2022 Lexus LX Review:Driving Impressions

Ron Sessions, Independent Expert | Apr 25, 2022

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Although it doesn’t sell in significant numbers, the Lexus LX is noteworthy for its status perched at the top of the Lexus SUV food chain, lording over the top-selling RX, midsize GX, compact NX, and bite-size UX. Its flagship status is reinforced by a feature-rich, leather-lined cabin, as-equipped models with price tags topping six figures, and a durable-goods lineage tied to the unflappable, nearly unstoppable 4-wheel-drive (4WDToyota Land Cruiser.

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For 2022, Lexus expands the LX 600 model line to five trim levels or “styles,” as the automaker calls them. Including the $1,345 destination charge, the 2022 LX 600 model lineup is comprised of the $88,245 5-passenger Standard, $96,345 7-seat Premium, $102,345 7-seat F Sport Handling, $104,345 7-seat Luxury, and top-of-the-line $127,345 4-passenger Ultra Luxury trims. All come with standard full-time 4WD and a dual-range transfer case. The 2022 LX 600 is currently on sale.

For this review, I drove an F Sport Handling model equipped with the $2,660 optional Mark Levinson Reference 3D surround-sound system, which, including the $1,345 destination fee, totaled out at $105,005.

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2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport Silver Front Quarter View

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At first glance, the 2022 LX 600 looks like a refreshed version of last year’s LX 570. But even though the overall design theme remains the same, hardly a single body panel carries over. More importantly, the 2022 LX 600 is perched on an all-new GA-F platform shared with the new Toyota Land Cruiser (not sold in the United States), as well as the 2022 Toyota Tundra and upcoming 2023 Sequoia. Each of those models features an all-new powertrain, suspension, steering, and brakes. Most trims of the 2022 LX get a new horizontal-ribbed version of the massive Lexus spindle grille, with the new F Sport trim wearing an expansive mesh-pattern maw.

Despite its meaty, truck-based underpinnings, the LX 600 sports a flagship-worthy cabin. The LX 600 still rides on a separate steel ladder frame, so the climb up into the interior is considerable but made palatable by the SUV’s standard running boards. Inside, the F Sport model treats passengers to creamy-soft semi-aniline leather seat coverings. The F Sport’s heated and ventilated 12-way power-assisted front buckets are super comfortable (although not available with massage function). Soft-touch surfaces, dashes of aluminum trim, a console-mounted wireless charger, a power-operated and heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a power moonroof also cheer the cabin.

A large center console offers convenient storage in front of the shifter. Under the padded center armrest is a deep compartment that you can open from the driver or front passenger side. In higher trims, this compartment doubles as a cooler.

The F Sport trim features a split-folding 3-across second-row bench seat and a 2-passenger third-row bench. Although the third-row bottom cushion height is low, head- and legroom are passable for adults, provided they can squeeze past the folded second-row bench seatback and crawl back there. Third-row space is best used for children and teenagers who might consider the trek back there an adventure.

With the F Sport trim, there are 64 cubic feet of cargo space with second- and third-row seats lowered and 44 with just the third row dropped, but only 11 cubic feet behind the raised rearmost seats. Access is via a new, power-operated single liftgate that opens with a foot wave under the rear bumper. To have more usable cargo space, most buyers will opt to keep the third-row seats folded into the floor, which operators can now accomplish using electric switches at the rear of the cargo area.

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2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport Interior Dashboard

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The 2022 LX 600 gets an all-new Lexus Interface infotainment system similar to the one introduced in the 2022 Lexus NX. The new system ditches the hard-to-use and clunky remote touch interface control on the console of previous LX models. The driver and front passenger now operate the system via one of two touchscreens, an upper, 12.3-inch display for selecting and using audio entertainment, phone, and cloud-based navigation, and a lower 7-inch screen for the 4-zone automatic climate control system, seat heating, and cooling, plus access to some off-road functions.

The big improvement is the use of a new, Google-populated voice-control system that’s capable of quickly and accurately processing, in simple English, your voice requests for audio selections, finding points of interest, navigation directions, adjusting climate control settings, and more. This is quickly accomplished by tapping a steering wheel button or using a wake-up phrase such as, “Hello Lexus.” For the Luddites among us, there are also analog rotary volume and tuning knobs, plus other redundant hard knobs and buttons to operate frequently used climate-control and 4WD functions.

Pairing my Samsung phone was quick and easy. The LX switches from the old, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto cellphone mirroring to a wireless system for 2022, getting rid of the USB cable clutter. Up front are both USB-A and the newer, faster USB-C ports.

Lexus optioned the F Sport test SUV with the immersive Mark Levinson Reference 3D surround-sound premium audio. Its two dozen speakers and 2,400 watts of power unleashed big, clear sound. The new Lexus Interface system also brings integrated Amazon and Apple Music streaming, a 3-month trial of SiriusXM satellite radio, plus a one-month AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot trial.

