What’s New for 2021
A quick look at new features for 2021 Lexus models
Lexus drivers: the 2021 model year is officially underway, so it’s a superb time have some fun taking test drives. Here’s a quick look at vehicle updates:
For 2021, the Lexus IS received significant enhancements. Highlights include a wider, lower-to-the-ground design and an optional 10.3-inch touchscreen that’s available with the optional navigation system. Plus, the 2021 IS offers an updated multimedia system that includes Amazon Alexa integration, Apple CarPlay® compatibility, and Android Auto™ compatibility. It’s also the first model to receive Lexus’ latest safety-system bundle, Lexus Safety System+ 2.5.
And as for the 2021 IS F SPORT, it comes with new design and performance features, such as a unique front bumper with aerodynamic enhancements, a rear lip spoiler, and a grille-bottom air intake that help cool the brakes. Inside the vehicle are special F SPORT front seats, and the model comes with a Dynamic Handling Package—performance enhancements that include an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and 19-inch forged alloy BBS® wheels.
The biggest change for the 2021 Lexus LC family, of course, is the arrival of the LC 500 Convertible—a stunning vehicle with a top that opens in approximately 15 seconds. Plus, the hard-top LC and LC Hybrid also received an array of performance updates such as a weight reduction of approximately 22 pounds and the addition of Active Cornering Assist. Lexus designers also added two new exterior colors (Cadmium Orange and Nori Green Pearl), refreshed the LC’s 20-inch wheels with a Dark Graphite finish, and added Android Auto to the model’s long list of multimedia technologies.
Lexus RC F
New for the RC F 2021 is the inclusion of standard Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, heated electrochromic exterior mirrors, and a memory driver’s seat, as well as Android Auto compatibility and optional Intuitive Parking Assist with the available Premium Package. Plus, there’s a special edition: the 472-horsepower RC F Fuji Speedway Edition sports its own unique design and comes with an array of performances enhancements like extensive carbon-fiber aerodynamics.
For 2021, the Lexus RC now has Standard Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and heated electrochromic exterior mirrors, as well as a new exterior color, Grecian Water. The 2021 RC also offers a limited-production Black Line Special Edition, which features premium triple-Beam LED headlamps, 19-inch F SPORT wheels finished in Black Sputtering Chrome, Ash wood interior trim, and the inclusion of sharp-looking Zero Halliburton® travel cases.
For 2021, the ES series offers two new versions. First, the ES 250 now comes in all-wheel drive (AWD)—the first AWD vehicle for the ES family. There’s also a limited-edition ES 350 Black Line Special Edition (only 1500 vehicles will be made)—among its numerous enhancements are black outer mirrors, darkened F SPORT wheels, a black rear lip spoiler, Zero Halliburton travel cases, and special color options. Plus, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert is now standard on the ES 350 and ES 300h Luxury, Ultra Luxury, and F SPORT grades.
If you’ve been considering a 2021 model from the Lexus RX family, know that the RX, RX Hybrid, and RX L now come with two new standard features, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and power-folding auto dim mirrors, as well as an optional wireless charger. They also now offer a new interior color, Glazed Caramel.
This year’s GX additions include optional Premium Plus packages that include the Navigation Package, third row power seats, a Mark Levinson 17-speaker, 330-watt Premium Surround Sound Audio System. Drivers can also now get sharp-looking silver 18-inch wheels and a heated wood-trimmed steering wheel (both features are available on Premium and Premium Plus packages). Also new: acoustic front side glass and Amazon Alexa compatibility.
The 2021 LX flagship adds Amazon Alexa compatibility, as well as a new exterior color (Nori Green Pearl) and interior style option (Glazed Caramel). The three-row model’s optional Sport Package has also been updated this year with a new grille pattern and front fascia design. And note that Lexus has brought back the LX Inspiration Series for 2021 (only 500 of these limited-edition vehicles will be made).
A few things to check out during a 2021 Lexus UX walkaround and test drive: designers gave the 2021 UX 250h a new double-decker adjustable storage arrangement in the rear cargo area, as well as improved acceleration response in the UX 200. Plus, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are now standard for the 2021 UX models.
2021 Lexus NX updates include standard Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, power-folding auto-dimming reverse tilt mirrors, and design updates for the wiper-blades, horn pad, and tachometer red zone. Also new to the NX series: the limited-production 2021 Lexus NX F SPORT Black Line edition now offers a hybrid option (the NX F SPORT’s first hybrid version). The vehicle comes with an exclusive Grecian Water exterior color option, black side mirrors, and 18-inch Dark Sputter Finish Wheels, as well as the Zero Halliburton Luggage set exclusive to the Black Line series.
By Brian Gill
 Be sure to obey traffic regulations and maintain awareness of road and traffic conditions at all times. Functionality, availability and accuracy of information provided by the system depends on many factors and service may not be available in every location. Use common sense when relying on information provided. Services and programming subject to change. Updates may be available from your dealer at an additional cost. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details.
 Amazon, Alexa, and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Not all Amazon Alexa functionality is available for in-vehicle use.
 Apps and services are subject to change at any time without notice. Data charges may apply. Apple CarPlay® functionality requires a compatible iPhone® connected with an approved data cable into the USB media port. Apple CarPlay is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
 To use Android Auto on your audio display, you'll need an Android Auto–compatible vehicle and Android phone. For phone compatibility visit: https://www.android.com/auto/. Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statement apply. Requires compatible smartphone connected with an approved data cable into the USB media port and data plan rates apply. Apps and services vary by phone carrier and are subject to change at any time without notice. Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google LLC.
 Lexus Safety System + effectiveness is dependent on many factors including road, weather and vehicle conditions. Drivers are responsible for their own safe driving. Always pay attention to your surroundings and drive safely. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details.
 Tire life may be substantially less than mileage expectancy, depending on driving conditions.
 BBS is a registered trademark of BBS of America, Inc.
 Do not rely exclusively on the Blind Spot Monitor. Always look over your shoulder and use your turn signal. There are limitations to the function, detection and range of the monitor. See Owner's Manual for additional limitations and details.
 Do not rely exclusively on the Rear Cross-Traffic Alert system. Always look over your shoulder and use your mirrors to confirm rear clearance. There are limitations to the function, detection and range of the system. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details.
 Intuitive Parking Assist (IPA) is designed to assist drivers in avoiding potential collisions at speeds of 9 mph or less. Certain vehicle and environmental factors, including an object’s speed, shape, size and composition, may affect the system’s effectiveness. Always look around outside the vehicle and use mirrors to confirm clearance. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details.
 Ratings achieved using the required premium unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 91 or higher. If premium fuel is not used, performance will decrease.
 Mark Levinson is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.