2021 Lexus RX 450h

MSRP range: $47,920 - $53,720
3.6 out of 5 stars(5)
MSRP$58,130
Edmunds suggests you pay$57,680

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2021 Lexus RX 450h video

[MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: If you've been in the market for a luxury crossover any time in the last 20 years, you're probably familiar with what's behind me. The Lexus RX. This is the new 2020 RX 350, the F sport in this particular case. It's got some new details. We're going to check out what this mid-cycle refresh is all about and see what's new. [MUSIC PLAYING] Since it's one of Lexus' top selling models, and one of the top selling luxury vehicles in America, they haven't really messed with the formula on this one. There are small changes to the front bumper and headlights, as well as the rear bumper, exhaust pipes, but the profile of this car stays the same. It was only redesigned four years ago, so they're not going to mess with success. And that's it on the outside. Sure, you get some new wheels, but if you see the 2019 and 2020 model next to each other in a parking lot, you might have a hard time telling them apart. That's because the side profile is pretty much the same. But everything up front looks a little bit sleeker, more grown up, which is strange to say about a luxury vehicle. I think it's a big improvement for this Lexus. Under the hood, you get the same choice of engines as you did last year. There's a 3.5 liter V6 that puts out about 295 horsepower, as well as another 3.5 liter V6 paired with two electric motors for the hybrid model. That puts out about 310 horsepower. Both of those engines get the same horsepower and fuel economy ratings as the previous model year. Under the car and the suspension bits things have changed a little bit more. The F-sport is actually now broken into two different packages. You can get the appearance package or the performance package. And the performance package includes an adaptive suspension sourced from the Lexus LC. They're big sporty grand coupe. On the safety front, there's new equipment too. All Lexus RX models get the Safety System Plus 2.0, which includes cool stuff like Cyclist Detection and Pedestrian Detection. Great when you add it to the already full list of safety features available on our models. Along with the tech updates and the things on the outside, there's some styling changes on the inside in the form of a couple of new interior colors like this red, as well as a couple of different options for paint. You also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A first for this car. As well as this 12.3 inch optional touchscreen that moves 5 and 1/2 inches closer to the driver, not just controlled by this frustrating to use touchpad. That's going to be a big difference and might just change the game for the RX. So should you buy a new 2020 Lexus RX? Well, depends on what you want out of your luxury crossover. This one's well rounded. It's got lots of great standard and optional equipment, but it's not the sportiest in the bunch, despite the F-sport name. Other vehicles like the Audi Q5 might be better at that. And if you're looking at the long version, the RX 350L, you might look at something with more space in the back like an Audi Q7 or an XC 90 from Volvo. Those are going to be less cramped in the third row. And if you're looking at hybrid models, we also recommend a vehicle like the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid or the XC 90 T8 hybrid. But if you want a well-rounded luxury crossover, take a look at the RX. We think it's worth your time. For all the details on the RX 350, the F-sport, the 3-row version, and all of the RX models, go to edmunds.com. Take a look at our First Looks. Also for videos like this, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and check us out on Facebook and Instagram.

2020 Lexus RX First Look

NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Lexus RX 450h, but since the 2021 Lexus RX 450h is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


FAQ

Is the Lexus RX 450h a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 RX 450h both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Lexus RX 450h fuel economy, so it's important to know that the RX 450h gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the RX 450h has 16.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Lexus RX 450h. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Lexus RX 450h?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Lexus RX 450h:

  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert is now standard
  • A wireless charging pad is now available
  • Part of the fourth RX generation introduced for 2016
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Is the Lexus RX 450h reliable?

To determine whether the Lexus RX 450h is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the RX 450h. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the RX 450h's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Lexus RX 450h a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Lexus RX 450h is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 RX 450h and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 RX 450h is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Lexus RX 450h?

The least-expensive 2021 Lexus RX 450h is the 2021 Lexus RX 450h 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $47,920.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $47,920
  • F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $51,400
  • F SPORT Handling 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $53,720
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What are the different models of Lexus RX 450h?

If you're interested in the Lexus RX 450h, the next question is, which RX 450h model is right for you? RX 450h variants include 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and F SPORT Handling 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). For a full list of RX 450h models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Lexus RX 450h

2021 Lexus RX 450h Overview

The 2021 Lexus RX 450h is offered in the following submodels: RX 450h SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and F SPORT Handling 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). Lexus RX 450h models are available with a 3.5 L-liter hybrid engine, with output up to 308 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Lexus RX 450h comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The 2021 Lexus RX 450h comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Lexus RX 450h?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Lexus RX 450h and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 RX 450h 3.6 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 RX 450h.

Pros

  • Impeccably crafted, attractively designed cabin
  • Generous passenger room
  • Supremely quiet interior
  • Smooth power delivery

Cons

  • Below-average cargo capacity
  • Relatively slow acceleration
  • Touchpad controller is distracting to use
  • Subpar real-world fuel economy

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Lexus RX 450h and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 RX 450h featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Lexus RX 450h?

2021 Lexus RX 450h 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2021 Lexus RX 450h 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $58,130. The average price paid for a new 2021 Lexus RX 450h 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $450 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $450 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $57,680.

The average savings for the 2021 Lexus RX 450h 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 0.8% below the MSRP.

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2021 Lexus RX 450h F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2021 Lexus RX 450h F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $59,725. The average price paid for a new 2021 Lexus RX 450h F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $458 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $458 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $59,267.

The average savings for the 2021 Lexus RX 450h F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 0.8% below the MSRP.

2021 Lexus RX 450h F SPORT Handling 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Which 2021 Lexus RX 450hs are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Lexus RX 450h?

2021 Lexus RX 450h 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
30 compined MPG,
31 city MPG/28 highway MPG

2021 Lexus RX 450h F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
30 compined MPG,
31 city MPG/28 highway MPG

2021 Lexus RX 450h F SPORT Handling 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
30 compined MPG,
31 city MPG/28 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG30
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement3.5 L
Passenger Volume114.1 cu.ft.
Wheelbase109.8 in.
Length192.5 in.
WidthN/A
Height67.7 in.
Curb Weight4740 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Lexus RX 450h?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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