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CarsDirect Target Price
$49,650
Expert Rating
4 (Excellent)

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2023 RZ 450e Premium w/18" Wheel 4dr All-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $49,650
2023 RZ 450e Premium w/20" Wheel 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $50,890
2023 RZ 450e Luxury 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $55,150

Overview

What's New

The 2023 Lexus RZ bows as the brand's first all-electric vehicle. The RZ rides on an all-new new platform made of high-strength steel to conserve weight. Dual electric motors promise luxuriously quick performance and up to 220 miles of range.

Choosing Your Lexus RZ

The RZ comes in two trim levels: Premium and Luxury. The Premium starts at $59,650 including destination, and the Luxury is priced from $65,150.

Engine Choices

The RZ is powered by a pair of electric motors that generate a total of 308 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. Standard all-wheel drive and a single-speed automatic transmission complete the mechanical setup.

Lexus estimates the RZ can travel up to 220 miles on a full charge, or 196 miles with the available 20-inch wheels. Recharging a fully depleted battery takes about 9.5 hours on a Level 2 home charger. The battery can reach 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes at a Level 3 public charging station.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The RZ is a compact, two-row crossover with room for five. Buyers get 23.74 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 55.57 cubic feet with it folded. That's fully competitive with gas-powered luxury crossovers of similar size.

Lexus RZ

Safety Features

The RZ comes loaded with driver assistance technology. Every example gets adaptive cruise control with lane-centering, evasive steering assist, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, surround-view cameras, road sign assist, and front and rear parking sensors. A new feature called Proactive Driving Assist provides braking and steering assist heading into curves or when a vehicle or pedestrian is detected ahead.

The $1,425 Technology Package for the Premium includes a head-up display and an automated parking system. These items are standard on the Luxury, in addition to lane change assist, traffic jam assist, and left turn oncoming vehicle detection with automatic braking. A rearview camera mirror is available on both trims for $200.

Connectivity

The standard infotainment system for the RZ includes a 14-inch touchscreen, cloud-based navigation, 10 speakers, HD and satellite radio, five USB ports, wireless phone charging, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The Luxury adds a 13-speaker Mark Levison surround-sound system.

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2023 Lexus RZ Premium — MSRP From $59,650

The Premium offers a NuLux leatherette interior with heated and ventilated eight-way power front seats, driver memory settings, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, ambient lighting, and a panoramic glass roof. Other features include automatic wipers, auto-dimming side mirrors with reverse tilt-down, remote start, LED exterior lighting, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

In addition to the head-up display and automated parking, the Technology Package ($1,425) makes key fob functions available on the driver's phone. The $200 Cold Weather Package furnishes headlight washers and wiper de-icers. Remaining options include radiant front knee heaters ($175), an illuminated grille badge ($200), and 20-inch wheels ($1,240).

2023 Lexus RZ Luxury — MSRP From $65,150

The Luxury features an Ultrasuede interior with multicolor ambient lighting, heated rear seats, acoustic front and side glass, and Tsuyasumi trim (a decorative film-grained-like wood). The front knee heaters, Technology Package, and 20-inch wheels are also standard. Exclusive to the Luxury is a $550 light-dimming function for the glass roof known as Dynamic Sky.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2023 Lexus RZ brims with technology and conveniences from the start. For buyers who want a truly plush motoring experience, the Luxury trim kicks up the comfort quotient enough to justify its higher price in our view.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Lavish cabin
  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Standard dual-motor, AWD configuration
  • Large 14-inch touchscreen
Cons
  • Disappointing range
  • Long charge times
  • Bizarre yoke steering wheel option
  • Steer-by-wire system hard to get used to
Expert Rating
4 (Excellent)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Lexus Enters The Electric Scene. Lexus, mostly because of parent company Toyota, has been slow to enter the all-electric segment. That changes with the introduction of the all-new 2023 Lexus RZ. With Toyota introducing the bZ4X electric SUV, Lexus believes now is a good time for its upscale option to arrive.

The all-electric RZ utilizes the same e-TNGA platform as the bZ4X but has Lexus’ high-end touches, high-tech features, and a standard dual-motor configuration. It’s clear that Lexus is trying to compete in the hotly contested small electric SUV segment.

Less Range Than Rivals. Lexus is offering the RZ 450e with a single powertrain that it’s calling Direct4. The electric SUV comes with two electric motors that make 308 horsepower and all-wheel drive. Compared to other electric SUVs in the segment, the RZ is down on power and doesn’t offer the same strong acceleration. The RZ 450e has an estimated zero-to-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds, which is well behind the Tesla Model Y Performance’s sprint time of 3.5 seconds.

While most drivers will be fine with the RZ’s performance, one thing that is harder to come to terms with is the SUV’s range. The RZ comes with a 65.6-kWh battery pack that’s good for 220 miles of range with the standard 18-inch wheels and 196 miles with the larger 20-inch wheels.

