The first all-electric vehicle from Lexus is a crossover, the type of vehicle that put the luxury brand on the map in the 1990s, most notably with the RX.
The 2023 Lexus RZ 450e shares Toyota Motor Corp.'s e-TNGA platform with near identical twins, the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra.
Lexus designers were tasked with creating a sporty crossover that emphasized elements of a sports coupe.
The RZ has a 71.4-kilowatt-hour battery, and with 313 hp from front and rear electric motors — with all-wheel drive only — it delivers plenty of acceleration. But the RZ's estimated driving range is just 196 to 220 miles, well short of some key rivals such as the Tesla Model Y.
There is 196pound-feet of torque up front and 124 pound-feet on the rear axle, delivering a 0 to 60 mph time of 5 seconds vs. 6.4 seconds for the bZ4X with all-wheel drive.
Pricing starts at $59,650, including shipping. There are several options: A technology package priced at $1,425; premium paint for $500; a Cold Area package at $200; a digital rearview mirror for $200; and an illuminated front badge priced at $200.
Lexus invited journalists to drive the RZ 450e in California, and we've collected some early reviews.