In 2020, the Lexus RX went through a refresh that brought in new front and rear styling, but it is otherwise the same as when it went through its last redesign in 2016. With its update entering just its second model year, we expect the 2021 Lexus RX to be a carryover model.
The 2020 RX refresh brought in a larger spindle grille, a revised front bumper, and revised headlights. On the rear, the new-look RX gained an updated taillight design and a new rear bumper. The optional F Sport model adds larger wheels additional body cladding and a handful of extra color options. We expect this design to remain the same heading into the 2021 model year.
Inside, we expect the 2021 Lexus RX to continue with the same look that includes a thick steering wheel, upscale upholstery options, horizontal dash lines that visually widen the space, and an otherwise simple design. The F Sport model gives the cabin a bold look with its red leather. We expect this cabin to remain unchanged in 2020.
Buyers seeking a new-look RX may get that soon, as rumors point toward a 2023 redesign.
As for features, the current RX boasts Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, up to six USB ports, leatherette upholstery, an 8-inch touchscreen, a nine-speaker audio system, and more. We expect this to remain the same in the 2021 RX.
Under its hood, we expect the RX to retain its standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that pumps out 295 horsepower. This power flows through an eight-speed automatic transmission and out to the front or all four wheels. The RX 450h will include a hybrid powertrain that pairs a 3.5-liter V6 with two electric motors for a combined 306 hp.
The current Lexus RX comes loaded with tons of standard safety equipment, including automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warnings, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. These features combined with “Good” crash-test scores and “Acceptable” headlight ratings lead to its IIHS Top Safety Pick rating. We expect the same ratings and features from the 2021 RX.