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The Next Chapter in Lexus’ Legacy – The 2024 RX 500h F Sport Performance

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The Next Chapter in Lexus’ Legacy – The 2024 RX 500h F Sport Performance

In the realm of luxury crossovers, few names resonate as strongly as the Lexus RX. Now, with the unveiling of its fifth-generation model, Lexus once again pushes the boundaries of style, luxury, and performance. Since its debut in 1998, the RX has epitomized the perfect blend of opulence and reliability, all at a price point that defies its luxury segment status. Let’s delve into what the fifth generation has in store for discerning drivers.

The RX lineup offers a trio of compelling options: the standard RX, the eco-conscious RX Hybrid, and the environmentally forward-thinking RX Plug-In Hybrid. Among these, the RX 500h F Sport Performance stands out as the apex predator, combining hybrid efficiency with exhilarating performance.

With its striking Copper Crest color option and Bi-LED headlamps, the RX 500h F Sport Performance commands attention from every angle. A notable redesign of the iconic “spindle grille” into a more three-dimensional form, dubbed the “spindle body,” adds a touch of modern elegance. The elongated hood, emphasized by repositioned A pillars, exudes a sense of power and sophistication. Riding on bold 21-inch alloy wheels, this iteration of the RX exudes confidence on the road. Practical touches like power-folding and heated outer mirrors with memory functionality ensure convenience in every journey.

Maintaining its overall length, the RX boasts a lengthened wheelbase and widened body, enhancing stability and interior spaciousness:

– Length: 192.5 inches
– Wheelbase: 112.2 inches
– Width: 75.6 inches
– Height: 67.3 inches

Convenience meets innovation with the kick sensor rear power liftgate, providing easy access to the 29.6 cubic feet of cargo space, expandable to 46.2 cubic feet.

Under the hood lies a potent 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder turbo hybrid engine, delivering a total output of 366 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque. Paired with Direct4 all-wheel drive and a robust tow package capable of hauling up to 3,500 pounds, the RX 500h F Sport Performance is as capable as it is refined.

While the previous generation offered optional seven-passenger seating, the 2024 RX focuses on five-passenger luxury, with no RX L variant. However, the introduction of the all-new TX hints at Lexus’ commitment to versatility and innovation in the crossover segment.

The RX 500h F Sport Performance doesn’t skimp on tech, boasting a massive 14-inch display (standard 9.8-inch touchscreen) and a heads-up display (HUD) for enhanced driver visibility and convenience.

Efficiency meets performance with impressive fuel economy ratings of 27 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined. Additionally, Lexus Safety System 3.0 ensures peace of mind on every journey, while the brisk 0-to-60 time of 5.9 seconds adds an element of thrill to the driving experience.

Starting at an MSRP of $62,450, with our fully equipped model priced at $72,135, the RX 500h F Sport Performance represents a significant investment in luxury and performance. However, with a base RX 350h MSRP of $52,100, Lexus ensures that luxury remains within reach for discerning buyers.

The 2024 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance remains a benchmark in the luxury crossover segment, blending cutting-edge technology, impeccable craftsmanship, and exhilarating performance. While the top-of-the-line model commands a premium price, the RX lineup offers a variety of options to suit every budget and preference. With its timeless design and uncompromising commitment to excellence, the RX continues to set the standard for luxury crossovers, making it an easy recommendation for automotive enthusiasts and luxury aficionados alike.

Adam was one of the founding members of txGarage back in 2007 when he worked for a Suzuki dealership in Dallas, TX. He is now our Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. He's always been into cars and trucks and has extensive knowledge on both. Check Adam out on twitter @txgarage.

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