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Lexus RX: New Tech For 2020

If your luxury-driving history includes a Lexus RX, then chances are you’re already aware this model has a storied reputation for high-tech innovation. After all, we’re talking about the world’s first luxury SUV to offer a hybrid option (back in 2005). More recently, the Lexus RX received its latest updates for 2020, and—as expected—they include an array of new technologies for RX models, including the three-row RX L. Here’s what to expect on the tech front when the 2020 models arrive in dealerships:

For starters, the display screen is now touch-controlled: This update applies to both the 2020 Lexus RX’s standard 8-inch screen and optional 12-inch split-screen, and it allows drivers to tap the screen to manipulate, say, the Navigation[1], audio, and climate systems, as well as a range of Lexus Multimedia System features. Drivers with the 12.3-inch screen can also navigate menus and features with a new remote touch pad on the center console.

You can now connect compatible iPhones® and Android phones to the multi-display screen: iPhone[2] users, take note: the 2020 RX now includes Apple[3] CarPlay®[4], which allows you to access your familiar iPhone interface via the vehicle’s multimedia display. This way, you can use your iPhone’s compatible apps with various vehicle controls designed for the driving environment, including Siri[5] voice activation, as well as place calls verbally and dictate texts (and have texts from others read to you) via iPhone-compatible messaging apps.

For Android users, the 2020 RX is one of the first Lexus vehicles to come with Android Auto™[6]. This system allows you to access your compatible Android phone via the multimedia display screen, as well as voice-control compatible phone apps via Google Assistant™[7]. Simply speak the “OK, Google” prompt to voice-control apps compatible with Android Auto, from messaging apps like WhatsApp® to music apps like Spotify®[8] and Pandora®[9]. Bonus: with Android Auto, drivers can opt to navigate via Google Maps and Waze[10] turn-by-turn instructions.

The 2020 Lexus RX also includes Amazon Alexa[11] functionality: For 2020, the RX also adds Lexus+Alexa, which means you can ask Alexa to provide info and services pertinent to the driving experience (such as playing music, checking weather, or providing traffic updates). The system also syncs with the Lexus Navigation System, so you can ask Alexa to furnish route guidance and point-of-interest recommendations. Lexus+Alexa even allows drivers to control smart-home functions from the vehicle, such as resetting the thermostat to a desired temperature prior to arriving home.

The 2020 RX’s interior designers also had your personal devices in mind: Case in point: There are no fewer than six USB ports[12]—conveniently placed throughout the vehicle—for connecting phones, tablets, and other devices. Plus, there’s a dedicated space near the center console to easily store smartphones while driving.

By Brian Gill

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[1] Be sure to obey traffic regulations and maintain awareness of road and traffic conditions at all times. Availability and accuracy of the information provided by the navigation system are dependent upon many factors. Use common sense when relying on information provided. Apps/services vary by phone/carrier; functionality depends on many factors. Select apps use large amounts of data; you are responsible for charges. Apps and services subject to change at any time without notice. See for details. Services and programming subject to change. Services not available in every city or roadway. Updates may be available from your dealer at an additional cost. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details.

[2] iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. All rights reserved.

[3] Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

[4]Apps and services are subject to change at any time without notice. Data charges may apply. Apple CarPlay® functionality requires a compatible iPhone® tethered with an approved data cable into the USB media port. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc.

[5] Always drive safely, obey traffic laws and focus on the road while driving. Siri is available on select iPhone/iPad models and requires Internet access. Siri is not available in all languages or all areas and features vary by area. Some Siri functionality and commands are not accessible in the vehicle. Data charges may apply. See and phone carrier for details. Siri is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

[6] Android is a trademark of Google LLC. Use of this trademark is subject to Google Permissions.

[7] Google is a trademark of Google LLC. Always drive safely and obey traffic laws. Functionality depends on many factors outside of Lexus' control. Actions and services subject to change at any time without notice. To learn more, go to To learn more about Lexus’ data collection, use, sharing and retention, please visit

[8] Spotify is a registered trademark of Spotify Technology Holding. Apps, prices and services vary by phone carrier and are subject to change at any time without notice. Subject to smartphone connectivity and capability. Data charges may apply. Always drive safely and obey traffic laws.

[9] PANDORA®, the PANDORA® logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc., used with permission.

[10] Waze and related marks and logos are trademarks of Google LLC.

[11] Amazon, Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates. Certain functions require adequate signal strength and/or smartphone technology/connectivity. Not all Amazon Alexa functionality is available for in-vehicle use. See applicable app for details. Download of the Lexus+Alexa app is required to begin in-vehicle use of Alexa. Data charges may apply for certain functions. Apps and services subject to change at any time without notice. To learn more, go to To learn more about Lexus Enform's data collection, use, sharing and retention, please visit

[12] May not be compatible with all mobile phones, MP3/WMA players and like mode
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