Lexus RZ Review 2024

Lexus RZ At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
We really like the Lexus RZ. It's one of the most refined electric SUVs on the market, while its interior is superb. Many buyers want their electric car to have a long range, though, and that's where the RZ fails to deliver.

+High quality interior with impressive comfort and refinement. Amusingly quick in a straight line. Fast charging.

-Real-world range could be a deal breaker. Infotainment isn't our favourite. Driver-assist tech can get a little irritating.

The Lexus RZ is everything we've come to expect from Toyota's premium brand. It's an exceptionally well made electric SUV, with almost unrivalled refinement and surprising performance. There's a catch, though, and that's the range...

Before we go any further, let's explore where exactly the Lexus RZ sits in the marketplace. It's based on the Toyota bZ4x - which is also sold as the Subaru Solterra.

Its closest rivals (in terms of size, at least) are the BMW iX3 and Genesis Electrified GV70.

You're also likely to be looking at the Audi Q8 e-tron (or even the smaller Q4 e-tron), as well as the Mercedes EQC, Tesla Model Y and Jaguar I-Pace.

That's quite an extensive list of rivals, especially considering many buyers are still a little nervous about parting with their cash for an electric car. And the first question many ask is how far it can travel on a charge? The answer, in the case of the Lexus RZ, is up to 272 miles (on 20-inch alloy wheels) or 252 miles (on 18-inch alloy wheels).

That sounds like a reasonable distance, although the Audi Q8 e-tron can manage 330 miles, the longest-range Model Y is good for 331 miles and the BMW iX3 can cover up to 285 miles.

Not so good, then, especially when you factor in some real-world conditions and realise you'd be lucky to see 200 miles between top-ups. That's fine in an electric city car, but not so great in a premium SUV.

Anyway, if you can live with the range, the Lexus RZ is a lovely car to drive. It's quicker than it needs to be (most electric SUVs are), while it does an impressive job of isolating you from the outside world. That's until you approach a speed limit, anyway, when it'll beep at you and flash that you're in danger of going too fast.

Ah, yes, the technology. That's a lot of it on the Lexus RZ. From fancy door handles that won't let you exit the car if there's a cyclist approaching, to an advanced self-parking system. The Lexus RZ even monitors your attention and will tell you off if it doesn't think you're concentrating on the road ahead.

A big 14.0-inch infotainment display sits pride-of-place on the dashboard, although we don't think it's quite as user-friendly at some rival systems. If you don't mind shouting at the car, there's an in-built personal assistant triggered by 'hey Lexus'.

The interior feels posh, with lots of lovely (yet sustainable) materials and an impressive amount of equipment as standard. So much so, you probably don't need to opt for the priciest Takumi trim level.

Prices at launch start from around £65,000, while the top-spec models are almost £10,000 more than that. Read our full 2023 Lexus RZ review to find out if it's the right electric SUV for you.