2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV

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2020 MODEL
$50,600 - $51,570
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2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 23, 2020
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Swapnil Kulshrestha

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Electrification of vehicles seems like the hottest trend of the day, with a number of electric vehicles, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, making it to the scene. One such car is the Lexus RX 450h, which has been alive and kicking for almost a decade now for the Japanese auto-marquee.

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Pros

Uptown interior

Great fuel efficiency

Highly isolated interior

Cons

Laggy acceleration

Clumsy infotainment setup

What's New?

Redesigned front and rear fascia

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now offered as a standard feature

Optional 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment panel


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$50600

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

308 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

247 lbs.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

1-speed cvt

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.9/12.9

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

192.5 in.

width

74.6 in.

height

67.7 in.

curb weight

4740 lbs.

ground clearance

8.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

55.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1257 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

31/28/30 mpg

ev range

533.2 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

481.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV in Atomic Silver color 2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV in Caviar color 2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV in Matador Red Mica color 2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV in Nebula Gray Pearl color
Atomic Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

9.0

Final Verdict

8.2

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV Base

Base

power
308 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
30 combined

$50,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $50,600 MSRP (31/30/28) 308 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV Performance

Performance

power
308 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
30 combined

$51,570


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Performance 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $51,570 MSRP (31/30/28) 308 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.2

Overall Rating


The Lexus RX 450h F Sport is a mid-size hybrid SUV from Lexus, which infuses the RX 350’s rogues with a super-effective hybrid powertrain. The Lexus RX 450h F Sport houses a 3.5L V6 engine, along with three electric motors, belting out 308 hp and 247 lb.-ft. Of torque.

The Lexus RX 450h F Sport is a combination of plush interior and sensible powertrain, all packed in a truly-appealing SUV styled car. The RX 450h has received several styling updates for the year 2020. However, it seems an absolute sushi-frenzy here in the mid-range hybrid SUV colosseum, with 3 Japanese brands taking on each other, trying to gain the top spot. The Lexus RX 450h F Sport locks its horns with the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid.

2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV Front View
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 

9.0/10
Competition

 

8.2/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV Features

7.0/10

The RX 450h is a solitary trim on offer and is one of the most popular hybrids that are offered by Lexus. The Lexus RX 450h F Sport is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine and is available in an AWD configuration only, with the 2 batteries driving the front wheels and one single unit driving the rear wheels.

Trims

F Sport

F Sport Performance

MSRP (AWD)

$50,600

$51,570

Key Features

Lexus Enform Connectivity

Adds/Upgrades to F Sport

 

Panoramic View Monitor

 

 

Head-up Display

 

 

LED Cornering Foglamps

 

 

Rain-sensing Wipers

 

 

Stability Control

 

We recommend:

Since the Lexus RX 450h F Sport is a stand-alone trim, no scope of getting choosy here. However, fret not, the ride packs in all the bells and whistles that you’d expect from a hybrid of this range, and that too from the house of Lexus.

2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The Lexus RX 450h F Sport gets a 3.5L V6 engine, along with three electric motors. One electric motor is placed on each front wheel and a single unit controls the rear wheels. Together this setup generates 308 hp, along with 247 lb.-ft. Of torque, which kicks in at 4600 rpm.

This combined 308 horsepower is delivered to all the wheels via an electronic Continuously Variable Transmission arrangement.

Models

Lexus RX 450h F Sport

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

MSRP

$50,600

$46,060

$52,900

Engine

3.5L Premium V6

3.5L Regular V6

3.0L Premium V6

Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD

Transmission

e-CVT

e-CVT

e-CVT

Power

308hp@6,000rpm 231hp@5,800rpm 321hp@6,300rpm

Torque

247lb-ft@4,600rpm 215lb-ft@4,800rpm 289lb-ft@5,000rpm

How Fast is The Lexus RX 450h?

The Lexus RX 450h’s 3.5L V6 engine that generates 308 ponies, along with the electric motors that provide ample low-end torque, makes this car sprint from 0-60 in a time of 6.5 seconds. Though, the number is not absolutely a blazing one, yet respectable when seen with the segment standards.

 2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV covers 0-60 in 6.5 sec.

The Lexus RX 450h F Sport also clocked a time of 14.7 seconds in order to cover the quarter of a mile distance, at a speed of 93 mph.

