2023 Lexus RX: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - December 30, 2021

Model Preview

The last time Lexus came out with a fully redesigned RX SUV was in 2016. With the midsize SUV now passing its seventh model year on sale, we expect the 2023 Lexus RX to be redesigned for the upcoming model year. A full redesign would make the RX far more competitive in the midsize segment that has seen a host of new and fully redesigned arrivals.

Lexus has not previewed the 2023 RX’s design, but we expect the SUV to wear a similar design to the fully redesigned NX that arrived for 2022. We expect Lexus’ spindle grille to be featured prominently at the front of the SUV and sit in front of sharp headlights with the brand’s signature checkmark LED running lights. At the back, we expect the SUV to receive updated lighting while retaining a curvy roofline. The three-row RX L should benefit from the same exterior design changes but will have a longer body to accommodate three rows of seating.

On the inside, we believe the 2023 RX will share a similar design to the current NX that’s on sale. We expect the midsize SUV to arrive with a new dashboard that will see the infotainment system be integrated into a single piece with the instrument cluster. The center console should become more streamlined with fewer buttons and dials. We also expect the SUV to receive nicer materials, upgraded dials in the instrument cluster, and improved interior space.

As a fully redesigned model, the 2023 Lexus RX should come with new tech features. The current RX comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, six USB ports, and nine audio speakers. Available features on the current RX include a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, navigation, and a wireless charging pad.

While the current RX is available with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 295 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission, we expect Lexus to make some changes to the 2023 model’s powertrains. Lexus could move to offering the RX with a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine, like the ones found on the NX. The current RX Hybrid features a 3.5-liter V6 engine and three electric motors for a combined output of 308 horsepower. A CVT is standard with the RX Hybrid. We expect the RX Hybrid to get an update to be more efficient, as the model could benefit from the same turbo engine as the rest of the lineup.

In crash testing, the current RX earned good ratings. The IIHS awarded the SUV with a Top Safety Pick rating, while the NHTSA gave it a five-star overall safety rating. We think Lexus will fit the RX with better headlights, which should help it earn a better score from the IIHS.

Lexus currently offers the RX with a generous list of safety features that include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, and traffic sign recognition. Available features include a head-up display, reverse automatic emergency braking, parking sensors, and a surround-view camera.

Pricing & Release Date

Lexus hasn’t revealed any official information on the 2023 RX. We expect the vehicle to arrive in fall 2022 with the RX L and RX Hybrid arriving a little later.

With an upcoming redesign, pricing for the 2023 Lexus RX will be higher than the current model that’s on sale. Pricing for the current RX ranges from $46,395 to $51,275 (with destination). The RX L starts at $49,225, while the RX Hybrid costs $49,095.

The Lexus RX will compete against the Genesis GV80, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, and Volvo XC90.

Stay tuned for more information as it is revealed to us.

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