X

2023 Lexus RX 500h Is the Most Powerful RX Yet

The RX500h combines a potent turbocharged engine with a rear electric motor that’s nearly twice as strong as the standard hybrid. It’s also pretty easy on the eyes.

antuan-roadshow-headshots-jpegs-1893-007.jpg
antuan-roadshow-headshots-jpegs-1893-007.jpg

Antuan Goodwin

See full bio
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
1 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET

The new 2023 Lexus RX hits the road later this year with a new look and four powertrain options. Three of those configurations are hybrids.

2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
2 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET

The RX Hybrid will be offered in 350h, 500h and, eventually, 450h Plus configurations.

2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
3 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET

The RX 350h is powered by a 2.5-liter hybrid system with an electric rear-axle motor. It's good for 246 horsepower and up to 37 mpg combined.

2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
4 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET

At the top of the line is the RX 500h F Sport Performance. It mates a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine to the front wheels and an 80-kilowatt electric motor to the rears.

2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
5 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET

All in, the RX 500h makes 366 hp and 406 pound-feet of torque.

2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
6 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET

More power and stickier performance tires take a toll on the RX 500h's efficiency, which drops to 27 mpg combined.

2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
7 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET

Every RX 500h comes standard in F Sport Performance spec with adaptive dampers, rear wheel steering, beefed up brakes and a host of visual upgrades.

2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
8 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET

I'd reckon the biggest boon to the F Sport Performance kit are the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV tires.

Lexus RX 450h Plus plug-in hybrid
9 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET

Some time after launch, the plug-in hybrid RX 450h Plus will join the lineup.

Lexus RX 450h Plus plug-in hybrid
10 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET

Toyota is keeping the specs under wraps for now, but with the same powertrain and lithium-ion battery as the RAV4 Prime, I'm expecting between 30-40 miles of EV range per charge before the gasoline engine kicks in.

2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
11 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET

Check out our first drive review to learn more about the 2023 Lexus RX models or keep scrolling for more pics.

2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
12 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
13 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
14 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
15 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
16 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
17 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
18 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
19 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
20 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
21 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
22 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
23 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
24 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
25 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
26 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
27 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
28 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
29 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
30 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
31 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
32 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
33 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
34 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
35 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
36 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
37 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
38 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
39 of 46 Lexus
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
40 of 46 Lexus
Lexus RX 450h Plus plug-in hybrid
41 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET
Lexus RX 450h Plus plug-in hybrid
42 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET
Lexus RX 450h Plus plug-in hybrid
43 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET
Lexus RX 450h Plus plug-in hybrid
44 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET
Lexus RX 450h Plus plug-in hybrid
45 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET
Lexus RX 450h Plus plug-in hybrid
46 of 46 Antuan Goodwin/CNET

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

More Galleries

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

84 Photos
2023 Honda CR-V EX-L Is a Handsome Crossover

More Galleries

2023 Honda CR-V EX-L Is a Handsome Crossover

14 Photos
The Absolute Best Games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The Absolute Best Games on Nintendo Switch

36 Photos
Volvo Concept Recharge has some big changes in store

More Galleries

Volvo Concept Recharge has some big changes in store

9 Photos
DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

More Galleries

DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

10 Photos
2023 Range Rover Sport Tackles Tarmac and Trail With Plug-In Power

More Galleries

2023 Range Rover Sport Tackles Tarmac and Trail With Plug-In Power

42 Photos