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What you must know before buying the Lexus RX

Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - September 6, 2020
  • 2020 Lexus RXs available; 2021s arriving
  • Cashback: $3,000 cash on 2020s
  • Financing: From 0% APR + up to $1,000
  • Leases: From $409 for 36 months

Two- and Three-Row Lexus RX Models:

The 2020 Lexus RX is available and now includes Android Auto smartphone compatibility. Otherwise, this model is carried over from last year.

You’ll find both two- and three-row (RX-L) models, the latter introduced in 2018. You’ll also find hybrid variants, but some of the deals listed here do not cover this model. We’ll point this out as we discuss the various deals available. As for the 2021s, they're arriving.

The current offers expire on September 30, 2020. We expect the next update will roll out in October, but we'll add a lease deal on the 2021s if that information becomes known. The examples listed here are available in the Western States.

Lexus Cash for the taking:

All versions of the 2020 Lexus RX are eligible for $3,000 Lexus Cash, including the hybrid. If you choose a 2021 RX, the cash offer is $1,500.

The cash is yours when purchasing but it cannot be applied to leasing. Moreover, this offer cannot be combined with promotional financing.

Find 0.0% APR financing:

Choose a 2020 RX and you’ll find 0.0-percent APR financing for 60 months and 1.9-percent APR financing for 72 months.

Those that opt for the L trim are eligible for an additional $1,000 bonus when financing through Lexus, funds you'll apply toward your down payment. Choose the other trims and the deal is $500.

The current rates are competitive.

If you prefer a 2021 RX, the rates are 1.9-percent APR for 60 months and 2.9-percent APR for 72 months. Lexus adds a $1,500 bonus on the L model only.

Four leases for your consideration:

Several lease offers for the 2020 RX are in place. The most cost-effective one is for the RX 350 Premium with blind-spot monitoring and heated seats. Here, you'll pay $409 per month with $3,999 due at signing. Your effective monthly cost is $520.

If you prefer the RX 350L Premium with blind-spot monitoring and heated seats, you'll pay $499 per month for 36 months with $3,999 due at signing. Your effective monthly cost is $610, therefore this is not a good offer.

Choose an RX 450h with blind-spot monitoring, a sunroof, and heated seats and you'll pay $509 per month for 36 months with $3,999 due at signing. Your monthly cost is $620 and is a fair offer. Choose the three-row version of this same model and you'll pay $549 per month for 36 months with $3,999 due at signing. Here, your effective monthly cost is $660, which is a poor offer.

The Lexus RX comes with a 10,000-mile annual driving allowance.

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2021 Lexus RX Overview

Joel Patel
Automotive Editor

What's New

Not much changes for the 2021 Lexus RX following last year’s refresh. It now comes with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors as standard. Also, a new Black Line Special Edition package is available for F Sport models, bringing unique exterior and interior accents.

The changes don’t do much to help the RX from languishing somewhere in the middle of the midsize crossover SUV segment. Unlike competitors, the RX isn’t that enjoyable to drive, even in the dramatically styled F Sport trims, has a tight third row of seats, and has mixed crash test scores. There’s also the issue of its overly styled exterior design.

Despite its flaws, the RX is still a strong option with its comfortable ride, spacious cabin, and upscale materials. There’s also the efficient hybrid powertrain, which isn’t available with a lot of other competitors.

Choosing Your Lexus RX

The Lexus RX is offered in two trim levels: RX 350 and RX 450h. Pricing starts at $46,095 including destination for the RX 350 and climbs to $48,745 for the RX 450h hybrid.

Both trims are available in F Sport variants, which add sporty touches, for an additional $3,480. Both are also offered in three-row versions that carry an “L” at the end of the trim names.

Engine Choices

The RX utilizes a 3.5-liter V6 engine, though hybrid versions come with two electric motors for improved performance and efficiency, justifying its upcharge.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
3.5L V6295 hp268 lb-ft22 mpg
3.5L V6 Hybrid308 hpNot Rated29 mpg

Front-wheel drive is standard for the RX 350, while all-wheel drive is standard on the RX 450h. AWD is available for $1,400 on non-hybrid versions.

The RX 350 features an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the RX 450h comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Standard RX models can seat up to five passengers, while RX 350L versions have a third row that increases seating capacity to seven. RX 450hL models have seating for up to six thanks to standard second-row captain’s chairs.

RX models have 16.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 32.7 cubic feet of cargo space. L variants have 7.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 23.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, and 58.5 cubic feet of total cargo space. Hybrids don't lose out on any space.

Compared to the competition, other midsize crossovers SUVs have larger cargo areas.

Safety Features

Every Lexus comes with the Lexus Safety System Plus 2.0 suite of advanced safety features. Automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and bicyclist detection, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and traffic sign recognition are standard. New for 2021 are the addition of blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Front and rear parking sensors, as well as rear automatic emergency braking are available for $565. The same bundle with a surround-view parking system costs $1,365.


As standard, the RX comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Six USB ports, wi-fi hot spot capability, a nine-speaker audio system, and HD and satellite radio are also included.

The $2,285 Navigation Package brings a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a 12-speaker audio system, navigation, and a remote touchpad. If you want a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with the package, it’s an extra $1,080. Consumers can also get a head-up display for $600, or a wireless phone charger for $200.

RX 350 - From $46,095

The RX 350 comes well equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, synthetic leather upholstery, power front seats, push button start, and remote keyless entry as standard. On the outside, it comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, and a power liftgate.

The Luxury Package ($3,810) adds perforated semi-aniline leather upholstery, 20-inch wheels, wood and aluminum interior trim, ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, and lumbar support for the front seats.

There are a variety of standalone features available. Adaptive, auto-leveling LED headlights cost $1,975; a heated steering wheel is $150; heated and ventilated front seats are $640; and a panorama glass roof is an extra $1,850.

RX 450h - From $48,745

The RX 450h is equipped similarly to the RX 350. That is, of course, with the additions of the hybrid powertrain, all-wheel drive, a concealed exhaust system, and an EV drive mode.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2021 Lexus RX 450h is hard to pass up. With standard all-wheel drive and improved efficiency, it’s well worth the higher price tag. Furthermore, the Luxury and Navigation Package are the two that we recommend getting, as they make the RX feel even more luxurious.

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