How Does the New 2023 Lexus RX Actually Change Your Driving Experience?

The current version of the Lexus RX rides on a platform that’s been around since 2015. Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for a change. The 2023 Lexus RX brings the changes desired in this luxury SUV to be a new version of one of the most popular models in the lineup. Let’s dive in and see what the new Lexus RX brings to the luxury SUV market.

  • The right platform for this luxury SUV
  • New powertrains are a huge part of the 2023 Lexus RX
  • Design changes give us a new SUV to admire
  • Will the RX-L continue now that a new Lexus TX is scheduled?
  • When will the new RX luxury SUV be available?

The right platform for this luxury SUV

Angled View 2023 Lexus RX
Angled View 2023 Lexus RX | Lexus

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This new luxury SUV rides on Toyota’s GA-K architecture. This platform underpins the Toyota RAV4, Highlander, and Lexus NX. Using this platform, Car and Driver tells us the new RX will be up to 198 pounds lighter than before. This platform also offers a redesigned multi-link rear suspension with better handling and ride quality.

New powertrains are a huge part of the 2023 Lexus RX

Blue 2023 Lexus RX 450h posed
2023 Lexus RX 450h | Lexus

The 3.5-liter V6 engine is gone from the RX lineup, with new powertrains giving this luxury SUV the power for a great drive. The trims and powertrains offered are:

RX350

2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, 8-speed automatic transmission

275 horsepower, 317 lb-ft of torque

RX350h

2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine plus hybrid electric motor

246 horsepower

Estimated 33 mpg combined

RX500h F Sport Performance

2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine plus hybrid electric motor, 6-speed automatic transmission

367 horsepower, 406 lb-ft of torque

RX450h+

Plug-in hybrid powertrain

We don’t know much about the new plug-in hybrid powertrain for the RX450h+ yet but expect it to be similar to the NX450h+, which makes 302 horsepower and offers up to 37 miles of all-electric driving range.

Design changes give us a new SUV to admire

The 2023 Lexus RX is starting a new fifth-generation model of this luxury SUV. The signature spindle grille receives upgraded design elements with a body-colored upper area. All trims will ride on 19-inch wheels with 21-inch wheels optional across the range. The upgraded interior should reflect the new NX, and we expect to see the 14.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the options list.

The trims offered for the next-generation Lexus RX are:

  • Base
  • Premium
  • Premium+
  • Luxury
  • F Sport Handling
  • RX500h F Sport Performance

You’ll have six color options for the cabin and could enjoy the benefits of bamboo, open-pore wood, or aluminum trim elements in this luxury SUV.

Will the RX-L continue now that a new Lexus TX is scheduled?

Potential 2023 Lexus TX Rendering
2023 Lexus TX Rendering | Lexus

Lexus has been missing a three-row crossover in the lineup. While there are two three-row body-on-frame SUVs, we haven’t had a crossover Lexus SUV with three rows until the RX-L arrived. The new Lexus TX is already scheduled to arrive soon, making the RX-L obsolete.

When will the new RX luxury SUV be available?

The new 2023 Lexus RX will go on sale by the end of this year. Pricing for this SUV should increase from the previous model.

Does this new luxury SUV offer a more enjoyable driving experience?

2023 LExus RX 350 in blue
2023 Lexus RX 500 | Gustavo Valiente Europa Press, Getty Images

With new hybrid powertrains, a lighter build, and a new suspension, the 2023 Lexus RX should offer a more pleasant drive than the outgoing fourth-generation model. The added styling options and improved technology also make this  SUV more enjoyable when you’re behind the wheel. This could be the luxury SUV that you’ve been waiting to enjoy.

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