After 14 years, the Lexus LX has been reborn for 2022. This all-new model strongly resembles its predecessor, but it’s a complete ground-up rebuild. There’s a single engine but a choice of five trim levels, including one focused on people who are driven, rather than people who drive.
Choosing Your Lexus LX
With automatic transmission and AWD mated to a solitary engine across the LX range, your only buying decision relates to trim level. The standard model costs $88,245 (all prices include destination) and comes with five seats. For $96,345, the LX Premium adds a third-row bench, while F SPORT Handling costs $102,345 and Luxury is $104,345; both models focus on the areas suggested in their names. The range closes out with the four-seater Ultra Luxury model, which will set you back a cool $127,345.
Every LX is powered by the same twin-turbocharged V6, producing 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. In tandem with standard AWD and a ten-speed automatic transmission, this 7,230-lb SUV still manages to return 17 miles per gallon city, 22 mpg highway, and 19 combined.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)|
|Twin-turbo V6||409 hp||479 lb-ft||17/22/19 MPG|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the four, five, or seven-seater LX stands at 11 cu ft with the third-row seats installed, and 46 cu ft in models without a rear bench.
It’s heartening that Lexus offers the same suite of safety features on every LX model, with no exceptions. Every buyer benefits from the latest Lexus Safety System 2.5, whose driver aids extend from lane departure alerts and lane tracing assistance through to dynamic radar-guided cruise control and road sign recognition.
Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts are also standard, alongside a panoramic view monitor, ten airbags, trailer sway control, and hill start assist, plus a crawl control option for rough ground similar to Land Rover’s famous Hill Descent Control setup.
Although upgrades to the infotainment system are available, nobody will feel short-changed with the standard ten-speaker sound system in LX, Premium, and F Sport Handling models. It’s controlled through a 12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless smartphone integration and wireless device charging, cloud navigation, satellite radio, and WiFi connectivity.
For true audiophiles, LX Luxury models pack a 25-speaker 2,400-watt Mark Levinson surround sound system. Not to be outdone, Ultra Luxury adds twin 11.4-inch screens as part of an entertainment system focused on rear passengers.
The only five-seater model in the range, LX offers full leather seating, with heating and power (including lumbar support) in the front. Open-pore wood adds class to the cabin, while a power moonroof draws in plenty of brightness. Other welcome touches include a power rear door, windshield wiper de-icers, an under-vehicle camera, and an auto-dimming internal mirror.
No packages are available on standard models.
The big news on Premium models is the installation of third-row seating, clad in leather and equipped with power folding. Front-seat occupants benefit from ventilation and the driver looks onto a head-up display. The leather steering wheel receives heating elements, and there’s ambient lighting throughout an interior which additionally benefits from adaptive variable suspension.
For $670, the Interior Upgrade Package combines ventilated second-row outboard seats and semi-aniline leather with a cool box. The thunderous 2,400-watt Mark Levinson stereo is a $2,660 option.
As its name suggests, this model is all about maximizing grip and handling. It sits on dark gray 22-inch F SPORT wheels, with a unique front fender, mesh grille, and rear bumper valance. Aluminum pedals and matching cabin trim join illuminated door sills, while all seven seats are clad in semi-aniline leather. You wouldn’t notice the tuned suspension, Torsen limited-slip differential, performance dampers, and rear stabilizer bar from the curb, but they collectively have a dramatic effect on road-holding.
The stereo remains on the options list, while active height control is $1,300 extra.
For a roughly comparable price to F SPORT Handling, Luxury sacrifices all the mechanical and aesthetic upgrades listed above. In their place, it offers adaptive variable suspension, a 25-speaker Mark Levinson stereo system, power-folding seats, and ventilated second-row outboard seats.
Spending $2,160 brings twin 11.4-inch rear screens, while active height control remains $1,300.
Four-seater Ultra Luxury models are undoubtedly aimed at people with chauffeurs. There’s a focus on rear comfort, with heated and ventilated second-row captain’s chairs reclining to 48 degrees and offering massaging functionality and a powered ottoman. The $23,000 premium over Luxury also brings a rear center armrest and table, twin 11.4-inch rear entertainment screens, and a dedicated wireless charging device for back seat passengers. All four seats are swathed in diamond-stitch semi-aniline leather with embossed headrests, and a digital rearview mirror is fitted as standard.
Unsurprisingly on a model this well-equipped, there are no available options.
If you travel everywhere with a chauffeur, Ultra Luxury is the only model to consider. If you’re planning to drive yourself, It’s hard to see beyond Premium – F SPORT Handling is aimed at a market that doesn’t really exist, and Luxury doesn’t justify its near-$105,000 price tag.