Lexus 2020 RX 450h F Sport – Leading Luxury SUV – Now Even More Defined
The Lexus 2020 RX 450h F Sport is one of the best-selling luxury SUVs in America and the RX 450h is one of the top luxury hybrid SUVs. It's a benchmark of quality, comfort, and consistency. Changes for 2020 RX 450h are significant enough to keep the RX as one of the leaders in the luxury pack. While attending the Girls Guide to Cars Conference in Atlanta, we were able to test drive the Lexus 2020 RX 450h F Sport and test out all of its functionalities.
Reinvigorated and Refined
Starting with the signature grille, a symbol of the Lexus brand, and distinctive “face” of the vehicle, the designers created an elaborate look based on an L-motif. Each individual block has a different shape and angle to create a varying form that balances a strong yet elegant image. The hand-drawn angles of the grille surround are also echoed at each corner of the bumper to smooth the visual flow.
Responsive Steering and Multimedia Options
The RX has more responsive steering and added multimedia options for smartphone and touchscreen integration. A range of interior and exterior enhancements build on the iconic luxury crossover’s appeal and contribute to the reinvigorated design and function, key to discerning Lexus customers.
Android and Apple CarPlay Auto Integration
New for 2020, the RX line is the first to receive Android Auto integration, in addition to in-car connected technology applications from Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. Guests can seamlessly interact with their smart device of choice through familiar on-screen apps on the optional 12.3-inch touchscreen or standard 8-inch touchscreen in all 2020 RX, RXh, RXL, and RXhL models.
The RX comes with a comfortable, car-like interior. Updates for the 2020 model year include standard paddle shifters and touch capability for both the 8.0-in and 12.3-in infotainment screens.
Driver controls have also been upgraded with the optional 12.3-inch screen now 5.4 inches closer to the driver and useable as a touchscreen in addition to Lexus’ standard touchpad control. An upgraded voice control system is now capable of recognizing a larger range of phrases. The RX also offers two new seating positions for the third row and available captain’s chairs for the second row, increasing the 2020 Lexus RX’s seating flexibility.
Advanced Safety for Peace of Mind
In addition to the 3-year Lexus Enform Safety Connect and 10-year Enform Service Connect included with the vehicle, the suite of standard advanced safety features in the 2020 Lexus RX adds Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 as standard equipment. This adds daytime bicyclist detection and low-light pedestrian detection along with Road Sign Assist (RSA) and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) to further expand the scenarios in which the RX is designed to help provide additional safety to the driver and passengers.
Daytime bicyclist detection is part of an enhanced Pre-Collision System (PCS). Previously designed to detect a preceding vehicle or pedestrian, the Pre-Collision System now has the potential to detect a preceding bicyclist as well. The PCS has also been enhanced to help detect a preceding pedestrian in certain low-light situations by increasing the camera’s sensitivity and dynamic range.
Road Sign Assist (RSA) displays certain road sign information in the instrument panel, while the Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) system is designed to detect visible lane markings to determine lane position and place the vehicle in the center of the lane when working in conjunction with the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. If road markings are not detected, LTA is also capable, in certain conditions, of following the car ahead of it.
Hybrids Bring The Best of Both Worlds
Lexus introduced the world’s first luxury hybrid vehicle — a gas/electric version of the RX luxury-utility vehicle — more than a decade ago. The RX 450h and RX 450hL continue to serve as powerful reminders of the brand’s hybrid leadership, with 308 combined system horsepower for powerful performance and impressive EPA-estimated 30 combined MPG for RXh and an EPA estimated 29 combined MPG on RXhL.
The Lexus Hybrid Drive system pairs the D4-S fuel injection 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two high-torque electric drive motor-generators for strong acceleration and passing performance. Instead of transfer gears and a driveshaft to the rear wheels, the all-weather drive system employs a second, independent electric motor to drive the rear wheels, when needed, to help maintain optimal traction.
One of the features that I love is that the RX has 18 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 55.9 cubic feet with them folded down. Plenty of space for boxes, suitcases, and all of my kids' sporting equipment.
Lexus is an automotive company that takes inspired design, relentless innovation, and uninhibited performance and turns them into passionate, moving experiences. But, that's only part of our DNA. We're equally dedicated to offering exceptional customer experiences. And in doing so, creating loyalty throughout the world—not just with the people who buy our vehicles, but the people in the communities around us. Their unique contributions have moved the entire automotive industry forward. But, they never forget about giving back. That's why they strive to empower people's lives, help to preserve the environment, and donate to numerous causes.
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Thanks to A Girl's Guide To Cars and Toyota for sponsoring the 2019 A Girl's Guide to Cars Fall Drive & Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This 2019 Lexus RX 450 H is sponsored. All opinions are my own.
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