2016 Lexus RX Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Lexus RX Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

The redesigned 2016 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid earns praise from critics for its handsome interior built with premium materials. They also report that the front seats are quite comfortable and the rear seats afford passengers ample room. While automotive writers appreciate many of the standard and available features, they dislike the infotainment system's Remote Touch controller, which they say is frustrating and inefficient.

  • "Still, there are many new items to notice inside the cabin -- and we think there's a lot to like. For one, the crossover ditches its somewhat generic center control stack for a well-designed, driver-focused unit that sports available high-end wood textures. The steering wheel is thicker and sportier -- regardless of whether you get the standard model or the sport-tuned F-Sport version -- and the gauge cluster offers a handsome new look that's delightfully reconfigurable on certain versions." -- AutoTrader
  • "It is also exquisitely made, with high-quality materials everywhere you look and touch." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the RX gets a makeover with more luxurious materials and better trim and color options." -- Cars.com
  • "Step inside the 2016 RX, and the controversial, creased exterior fades into curvaceous, modern Lexus excellence. The interior design is clean and the execution thoughtful and well presented." -- Motor Trend

Seating

The RX 450h comes standard with leather upholstery and seats five. Power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats and sliding and reclining rear seats are also standard. Optional features include power-folding heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. Automotive writers praise the spacious interior and add that the front seats – especially when upgraded with the available features – are extremely comfortable.

  • "It's roomier in back, compared to the typical compact crossover, and generally more spacious feeling than its predecessor." -- AutoWeek
  • "The standard 10-way power-adjustable front seats can be upgraded with the optional Luxury Package. With it, they come wrapped in semi-aniline leather and have power lower cushion lengtheners, making these the most comfortable seats in the whole lineup." -- Cars.com
  • "Although backseat leg- and headroom are similar to the smaller, but surprisingly spacious Lexus NX , the RX's added width makes it feel much bigger. We also appreciated the ample amount of rear-seat recline (especially with optional power adjustment) as well as the larger, optional rear entertainment screens that tilt to assure a perfect viewing angle." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Lexus 450h include a power moonroof, proximity key, automatic dual-zone climate control, the Lexus Enform App Suite, navigation, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, a 12-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and an infotainment system with Lexus’ Remote Touch controller, 8-inch display screen, voice recognition, Bluetooth and HD Radio. Available features include a color heads-up display, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a panoramic moonroof, a larger (12.3-inch) infotainment display screen, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, front and rear parking sensors, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, a panoramic-view monitor, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist and Lexus Enform Remote, which allows owners to remotely control some aspects of the RX 450h from their smartphone.

Reviewers generally dislike the Remote Touch system, which uses a mouse-like controller, saying that it is difficult to use and has more complicated controls than rival infotainment systems. They add that its complexity can make it distracting to use while driving. Critics praise the available Mark Levinson audio system for its sublime sound quality.

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  • "The new RX makes a nice place to hang out with family or a couple of friends. The dashboard seems a hint busy at first blush, but that might be the price of lots of hard switches that work directly on the things you want to adjust, no menus required. We'll take the switches." -- AutoWeek
  • "… with navigation comes the mouselike Remote Touch unit, which is slightly less awkward to use now that it adds Enter buttons on its sides; other buttons call up the map, go back, and zoom." -- Car and Driver
  • "Either way, even if the Remote Touch joystick is better than the touchpad (and we certainly appreciate the newfound ability to press down on it to engage 'enter'), it remains one of the more frustrating and distracting electronics interfaces. The touchscreens and knob controllers of competitors simply don't require the degree of dexterity and concentration to accomplish most tasks." -- Edmunds
  • "The mouse interface for the infotainment system is fickle, frustrating, and hard to master, and there's no way to send a customized route to the navigation." -- Forbes
  • "Audiophiles will appreciate the optional Mark Levinson 15-speaker package, though we doubt most drivers will be disappointed with the base audio package." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The 2016 RX 450h has below-average cargo capacity for the class, offering 18 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 55.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Reviewers say that the space is further limited by the steep slope of the rear liftgate. The RX Hybrid does feature a standard power liftgate and 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, and critics praise the optional hands-free power liftgate for its convenience.

  • "In terms of cargo space, the steeply raked liftgate has reduced versatility. There really isn't much space above the cargo cover line, meaning that taller items either won't fit or will have to be placed atop the 40/20/40-split rear seat that doesn't quite fold flat. Therefore, the cargo area is far more trunklike than those of its competitors, but it is very deep and wide, which makes it easy to load cargo. Accessing it is also enhanced for 2016 with an available touch-free opening mechanism activated by holding one's hand (or elbow, forehead, whatever) over the Lexus emblem." -- Edmunds
  • "Whereas the 2015 RX offered as much as 80.3 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats folded, the 2016 model cuts that by a quarter to 56.3 cubes. Lexus representatives say that cargo space is up, and the numerical reduction is due to different measurement methods. The 450h's cargo area is smaller by a negligible half cubic foot due to the location of the car's battery pack." -- Autoblog

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