When it comes to driving a luxury SUV, Lexus has been the industry standard to aspire to for many years. The 2021 models are no exception, offering consumers spectacular value with more standard features and upgraded safety enhancements. One model stands out – the Lexus RX.
Lexus offers five SUV and crossover variants. The UX Hybrid fits nicely into the luxury subcompact segment. For those looking for style, comfort, and space, Lexus offers the NX luxury compact SUV. The GX model is a three-row SUV equipped with a naturally aspirated V8 engine, and the Lexus LX takes off-road driving to a new level.
The top-selling 2021 Lexus RX is a luxury midsize SUV that ranks high among the competition due to its extensive list of standard features and excellent predicted reliability rating. With improved safety systems, the Lexus RX is now safer than ever before.
New safety feature additions
In the 2021 model of the Lexus RX, standard driver-assist features include rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. Another impressive standard safety feature is the power-folding side mirrors with auto-dimming capabilities. A wireless smartphone charger is also available.
Other added safety features include a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, and lane tracing assist. A built-in camera provides road sign assist, alerting the driver to the posted speed limit as well as any upcoming signage.
An all-speed radar dynamic cruise control and intelligent high beam system round out the extensive list of class-leading standard active safety features that Lexus has included in their SUVs as part of their commitment to passenger safety.
Design changes for 2021
Inside the luxurious 2021 Lexus RX, the light brown leather upholstery of previous models has been changed to a softer caramel color that is both appealing and inviting.
The Black Line special edition package, available in white or blue, offers unique styling with an all-black interior. Blue seat stitching and dark exterior trim accents create a one-of-a-kind look and feel. The package also includes a special edition set of Zero Halliburton luggage.
The new infotainment touchscreen is a welcome addition to the 2021 RX model, eliminating the old trackpad system that drivers found frustrating to operate. The cabin is comfortable and packed with handy storage compartments within convenient reach of both the driver and passengers. The use of high-end quality materials creates an upscale feel found only in Lexus vehicles.
MotorTrend refers to the interior of the Lexus RX as a “plush luxury people mover.”
Overview of the 2021 Lexus RX
In 1999, the Lexus RX became MotorTrends’ first SUV of the Year. For decades, it has been the best-selling SUV in the Lexus lineup.
With an MSRP of $46,095, the 3.5-liter V6 engine in the Lexus RX is the perfect choice for drivers looking for performance without compromising comfort. Acceleration is impressive, with the fuel-efficient RX putting out 295 hp with dynamic torque control and an eight-speed transmission.
Two-row seating is standard in the RX, but a lengthened three-row version is also available in the RX 350L model. Plush seating, luxurious styling, and plenty of convenient features promise a comfortable ride for all occupants.
The 2021 Lexus RX comes in five trim levels, including the RX 350, RX 350 F Sport, RX 350L, RX 450 Hybrid, and RX 450h L. The RX450h AWD is the hybrid variant that is equipped with two electric motors plus a V6 engine, capable of 30 mpg.
Car and Driver said, “What the RX does best is ride comfortably; it irons out rough stretches of road and delivers a compliant ride. The cabin remains quiet and well isolated from the road, making the RX an excellent long-distance cruiser.”