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2021 RX 450h F Sport Black Line Special Edition

We were doing a bit of ‘sloshing’ around (yes it rains here) a week or so ago in a new 2021 Lexus RX450h F Sport Hybrid SUV.  Not just the F Sport, but a Black Line Special Edition version. 

In Nightfall Mica (Lexus/Toyota Blue) with Black Line wheels and trim elements – this F Sport was as you should expect.  A well-equipped good looker, delivering a great drive and ride plus plenty of amenities for all including even Tablet Holders on the back of the front sport seats.

A real like for us here in Central Texas were the Triple-Beam Auto-Leveling LED Headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting and Cornering Lamps.  In Hill Country Texas, ‘black hole’ dark nights can present serious challenges to safe driving on the winding two-lane roads.  This light system turns night into near day on the road directly ahead and along the shoulders.

When turning, activating the turn signal indicator or the turning of the steering wheel (about a quarter turn) lights the cornering lamps for safe moving onto side roads or into driveways.

And, while on the subject of dark nights and safety, we loved the very bright approach lighting at all four doors – great in a dark parking lot at night.

Also, very helpful was the Intuitive Parking Assist w/Panoramic View. In close quarters – it not only senses (beeps) but also shows on the display where your vehicle is in relation to those adjacent.

As always, the Mark Levinson 15-speaker Premium Sound System with the 12.3-inch Navigation System delivered concert quality sound w/quick and direct routing to destinations.

Last, but not least, this is RX 450h is a HYBRID and no one makes them better than Lexus/Toyota.

The Lexus Hybrid Drive system is anchored by a 3.5L V6 gasoline engine integrated with an Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT).  Driving the axles front and rear are a pair of AC650V Electric Motor Generators.

NOTE: Lexus RX450h models are all AWD.

Powerful and fuel efficient (31/28 mpg city/highway 30 mpg combined) – the RX 450h F Sport is quick and nimble and – running on 235/55R20 tires/wheels – exceptionally firm footed.

This F Sport test unit MSRP was – $51,200. Making it a Black Line Special Edition increased the MSRP to $51,885. 

With a host of optional packages and features included, our test 2021 RX 450h F Sport Black Line Special Edition delivered to our driveway at $63,105. 

F Sport

F Sport elements on our RX450h included F Sport badging inside and out, 20-inch wheels, F Sport unique fascia front and rear bumpers, Black Outside Mirrors, F Sport Steering Wheel, LED Ambient Illumination, Scored Aluminum trim accents including pedals and footrest, Front and Rear Performance Dampers and Stainless-Steel Rear Door Garnish.

Black Line Special Edition

Black Line Special Edition features enhance F Sport with Blackened Wheels, Black Grille Surround and Side Garnish, Blue Stitch Interior and Black Seats w/White Accents.

In addition, the literature notes there is an exclusive Zero-Halliburton Luggage Set available with this package.

Special on the RX450h in Black, the set includes Lexus Logo Badging and detail ornamentation on matching 22-inch carryon and 26-inch travel case.

We looked for these in our test vehicle, but alas, new owners have the set shipped to their homes.

Exterior

Blue highlights on the front and rear ‘L’ logos identify the RX 450h F Sport as a hybrid.

Functional elements included Bi-Led Headlamps w/Auto On/Off, LED Daytime Running Lamps and Brake Lights, Rain Sensing Intermittent Windshield Wipers and Power Folding Heated Side Mirrors. 

Of particular note was the Integrated Rear Spoiler (above the rear hatch) that concealed the (typically unsightly) rear wiper mechanism.

Interior

Cabin features included Automatic Dual Zone Climate Control w/Rear Vents, Heated and Ventilated Power Front Seating, NuLuxe-Trimmed Seat Surfaces, Reclining and Sliding 40/20/50 Split Rear Seat, Power Lift Gate w/Kick Activation, three 12V power outlets and six USB ports, door-mounted courtesy lights, Rear Seat Center Armrest w/Cupholders and a Rear Cargo Tonneau Cover.

Technology/Infotainment

In addition to features already noted, the RX450h F Sport includes the enhanced Lexus Multimedia System and the Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 w/Amazon Alexa integration, Wi-Fi and the Lexus Enform Remote Connectivity compatible with Smartphone, Smartwatch or other Google enabled devices.

Key features for the driver included the 12.3-inch-high resolution, split screen multimedia display with Dynamic Voice Command and an enhanced trackpad controller.  Also of note was the Color Head Up Display and the very bright 4.2-inch driver information display in the IP.

Packages/Options

The optional features (some already mentioned) on our RX450h F Sport Black Line Special Edition included:

  • Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof w/Aluminum Side Rails – $1,350.
  • Adaptive Triple-Beam LED Headlamps, Cornering Lamps, Front LED Turn Signals and Fog Lamps – $1,975
  • 12.3-inch Navigation System integrated with Mark Levinson 15-speaker Audio System – $3,365
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Intuitive Park Assist w/Panoramic View Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Braking – $1,865.
  • Cold Weather Package – Windshield Wiper Deicer and Auto-Leveling Headlamps with Washer $200.
  • Color Head Up Display – $600
  • Touch-Free Power Rear Hatch with Kick Sensor – $150
  • Wireless Charger – $200
  • Lexus Universal Tablet Holders – $200
  • Heated F Sport Steering Wheel -$150

Driver Assist and Safety

Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 is standard. Included elements are Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, it features Pre-Collision System w/ bicyclist and low-light pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Alert, Lane Tracing w/Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam Headlights, Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

RX 450h AWD Trims and Pricing

The Lexus RX 450h AWD base price MSRP is $47,820. Moving to F Sport – MSRP is $51,300 (for Black Line Special Edition add $$685). Going to the RX 450h F Sport Handling (Adaptive Variable Suspension) the MSRP is $53,620.  

Handling and delivery is $1,025 for all trims.

For more information on the 2021 Lexus RX 450h trim levels, go HERE.

RX 450hL Three-Row

The RX 450h also comes in a three row or ‘L’ model.  RX 450hL base price is $51,210 with a Luxury trim priced at MSRP $57,210.  There is no F Sport available in the RX450hL. 

We tested the 2020 RX 450hL last year.  You can read our story HERE.

And, you can learn more about all of the 2021 Lexus RX series including the RX 350 HERE.

KEY DATA (2021 Lexus RX 450h F Sport  (Black Line Special Edition)

  • Model:                         RX450h AWD
  • Trim:                            Black Line Special Edition
  • Class:                          SUV       
  • Segment:                    Mid-Size              
  • Seating:                      Five       
  • MSRP:                        $51,885 (Black Line Special Edition)         
  • As Tested:                  $63,105 (w/options and delivery)                            
  • Powertrain                 Lexus Hybrid Power System   (3.5L Gas V6 plus 2 AC 650V Motor Generators)                                                      
  • Horsepower:              308 Combined                  
  • Transmission:             ECVT (Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable)    
  • Drive System:            All-Wheel Drive – (Electric Front Wheel Drive / Independent Electric Drive Motor Generator rear axle)
  • Wheel size                  20-inch 
  • Tow Capacity             3,500 pounds    
  • Fuel Economy            31/28 mpg City/Highway   30 mpg Combined