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2020 Lexus RX Overview

The midsize Lexus RX gets several timely updates for 2020. Its primary competition includes the Acura MDX, Cadillac XT5, Lincoln Nautilus, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.

The RX includes two trims. The base RX is a 2-row SUV that seats 5 people, while the RX L gets a longer body with a third row and room for 7 passengers. You can equip the RX in either base or F Sport packages, and both feature subtle changes to the front- and rear-end styling.

Both previous powertrains carry over. The RX 350 and RX 350L come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 295 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed automatic and front-wheel drive (FWD) come standard, while all-wheel drive (AWD) is optional. The RX 450h and RX 450hL are fuel-sipping hybrids, employing a 3.5-liter V6 and electric motor generators for a combined 308 hp. AWD comes standard via a separate motor that powers the rear wheels when you need additional traction. The standard suspension is new and more composed for 2020, while F Sport trims across the range benefit from an adaptive suspension system.

Just like last year, the base infotainment system is an 8-inch touchscreen, enhanced by six USB ports and new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Also available is a 12.3-inch touchscreen with split-screen capability and navigation. Other standard features include power seating, leatherette upholstery, keyless start, and voice-command recognition. You can add a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, memory seating, triple-beam LED headlights, and heated and cooled seats.

The RX boasts an impressive list of standard and available safety features. These include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic detection. New for 2020 are road-sign assist and lane-tracing assist. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluated the RX in 2019 and gave it Good ratings.

The 2020 Lexus RX presents the same efficient, comfortable, and reliable package, but with new enhancements.


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