2023 Lexus RX: First Drive Review

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
On the Road
Lexus invited us to California to spend time with all three powertrain variants of the new RX. We began the day with the newest hybrid, the RX 500h. With more than 400 lb-ft of torque, this top-tier RX feels quick off the line with abundant power on tap from any speed. The 6-speed automatic responds quickly to throttle inputs and has rapid downshifts as necessary. We were pleasantly surprised by the powerful-sounding exhaust note — not something we’d expect from a Lexus hybrid. The 4-wheel steering works well, offering incredible maneuverability; during our drive, it allowed us to easily make a U-turn on a narrow two-lane road.

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