Lexus RX review - Reliability and safety
The RX has plenty of safety tech, and Driver Power results suggest the flagship SUV will be very dependable
Like its little brother, the NX, the Lexus RX received the full five-star crash safety rating after it was tested by independent experts Euro NCAP in late 2022. Its results included high scores of 90 and 91 per cent respectively in the Adult Occupant and Safety Assist categories, which should offer drivers with some peace of mind.
Every RX comes with the third generation of the Lexus Safety System+ suite of driver aids as standard, so you get pre-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, automatic high beams and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
We found some of these systems to be particularly impressive, such as the adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. However, the speed-limit alert seems like overkill, beeping once you’ve gone 1mph over the speed limit.
The fifth-generation Lexus RX didn’t make it onto our list of the best cars to own based on the results of the 2023 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, but the Japanese brand itself did finish a rather strong eighth (out of 32) in the best car manufacturer rankings, ahead of BMW, Mercedes and Audi. Plus, only 14 per cent of Lexus buyers reported a fault with their cars. Lexus owners praised their cars’ great build, ride quality and reliability, which tallies with the brand’s reputation for making safe, dependable cars.
Every new Lexus is covered by a standard warranty of three years/60,000 miles (whichever comes first), but you can extend that by another 12 months/10,000 miles every time you have your car maintained at a Lexus Service Centre – up to a total of ten years or 100,000 miles. Three-years Lexus roadside assistance is also included as standard.
Lexus offers various service plans for the RX, starting from £38 per month. A three-year Lexus Service Plan Plus covers three scheduled services and one MOT.
In this review
- 1Lexus RX reviewThe new Lexus RX is more efficient than ever, with much improved technology on board, but it comes up short in terms of practicality
- 2Engines, performance and driveWith a choice of self-charging and plug-in hybrid powertrains, the latest Lexus RX is more refined than ever
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe plug-in hybrid RX 450h+ is our pick of the range, especially for business users
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe new RX is far from subtle, but it's exceptionally well built cabin and much improved infotainment system are up there with the best in this class
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceBoot capacity isn't the best, but there's plenty of room in the cabin
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingThe RX has plenty of safety tech, and Driver Power results suggest the flagship SUV will be very dependable