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2023 Lexus RX 350h Review: When in Doubt, RX

The Lexus RX is the easiest and perhaps the smartest choice in the midsize premium SUV segment

2023 Lexus RX 350h Pros

– Handsome and sharp-looking.

– Hybrid powertrain strikes balance between performance and efficiency.

– It’s got loads of refinement, handling, and practicality built in.


2023 Lexus RX 350h Cons

– Nothing


When it comes to midsize luxury SUVs, the Lexus RX has always been a strong contender, often mentioned in the same breath as the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. Now in its fifth generation, the 2023 Lexus RX continues to be a paragon of luxury, comfort, and, most importantly, serenity. If you ask me, unless you’re biased towards German premium brands, the Lexus RX should always be at the top of shopping lists.

2023 Lexus RX350h | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The Lexus RX has been around since 1998, and it’s been a trailblazer in the luxury SUV segment. Over the years, it has evolved into a vehicle that not only pleases the eye but also caresses the soul. It’s a vehicle that mellows you out, making you feel like you should be retired and simply enjoying life – this is said with utmost respect.


Actual Luxury


Unlike its German counterparts, which often focus on performance, Lexus takes a different approach to luxury. It’s not about how fast you can go; it’s about how good you feel while getting there. The RX is not just an SUV; it’s a spa on wheels. It’s less about the roar of the engine and more about the silence in the cabin, less about the speed and more about the journey.

2023 Lexus RX350h | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The cabin truly embodies the purest definition of luxury. Many automakers equate premium with massive screens, countless controls, and complex dashboard layouts. The RX’s standard 14-inch touchscreen display features integrated knobs, a fixed digital menu on the left-hand side, and physical shortcuts for defrosting. These functions limit wasting time navigating through various menus.


Presentation is also important. With real leather, other soft-touch materials, and flawless build quality that could give lessons to other luxury automakers, the Lexus RX’s interior is beautifully simple and modern.


Design and Aesthetics

2023 Lexus RX350h | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The 2023 Lexus RX is the most upscale looking of its kind. For the fifth RX generation, designers went all in with a sharper and sleeker design. The floating roof type of aesthetic adds a modern touch while the once quite controversial spindle grille, now almost seamlessly blends into its surroundings unlike all previous versions.


Size-wise, the new RX is the same size as the outgoing model. As it sits on the GA-K platform, the 2023 SUV has 60mm longer wheelbase and a 60mm shorter rear overhang. This translates into extra cabin space but also displaces visual emphasis on the front end. If I was to make one comment about the RX’s styling it would be that the nose juts out far too far out. Otherwise, it’s got a lovely selection of wheels and colours.


Performance and Efficiency

2023 Lexus RX350h | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The RX 350h comes with a naturally aspirated 2.5L four-cylinder hybrid engine, delivering a total system output of 246 horsepower and 233 lb-ft of torque. While it may not be the fastest SUV on the block, it’s one of the most efficient. You can expect to average about 6.5L/100km, which is impressive for a vehicle of this size and caliber. When compared to PHEV versions of its competitors, the 350h is still far more fuel efficient.


Driving the RX is like floating on a cloud. The fully independent suspension, coupled with the rigidity of the new platform, ensures a smooth and comfortable ride. The steering is precise, and the brake pedal feels just right. Even with 21-inch wheels, the RX manages to deliver a ride quality that is nothing short of luxurious. The level of refinement is nearly unmatched by the competition, especially in its price range.


Start Shopping Elsewhere, Buy the Lexus

2023 Lexus RX350h | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The midsize premium SUV segment is loaded with mega-hot alternatives in the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, and others such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Cadillac XT5. The German offerings are certainly strong but might not be the best choices.


The 2023 Lexus RX is not just a luxury SUV; it’s really a smart sanctuary on wheels. It’s the kind of vehicle that makes you feel at ease, at peace, and in a state of Zen. If you’re in the market for an SUV that offers not just luxury but also a sense of well-being, the Lexus RX should be at the top of your list.

2023 Lexus RX350h | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Lexus RX350h | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Lexus RX350h | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Lexus RX350h | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Lexus RX350h | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Lexus RX350h | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Lexus RX350h | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Lexus RX350h | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Lexus RX350h | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Lexus RX350h | Photo: Matt St-Pierre


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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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