2020 Lexus RX Vs. 2019 Lexus RX

2020 Lexus RX and 2019 Lexus RX, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

The RX holds the proud title of being Lexus’ most popular family crossover. It’s credited with inventing the luxury crossover segment back when it debuted in the late-nineties, and it remains one of today’s best-selling luxury SUVs. The modern RX comes in four different variations: 350, 350L, 450h, and 450hL.

Engine-wise, things are the same: the 2020 RX 350 and 350L carry over the standard 3.5-liter V6 gas engine that produces 295 horsepower. The 2020 RX 450h and 450hL carry over their economical hybrid powertrain.  So what's changed on this esteemed line-up of models between 2019 and 2020?

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Design Changes on the 2020 Lexus RX

The 2020 Lexus RX boasts a slew of design changes that come together for all-around improvement. New front and rear fascia styling convey an ultra-modern luxury look, which includes upgraded technology like LED head- and taillights that are specially optimized to illuminate to the max while not blinding other drivers.

The drive quality itself is improved thanks to a stiffer, stronger body structure. Lexus brought this about in the 2020 RX through hundreds of additional laser welds under the sheet metal. They also increased the amount of structural adhesive, managing to cover about ten times more of the joints and body with this substance. The result is improved body strength and reduced cabin noise levels.

The buttery-smooth ride quality the RX is known for is not lost thanks to a reworked, re-tuned suspension system in the 2020 model. A ride in the 2020  Lexus RX is exceedingly comfortable, while the handling is tighter than ever.

Final design touches include new interior and exterior colors along with new wheel designs.

New Technology on the 2020 Lexus RX

Inside, the 2020 Lexus RX models get improved tech and safety touches. Infotainment gets an exciting upgrade with a new touchscreen, available in both eight and twelve-inch versions. Controls are moved closer to the driver for easier use.

This new system finally boasts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Amazon Alex is along for the ride, along with improved voice command capability.

Finally, safety is taken a step up with the addition of the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0. This healthy suite of safety features includes pedestrian/cyclist detection, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, intelligent high beams, lane departure alert, road sign assist, and pre-collision protection.

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