2020 Lexus RX 350 Review – Lexus RX created a luxury crossover segment two decades ago, and even won our best SUV competition this year with a high level of comfort, driving experience like a car, and perfect building quality. Fast forward to today, the fourth-generation Lexus RX received significant updates for the 2020 model year in the safety, multimedia, and chassis areas.
2020 Lexus RX 350 Review
Lexus RX got a facelift and some very necessary technological updates for the model year 2020. Although the Lexus update to RX may seem relatively benign, the brand is sure to find a way to play safe with its size crossover, which also serves as the best-selling vehicle. Fortunately, Lexus chooses to update the bottom most part of the model: the infotainment system.
The two-line RX and the larger, three-line RXL benefited from the revised front and rear facia, as well as the new 18-inch wheels standard. The headlights are thinner, which makes the overall face slimmer. Likewise, the back light is slightly thinning and complements a slightly less rounded rear fascia. That said, the exterior styling has largely remained unchanged.
The big news is in the cab, where the 12.3 inch touchscreen is now available. Meanwhile, the 8.0-inch touch screen comes standard, replicated to the same size as the current RX. While the frustrating remote touchpad system still exists, the addition of touch-screen functionality should improve ergonomics. Both Apple Carplay and Android Auto are now included, the latter being the first for the Lexus model. Opting for larger screens also delivers improved sound control, which according to Lexus can handle larger inputs, such as address entries.
Each RX is now standard with Lexus’s new suite of safety technologies, which includes new technologies such as less light pedestrian detection and tracking path assistance. The pre-collision warning system also now detects cyclists, other than vehicles and pedestrians.
Lexus also fiddling with the dynamics of RX driving, though minimal. New front and back perforated stabilizer bars and reinforced busing serve to reduce body roll, while shock absorbers are reset for a smoother ride. In addition, the F-Sport package now includes active variable suspension (AVS) of the LC sports coupe.
The changes of the Lexus RX 2020 are somewhat reserved, but the revisions made are welcomed, especially those associated with the infotainment system. The inclusion of Android Auto is a very important addition – which is expected to flow into other Lexus models. With its slightly modified exterior style and a more user-friendly cab, it’s likely that Lexus RX will retain the success of current model sales.
You will need a magnifying glass to see the exterior update of the Lexus RX 2020. The slimmest, Gryl spindle clusters are reformed with square-like inserts, and the updated back light consists of the most obvious changes from the outside. The Interior looks similar to a pre-refreshed model except for the addition of a paddle shifter, six standard USB ports and standard NuLuxe imitation leather coatings on all variants.
The biggest change of the Lexus RX 2020 is inside the cab. The dreaded Lexus Remote Touch interface finally adds Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Alexa integration. The new 8.0-inch screen is now the standard and optional unit 12.3 inches back. The difference is that both are now touchscreens, which means you can minimize how often you use the overly complicated touchpad that we’ve been critiques on various Lexus’s for years. Opting for larger touchscreens also adds an enhanced voice command function that recognizes more phrases than the standard.
Lexus also revised the 2020 RX suspension with a thicker but perforated front and rear stabiliser, retuned reducer and shock absorbers, and a harder anti-roll rod to enhance ride comfort. The Lexus RX 2020 also gets a brake-based torque vector system that finely applies the brakes on the inner wheels for better handling and stability through the turn. The Model F Sport got an updated Active Variable Suspension system that is said to be more responsive than ever. The standard F Sport models include performance-adjusted silencer as well as Sport + and special drive modes, while the best F Sports augments cold air intake, active voice control, special power steering systems, and a heated steering wheel.
On the safe front, the Lexus RX 2020 acquired the Lexus Safety System + 2.0, which now includes low pedestrian detection and cyclist detection. Lane tracing helps detect road signs and helps centralise the car when adaptive roaming controls are active. When the road does not have a clearly marked divider, the system can follow the vehicle in front of you under certain conditions.
The powertrain became the main choice, with the Lexus RX 350 2020 carrying the V-6 3.5 liter paired with eight-speed automatic transmission. RX 450h pair The six-cylinder engine to electric motors and CVT for 308 HP. The all-wheel drive becomes standard on the RX 450h (optional at RX 350), which uses the second electric motor to spin the rear wheel. Two and three-line variants will still be available.
We finally tested the Lexus RX last year in a three-line RX 350L Kedok. Although we loved the smooth ride and the promise of a luxurious cabin, the Infotainmenya system held it significantly. The multimedia problem seems to have been solved with a complete arsenal of smart phone integration technologies and additional ways to operate the interface but we will provide a full assessment until we have time to do some Testing. We also expect this suspension tweak to improve the ride and balance of crossover handling.