The 2024 Lexus RX arrives with a new plug-in hybrid model that tops the range of the luxury midsize crossover at $70,080, including a $1,350 destination fee. The base RX 350 costs $49,950, Lexus announced on Tuesday.
The 2024 Lexus RX 450h+ plug-in hybrid model represents the fourth powertrain option for the popular RX that was redesigned for the 2023 model year. The 2024 Lexus RX can be had in six trims.
The base RX 350 Standard uses a 2.4-liter turbo-4 that makes 275 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. It pairs with an 8-speed automatic transmission that powers the front wheels and can had with all-wheel drive for $1,600 more. Standard features include a 9.8-inch touchscreen with wireless smartphone connectivity, a wi-fi hotspot, a 12-speaker sound system, power front seats, six USB ports, a sunroof, and 19-inch alloy wheels. The $49,950 starting price represents an increase of $1,400 over the 2023 Lexus RX, though the only additional standard equipment is front and rear parking sensors with brake assist.
Lexus also equips the RX with a suite of standard driver-assist features that typically cost extra from luxury automakers. Those safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and the aforementioned parking sensors.
The RX 350 Premium costs $52,100 and adds a wireless smartphone charger, heated and cooled front seats, and a heated steering wheel.
The $53,950 RX Premium+ balances Lexus finest features with a good price. It adds leather upholstery, the upgraded 14.0-inch touchscreen, and a classic heated wood steering wheel.
The $59,080 RX Luxury represents a big price jump, and adds power lumbar support to the front seats, synthetic suede upholstery inserts, semi-aniline leather, 21-inch wheels, and a 10.0-inch head-up display.
All-wheel drive is available for $1,600 on every RX 350, except for the $58,550 RX 350 F Sport Handling where it is standard.
Lexus RX hybrid pricing
The RX 350h hybrid also has standard all-wheel drive, and starting at $51,800, it costs only $250 more than a similarly equipped RX 350. The base hybrid pairs a 2.5-liter inline-4 with a motor powered by a nickel-metal-hydride battery to make 246 hp and 233 lb-ft of torque. In our testing of the 2023 Lexus RX, we noted the transmission can be coarse and keep the engine revving, filling the cabin with sound uncharacteristic of the Lexus RX.
It can be had in Premium ($53,950), Premium+ ($55,800), and Luxury ($60,930) grades as well. They have the same equipment and same $250 upcharge over corresponding AWD versions of the Lexus RX 350.
The $63,800 RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD employs a 2.4-liter turbo-4 with a 6-speed automatic transmission and a motor-generator. A 107-hp motor and inverter power the rear axle, totaling an output of 366 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. It has adaptive dampers and a more responsive all-wheel-drive system.
The range-topping RX 450h+ comes with Lexus’ finest, including a panoramic glass roof with roof rails, ambient lighting, and the Luxury treatment mentioned above. Lexus hasn’t disclosed full specs on its powertrain, but its related to the one in the Lexus NX compact crossover. Similar to the Toyota RAV4 Prime, the NX 450h+ uses a 2.5-liter inline-4 with an electric motor up front and one at the rear to make 302 hp. The 18.1-kwh battery pack has a 35-mile electric driving range in the RX 450h+.
The 2024 Lexus RX 450h+ arrives in the U.S. at the end of this year.