Model

Lexus RX 450h  F Sport

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

0-60 MPH

6.5 sec

6.6 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

14.9 sec

14.6 sec

Top Speed N/A N/A 143 MPH

Engine

3.5L Premium V6

3.5L Regular V6

3.0L Premium V6

What About the Braking Performance of The Lexus RX 450h?

The Lexus RX 450 h gets 12.9-inch ventilated front discs on the front wheels, and 13.3-inch solid rear discs. The brake feels consistent and provides a decent bite. The pedal feels rightly-weighted and quite easy to modulate under city traffic conditions.

This braking arrangement can decelerate this hefty vehicle from a speed of 60 mph to 0 mph in a distance of 121 feet, which is a respectable figure.

Model

Lexus RX 450h F Sport

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

Brake Rotors Front

12.9"

N/A

13.0"

Brake Rotors Rear

13.3"

N/A

13.0"

Curb Weight

4740 lbs

4861 lbs

4471 lbs

60-0 MPH

121 ft

N/A

N/A

What about its driving dynamics?

The Lexus RX 450h F Sport drives pretty much like a regular RX 350, but with enhanced off the mark performance. The car moves around the city with the utmost ease and authority. The car does not feel tiring to drive, credits to the rightly weighted steering wheel, and the brake pedal.

The car moves around the city with the utmost ease and authority.

The Lexus RX 450h’s steering wheel provides great feedback, making the driver feel connected to the road, and is also very smooth to respond to driver inputs.

The RX 450h is a well-mannered car on the road, feeling calm, coordinated, and collected most of the time. There is moderate body-roll making its presence felt, still the car tackles curves and corners effectively.

2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The Lexus RX 450h F Sport is the most fuel-friendly car in this segment. With the regenerative braking doing its job, the Lexus RX 450h F Sport posted a city mpg figure of 31 and a highway mpg figure of 28. Combined together, these numbers posted an mpg figure of 30, which is the best in class.

Apart from such great fuel figures, the Lexus RX 450h F Sport also gets a cavernous fuel tank, that can stuff around 17.2 gallons of fuel for you. Together, this combination grants the RX 450h a great range of distance that can be covered in a full tank.

Model

Lexus RX 450h F Sport

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

MPG (City)

31

29

26

MPG (Highway)

28

27

27

MPG (Combined)

30

27

27

Fuel Capacity

17.2 gallons

17.2 gallons

19.4 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

533/482/516 miles

499/464/464 miles

504/524/523 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

5.9

6.0

6.6

2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV Interior

8.0/10

The cabin aesthetics is one of the unique selling propositions of the Lexus RX 450h. The insides of the RX 450h are tastefully designed and really make this car stand apart from all the other competitors.

The cabin controls are well-placed and romance sensually with fine-grade materials and great build quality. All the buttons and knobs are logically placed and easily fall in the driver’s range.

2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV Front Seats

Speaking of space, there is ample space in all directions for the front row passengers, however, the rear seats feel a bit tight.

Apart from the looks, the cabin is also well-insulated. There is minimal levels of wind, road, and engine noise.

Model

Lexus RX 450h F Sport

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

Seating Capacity

5

7

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/57.8/44.1

39.5/59.3/44.2

38.1/61.1/41.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.2/57.6/38.0

39.6/59.0/38.4

38.3/59.1/35.6

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The Lexus RX 450h F Sport gets an 8-inch screen as standard, which can be swapped for an optional 12.3-inch touchscreen controller. However, in the standard iteration, the primary way of interacting with the 8-inch screen is via a touchpad-controller. This touchpad-controller requires you to divert all your attention towards this pad and also feels clumsy to operate. Some of the other infotainment features of the RX 450h are:

  • 9 speakers
  • Stand-alone navigation mirroring app
  • Real-time weather display
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan, single in-dash CD player
  • Concealed antenna
  • Enform Wi-Fi internet access
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Radio data system
  • Mark Levinson Digital signal processor
  • Voice-activated radio

Creature comforts on offer in the Lexus RX 450h

The Lexus RX 450h’s insides, apart from being pretty, are also pretty productive and feel truly comfortable. The ride packs in a number of convenience features that give this ride an edge. Some of the most prominent comfort features on offer in the Lexus RX 450h F Sport are:

  • SmartAccess Proximity key
  • Keyfob trunk/hatch/door release
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Rear door bins
  • 1-touch down
  • Sunroof/convertible roof FOB controls
  • Illuminated passenger vanity mirror
  • Steering wheel with power tilting, power telescoping, auto tilt-away
  • Retained accessory power
  • Day-night rearview mirror
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Distance pacing cruise control
  • Automatic temperature control

What about utility?

