Review: 2023 Lexus RX cuts the luxury crossover in quarters

For many years, the RX crossover SUV has been the top-selling vehicle under the Lexus brand. The egg-shaped RX was so popular that its fans started making duplicates of it, which made the original RX look inferior.


With the departing fourth-generation RX, Lexus attempted to appeal to a younger demographic by adding a massive spindle grille, creating an origami crane’s worth of body creases, and floating the roof. Crusty teenagers have performed stronger interpretations of edgy youth.

The 2023 Lexus RX was cut by Lexus using a razor to separate the distance between its ovoid history and recent spunk. More crucially, the fifth-generation bestseller has undergone more than just cosmetic tweaks.

The 2023 Lexus RX comes in six trims, four powertrains, three hybrid choices, two all-wheel-drive systems, and a more adaptable platform that is unique to the RX, enticing younger consumers (in their 40s) without alienating loyal fans (in their 60s). The 350 designation is still used for the next generation even though the 3.5-liter V-6 is no longer available.

Behind the RX’s milder design, the majority of the alterations take place. The packaging and appearance are influenced by its new TNGA-K platform, which is extensively used by the Toyota family and is both stiffer and 198 lb lighter. The interior proportions of the gas and hybrid versions are almost identical to those from the previous year, regardless of the motor and battery packs, with the exception of the cargo space, which has increased from 32.6 cubic feet to 46.2 cubic feet with the seats folded. This year, the seven-seat RX L model won’t be offered again.

Lexus reduced the rear overhang by 2.4 inches, moved the A-pillar and windscreen back an inch, but left the wheelbase same. It gives the impression that the nose is longer and the back is more svelte and strong. The large chrome-framed spindle grille’s former top is now covered by the hood. As it spreads out past the frame and appears to be melting in an aerodynamic manner, Rounded wheel arches and a curved body line symbolise the RX’s more fluid movement.

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