With a completely new refreshed design, the 2023 Lexus RX will enter its fifth generation. This compact vehicle was redesigned for the 2022 model years. The 2023 RX will feature a hybrid powertrain, but it won’t have the trackpad infotainment of the older models.
The RX is a top-selling luxury SUV, thanks to its many fine attributes. But, this Lexus sport utility vehicle could use some improvements to stay competitive with the Mercedes-Benz GLE, Lincoln Aviator, Genesis GV80 and the BMW X5.
Lexus claims that the new SUV will be unveiled in spring 2022. But we are expecting that RX will be available for purchase by the end 2022 or early in 2023.
The Lexus RX is a luxurious crossover SUV that has been on the market since the 2016 model year. This midsize SUV shares its platform with the Toyota Highlander.
A mid-cycle refresh in 2022 added a new interior and added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features. The RX is not as sporty as its German rivals, but it remains a good value for money.
The 2023 RX sports an extended hood with a trapezoidal grille with black horizontal slats and diamond-shaped openings. New LED headlights with L-shaped bulbs are also incorporated into the design, along with vertical side air intakes. The bumper’s lower portion is also adorned with chrome applique.
Interior features of the Lexus RX include a sleek, driver-focused design and an advanced infotainment system. The RX comes with a standard eight-inch touchscreen, though an optional 12.3-inch display is available.
The larger screen is perfect for navigating the car and displaying information to passengers in the back. The rear seats have tablet-like 11.6-inch screens mounted behind the front seats.
We expect new cabin tech, as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, for the next-generation Lexus RX SUV. While the turbocharged V6 is almost certain to remain, the 450h hybrid model is a more interesting prospect.
Both of these models would represent a major step up in the RX’s powertrain and appearance. The RX’s interior tech and looks are also expected to get a major overhaul.
The 2023 Lexus RX will still be offered in RX 350 form, but we can also expect hybrid versions. The current RX has a 3.5-liter V-6, which is also the base of the 450h hybrid.
The upcoming hybrid may drop the V-6 altogether in favor of a turbo-4. A plug-in hybrid may also come to the RX in 2023, but we can’t expect it to be available at launch.
The Lexus RX is a luxury crossover SUV with an impressive list of standard features. The RX’s standard features include a power moonroof, heated steering wheel, front and rear heated seats, a full suite of active safety features, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen.
The RX has a long list of optional extras, including a towing-prep package and model-specific front and rear fascias. For added utility and convenience, the RX can be equipped with a power moonroof and running boards.
The RX is a midsize SUV with comfortable seats and supple synthetic leather upholstery. Its interior is quiet at highway speeds, and its materials are high quality.
However, the RX’s cargo space is one of the lowest in its class. The rear passenger area of the RX has just 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, and 33.4 cubic feet when the second row is folded.
When the next-generation Lexus RX SUV hits U.S. markets in late 2022, the price for a base model maybe around $47,000. But Lexus hasn’t yet revealed any authority data for the 2023 RX.
That said, the price of the base RX 350 is likely to remain around the same price. And with an additional $3,650 for the base model, the RX 350 is already affordable compared to many luxury SUVs.
The new RX will likely feature a new powertrain lineup, with a hybrid version expected to join the current RX range. The hybrid version is expected to return, though the automaker could also opt for a turbo-four engine.
A plug-in hybrid model may also work for the 2023 RX, though it may not be available at launch. This may be the case in the near future, though.