2024 Lexus RZ: First Look Review


The Lexus RZ got its first update in December 2023 and became a 2024 model. It may not be immediately apparent, but the 2024 Lexus RZ has a big change, which makes it significantly more affordable than the previous model. Recently, I got to see the updated EV in person. Here are my first impressions:

Design

The 2024 Lexus RZ features a sporty and aerodynamic exterior and looks a little futuristic, too. I like its clean and focused front-end with the low hood, spindle body instead of spindle grille, and slim headlights that are unified with the spindle body, especially in the Eminent White Pearl color. On the sides, the sloping roofline and blacked-out C-pillar make the EV look shorter than it actually is.

If you were to ask me, the rear three quarter is the best angle of the 2024 RZ, thanks to the extremely raked back glass, the split roof spoiler, and the super-sleek full-width tail lamp. It’s available in a new Copper Crest color, in both mono- and bi-tone versions.

Lexus makes the RZ at its Motomachi factory in Japan, and I think it has good build quality. Closely looking at its exterior, I saw that its panel gaps were consistent, and its paint quality was commendable.

Interior

The 2024 Lexus RZ doesn’t have a flashy or over-digitalized interior. I think it has a subtle way of communicating luxury, with rich colors, Ultrasuede upholstery made from plant-derived raw materials, and one of my favorite interior features – Shadow Illumination, which projects light onto the door trim ornament in an intricate pattern.

I like the sleek and simple dashboard, the center section of which is tilted towards the driver’s seat. However, it’s a shame that Lexus has used one of its older compact displays as the instrument cluster in a model that’s supposed to be its guiding star and pack futuristic technologies. This is an area of improvement for the company in future model years. Another change I’d like to see in the future RZ is the addition of a glove box, a glaring omission in the current model. The current model has radiant heaters in place of that traditional storage area.

The 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system isn’t the most high-tech unit in its class, but I expected it to be intuitive. When I got around to using it, I found that it was easy to use and offered controls for the infotainment and the air conditioning.

2024 Lexus RZ 450e center console

I liked the fact that Lexus has equipped the RZ with rotary dials to adjust the speaker volume and cabin temperature. In my experience, the buttons, switches, and knobs in the EV give a tactile feedback. I checked if Lexus has skimped on quality in lesser-seen or -interfaced areas like the lower part of the dashboard, door panels, and center console and found that was indeed the case, but they were not low quality, only lower in quality compared to the rest of the cabin.

Moving to comfort and practicality, I’m six feet tall, and I found ingress and egress in the front of the 2024 Lexus RZ’s cabin was easy, thanks to the higher position of the seat and raised floor. I am not a fan of electric door handles, but the unit on the RZ works as intended.

I was sitting in the 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with 2-way power lumbar adjustment and heating, ventilation, and memory functions. The heated steering wheel with power tilt-and-telescopic column and memory function felt solid. The smaller windows did not help all-around visibility, but I am sure drivers will quickly get used to it. I had adequate lumbar support, but under-thigh support could have been better. I found myself looking for the door release before spotting it integrated into the door handle!

Entering and exiting the rear of the 2024 Lexus RZ was easy for me, thanks to the flatter roofline and higher seats. Despite the extremely raked back glass, which I was particularly concerned about before entering the car, I had no problems with headroom. The seat had heaters in the outboard positions, and I was sitting right behind the driver’s seat, which was still adjusted for my six-foot-tall body.

The default angle of the backrest felt comfortable for me, but you could manually adjust it for a slight incline. I had sufficient legroom and knee room, but due to the battery pack under the floor, I was sitting slightly knee-up. 

The 2024 Lexus RZ has a power-operated, kick-activated tailgate. It offers 34.9 cu. ft. of cargo space, expandable to 55.6 cu. ft. by folding the rear seats. Lexus equips the 2024 RZ with a tire repair kit instead of a spare tire.

2024 Lexus RZ 450e cargo area

Specifications and driving impressions

The 2024 Lexus RZ will be available in the old 450e AWD variant and a new 300e FWD variant. The former carries over two motors that together deliver 308 horsepower, while the latter has only a 201-horsepower motor. The AWD variant accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds, while the FWD variant takes 7.4 seconds for the same. However, both have the same top speed – 99 mph.

While the 2024 RZ 450e has the familiar 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the 2024 RZ 300e will have a slightly bigger, 72.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The EPA-est. range of the 2024 RZ is 220 miles (18” wheels)/196 miles (20” wheels) in the new 450e variant and 266 miles (18” wheels)/224 miles (20” wheels) in the new 300e variant.

2024 Lexus RZ 450e side profile

Since RZ 450e has remained unchanged with the 2024 model year update, it’s safe to assume it feels the same to drive. Reviews from the 2023 model year state that the RZ 450e is not neck-snapping quick, but it’s sprightly enough for the targeted comfort-seeking Lexus customers. Similarly, handling isn’t its forte, not even with summer tires. The intensity of the regenerative braking system could’ve been better, and one-pedal driving is also missing.

Lexus engineered the RZ 450e as nothing but a plush luxury vehicle. The ride quality is smooth, and the suspension does a good job of suppressing jerks from road imperfections. Barely any noise makes it into the cabin, giving the driver and passengers a near-whisper-quite ride that is typical of a Lexus. There is occasional head-jostling, but not on a level that’d make the ride annoying.

Price

The 2024 Lexus RZ’s prices range from USD 55,150 to USD 65,580 (excl. USD 1,150 DPH fee).

TopElectricSUV says

The 2024 Lexus RZ is more affordable than the previous model because of the new 300e variant, but it’s still not a great EV. The higher range comes with a significant compromise in performance. It lacks the wow factor and many of the advantages of new-age EVs. I think the 2024 RZ is a fantastic Lexus but not the most recommendable EV in its segment.

2024 Lexus RZ FAQs

What is the 2024 Lexus RZ release date?

The 2024 Lexus RZ will likely start arriving at U.S. dealerships in the coming weeks.

What is the 2024 Lexus RZ price?

The 2024 Lexus RZ’s prices range from USD 55,150 to USD 65,580 (excl. USD 1,150 DPH fee).

Which models are 2024 Lexus RZ rivals?

The 2024 Lexus RZ competes with the Genesis Electrified GV70 and the Acura ZDX.

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