The Lexus RX has been on auction in the US aback 1999, with the accepted fourth-generation crossover hitting dealers in 2016. As America’s acknowledged affluence SUV, the RX outsells antagonism like the Acura MDX, Cadillac XT5 and Lincoln Nautilus. Despite able sales, it’s time for some updates — abnormally on the tech front.
Visual tweaks are subtle, but if you attending closely, you’ll be able to atom the differences. At the front, the headlights are now thinner, the grille is disconnected into L-shaped blocks instead of slats and the fog lights sit lower in the bumper. Out back, the beheld changes are added subtle, but functionality is bigger with the accession of an accessible bang sensor for the ability rear liftgate. (Historically, I’ve never seemed to accept luck with those systems, alike afterwards assorted kicks. Hopefully this one is better.)
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It’s inside, however, area the best important updates lie. The 2020 RX is now outfitted with accepted Android Auto, authoritative this the aboriginal Lexus artefact to backpack the Google-backed smartphone apery tech. Apple CarPlay additionally now comes standard. Base RXs will use an 8-inch touchscreen, but a 12.3-inch touchscreen is optional. Thank advantage for acknowledging screens, because the RX will abide to use the universally derided Remote Touch infotainment interface on the centermost console. Forward of the bulky touchpad now sits committed smartphone storage, forth with six Type-A USBs throughout the cabin.
If you’re not tethered to your adaptable device, you’ll still account from the new RX’s stronger chip Dynamic Articulation Command (DVC). Compared with the articulation acceptance in the automaker’s added products, Lexus says DVC can accept millions added commands, and is added accurate, to boot.
It’s affectionate of a big accord that the RX now comes with accepted Android Auto. Apple CarPlay is additionally standard.
The 2020 archetypal year additionally brings a stronger apartment of accepted assurance tech, now with cartage assurance recognition, daytime bicyclist apprehension and low-light banal detection. The RX additionally adds lane absorption to its bag of tricks whenever the accepted full-speed-range adaptive cruise ascendancy is activated. Absent lane markings, the RX can alike use the car advanced to acquisition the actual path.
Although gas 3.5-liter V6 and amalgam powertrains are agitated over from 2019, the 2020 RX should be added fun to drive. Lexus has stiffened the anatomy by application added atom welds and structural adhesives. The abeyance is now stiffer, too, and so are the balance bars, which are additionally lighter due to their new, alveolate design. Additionally, revised shock absorbers should be bigger at muting higher-frequency alley irregularities like small, common bumps, while a new alive bend braking arrangement is advised to abate understeer. Lexus RX F Sport models add a Lexus LC-derived alive capricious abeyance that the aggregation says is “more acknowledging than antecedent systems.”
With these updates, the RX should accept an accessible time befitting its acme as America’s acknowledged affluence SUV.
In the accident you appetite the F Sport’s edgier looks after the trim line’s associated acrimonious council wheel, algid air assimilation and alive complete ascendancy (real agent babble pumped into the cabin), you can opt for aloof the F Sport actualization package. But alike the actualization amalgamation includes upgraded dampers and a drive approach selector.
With aftereffect powertrains, ammunition abridgement should angle about the aforementioned as 2019 models. Lexus estimates in its official absolution that the five-passenger RX and seven-passenger RX L hybrids will get 30 afar per gallon and 29 mpg combined, appropriately (the aforementioned as 2019). Lexus makes no ammunition abridgement estimates about the gas-only RX and RX L, but they’re acceptable to abide at 23 mpg and 22 mpg, appropriately for front-wheel-drive models. All-wheel-drive versions will be beneath able by 1 mpg.
Pricing for the 2020 Lexus RX two-row and RX L three-row will be appear afterpiece to the alpha of assembly in the third division of 2019.
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