Changes to 2021 Lexus Models Include Revamped Sedan Lineup and Mindful Makeovers All-Around

Jessica Shea Choksey | Dec 14, 2020

Lexus recalibrates its sedan lineup with a significantly updated entry-level IS, a new all-wheel-drive version of the midsize ES, and an improved full-size LS. Serving as new flagship model, the Lexus LC Convertible debuts for 2021, while the Lexus GS sedan is dropped this year. Most Lexus models are available as a Black Line special-edition with a set of Zero Halliburton luggage, while a couple of high-end models offer limited-production Inspiration Series trim. Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic warning is newly standard on several Lexus models.

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2021 Lexus ES Changes - Find the best Lexus deals!

The big change for the 2021 Lexus ES sedan is that all-wheel drive is available for the first time. In addition, a Black Line version of the car debuts, adding an array of darkened visual elements for a more premium and menacing look as well as a set of exclusive luggage. All but the base version of the car includes a standard blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning system for 2021.

2021 Lexus GX Changes - Find the best Lexus deals!

For 2021, the Lexus GX SUV gets a handful of changes. The new Premium Plus Package adds power third-row seats, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, wood interior trim, and numerous comfort upgrades. Every 2021 Lexus GX gets standard Amazon Alexa compatibility and standard acoustic side window glass for a quieter cabin.

2021 Lexus IS Changes - Find the best Lexus deals!

The 2021 Lexus IS sedan is based on the previous version of the car, but it receives completely restyled body work and thoroughly retuned driving dynamics. Powertrains carry over, and buyers can spec the F Sport with an available Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and 19-inch forged-aluminum wheels.

Inside, the 2021 IS is quite similar to those which came before it, but it does get a new 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Amazon Alexa compatibility and an optional navigation system. The IS is also the first Lexus to offer Lexus Safety System+ 2.5, the latest iteration of the brand’s comprehensive safety technology suite.

2021 Lexus LC Changes - Find the best Lexus deals!

The Lexus LC lineup adds a new open-air variant, the LC 500 Convertible. This two-seat, 471-horsepower luxury-performance droptop is fast in more than just one way, considering that its roof opens in just 15 seconds. The LC and LC Hybrid coupes deliver more agility and enhanced driving dynamics thanks to a reduction in unsprung weight, revised suspension tuning, and brake-induced Active Cornering Assist. On the appearance side, the LC offers a limited-edition Inspiration Series trim and some new exterior color choices.

2021 Lexus LS Changes - Find the best Lexus deals!

The 2021 Lexus LS full-size sedan sees a handful of updates for the model year, starting with powertrain and suspension upgrades for improved driving dynamics. A revised front fascia and new headlights signal the changes from the outside, while the cabin features a new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, modified seating, and improved materials.

2021 Lexus LX Changes - Find the best Lexus deals!

Lexus’ big SUV receives a handful of changes for the 2021 model year. A limited-edition Inspiration Series version debuts with upgrades inside and out, including black leather upholstery with red stitching and a blacked-out exterior treatment. The Sport Package adds a fresh look to the LX, too, providing new 21-inch forged aluminum wheels and revised front styling. For 2021, every Lexus LX gets standard Amazon Alexa compatibility.

2021 Lexus NX Changes - Find the best Lexus deals!

Changes to the 2021 Lexus NX compact crossover include updated suspension tuning, a standard blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic warning, and a set of power-folding auto-dimming mirrors. The sport-designed NX F Sport lineup receives a new Black Line special-edition model and a hybrid option for the first time.

2021 Lexus RC Changes - Find the best Lexus deals!

For 2021, the Lexus RC coupe includes a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic warning as standard equipment. A new Black Line special-edition also debuts with eye-catching elements. The high-performance Lexus RC F receives a special Fuji Speedway Edition trim with numerous go-faster enhancements.

2021 Lexus RX Changes - Find the best Lexus deals!

The Lexus RX midsize crossover SUV carries over with minor updates. A blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic warning is now standard, along with power-folding auto-dimming mirrors. The RX also adds an optional wireless smartphone charger, and a new Black Line special-edition debuts with a custom appearance.

2021 Lexus UX Changes - Find the best Lexus deals!

The smallest SUV in the Lexus lineup is the UX crossover. For 2021, it gets a standard blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic warning, and Lexus revises accelerator response in the non-hybrid versions of the vehicle. The model also offers a Black Line special-edition trim.

Lexus is the source of information in this article. It was accurate on December 12, 2020 but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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