2023 Lexus LX: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

William Kinton
Automotive Editor - March 11, 2022

Model Preview

After a major redesign for the 2022 model year, the Lexus LX will likely return as a carryover model. Sharing a platform with the Toyota Tundra and the famed Toyota Land Cruiser that’s sold outside of America, the LX is a big, V8-powered, bonafide sport utility vehicle that can go anywhere with up to seven people.

One thing we didn’t wish was returning was its grille. Bearing what looks like a caricature of all other Lexus spindle grilles, the grill on the LX is huge and all-encompassing. It looks like it wants to eat everything, and we still don’t think it visually works with the rest of the car, which is fairly straightforward for an SUV. Inside, it gets the full luxury treatment, with various levels of leather upholstery, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, open-pore wood trim, and more. The top trim level even gets rear captain’s chairs that massage, recline up to 48 degrees, and offer their own control options and an 11.4-inch infotainment screen, for those who would rather be driven than drive.

All LX models come with a twin-turbocharged V6 that puts out 409 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. This is linked to a ten-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive, which is achieved with a two-speed transfer case and a center locking differential, making it capable of serious off-roading. To this end, the LX also features several terrain modes, hill descent control, and real-time off-road information including torque distribution and vehicle pitch, turn assist, and four different camera angles so you can see all around the vehicle. Adaptive suspension is standard on the top trims, which only adds to the capability.

All LX models get basically every major active safety feature in the book, including automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, park assist, lane control, and a surround-view camera.

Pricing & Release Date

We aren’t certain of a definite release date, but we’d expect new models to come in the fall. Global supply chain issues may push that back further, but that’s just speculation.

Pricing isn’t expected to change much. Currently, the LX starts at $88,245 (including destination) and ranges up to a whopping $127,345 for the Ultra-Luxury model.

There aren’t a ton of competitors out there that fully compare with the Lexus LX in both luxury and off-road prowess. The only luxury SUVs that can truly offer both are the Land Rover Range Rover and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, but both have starting prices well above that of the Lexus LX.

Meanwhile, full-size luxury crossovers like the BMW X7, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS, and Jeep Grand Wagoneer don’t match the off-roading features of the Lexus, and dedicated off-roaders like the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler don’t come close to matching the LX in luxury even at their highest trim levels. It’s a weird corner of the market for sure, but we are happy Lexus is filling it.

Pictured: 2022 Lexus LX

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