As with its other SUVs, Lexus equips the LX 600 with a significant group of standard advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), unlike several other luxury SUV competitors that group them in extra-cost packages. Included with the LX 600’s standard Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 are a pre-collision system with pedestrian and bicyclist detection, emergency turning assist, automatic emergency brakingadaptive cruise control with curve speed reduction, lane-departure warning with steering assist, road sign assist, and automatic high-beam headlight control.

In addition to the above, the LX 600 also comes with a 360-degree panoramic reversing camera display, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning and rear pedestrian detection with braking, and intuitive parking assist. However, the LX 600 is currently not available with a hands-free driving system like Cadillac’s Super Cruise or Ford’s BlueCruise.

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2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport Silver Rear Quarter View

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The smooth-running and unobtrusive 5.7-liter V8 engine that’s powered LX models for years gets replaced by an all-new 3.5-liter bi-turbo V6 for the new LX 600. Like the one in the 2022 Toyota Tundra, the new engine develops 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, both up a few percentage points from the previous V8. But the turbo V6 starts making its peak torque at just 2,000 rpm, much sooner than the old V8, and as a result, has improved low-to mid-speed throttle response.

The new turbo V6 also upgrades the previous model’s 8-speed automatic transmission to a new 10-speed unit with a lower first gear for good acceleration and a taller top gear for more relaxed cruising. By my stopwatch, the LX 600 can accelerate from rest to 60 mph in 7 seconds, about a half-second quicker than the V8 model did last year. And turbocharged engines lose less power at altitude than normally aspirated ones, which is nice when road testing a new vehicle at 8,000-foot elevation in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Even more importantly in these days of sky-high gas prices, the EPA estimates combined city/highway fuel economy for the new biturbo V6 at 19 mpg—a full 5 mpg better than the 14-mpg estimate for the 2021 LX 570’s V8. Maximum towing capacity rises from 7,000 to 8,000 pounds for 2022 as well.

Even though Lexus retained the previous LX 570’s sturdy ladder frame design for the new LX 600, its chassis componentry is updated considerably. The LX 600’s new electrically boosted power steering provides a more precise turn-in response, and its brakes now have a more linear pedal feel than the 2-stage response in the previous model. F Sport trim brings firmer suspension that’s never harsh, a rear anti-roll bar that sharpens steering response, and a Torsen limited-slip rear differential. Lexus also equips the F Sport with adaptive suspension damping that continuously adjusts each shock absorber. It delivers a pleasant, luxury vehicle-worthy balance of control and ride comfort based on sensors reading the road surface. Overall, the system offers good vertical body control and minimal body roll in corners. The new rear suspension also allowed Lexus to lower the cargo floor for easier loading.

With that large, protruding Lexus spindle grille, I was skeptical that the LX 600 could venture as far off-pavement as its Toyota Land Cruiser cousin. For that purpose, Lexus provided a second LX 600 F Sport—this one equipped with Active Height Control—for trekking over an off-road trail through steep foothills. Active Height Control can lower the LX 600’s step-in height by 2 inches or add up to 7 inches of running clearance to the already impressive static clearance. Using the Multi-Terrain Select knob, I selected Rock mode for uphill sections.

A sharp, blind turn at the top of one steep hill created the opportunity to try out two LX 600 features. All I could see was the top of the hood and sky, but the multi-terrain monitor—activated at low speed and in Low range—gave me a groundhog’s eye view of the trail ahead from a low-mounted front camera. Next, to make the sharp, hilltop turn without a hair-raising 3-point back-and-fill operation, I activated the LX 600’s trail-turning feature, which brakes and drags an inside rear wheel to tighten the turning radius.

Finally, coming down off the hilltop without the chance of sliding, I used the Crawl and Downhill Assist Control features, which enable the driver to set a maximum speed and concentrate on steering the LX 600 around obstacles and down the trail like off-road cruise control without worrying about pumping the brakes.

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All-new from the ground up, the 2022 Lexus LX coddles in leather-lined luxury while retaining its Toyota Land Cruiser-worthy off-road chops. The new LX 600 is better than ever with vastly improved fuel economy, ride, and handling while adding the latest Lexus infotainment tech and driver-assistive systems.

Its high step-in height, acrobatic trek to access the third-row seats, and limited cargo space behind the rearmost chairs aren’t the most people-friendly among modern luxury SUV flagships. Still, those things prove to be minor annoyances in an otherwise genuine off-road icon of unquestioned stoutness and reputation for longevity.

Ron Sessions is a seasoned vehicle evaluator with more than three decades of experience. He has penned hundreds of road tests for automotive and consumer websites, enthusiast magazines, newsletters, technical journals, and newspapers.

The opinions expressed in this review are the author’s own, not J.D. Power’s.

No portion of these reviews may be reproduced, distributed, publicly displayed, or used for a derivative work without J.D. Power’s written permission. © 2022 J.D. Power

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