2023 Lexus RX | MotorWeek First Drive

The Lexus RX is all-new for 2023 and our Stephanie Hart headed out to Santa Barbara, California for a #FirstDrive!

Motorweek is made possible by lucas oil tirerac.com and rockauto.com i’m in santa barbara california driving the all new reimagined lexus rx the fifth generation rx has four all new electrified powertrains and the first ever phev for more than 20 years the lexus rx has more than held its own in the luxury crossover space for 2023 the rx 500 hfs4 performance

All-wheel drive model is stealing the spotlight making an impressive statement when it comes to style and speed it’s the quickest rx yet its advanced hybrid powertrain combines a 2.4 liter turbocharged gasoline engine with a high capacity battery that powers electric motors it has a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission plus an advanced direct

Four all-wheel drive system that can send up to eighty percent of its drive force to the rear wheels translating to tons of fun behind the wheel it has 366 horsepower and 406 pound feet of torque lexus says it goes from 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds if you really don’t need all that speed but still want good fuel economy the rx is also offered as a 350h all-wheel drive it

Pairs a hybrid motor with a 2.5 liter four-cylinder gas engine generating 246 horsepower and 233 pound-feet of torque its smooth and luxurious ride impressed me lexus estimates it will achieve 36 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving i also drove the rx first plug-in powertrain the rx 450h plus all-wheel drive lexus had the european spec available

For us to drive the rx350 is also offered with a gas engine only it’s available in front or all-wheel drive equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission under the hood a new 275 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine with 317 pound-feet of torque this time around the midsize luxury suv is available in six grades standard premium premium plus luxury

F-sport handling and fs4 performance the 2023 rx shares the same platform as the nx some benefits of this new platform mean more rear leg room for passengers and increased cargo space thanks in part to its longer wheelbase rigid chassis lower center of gravity and dramatic 198 pound weight loss it’s more nimble on the roads as i found out winding my way through

The santa maria valley all around improved driving dynamics for 2023 are complemented by a luxurious comfortable and quiet cabin with an available 14 inch high definition touch screen the rx has tons of usb ports plus standard wireless apple carplay and android auto and 12 speakers more than the previous generation the only rx is offered in 10 colors copper crest

Is my favorite it’s a cross between rose gold and orange depending on how the light hits it a truly special color that will get you a lot of attention on the road lexus says the 2023 rx will go on sale later this year the phev will be available to buy in the us at a later date and we will bring you much more on the all new lexus rx soon on motorweek you

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