There’s one thing funky happening with the Lexus RX spec sheet, or a minimum of with the cargo capability measuring methodology used to populate it with an official cubic-foot quantity. Mainly, if you happen to glided by the specs, the RX would seemingly have much less cargo house than a Toyota C-HR, which is a notably cramped subcompact SUV. All you want are eyes to know one thing’s fishy about that. Doing these baggage assessments has revealed different automotive corporations additionally report cargo capability figures that promote their SUVs quick relative rivals, however this can be a new low, so to talk.
Actually, I write all of that to mainly say “The 2020 Lexus RX is considerably extra spacious than the official numbers say it’s.” How spacious, although? Nicely, that is why I put the identical batch of bags into every part to realize some form of baseline. Let’s have a look.
It is a extensive, deep house. Nevertheless, the present RX has a extra radically raked roofline than its predecessors, which just about achieves a crossover coupe look. The result’s much less general cargo house, however shedding greenhouse normally results versatility extra. Mainly, you possibly can carry a comparable variety of luggage, however that 52-inch TV will probably be a troublesome get.
To start, I left the cargo cowl in place. As in each baggage check I do, I exploit two midsize curler suitcases that may have to be checked in on the airport (26 inches lengthy, 16 extensive, 11 deep), two roll-aboard suitcases that simply barely match within the overhead (24L x 15W x 10D), and one smaller roll-aboard that matches simply (23L x 15W x 10D). I additionally embody my spouse’s fancy in a single day bag simply to spruce issues up a bit (21L x 12W x 12D).
Becoming solely the 4 greatest luggage is not nice, nevertheless it’s additionally the results of holding the cargo cowl in place (I do that to copy a state of affairs the place you possibly can’t simply go away it behind in your storage).
OK, let’s do away with it.
There, all the luggage match. It was simpler to load this within the RX than within the Acura RDX, which is the biggest compact luxurious SUV. It is additional width is an enormous a part of that. Nevertheless, the whole variety of luggage and the remaining house remains to be corresponding to most compact luxurious SUVs. In a method, you are not getting way more cargo house by “stepping up” to the midsize RX.
Nevertheless, in contrast to most of these compacts, the RX has a trick up its sleeve: a sliding again seat.
Above left exhibits the 60 portion in its furthest ahead and most upright place, whereas the 40 portion is in its furthest rearward and most reclined place.
Above proper exhibits the seat totally ahead.
That is the numerous quantity of house you acquire by shifting the seat totally ahead. True, that does restrict the scale of people that can comfortably match inside, however having this additional house accessible is definitely useful. As an illustration, as an instance you are a pair taking a prolonged highway journey or are snowbirds shifting between homes.
There’s one other nifty cargo function accessible.
My check automobile was fitted with an adjunct cargo internet that not solely retains issues in place, however neatly stows within the zippered burrito proven within the above left photograph. You do not have to awkwardly fold it right into a ball and stash it someplace. The burrito additionally simply unsnaps when you must conduct a baggage check.
In order that’s how a lot cargo house is within the 2020 Lexus RX, official figures be damned. It’s kind of extra helpful than a compact luxurious SUV, however that chopped roofline nonetheless reduces versatility and different, boxier midsize fashions ought to be extra sensible consequently. After all, if you happen to want or need extra, there’s the RX L mannequin. It is marketed because the three-row mannequin, however gaining additional cargo house is absolutely the rationale you get it given the practically ineffective additional row of seats.