What the critics say
The 2020 Lexus RX
“Don’t mess with success.” That’s clearly the principle that guided Lexus’ latest refresh to its best-selling vehicle, the midsize crossover that launched the luxury SUV segment 20 years ago and still outsells every rival. “If we were in Lexus’ position, we wouldn’t have changed more, either.” The RX remains handsome and competent, and since 2010 has suffered only one serious flaw: an infotainment system that the driver has to manage with bothersome mouse- and touch pad–like controls. Now you can often simply tap a touch screen—a big deal for RX loyalists.
The 2020 RX is the first Lexus to support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and its suite of standard safety tech now includes road sign detection and low-light pedestrian detection. Lexus has also stiffened the chassis by doubling the number of weld points and increasing its use of adhesives 10-fold. The resulting reduction in road and wind noise makes the new RX “a much more relaxing commuting cocoon.”
Car and Driver
A sports car it’s not. “There’s still a good amount of body roll in corners and basically zero steering feedback.” But this RX proves to be “nicely composed and super quiet.” Exterior styling has been refined slightly, but don’t let its aggressiveness fool you. “This is a quiet, comfy cruiser first and foremost.” ■