Land Cruiser gone luxe? The Lexus LX is its automaker's flagship SUV, positioned above the UX, NX, RX, and GX. The LX shares a platform with Toyota's rugged off-roadable Land Cruiser. Lexus introduced the current, third-generation LX way back in 2007, though the SUV received a significant facelift for the 2015 model year. It competes with other full-size three-row luxury SUVs including the Range Rover, Cadillac Escalade, and Infiniti QX80.
The flagship LX is a comfortable, luxurious thing, but among its contemporary competitors, this SUV is defined by its age. That won't bother all buyers, but it could provide enough reason to look elsewhere.
Standard air suspension provides magic-carpet ride quality that makes the big LX an exceedingly comfortable cruiser. Not that many owners will drive this Lexus quick in the twisties, but the LX exhibits massive body roll plus significant nosedive under braking. In terms of performance, the standard V-8 is plenty powerful, but the tall-geared, economy-minded transmission can leave the powertrain feeling sluggish. The old-school V-8 is mighty thirsty, too.
What separates the LX from some competitors is its off-road capability. Sharing a platform with the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser, the LX is smooth and confident away from pavement thanks to selectable low-range gearing and plenty of off-road driving tech. Its massive dimensions can make things tricky, but this big Lexus can take you just about anywhere.
This vehicle's age is most apparent with its infotainment system. The 12.3-inch screen provides plenty of digital real estate, although the touchpad controller is difficult to use, and the user interface feels ancient compared to newer competitors. This wouldn't be too much of an issue if the LX offered Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but it doesn't, and that's near inexcusable in 2021.
If driving comfort and off-roading ability are higher on your priority list than handling, modern tech, or acceptable fuel economy, the LX can make a great long-haul go-anywhere SUV. Otherwise, there are better options.
Lexus makes things simple with one engine, one transmission, and one drivetrain for its flagship SUV. Every LX is powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 developing 383 hp and 403 lb-ft of torque, and it works with an eight-speed automatic and 4WD. When we tested a 2016 model with an identical powertrain, it reached 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. Fuel economy is rated at an abysmal 12/16 mpg city/highway.
Lexus includes a collection of driver-assist features as standard on the LX. Adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are included on all trims.
Lexus LX seating capacity depends on the variant. Buyers can choose from the two-row LX with seating for five or the three-row example that expands capacity to eight. The two-row car offers an impressive 53.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats compared to 16.3 cubes behind the available third row. Three-row LXs provide 41.6 cubic feet with the third row folded down and both LX variants measure 81.3 cubic feet of cargo volume with all the seats folded.
Legroom is rated at 42.9 inches up front and a tight 34.4 inches in the second row, but those stuck in the optional way-back seating must make do with just 28.3 inches of space.
Technology is one of the gripes we've always had with the LX. It's fine on paper—a standard 12.3-inch split-screen display, integrated navigation, Bluetooth—but the infotainment system is controlled by a finicky touchpad and graphics are dated. The lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support is a real disappointment, especially at this price point. Nine-speaker audio is standard, but a 19-speaker Mark Levinson system is available for audiophiles. Those with kids in the back can opt for the rear entertainment system which adds dual 11.6-inch displays plus additional USB charge pots and two sets of wireless headphones.
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