I must admit something. From the first time I saw it at the local car show in 1998, I fell in love with the Lexus RX. With its atypical design, it stood out and it got me. I was under its spell. I was just a young teenager at the time, still dreaming of Porsches and Lamborghinis, but not having a driver’s license yet, I was hoping my parents would buy one instead of a run-of-the-mill sedan. Alas, my prayers were never answered.
Now in its fourth generation, the Lexus RX comes in 16 model configurations and versions, including two hybrids. Last year, it got a facelift, but this year, only minor changes are being made to the SUV. Still as refined as ever, the RX is always at the top of its class and with good reason.
A new version is making its debut for the 2021 model year, the Lexus RX 350 Black Line Special Edition. As the name suggests, this model adds, among other things, an array of black exterior trim and 20″ black wheels that give it a more youthful, even sporty look, especially when paired with the “Grecian Water” colour.
So, is the 2021 Lexus RX the right SUV for you and should it be your next purchase?
Why you should buy a 2021 Lexus RX:
- The Lexus RX doesn’t sit at the top of its class for nothing; it showcases the impressive reliability of Toyota and the opulence of Lexus.
- The two powertrains offered are also great, especially the hybrid one. The latter offers 308 horsepower and a combined city/highway rating of 7.9 L/100 km.
- In addition, the RX 450h provides occupants with a pleasantly quiet ride in both the city and on the highway.
- The fit and finish is beyond reproach.
- The ride is also smooth and comfortable.
Why you should not buy a 2021 Lexus RX:
- Last year’s redesign brought a positive point, namely the displacement of the mouse in the dashboard to navigate the central screen. Unfortunately, its replacement, a touchpad, isn’t much better. I found myself using the touch screen more often than I would have liked while stretching to reach it.
- The current generation has already been on our market for five years and despite the refreshes since then, the RX’s interior feels dated when compared to its competitors.
The 2021 Lexus RX still hasn’t lost its charm. Its competitors don’t seem to be able to break through the wall that Lexus erected over 20 years ago. Toyota’s legendary reliability and the fuel economy of the hybrid version are just a few of the bricks in that wall.
After a week behind the wheel of the Lexus RX450h and several hundred kilometres, my fuel consumption was an impressive 8.9L/100 km. Not only can you eat up miles without spending too much time at the gas station, but the RX also includes a full suite of advanced safety features as standard equipment that makes those trips even safer.
Yes, the interior is a bit dated, but the seats are comfortable, and the quality of materials and finish is impeccable. If you’re looking for a luxurious and reliable SUV, look no further than the 2021 Lexus RX. On the cusp of a fifth-generation, due in 2023, the current generation is still standing tall against the competition.