The Lexus RX essentially created the luxury crossover segment and has since become the Japanese brand’s best-selling vehicle. A significantly refreshed model has just debuted with some much-needed tech upgrades.
The 2020 Lexus RX and three-row RX-L variant finally come standard with Android Auto, making the crossovers the first in Toyota’s luxury lineup to get it. Apple CarPlay is also standard, but the even bigger news is the addition of a touchscreen, which is a godsend because that means drivers won’t have to use the terrible and finicky touchpad interface to use the infotainment system. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the touchpad interface was a dealbreaker and this new touchscreen addresses my biggest complaint with the otherwise excellent RX. Although the touchscreen will make the crossover much more user-friendly and a lot less frustrating, the “Remote Touch Pad” is still available for drivers who inexplicably might prefer using it.
There are also six USB ports throughout the car and a new voice recognition system that Lexus says can recognize millions more phrases than other Lexus vehicles. The power liftgate can also be activated via a kick sensor. Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 will also be standard on every RX. It adds bicyclist detection, low-light pedestrian detection, road sign assist, and lane tracing assist to an already well-stocked suite of driver assistance and safety tech that includes collision mitigation and full-speed adaptive cruise control.
The Lexus RX also gets tweaked styling cues — the front and rear fascias have been nipped and tucked, new 18-inch wheels are now standard, the headlights are now slimmer, and a couple of new colors are now available including an excellent dark metallic green called Nori Green Pearl that first debuted on the Lexus UX.
A few changes have been made that should help improve driving dynamics as well. Suspension tweaks and updated dampers will help reduce body roll and make the ride even smoother, while also improving steering response. The Lexus RX also gets active corner braking to help prevent understeer, which will help the crossover feel more stable in quick turns. Drivers can also pick between two F-Sport packages, one for cosmetic upgrades and one for performance upgrades that includes an active variable suspension system.
The 2020 Lexus RX goes on sale near the end of this year and pricing will be announced closer to that time. Of course, hybrid options are still available.
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