2021 Lexus RX Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Structure and fuel system issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Customers that purchase the 2021 Lexus RX are excited at the possibility of a luxury SUV that impresses. After all, the automaker claims new models are “even more refined.” However, the 2021 RX continues to have many of the same problems as the previous years, including a defective structure and dangerous fuel system.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2021 Lexus RX

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Unknown Or Other
Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking
Seat Belts
Air Bags
Back Over Prevention: Warnings
Exterior Lighting
Service Brakes

Problems with the Structure

People pay a premium price for the 2021 Lexus RX. They expect to get more than what would be received from a Toyota model, but they are sorely disappointed.

Here’s one NHTSA complaint worth reading. “I was driving home on US Highway 82 and my driver side door opened while I was driving. I know the door was completely closed before I began driving. There were no warning lights or audible alarms until the door automatically opened while I was driving.”

This isn’t the only latch or hinge that is causing trouble. Service Bulletin #L-SB-0042-20 states that the hood release cable is prone to seizing, sticking and binding. What is causing this issue? The cable assembly has already started to corrode, even though it is a newer model. This doesn’t sound very “refined” and is sure to cause an uprising of loyal Lexus owners. Whether it is the hood that isn’t secured or doors opening on their own, this Lexus RX is a rolling nightmare.

Problems with the Fuel System

Lexus has been dealing with fuel system issues for many years now, so why would the 2021 RX be anything different?

Read this Edmunds review to hear about the fuel economy. “With a new vehicle, I’ve been driving very conservatively, yet I’m averaging 16 mpg. WTF???”

Previous models have been part of a class action lawsuit related to the fuel system. While the 2021 RX hasn’t been included yet, it’s probably only a matter of time, especially when considering NHTSA Campaign Number 21V043000. This must be one of the fastest recalls to show up after the release of a new vehicle. If a rear-end crash occurs in the RX, a transport hook that was left on the fuel filler pipe from the factory could damage the pipe and create a car fire. Only an automaker like Lexus would forget to remove a part that was only meant for transport. Yet, it’s pretty clear that the company doesn’t know the first thing about fuel systems, which will be evident when this “refined” lemon also ends up with massive lawsuits.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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