2023 lexus rx hybrid review

2023 Lexus RX Hybrid Review: The Same But Better – Dubai Car News


9.4 / 10

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There aren’t many luxury SUVs that have achieved as much success as the Lexus RX – 24 years of uninterrupted sales. This is partly because the RX is the OG of the group, but also because Lexus doesn’t know how to fix what isn’t broken. So while the 2023 RX is indeed all-new from the ground up, it doesn’t stray far from the same basic formula.

On the surface, the 2023 RX still looks like the previous version. The same basic shape and features remain, but on further inspection the styling is sharper and more refined. And while comfort is still the name of the game inside, once you dig deeper, you’ll notice meaningful changes in material quality, technology, and safety equipment.

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Quick stats 2023 Lexus RX 350h Luxury AWD
engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid
Output: 246 horsepower / 233 pound-feet
Performance: 37 City / 34 Hybrid / 36 Combined
Base price of trim: $50,150
Tested Price: $62,725



  • Exterior Color: Light Green
  • Interior Color: Noble Brown w/Black
  • Wheel size: 21 inches

Those who bought the previous RX should like the familiar aesthetics of the 2023 model. The new pointed nose is the biggest change. Additional sheet metal on top helps to reduce the once cumbersome size of the spindle grille while additional detailing on the front bumper gives the RX a more athletic look.

An ever-trending light bar stretches across the trunk lid in lines with a new “LEXUS” wordmark on the rear end, in case you forgot. And the lower part of the bumper now has a smooth wave-like design that blends polished metal and plastic into a harmonious look. This no-cost Noori Green Pearl paint job is also particularly beautiful.

The interior is better than ever. A cleaner console design with a smaller shifter and more trackpad makes things feel less cluttered, while Lexus designers also ditched most of the archaic buttons for a larger touchscreen with fewer knobs. There’s lots of noble brown leather, real aluminum around the vents and steering wheel, and even a suede-like texture on the door panels in the shade of the seats.




  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Seating arrangement: 2/3
  • Cargo Capacity: 31.4 / 56.3 cubic feet

When it comes to ride comfort, the Lexus RX is the king in this class. Even with 21-inch wheels as part of the Luxury trim, the RX shrugs over rough pavement and barely bounces over high-speed bumps. The Lexus RX is epically smooth on the highway.

Lexus makes some great seats and the RX is no exception. These elegant leather buckets fit the driver and front passenger like a fancy leather glove with excellent power adjustability, heating, cooling and aggressive lumbar support. One small complaint, though: There’s no massage function even on this luxury trim.

Internal dimensions: Headroom, front/rear: Legroom, Front/Rear: Cargo volume
2023 Lexus RX 350h 39.5 / 38.6 inches 41.0 / 37.4 inches 29.6 / 46.2 cubic feet
2022 BMW X5 40.8 / 38.7 inches 39.8 / 37.4 inches 33.9 / 72.3 cubic feet
2022 Genesis GV80 2.5T 40.2 / 38.4 inches 41.6 / 38.7 inches 34.9 / 84.0 cubic feet
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE350 40.5/ 39.6 inches 40.3/ 40.9 inches 33.3 / 74.9 cubic feet

The only reason the RX doesn’t score a perfect 10 here is because of the complex transition between battery and gas power. When the gas engine kicks in from EV mode to hybrid power, The engine makes a rough rumble that is clearly audible throughout the cabin. Accelerate difficulty from a deadlock and The RX Hybrid howls in protest.

Technology and connectivity


Center Display: 14.0 inch touchscreen
Instrument cluster display: 7.0 inches
Wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto: Yes

Rest easy with the touchpad and hi-tech infotainment system. As with every new Lexus and Toyota product, the RX boasts the latest – and easily the automaker’s largest – software interface. Reminiscent of a modern smartphone or tablet, the RX’s display has a clean and modern design that’s easy to analyze.

A beautiful new 14.0-inch touchscreen is the standard display on the RX Luxury model and most other trims beyond the base model, while the base model uses a 9.8-inch touchscreen. Both screens offer wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, but things like navigation, a head-up display, and a Mark Levinson stereo system are only standard on the upper trims. The premium model makes do with slightly less equipment.

The RX’s steering wheel controls are interesting. They’re conventional, except for the fact that placing your finger over one of them – without pressing anything – displays an image on the HUD that tells you where your finger is. This makes it easy to see what you’re clicking without having to look down at the wheel.

Performance and handling


  • Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid
  • Output: 246 horsepower / 233 pound-feet
  • Transmission: ECVT

The Lexus RX Hybrid isn’t much to write home about in terms of performance accolades. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid powertrain offers barely enough oomph for the RX to accelerate with any kind of purpose. We’d even go so far as to say it’s borderline lazy.

While the RX has never been a sporty SUV, its new GA-K architecture produces better torsional stiffness, which helps the RX feel more composed. There’s still some body roll but less than before, and turn-in is noticeably quicker. If you want something delicious, New RX 500h F Sport performance can be more than your speed.



  • Driver Assistance Level: SAE Level 2 (Hands-on)
  • NHTSA Rating: Not rated.
  • IIHS Rating: Top Safety Pick Plus

Every 2023 RX comes standard with Lexus Safety System 3.0. It includes things like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, road monitoring, lane keeping and lane centering, and even a collision monitoring system that can detect if you’ve swerved into oncoming traffic. are going to change. The only thing you have to pay for is traffic jam assistance, an additional $650.

The active safety integration works almost flawlessly. Systems maintain RX in high-traffic situations. There is no ping pong in the lane or hard braking when a car stops ahead. But there are so many bings and bongs – safety alerts – that are oversensitive and a bit annoying after a while.

The economy of oil


  • City: 37
  • Highway: 34
  • Combined: 36
performance City Highway shared
2023 Lexus RX Hybrid 37 mpg 34 mpg 36 mpg
2022 BMW X5 xDrive40i 21 mpg 26 mpg 23 mpg
2022 Genesis GV80 2.5T 20 mpg 24 mpg 22 mpg
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE350 20 mpg 25 mpg 22 mpg



  • Base price: $49,000 + $1,150 destination
  • Base trim price: $58,150
  • Price as tested: $62,725

While the base RX Hybrid starts at a reasonable $50,150 (which includes a $1,150 destination fee), the Luxury trim costs $58,150, and with options, this tester comes in at $62,725. The two priciest of the bunch are the Mark Levinson Premium Audio System ($1,160) and the triple-beam LED headlights ($1,565).

If you want niceties like semi-aniline leather, bigger wheels, and a head-up display, the Luxury trim is the way to go. But as the only pure hybrid in the entire class, the Lexus RX represents great value even in basic form. It’s the most efficient vehicle in the segment by a long shot and still comes with all the luxury equipment and high-end tech you’d expect from a luxury SUV of this calibre.

BMW X5: Not rated.
Genesis GV 80: 9.5/10
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class: 9.2 /

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