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2021 Lexus RX – Preview, Features, Price & Release Date

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Time to preview 2021 Lexus RX: the The popular selling Lexus RX luxury vehicle is expected to have some big changes for the 2021 model year.

If you are a big fan of Lexus than you know that the RX mid-size crossover SUV is one of its most popular models. For over 20 years, the RX has won legions of fans due to the vehicle’s sleek design, luxurious interior and its reputation for reliability.

Currently, in its fourth generation, the RX is the best selling model in the Lexus brand selling over 111,000 units in the United States during 2018. That was the best sales year ever for the mid-sized crossover. To continue the RX’s winning streak, Lexus is expected to make some big changes to the 2021 model year.

What can we expect from the 2021 Lexus RX?

The 2021 model year is expected to be a big one of the Lexus RX. The mid-sized luxury crossover is expected to undergo a major redesign on both the exterior and the interior of the vehicle. Additionally, it is expected that Lexus will make some major mechanical upgrades and changes to the vehicle. One of the first major changes you can expect from the RX will come from the exterior.

The controversial front grille is expected to be refined to offer a more elegant style. Going beyond the grille, expect some upgrades and changes to the headlight and taillight design. The beautiful floating roofline design is expected to stay.

Also, you should expect some new wheel options. Moving on to the interior, the RX should get some upgrades to the cabin’s leather and wood appointments.

While the RX has excellent legroom, shoulder room and headroom for its class, the engineers may be able to squeeze out a little more room for both the front and second-row occupants. Finally, we should expect some upgrades to the infotainment and navigation system.

Lexus is notorious for being a little behind the curve when it comes for tech. This is because Lexus values reliability and new tech components tend to cause vehicle problems. However, Lexus will have to upgrade its tech components in order to stay competitive with the likes of BMW, Audi and Mercedes.

What users tell us about the 2021 Lexus RX

Right now, there is not too much insight about the 2021 model year Lexus from the automotive press. That’s because Lexus is waiting to debut the vehicle in the spring of 2020. However, the RX is a favorite among luxury vehicle drivers. In fact, the RX has been a best seller in the mid-sized luxury crossover class for years.

It is expected that Lexus will continue to win over fans at the dealership.

The automotive press tends to be a little lukewarm to the vehicle. That is because the Lexus RX is designed for luxury and reliability. The automotive press tends to gravitate towards performance vehicles such as the BMW X series of Sport Activity Vehicles. That being said, the automotive reviewers will most likely give the 2021 model year high marks for its refinement, reliability and design.

Lexus RX Rumors

While there are not many concrete facts about the 2021 model year RX, there are a number of rumors floating around about the vehicle. First off, some people believe that the 2021 model year RX will be all-new. That is not confirmed at this time. However, just about everyone is in agreement that the RX will be radically different from the current model year.

Some of the rumors include a redesign of the grille and a possible upgraded hybrid model. There are even some people who believe that the RX may debut an all-electric model in order to compete with the likes of the Tesla Model Y and the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace.

Lexus RX Versus Its Competitors

The main competitors for Lexus in the luxury, mid-sized crossover segment includes the BMW X5, Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC, Jaguar F-Pace, Infiniti QX60, Acura MDX, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Volvo XC90, and the Land Rover Discovery. When it comes to power and performance, the BMW X5, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and the Jaguar F-Pace will have an edge. In terms of pure luxury appointments, the Mercedes GLC is the only realistic competitor. When it comes to reliability, the Lexus RX stands at the top of its class.

Lexus RX Car Facts

Safety –The Lexus comes standard with the Lexus Safety System 2.0, a 10 airbag system, a panoramic view monitor, Smart Stop technology and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. The sport package adds roll bars for extra safety.

Fuel Economy –The Lexus RX has a fuel economy rating of 20 miles per gallon in the city, 27 miles per gallon on the highway with a combined fuel economy rating of 23 miles per gallon. The hybrid engine has a fuel economy rating of 28 miles per gallon in the city, 31 miles per gallon on the highway with a combined fuel economy rating of30 miles per gallon.

Interior – Some of the interior features highlights of the RX includes a touchscreen monitor, available second-row captain’s chairs, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, climate control, power windows, power doorlocks, and available leather seating. We expect the infotainment system to support Android Auto and Apple Carplay.

Exterior –The exterior of the RX will offer an available power rear door with kick sensor, a panoramic moonroof, LED foglights, and aluminum wheels. The exterior style will probably not differ much from the 2020 model year.

Driving Comfort –The RX will offer heated and ventilated front seats that will offer a luxurious level of driving comfort. Also available are several types of leather seating appointments. An optional heated steering wheel also helps the driving comfort in colder climates.

Engine Options – The Lexus RX ( Lexus RX 350 )is expected to come standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that will provide up to 295 horsepower. There is also an optional hybrid engine, the Lexus RX 450H that offers up to a combined 308 horsepower. We expect all wheel drive and automatic transmission as the go to option.

Reliability – Lexus is well known for its reliability. For added peace of mind, the Lexus offers a 4 year, 50,000-mile basic warranty along with a 6 year, 70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Type of Vehicle – The Lexus RX is a 5-door, mid-sized luxury crossover SUV with two rows of seating for up to five passengers. There is also an optional 7-passenger long-wheelbase version.

2021 Lexus RX Price & Release Date

The Lexus RX is expected to debut during the spring of 2020 at a major auto show. You should be able to find the 2021 RX at Lexus dealerships during the fall of 2020 with a starting price of $46,000. A well-equipped RX should price out at about $55,000 with a top-of-the-line model to hit north of the $60,000 mark.

Do you believe that the 2021 model year Lexus RX will continue to lead the competition in the mid-sized luxury SUV class?

Also don’t miss our 2021 Lexus ES preview.

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