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Lexus RZ

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Lexus RZ

(2023 - present)

    Summary


    The Lexus RZ is a mid-size five-door SUV, and the second all-electric model (EV) to join the Lexus line-up, following the smaller UX Electric SUV.

    Sharing its foundations with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, the RZ arrived in Europe in early 2023, with currently only one drivetrain – the 450e – available to order. The SUV has received a fairly consistent set of review scores from the British motoring media so far, with scores ranging from above average to very good.

    An issue that reviewers consistently raise is the EV’s price tag. While the Lexus offers more luxurious styling inside and out when compared to its Toyota and Subaru stablemates, it also comes with considerably steeper pricing.

    “Pricing compares fairly well with the Audi Q8 e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Genesis Electrified GV70“, says Autocar‘s Illya Verpraet. “However, the BMW iX3 and the cheaper – and only marginally less roomy – Genesis GV60 might prove hard to ignore, since they offer more range, better multimedia and, in the case of the Genesis, much faster charging.”

    Battery range is perhaps the most contentious problem frequently cited. As the Parkers team poses, “If you regularly travel further than 200 miles regularly, you might want to look elsewhere.” Rivals like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Tesla Model Y and Skoda Enyaq all offer more range on a single charge, and for a cheaper upfront cost.

    “You’d have to really like the yoke to pick it over rivals”, explains Top Gear’s Greg Potts. The RZ is available with an unusual ‘yoke’ steer-by-wire handling system also seen on Tesla models that allows you to turn with smaller steering motions.

    So, the RZ isn’t a class leader in the battery range or pricing department, but What Car? argues that the SUV is “compelling in many other ways. It’s practical, good to drive, and pleasant to sit in.”

    As of November 2023, the Lexus RZ holds an Expert Rating of 61%, based on 19 reviews published by the UK motoring media. This is still a new model, however, so this score may shift up or down by a few points over time.

    RZ highlights

    • Practical, high quality interior
    • Powerful but quiet drivetrain
    • Responsive steer-by-wire handling
    • Brand’s after-sale services and warranty

    RZ lowlights

    • Rivals offer longer battery range
    • Infotainment could be more user-friendly
    • Expensive, base price and up
    • Conservative equipment list

    Key specifications


    Body style: Medium SUV
    Engines:
    electric, battery-powered
    Price:
    From £64,500 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2023
    Last updated: N/A
    Replacement due: TBA


    Media reviews


    Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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    +

    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: September 2023
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 87%
    Child protection: 87%
    Vulnerable road users: 84%
    Safety assist: 81%

    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    As of November 2023, the Lexus RZ has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    No reliability rating

    As of November 2023, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Lexus RZ to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the RZ, we’ll publish the score here.

    Running cost rating

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    As of November 2023, we don’t have independently verified whole-life costs for the Lexus RZ. Check back soon.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Lexus RZ has received.

    2022

    • Business Car Awards – One To Watch Award

    Similar cars


    If you’re looking at the Lexus RZ, you might also be interested in these alternatives.

    Audi Q4 e-tron | Audi Q8 e-tronBMW iX3 | Ford Mustang Mach-E | Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Kia EV6 | Mercedes-Benz EQC | Nissan Ariya | Polestar 2 | Skoda Enyaq iV | Subaru SolterraTesla Model Y | Toyota bZ4XVolkswagen ID.4 | Volvo XC40 Recharge


    More news, reviews and information about the Lexus RZ at The Car Expert

    Lexus set to expand its all-electric offering with RZ SUV

    Lexus set to expand its all-electric offering with RZ SUV

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    The electric Lexus RZ's polished interior poses a challenge to its upmarket rivals, but when it comes to battery range, it just can't go the distance.Lexus RZ