2020 Lexus RX

The 2021 Toyota Venza is reborn as a hybrid crossover. With six Lexus or Toyota hybrids to choose from, we pitted the new Venza’s luxury-leaning interior against the 2020 Lexus RX450h to see how premium trims have narrowed the gap on premium brands.  

Is the Venza better for the money? Is the 2020 Lexus RX 450h worth it? 

Our ratings suggest not, with a dead draw of 6.5 out of 10 for each. Once safety and fuel economy ratings are final, the Venza likely will get the advantage. Another number might matter more: The 2021 Venza costs $33,645 in base LE trim and tips $40,975 in top Limited trim. The 2020 RX 450h starts at $47,825 and the F Sport trim or the larger 450h L with a cramped third row exceeds $51,500. But like The Drifters’ little red book, these crossover SUVs are more than a number.

2021 Toyota Venza Limited

2021 Toyota Venza Limited

2021 Toyota Venza XLE

2021 Toyota Venza XLE

2017 Lexus RX 450h, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2017

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