After years of falling behind the competition, the Lexus LX may finally get the redesign it needs for the 2022 model year. If the 2022 Lexus LX is, in fact, redone like the overseas Toyota Land Cruiser, we have big hopes for the enormous luxury SUV. The outgoing LX is slower, less spacious, and not as practical as class leaders like the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade, two players that have far better fuel economy and driving range than the Lexus. Will that change for the 2022 LX? Here's what we're expecting.
The 2022 Lexus LX may follow in the 2022 Toyota Tundra's tire tracks in its likely move away from V-8 engines. Both models may make their debuts with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 producing about 409 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque (that's what the engine makes in the not-for-U.S.-sale 2022 Land Cruiser). Compare that with the 2021 LX's 383-hp V-8, a naturally aspirated unit that's good for 403 lb-ft of torque. With the 2022 LX's possible addition of two turbochargers, the new Lexus may feel slightly quicker than a 26-hp bump may suggest.
Don't be fooled by the outgoing LX's 12.3-inch touchscreen. That large size hides the fact that it's got dated graphics as well as no support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2022 Lexus LX should fix this and hopefully will benefit from lessons learned by Toyota's recent push to improve its infotainment systems. So don't be surprised if the touchpad in some Lexus vehicles of the last few years is nowhere to be found in the 2022 LX.
If you're not interested in the Lexus LX's size or base price starting around $90,000, you're in luck. Lexus offers a couple other three-row SUVs, but if we're honest, nothing as practical as the family-oriented options from other brands. There's the Lexus RX L, which offers a very small third row that's difficult to access and reduces cargo space whether or not you're using the seats. Then there's the GX, an aging three-row SUV a little larger, but not very practical. At least in the 2021 GX 460 model, the Lexus can't even manage 20 mpg in EPA fuel economy ratings.
Just like a $100,000 Range Rover, the 2022 Lexus LX is a luxury SUV you can go off-roading in. We've been impressed by its off-roading ability in the past, though no technology can fully disguise the vehicle's enormous size on a tight trail.