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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2024 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2023 Lexus RZ 450e Premium

Vehicle Type: Midsize suv Electric
 overall score
Category Ranking: 6

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $59,740
Price as Tested: $63,415

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Electricity
120V Charge Time: 4.3 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 19.6 miles per hour
DC Fast Charger: 0% to 80% in 30 minutes
EPA City MPGe102
EPA Highway MPGe87
EPA Combined MPGe95
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 196

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

The Lexus RZ 450e compact SUV, the automaker's first EV, has a lot to recommend it. First and foremost, it upholds the Lexus reputation for comfort and luxury. Based on the Toyota bZ4X/Subaru Solterra platform, its stylish sheet metal features an aggressive headlamp design, a floating roof motif, and a subtle spoiler. The minimalist interior is similarly luxe, with a digital instrument cluster, a 14.0-inch infotainment touch screen (with good resolution), synthetic leather/suede upholstery, and a huge panoramic sunroof (no built-in shade, alas). Lexus's complete suite of advanced safety features is among the best in the industry. All—wheel drive is standard. The 450e is pretty swift off the line, and its brakes haul it to a stop quickly. But its forte is its quiet, comfortable cabin—replete with plush, supportive seats and plenty of headroom and legroom for all passengers—and luxurious ride. The 450e has just a few weak points, but one is a real doozy: a max EPA-estimated range of just 220 miles. Given the 450e's near-$60K base price, you’ve gotta ask: What was Lexus thinking? Other negatives include confusing steering-wheel controls; an nonintuitive infotainment system (a perennial Lexus bugaboo); a lack of buttons and hard keys for HVAC and infotainment controls; no 1-pedal regenerative braking; light, disconnected steering; and a blind spot at the rear roof pillars.

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Pros and Cons


  • Stylish, luxurious exterior and interior
  • Quick acceleration, strong braking
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Spacious legroom and headroom for all passengers


  • Limited EV range, especially considering its MSRP
  • Confusing steering-wheel controls
  • Nonintuitive infotainment system
  • Lack of knobs and hard keys for infotainment and HVAC
  • Blind spots at rear roof pillars

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2023
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4586.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 189.17 / 74.61 / 64.37
Wheelbase (in): 112.2
Number of air bags: 9
Warranty (months/miles): 48/50,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Dunlop SP Sportmaxx
Front and rear tire size: 235/50 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 1-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: Dual electric motors
Electric motor horsepower: 313

Test Data

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Handling: 7.00
Quality and Drivability: 8.00

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