Product proliferation has become the norm in today’s auto industry. But for Lexus, despite adding an assortment of sedans, sports cars and sport-utility vehicles, the Japanese luxury brand is effectively defined by a single model, the midsize RX crossover.
The Lexus RX created the luxury crossover was made with high levels of comfort, a car-like driving experience, and impeccable build quality. Fast forward to today, the fourth-generation Lexus RX receives significant updates for the 2020 model year on the safety, multimedia, and chassis fronts.
You’ll need a magnifying glass to see the 2020 lexus’s exterior updates. Thinner headlight clusters, a reshaped spindle grille with square-like inserts, and updated taillights comprise the most obvious changes from the outside. The interior looks similar to the pre-refresh model except for the addition of paddle shifters, six standard USB ports and standard NuLuxe leatherette upholstery on all variants.
The bigger news is in the cabin, where a 12.3-inch touchscreen is now available. An 8.0-inch touchscreen comes standard. While the frustrating remote touchpad system is still present, the addition of touchscreen functionality should improve the system’s ergonomics. Both Apple Carplay and Android Auto are now included, the latter of which is the first for a Lexus model. Opting for the bigger screen also brings improved voice control, which Lexus says can handle bigger inputs such as address entries.
Every RX now comes standard with Lexus’s latest suite of safety tech, which includes new technologies such as low-light pedestrian detection and lane-tracing assist. The pre-collision warning system also now detects bicyclists, in addition to other vehicles and pedestrians.
Lexus also tinkered with the RX’s driving dynamics, albeit minimally. New hollowed-out front and rear stabilizer bars and reinforced bushings work to reduce body roll, while the shock absorbers are re-tuned for a smoother ride. Additionally, the F-Sport package now includes Active Variable Suspension (AVS) from the LC sports coupe.The 2020 Lexus RX’s changes are rather reserved, however, the revisions made are welcomed, particularly those to the infotainment system. The inclusion of Android Auto is an especially important addition – one that will hopefully trickle down to other Lexus models. With its slightly tweaked exterior styling and more user-friendly cabin, it’s likely the updated Lexus RX will maintain the sales success of the current crossover.