The 2024 Lexus RZ 450 (450e) is an all-electric compact SUV offered in Premium and Luxury trim levels. The 2024 Lexus RZ focuses on combining luxury with electric performance, aiming to compete in the growing electric SUV market. Both have two electric motors that drive the front and rear wheels and produce a total of 308 horsepower. The motors are fueled by a 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and the RZ 450e can support DC fast charging up to 150 kW.
The Premium trim with 18-inch wheels is expected to travel 220 miles on a full charge. If you use the 20-inch wheels that are standard in the luxury trim, this range drops to an estimated 306 kilometers. The RZ’s exterior is sharply styled with a floating roof, ducktail spoiler, and aggressive headlights. Lexus 2024 RZ takes a more minimalist approach to cabin design, controls are operated via a large 14.0-inch touchscreen infotainment screen.
The entry-level Premium trim comes right away with desirable features like a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, all-wheel drive, a power-adjustable steering column, and more. Upgrading to the Luxury trim adds a Mark Levinson stereo system and multi-color interior ambient lighting, but its larger wheels reduce the RZ’s driving range, so we’d stick with the slightly cheaper Premium model instead.
2024 Lexus RZ : Interior
The 2024 RZ’s interior design removed many buttons and switches from the dash and doors and moved them to the large infotainment screen. Similar approaches have been applied to Tesla and Polestar’s EV models, with different results. Either way, the Lexus RZ’s cabin is roomy and looks quite luxurious for a small crossover; most surfaces are covered in faux suede or synthetic leather. A large 14.0-inch infotainment touchscreen dominates the RZ’s dashboard and is similar to the screen found on the gas-powered NX SUV.
Lexus says the driver can interact with the system by touching the screen and also using voice commands. A digital instrument display and head-up display are also included. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both with wireless connectivity, are standard.
2024 Lexus RZ : Engine
The Lexus RZ 450 electric is equipped by an all-electric Direct4 powertrain, the dual-motor arrangement is good for 308 horsepower and comes standard with all-wheel drive. In testing, the RZ450e hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. A steer-by-wire steering system is standard, and Lexus has confirmed that a fork-style steering wheel will be available as an option; a regular circular wheel would be standard. The Lexus
RZ 450 will use the same 63.4 kWh battery pack as the bZ4X and Solterra. The official fuel economy estimates for the RZ450e show it to be more efficient with standard 18-inch wheels, with EPA ratings of 115 MPGe city and 98 MPGe highway.
2024 Lexus RZ : Safety
Like many other new Lexus models, the 2024 Lexus RZ will be offered a full suite of standard driver-assistance features, including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking. Additional features, including automatic parking, will be optional.