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2021 Lexus RX gets more standard features, new Black Line special edition

For the 2021 model year, Lexus has given the RX a few enhancements and a new special edition.

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A few upgrades headline recent news about the Lexus RX for the 2021 model year as well as a new special edition, the 2021 Lexus RX F Sport Black Line. The model was given a mid-generation refresh for the 2020 model year.

All 2021 Lexus RX 350 and 450h models receive standard blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert technology. Additionally, power-folding automatically dimming mirrors are standard. Buyers can now opt for a wireless charger.

2021 Lexus RX Black Line

2021 Lexus RX Black Line

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Lexus has renamed the F Sport Performance Package the Handling Package. It includes the base F Sport package and adds an adaptive variable suspension that is based on the Lexus LC 500. Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management is added on the RX 350 with the package (it's already standard on the RX 450h). A sound generator, electric power sport steering, moonroof, and heated/ventilated seats are also included.

As it has with the GS, ES, and NX, Lexus is introducing a RX F Sport Black Line for the 2021 model year. The company will create 750 RX 350 F Sport Black Line SUVs and 250 hybrid F Sport versions. Each model has the unique design elements of the RX F Sport and gets a body side graphic on both side rockers, black 20-inch wheels, dark grille surround, black seats with white accents, and blue stitching. Black Line floor mats, cargo mat, and key gloves are also included.

The RX Black Line models will be offered with either an Ultra White or Grecian Water paint job.

Additionally, like each Lexus Black Line Special Edition series vehicle, the RX models will come standard with a Zero Halliburton two-piece luggage set that was designed exclusively for the brand. Each features a chrome logo badge laser etched with "Zero Halliburton for Lexus", a sumptuous interior lining, a Lexus grille motif and a Lexus embossed leather logo badge. The set consists of a 22-inch Continental Carry-on and a 26-inch Medium Travel Case - both black.

The new 2021 Lexus RX F SPORT Black Line special edition is now available. The suggested MSRP for RX 350 Black Line is $50,635, and RX 450h Black Line MSRP is $51,885.

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Refreshed luxury crossover

2022 Lexus NX earns Top Safety Pick +

The 2022 NX earned a Top Safety Pick + award.

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The redesigned 2022 Lexus NX just got its crash test scores, and they're strong. The new crossover picked up a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the agency's top award. It's the NX's fourth consecutive Top Safety Pick + award, and before that the vehicle earned Top Safety Picks.

2022 Lexus NXThe NX has picked up top awards for several years in a row. Lexus

The 2022 NX picked up top scores in testing, earning a "Good" rating in all crash-test categories, a "Good" score for headlights, "Superior" scores for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention, and a "Good+" score for LATCH system ease of use. Though the 2021 model also picked up a Top Safety Pick + award, it scored lower for its car seat anchors.

Lexus offers the new NX with a whopping four propulsion options, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 203 horsepower, a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower, a 2.5-liter hybrid with 239 horsepower and a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 302 horsepower. The two gas engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive, while the two hybrids both get all-wheel drive.

2022 Lexus NXLexus offers the NX with four powertrain options. Lexus

Pricing for the 2022 NX starts at $39,025 for the base NX250. Moving up the line, the NX350h starts at $42,125 and the NX450h+ starts at $56,725.

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New luxury EV

Lexus announces all-electric RZ 450e

Lexus just announced the new RZ 450e

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Lexus and Toyota have finally jumped onto the EV train, and we’ll soon see new all-electric SUVs from both. The Lexus variant, named RZ 450e, features a reasonable range, upscale interior, and neat all-wheel drive technology. We don’t have firm pricing for the Lexus, but expect it to start in the mid-to-high $40,000 range.

2023 Lexus RZRange is expected to reach 225 miles per chage. Lexus

The RZ shares a platform and much of its underlying engineering with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, but will take a more upscale approach. Though its size and overall shape are similar to the others, the Lexus’ exterior styling is sharper and sportier, with functional aerodynamic bodywork. A new Lexus logo is spelled out on the rear gate, instead of the traditional “L” of previous models.

The SUV comes with a 71.4-kWh battery that should deliver a range of around 225 miles on a charge. All-wheel drive is standard, and uses the RZ’s dual electric motors to shift power between the wheels that need it most.

Inside, the RZ features a minimalist, open space with controls meant to remind drivers of a horse’s reins. Ultrasuede upholstery and woodgrain trim come standard. Lexus notes the RZ’s head-up display is controllable via steering wheel-mounted buttons that handle navigation, audio, and other functions.

2023 Lexus RZThough similar to the Toyota bZ4X inside, the Lexus IS more upscale and minimalist. Lexus

Speaking of the steering wheel, the first RZs will be available with a round wheel only, but later on, Lexus will offer a yoke-style wheel like the one seen in the Toyota bZ4X concept and Tesla’s Plaid models.

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