The Cargo capacity is the aspect where the RX 450h rubs it in the face of the rivals. With 18.0 cubic feet of space on offer under its hood lid, the RX 450h is the best cargo-carrying vehicle of the segment. The rear seats of the Lexus RX 450h F Sportfold down in a 40/20/40 split, making it easier for you to transport longer items.

Apart from the best in class cargo capacity, the Lexus RX 450h’s boot is the most easily accessible, with wide-opening lid and approachable height.

Model

Lexus RX 450h F Sport

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

Cargo Capacity

18.0 cu.ft.

13.8 cu.ft.

15.0 cu.ft.

2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV

2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV Exterior

7.0/10

The RX 450h has shredded off its uninteresting design of the past and comes up like a truly appealing car in the year 2020. The body character is much more adventurous than that of the competitors and feels a lot more urbane.

2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV Third Quarter View

The front end of the RX 450h carries the Lexus-trait hourglass-shaped spindle grille, which is further framed by a pair of bolt-shaped LED DRLs. The hood of the RX 350 is adorned by finely defined creases that merge into the side panels. The roofline of the RX 450h is high at the front, gaining momentum from the windshield, and dips a bit towards the rear. Apart from this, the rear roof pillar is blacked-out to give a mirage of a floating roof.

Model

Lexus RX 450h F Sport

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited

Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

Curb Weight

4740 lbs

4861 lbs

4471 lbs

Length

192.5"

192.5"

196.2"

Width

74.6"

75.8"

77.7"

Height

67.7"

68.1"

67.4"

Ground Clearance

8.2"

8.0"

7.3"

Wheelbase

109.8"

109.8"

111.0"

The Lexus RX 450h F Sport is the most high-riding vehicle in this segment, with a ground clearance of more than 8-inches. This ride-height, when combined with the comparatively short wheelbase and a chiseled profile, makes the RX 450h look like a true-blue SUV.

What are those eye-catching features?

The RX 450h is a handsome set of wheels. There are a number of exterior elements that help this ride looks the part, here are some of the most noteworthy exterior features of the RX 450h:

  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers with black rub strip
  • Metal-look rear bumper insert
  • Auto-dimming power remote heated manual folding side-view door mirrors with tilt down, turn signal indicator
  • Bodyside cladding
  • Metal-look front bumper insert
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Wheel well moldings
  • Colored w/chrome surround grille
  • Trailering with harness
  • Heated door mirrors
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV
2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV

2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV Safety

9.0/10

The RX 350 is high on safety features. The auto-marquee loads this hybrid with a wide array of safety features, some of the most prominent of them are:

  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect
  • 10 Airbags
  • Smart/Stop Technology
  • Backup camera with dynamic gridlines
  • Vehicle Stability Control
  • Rigid Body with crumple zones
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Brake assist and electronic brake force distribution
  • Rain sensing wipers

2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV Competition

9.0/10

Lexus RX 450h F Sport Vs. Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Lexus RX 450h F Sport receives tough competition from its family sibling, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is very competitively priced to the RX 450h with an MSRP starting from $46,060. The Highlander gets a similar 3.5L V6 engine, but there is a huge power difference between the Lexus and the Toyota, the Highlander fabricates just 231 hp as compared to the RX450h’s 308 hp. The RX 450h gives the Highlander a hard time in almost every aspect, be it performance, interior quality, looks, or the utility on offer.

Lexus RX 450h F Sport Vs. Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is the most expensive offering of this segment, with prices starting from $52,900. The Acura, apart from being the most expensive ride, is also the most powerful one, with a 3l V6 engine, belting out 321 ponies. The MDX Sport Hybrid sprints form 0-60 in around 6 seconds, the fastest any car can pull in this segment. However, the interior on offer in the MDX and the cargo space are a bit inferior to what you get in the Lexus RX 450h.

2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

 

2020 Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUV Final Verdict

8.2/10

The Lexus RX 450h F Sport is the most competitive hybrid SUV that you can procure in this price range. The performance of the Lexus RX 450h F Sport is decent, but what is great in this car is its fuel-efficiency, interior, styling, and the utility value it provides.