2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Black Line, courtesy Lexus Newsroom
Echoing new content in the Toyota Avalon, a 4-cylinder, all-wheel drive model is added to the lineup: ES 250 AWD.
The Black Line Special Edition provides a sportier looking ES with black wheels, mirrors and a black, low-profile rear spoiler on the trunk lid.
Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are now standard on Luxury, F Sport and Ultra Luxury models.
A heated steering wheel and power-folding third-row seats are still not standard, but at least you don't have to pop for the full Luxury package to get it: it's now available on GX 460 Premium and Premium Plus.
Amazon Alexa compatibility is new.
2021 Lexus IS F Sport Courtesy Lexus Newsroom
The compact sport sedan from Lexus undergoes a thorough redesign. Nineteen-inch wheels will now be the largest available, up from 18, which are now standard. The design and materials of the wheels and the lug nuts were part of the systematic reduction of unsprung weight, which, along with a stiffer chassis, will improve both handling and ride quality.
Inside, new touchscreens range in size from 8-inches to 10.3.
Powertrains remain the same: 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder, 241 horsepower, 8-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive; 3.5 V6, 311 horsepower, 8-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive; 3.5 V6, 260 horsepower, 6-speed automatic and all-wheel drive; and 3.5 V6, 311 horsepower, 6-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. An IS F with a 472 V8 will arrive a little later.
The range and sensitivity of the Pre-Collision System has been improved and it can now detect oncoming vehicles and prevent turning left into traffic. Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are now standard.
The LC adds a convertible model for 2021. Available only with the 5.0 V8 (no hybrid), the drop-top LC 500 utilizes a traditional cloth folding top and a tonneau cover for when it's lowered. The power-operated mechanism can be operated at speeds up to 31 MPH (50 KPH), opens in 15 seconds and closes in 16. Active roll bars deploy to protect during a roll-over. Neck heaters help defeat cold weather with the top down.
Other change that affect the coupe, too, include revising the suspension pieces with lighter arms to reduce unsprung weight and improve ride and handling. The rear sway bar is stiffer to make steering more lively. In addition, Active Cornering Assist is new: it uses the brability control system to help rotate the vehicle during turns to improve cornering. The transmissions of both the 500 and the 500h were also improved to help responsiveness and acceleration.
2021 Lexus LX 570 Inspiration Series courtesy Lexus Newsroom
A limited Inspiration Series will be produced. Only 500 units, three-row seating only, in either Black Onyx or White Pearl. 21-inch black alloy wheels, black grille, smoked headlamps, and other blacked out trim separate the Inspiration Series from other LX Series.
The optional Sport Package gets a revised grille, front bumper and body-colored and chrome side mirrors.
The NX has had standard frontal collision warning and lane departure correction equipment standard for years, but now Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also standard, equipment that is arguably even more important. Automatic dimming sideview mirrors that automatically lower when the transmission is shifted into reverse are now stanadrd.
Automatic dimming side mirrors, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are now standard.
Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are now standard. Power folding, automatically dimming sideview mirrors are also now standard.
A wireless phone charger is now available, a stand-alone option.