luggage space, with as much as 40 cubic feet behind the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats and 80 cubes when they're all lowered." -- Edmunds
  • "The storage compartment in the center console is cavernous, but why are the iPod and auxiliary power hookups way down at the bottom, under removable storage trays? It's like dumpster diving to get at them. And what's the deal with the cup holder to the left of the steering wheel? There really isn't enough space for it so it's hard to use." -- BusinessWeek

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