What’s New on the 2023 Lexus RX?
The 2023 Lexus RX is the newest iteration of the extremely popular midsize luxury SUV. Entering its fifth generation, this all-new model receives a host of new technology, a fully redesigned exterior and brand new powertrains to choose from. A solid choice for drivers looking for a comfortable and luxurious SUV, who also value efficiency and bold styling, the Lexus RX delivers on all of these fronts. With this new generation’s updates and new features, it pays to know more about exactly what differentiates this Lexus SUV against its predecessor and its other competitors. Luckily for you, our team at Lexus of Royal Oak in Calgary, Alberta has compiled the key highlights about the new features of this Canadian-built luxury SUV.
Four All-New Powertrain Options
The fifth generation Lexus RX receives a host of brand new, highly efficient powertrain options. All Lexus RX models are equipped with all-wheel drive systems that slightly differ based on the engine that they are mated to. The standard engine found on the well-appointed entry-level RX 350 is a 2.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine makes a respectable 275 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque and is rated at a fuel economy metric of 11.2L/100km in the city and 8.4L/100km on the highway.
The RX 350h is equipped with a larger, yet more efficient 2.5L 4-cylinder naturally aspirated engine, mated to a Lexus Hybrid Drive motor. This power plant produces 246 horsepower and 233 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT). Owners looking for the most efficient Lexus RX currently available should have the RX 350h variant at the top of their shopping list as this model returns fuel economy metrics of 6.3L/100km in the city and 6.8L/100km on the highway.
A first for the Lexus RX model lineup is a performance-oriented RX 500h variant that combines efficiency with sporty exterior design and driving dynamics. Making impressive horsepower and torque figures at 367 and 406 respectively, further improving its performance vitality in the luxury SUV segment.
Available later in the year, a plug-in hybrid variant of Lexus RX dubbed the RX 450h+ features a 2.5L four-cylinder engine mated to an 18.1-kWh lithium-ion battery and rear E-Four motor. Horsepower and torque figures are yet to be released, however based on what Lexus Canada has currently released, this electrified RX model will be the most efficient RX model ever produced.
Available Advanced Park and Traffic Jam Assist Feature
A first for the Lexus RX is the available Advanced Park system found in other late-model Lexus vehicles. Using sensors and cameras throughout the vehicle, drivers have the ability to have the vehicle find a suitable parking spot and automatically park itself, all at the touch of a button. Another first for the Lexus RX, the available Traffic Jam Assist feature is a low-speed, hands-off technology that automatically steers, accelerates & brakes, while keeping a set gap between vehicles and keeping the vehicle centered in its lane.
Available Digital Key
Available on select trim levels and packages, enjoy the luxury of using your smartphone to lock and unlock, start the engine, and even drive off, without taking it out of your pocket. Additionally, you can share your vehicle’s Digital Key securely to friends and family using their own smart devices.
All-New Lexus Interface
The 2023 RX has reimagined convenience and connectivity. Thanks to the new highly intuitive Lexus Interface multimedia system, the RX’s available 14" touchscreen connects you like never before. Discover Drive Connect®, which includes a host of features such as Cloud Navigation, Destination Assist, and Intelligent Assistant, as well as Service Connect, Safety Connect, and Remote Connect. All RX models are wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, allowing you seamless access to your favourite smartphone apps, music, navigation, and more.
First-ever RX 500h F SPORT Performance AWD
A first for the Lexus RX lineup is an all new performance-oriented version of the luxury SUV. Powered by a 2.4L turbocharged four-cylinder with Lexus Hybrid Drive, the 2023 Lexus RX 500h F SPORT delivers a highly respectable 367 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Sending power to all four wheels through Lexus’ advanced Direct 4® all-wheel drive system, seamless application of power between the front and rear axles to improve overall handling, controllability, and driving feel, while minimizing body movement for a more comfortable ride. As a result of its more powerful engine and advanced all-wheel drive system, this sporty luxury SUV scoots from 0 to 100km per hour in an impressive 5.9 seconds.
Interested in getting behind the wheel of the all-new 2023 Lexus RX? Visit our Calgary showroom at 7677 - 112 Avenue NW and browse our inventory of available fifth generation Lexus RX models. Lexus of Royal Oak is one of Calgary’s premier Lexus dealerships. Whether you’re shopping for a new or pre-owned vehicle, genuine Lexus parts and accessories or are looking to service your current vehicle, our team of friendly and knowledgeable Lexus specialists will be more than happy to help.