Charging speeds are also disappointing, as the RZ comes with a 6.6-kWh onboard charger and is limited to 150-kW fast charging. This means the electric SUV takes roughly an hour to go from 10% to 80% charged. This is a lot longer than rivals that can complete the same charge in roughly half the time.

Recognizable, But Upscale Cabin. The Lexus RZ has an upscale interior that we’re used to seeing from the Japanese brand. The electric SUV’s cabin is lined with high-quality materials and the build quality is excellent. Lexus’ designers have done a stellar job, making the RZ look like it fits right in with the current crop of modern luxury EVs with a striking dashboard design.

Compared to other Lexus SUVs, the RZ has a similar wheelbase to the RX midsize SUV, but is slightly shorter in height and length. It may be smaller, but it’s still plenty spacious on the inside. Passengers in the back get 39.7 inches of headroom and 37.5 inches of legroom, which is a decent amount for an electric compact SUV. The rear seats are only comfortable for two adults, as the shoulder room and hip room make the center seat tight.

The RZ’s raked rear windshield eats into cargo capacity. The electric SUV offers 23.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 55.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. Unlike most electric SUVs, the RZ doesn’t have a front trunk, though it does have a recessed floor for the charging cord or a small bag.

Lexus RZ

Feature-Packed Trims. At $59,650 (with destination), the RZ isn’t cheap, but it is competitively priced in the segment. Just like with Lexus’ gas-powered vehicles, the RZ offers great value with a lengthy list of standard features.

The RZ’s standard infotainment system is especially noteworthy. The electric SUV comes with a 14-inch touchscreen, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a wireless charging pad, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 10-speaker audio system. Lexus also includes other niceties like heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, a panoramic glass roof, and a power rear liftgate.

The available Luxury trim is an extra $5,500 over the base Premium and brings more luxury features like special interior trim, front knee heaters, heated rear seats, acoustic glass, 20-inch wheels, a digital key system, and a Mark Levinson audio system. We’d take the savings and stick with the Premium trim.

Comfort Over Gaudy Figures. The RZ doesn’t have the performance figures to match other electric SUVs on the road, but the SUV uses that to its advantage. Instead of chasing numbers and boasting performance to scare passengers, the RZ focuses on being a comfortable and plush EV that’s pleasant to ride in.

Lexus’ engineers have tuned the RZ’s suspension to be soft and soak up road imperfections, which is exactly what the SUV does. Even the larger 20-inch wheels don’t impact ride quality too much. While the RZ can’t match a lot of other electric SUVs in a straight line, it feels relatively nimble and enjoyable to hustle around corners.

Unlike other SUVs that require a user’s manual to comprehend, the RZ is simple to drive. The gear shifter is annoying, but the throttle pedal responds gradually to throttle inputs and the brakes don’t have a one-pedal driving mode, so they operate like regular car brakes. If you stick with the standard steering wheel, the RZ feels almost like a normal car to drive. Lexus’ steer-by-wire system is one of the better ones on the market and adjusts the steering ratio in response to conditions nearly instantaneously. It takes some time to get used to and can feel odd at first, but it works surprisingly well.

Final Thoughts. Anyone that was expecting Lexus to create a cutting-edge and modern battery-powered electric vehicle on its first attempt will be disappointed with the 2024 Lexus RZ. For drivers that want an electric SUV that’s comfortable, easy to drive, and well-equipped, the RZ will fit the bill nicely. It’s an EV that feels almost as normal as a gas-powered car to drive while featuring Lexus’ incredible build quality and plush interior. Unfortunately, the RZ misses the mark when it comes to performance and range. The last point is hard to gloss over.

On the other hand, The Genesis GV60 is a sharp-looking electric SUV and marks the first EV from the brand. It offers punchy acceleration with up to 483 hp, athletic handling, up to 248 miles of range, a luxurious interior, and high-tech features. Another great option for drivers that are looking for a sportier electric SUV is the Ford Mustang Mach-E. It features a sporty design, has up to 480 hp, can get to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, offers spunky handling, and is available with advanced features. It’s more affordable than the RZ and is available with more configurations.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
308 HP / 321 ft.lbs.
Transmission
1-spd auto
Drive Type
Automatic Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
115 / 98 / 107 Mpge
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
308 HP / 321 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Automatic Full-time All Wheel
key
115 / 98 / 107 Mpge
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
Recommended Fuel Type
Electric
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
55.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
189.2 "
Exterior Width
74.6 "
Exterior Height
64.4 "
Front Headroom
39.9 "
Rear Headroom
39.7 "
Front Legroom
42.1 "
Rear Legroom
37.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
51.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,564 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
18.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Clearcoat Two-tone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Bumpers
Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
None
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Nuluxe Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
10
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors) / Keyfob And Smart Device-as-key
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Pre-collision System (pcs) Forward Collision Mitigation W/left Turn Assist
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Monitor (bsm) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert (lda) With Steering Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Tracing Assist (lta) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System With Pedestrian And Bicycle Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Monitor Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intelligent High Beam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Intuitive Park Assist W/auto Braking Front And Rear / Intuitive Parking Assist W/automatic Braking Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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