2021 Lexus RX Scores Big in a New Consumer Reports Roundup

by Gabrielle DeSantis

There may be no duo more iconic than Lexus and awards. Though that’s an exaggeration, there is some truth to that statement, as Lexus continues racking up accolades left and right. That’s especially true for the 2021 Lexus RX, which recently won yet another impressive award. 

Consumer Reports’ top 10 cars of 2021

After testing more than 250 vehicles from the 2021 model year, Consumer Reports compiled the exclusive list “10 Top Picks of 2021: Best Cars of the Year.” CR’s testers evaluated these vehicles dozens of times, so their quality isn’t a fluke. Overall, many of the usual suspects appear on Consumer Reports‘ list. They include the Toyota Camry, Kia Telluride, and Subaru Outback.

And as far as midsize SUVs go, the Lexus RX continues to dominate. Although the RX doesn’t boast the highest overall Consumer Reports rating in its class, it’s still CR’s pick for the best of 2021. For reference, the RX scored 80 out of 100 overall, making it the fifth-best midsize SUV, according to CR. 

Why the 2021 Lexus RX is the best midsize SUV

Consumer Reports says the Lexus RX wins in its segment because it delivers the best balance of all things customers want in a luxury midsize SUV. Like any other Lexus or Toyota model, the RX lives up to the automakers’ reputation for safety and reliability. And because it’s a Lexus, the RX also provides excellent comfort and performance. 

The RX isn’t the best in all categories — Consumer Reports gives it a 4 out of 5 in reliability and owner satisfaction. But it performs well in so many areas that it’s the best combination of them all. On top of that, Consumer Reports praises the options Lexus offers on the RX. For example, the F Sport trim provides better seats and additional flair, the L trim adds third-row seating, and the hybrid version boasts excellent fuel efficiency.

To top it all off, the Lexus RX is inexpensive for a luxury SUV. It isn’t cheap by any means, but its $45,000 starting price fits many families’ budgets. 

An overview of the 2021 Lexus RX

Indeed, comfort is one of the 2021 Lexus RX’s best qualities, according to Consumer Reports‘ full review. Not only are the seats comfortable, but the cabin is also quiet. Furthermore, the RX’s ride quality is impressive and cushy. And though the RX doesn’t provide a standard touchscreen, it comes with plenty of driver assists, including forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. 

Under the hood, a standard 3.5-liter V6 produces 295 hp. This powerful engine provides the RX with “strong” acceleration, CR reports. As a result, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. Its fuel economy is also respectable for an engine of that size, getting 14 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway for a combined 22 mpg. The RX’s hybrid powertrain harnesses 308 hp and boasts a combined 29 mpg. That said, this model costs a bit more because it’s a hybrid.

But regardless of powertrain choice or trim level, the Lexus RX is an overall reliable and satisfying midsize SUV.

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