2019 Lexus RX 450h Review, F Sport model - 2020 / 2021 New SUV

2019 Lexus RX 450h Review, F Sport model

The all-new 2019 Lexus RX 450h is a luxury mid-size SUV that offers hybrid drivetrain and the class-leading fuel economy. The arriving model comes with minor changes which include both exterior and interior upgrades. The ride is quiet and smooth and safety rating is very good. Interestingly, the 450h model will arrive at a lower price. One of the main complains is it’s higher price so Lexus decided to lower the price. Now, some of the standard features are optional. You can fit up to five passengers over the two rows of seats.

The exterior design of the 2019 Lexus RX 450h looks extremely modern and if you want even sportier character, F Sport Package is a must-have. You can even opt for the 450hL, a longer variant that adds third-row. However, the feedback isn’t that good and many will find that third-row “laughable”. Performance-wise, everything will remain the same. It means the Lexus will utilize a powerful V6 engine with the strong electric motor.

2020 Lexus RX 450h side

2019 Lexus RX 450h offers a unique look

The upcoming 2019 Lexus RX 450h comes with extremely modern and attractive exterior design. The styling is perfect and we like the bold design up front. Some of the styling cues are borrowed, but generally, the design is really striking and unique. The front end comes with a spindle grille and slightly larger bumper. The headlights, running lights, fog lights, and taillights are all offering a standard LED lighting system. Automatic high beams are standard too, along with the auto wipers, heated side mirrors, and a power liftgate.

This SUV will ride on 18-inch wheels and the 20-inch rollers will be optional. When it comes to optional, we recommend a panoramic view monitor. This system will use four cameras which creates a 360-degree bird’s eye view. You can track anything from the inside thanks to the larger 12-inch monitor. The side profile adds a gorgeous character line and the rear part will stay intact. There will be up to eleven exterior paints. Some of them are Matador Red Mica, Obsidian, Ultra White, Satin Cashmere Metallic and Nightfall Mica.

2019 Lexus RX 450h interior

2019 Lexus RX 450h interior features and cargo space

The interior of Lexus’ arriving SUV will look very upscale. The use of the materials is stunning and even the interior design looks premium. The traditional analog clock adds some more elegance from the inside. However, the rest of the cabin is modern. We already mentioned the price of the 2019 Lexus RX 450h will be lower than before. It also means some of the standard features on the current model will be optional on the 2019 model.

This SUV comes with a standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Moreover, a telescoping steering wheel is standard too. The room from the inside is ample, especially the cargo room. Folding the rear seats flat opens up to 57 cubic feet of cargo area. Safety is another strong category. Numerous safety systems are standard, which includes blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control. The base model also offers an automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.

2019 Lexus RX 450h F sport

F Sport Package

If you are looking for something sportier and more aggressive than the base model, we strongly recommend the F Sport package. This package definitely deserves out a mention for so many reasons. The F Sport variant comes with more aggressiveness and sportiness. It adds 20-inch blacked wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, more responsive steering, and better styling.

From the inside, you can expect some special gauges, sporty seats with heating and ventilating options and more chrome trims. The seats are available with larger bolsters. The performance will stay the same as on the base model. However, this package adds more engine noise, but the effect is pretty much the same.

2019 Lexus RX 450h engine

2019 Lexus RX 450h engine specifications

The forthcoming 2019 Lexus RX 450h will use the existing 3.5-liter V6 in a combination with two powerful electric motors. Using the CVT transmission and all-wheel-drive setup, this engine is producing 259 horses and 247 lb-ft of torque.

There is even a drive-mode selector so you can switch between the Normal, Eco and Sport driving modes. And while the base model manages to return 20 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway, the hybrid variant adds significantly better mileage.

Fuel economy and acceleration

The new model 2019 Lexus RX 450h is rated at 28 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The acceleration is solid, in all conditions. This mid-size SUV reaches from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. A towing package is also available and is optional. If you choose this package, you will get a heavy-duty alternator and the transmission oil cooler for better tow rating.

2019 Lexus RX 450h rear

2019 Lexus RX 450h price and release date

The price of the upcoming 2019 Lexus RX 450h will start lover than the current model, we already wrote about this. With that in mind, the ongoing SUV will cost less than $50,000. However, the official prices are not available yet. The 2019 Lexus RX 450h model will hit the markets at the beginning of 2019.

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