Lexus sure is playing it safe when it comes to refreshing its model lineup. After introducing the refreshed NX back in 2017, the luxury automaker has now revealed the updated RX for the 2020 model year. Similar to its smaller sibling, it's hard to tell the difference on what's new with the 2020 RX. However, it does get some big tech and safety upgrades.
Starting with the exterior, you will have to look closely in order to spot the difference. Up front, the biggest change would have to be the fog lamps. Rather than being placed inside the side air intakes, they now sit lower in the bumper. Other changes are much more subtle including the thinner headlights and revised spindle grill. At the back, changes are even more minute with the only visual difference being the updated taillights. Other than those, the RX remains largely unchanged from the pre-facelift model.
While the changes the exterior are minimal, the same can't be said for the cabin. Inside, there's is a new 8.0-inch touchscreen that comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and even Alexa integration. Buyers can spec their units to come with the larger 12.3-inch touchscreen unit. With the touchscreen, occupants can now operate the infotainment and other parameters without having to use the touchpad.
To improve comfort, Lexus has tweaked the RX's suspension and now feature thicker but hollow front and rear stabilizer bars, retuned dampers and shocks, and stiffer anti-roll bars. New brake-based torque vectoring system helps the RX turn more smoothly. Meanwhile, F-Sport variants get an updated Active Variable Suspension system which is now more responsive.
Safety has also been improved with the 2020 RX getting Lexus Safety System+ 2.0. The new system includes light pedestrian detection, cyclist detection, and lane tracing assist.
Powertrain choices have simply been carried over. The 2020 RX 350 continues to sport a 295 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Those looking for better fuel economy can continue to opt for the RX 450h which pairs the V6 with an electric motor and a CVT for a combined output of 308 PS.
Both the standard RX and larger three-row RXL benefit from the changes.