Lexus’ SUV & crossover lineup: all 5 models from compact to full-size

UX, NX, RX, GX & LX models.

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Lexus has built a line of luxury SUVs that span the full gamut of the entire category, much like its parent company.

Lexus ensures there’s something for everyone. Hybrid and F Sport models; all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options; LSS+ 2.0, which is Lexus’ suite of safety technology that comes with a number of available systems. Of course, universal features, such as compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, are available across all of their SUVs. 

Here we take a look at each Lexus SUV, exploring what you can expect from each for the 2021 model year. 


Lexus UX

The Lexus UX comes in two flavours: the UX 200 FWD and the UX 250h AWD. The former has a 2.0L, four-cylinder engine capable of 168 horsepower, while the latter jumps to 181 net horsepower using Lexus’ self-charging 2.0L, four-cylinder hybrid electric engine.

Regardless of your choice, the Lexus UX is their little crossover SUV that can maneuver the chaos of the big city, first arriving in 2019. It seats five and has clever cargo space under the main cargo deck for extra storage. 

Key features:

Creative use of cargo space

Standard 18-inch Alloy Wheels and Power Moonroof

AWD on the hybrid model


Lexus NX

The Lexus NX moves into the compact SUV space. The NX 300 uses a turbocharged 2.0L, four-cylinder engine pushing 235 horsepower, while the NX 300h has a 2.5L 4-cylinder hybrid engine under the hood capable of 194 horsepower. 

Both setups drive incredibly well. The power of the NX 300 hits instantly, while the NX 300h is smooth and has a gentle feel on the road—but doesn’t lack the punch you need when you want it. 

The cabin is quiet on the highway, with enough road feedback to keep your attention. The Dynamic Torque Control AWD is standard on the NX 300, while the Full-Time All-Wheel Drive is standard on the NX 300h AWD.

Key features:

Turbocharged engine on the NX300

Standard AWD systems on both models

F Sport Special Edition package is available


Lexus RX

The Lexus RX is the brand’s midsize SUV. With so many available models, configurations and options, it’s no surprise the RX is their best-selling SUV. 

There’s the RX 350 and RX 350 L; and the RX 450h and RX 450h L. The L models add a third row for seating up to seven, while the non-L models have seating for five.

As for power, the 350 models are packing 295 horses in their 3.5L, six-cylinder engine; the 450h’s V6 hybrid engine can push 308 horses.

The something-for-everyone approach works well for the RX, which arguably has the most striking front-end. The Lexus spindle grille and vivid LED headlights seem to work best on the size and stature of the RX. And the available Black Line Edition adds such features as black and white F Sport interior with blue stitching, 20-inch black alloy wheels, and black exterior accents. 

Key features:

Multiple seating and drivetrain options

Striking front-end design

Available Black Line Edition 


Lexus GX

The Lexus GX enables you to head off-road in style. The GX 460 gained some updates for 2020.

The GX comes equipped with standard features so you’re set for your next adventure. This includes four-wheel drive and Multi-Terrain Monitor with Underfloor View. You can also add Multi-Terrain Select with 5-Stage Crawl Control to change drive modes depending on the terrain. 

The GX seats seven and has a 4.6L, eight-cylinder engine capable of 301 horsepower. This means you can bring everyone along for an off-road journey, as well as tackle the day-to-day demands of family life. 

Key features:

Standard off-road features

Seating for seven gives it greater versatility

Strong design that stands out


Lexus LX

The Lexus LX is the brand’s full-size SUV with seating for eight.

This is a true family hauler, but it doesn’t sacrifice the luxury you expect from Lexus. The 21-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels are knock outs; the interior setup, complete with a very sleek 12.3-inch screen creates a premium feel that’s a step above most; and the integrated rear spoiler gives it a tight, complete look.

A 5.7L eight-cylinder engine capable of 383 horsepower sits inside the LX. It can tow up 7,000 pounds and comes with Lexus’ Full-Time 4-Wheel Drive system, so you know the LX can get everything you need to the cottage or on your next major road trip.

If you’re looking at buying a used model, check out our 2013 Lexus LX 570 Review here.

Key features:

Towing power

Full-Time 4-Wheel Drive

Premium interior and exterior design

Travis Persaud
Travis Persaud has contributed to a number of magazines across North America, including enRoute and Exclaim! He loves variety and it shows in the wide range of topics he’s covered: automotive to music, technology to travel, beer to real estate. He’s currently the editor of WHERE Ottawa (city travel guide), beer columnist for Ottawa Magazine, a frequent contributor to CAA Magazine and the former associate editor of Zoomer Magazine.

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