The Lexus LX is a full-size luxury SUV sold by the premium Toyota brand Lexus. The LX has been primarily based on the Land Cruiser SUV with the first generation LX450 being based on the Land Cruiser J80.
The first-generation LX was released in 1995, and the third (current) generation LX570 was released in 2007 and is still in production having undergone several facelifts since its release.
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In the three generations that Lexus has existed, it has mostly utilized three engines with the LX 450 coming with a 4.5-liter engine, the LX 470 coming with a 4.7-liter engine, and the LX570 utilizing a 5.7-liter engine. Let us take a brief look at the specifications of these engines as listed below.
- The 4.5-liter (1FZ-FE) DOHC 24-valve inline-six petrol engine produces 215 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The average fuel consumption of this engine is 5.95 km/l and it accelerates from 0-100 kph in 10.4 seconds.
- The 4.7-liter (2UZ-FE) DOHC 32-valve V8 petrol engine produces 235 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The average fuel consumption of this engine is 8 km/l and accelerates from 0-100 kph in 9.7 seconds.
- The 5.7-liter (3UR-FE) V8 petrol engine produces 367 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated with a six- or eight-speed automatic transmission. The average fuel consumption of this engine is 7 km/l and accelerates from 0-100 kph in 7.7 seconds.
The LX 570’s drivetrain features a four-wheel-drive system, with a center differential that lock electronically and a low-speed creeping functionality. It has several multi-terrain drive modes for selection which include Rock and Dirt, Rock, Mogul, Mud, or Loose Rock. It also features an adaptive variable suspension with a height control feature that can lower or lift the car. Other features include the Crawl Control which manages speed at low speeds over bumpy terrain and the Turn Assist which tightens the turning circle by applying brake pressure on the inside wheels.
Interior and Exterior
The LX has always been offered as a five-seat or eight-seat car with five doors in all generations. In this review, we will focus on the 2021 LX model.
The LX is a well-furnished luxury SUV with posh leather upholstery (with the option of upgrading to a perforated and soft semi-aniline leather) and a wood-lined cabin. Front-seat occupants are treated with a sharp-looking 12.3-inch infotainment screen connected to Lexus’ Remote Touch interface, with a mouse-like controller placed on the center console.
Other interior features include a standard four-zone automatic climate control, an optional 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, dual-screen rear entertainment system with two 11.6-inch screens, ventilated and heated front and second-row seats, a heated wood and leather steering wheel, a color heads-up display, and a cool box.
The LX seats are comfortable and supportive, with the exception of the third row which has limited space. The front seats have a high seating position that offers excellent visibility, the second-row seat has plenty of legroom and headroom. The third-row seats have limited space, adult occupants will struggle as the shoulder-, knee-, and legroom is so limited. Unfortunately, the third-row seats also do not fold flat, they fold up against the side walls which hinders cargo space.
Behind the third-row seats, the LX has 257 liters of cargo space, when you fold the third-row seats, you get 1274 liters.
You can tell an LX 570 when you see one by just looking at its sharp beak; you either choose to love it or to hate it. The LX 570 like the previous LX’s took its inspiration from the Toyota Land Cruiser and the result is it became an all-around cohesive SUV. The front and rear styling of the LX differs from that of the Land Cruiser, with the Lexus undoubtedly looking like the luxurious variant that it is.
The LX comes with the Lexus’ bold “spindle” grille evident in most recent Lexus models, with a little twist to sync it with the SUV’s rather bulgy side profile. At the rear, the Lx is fitted with L-shaped tail lamps that extend across its two-piece tailgate. The two-piece tailgate has a glass at the top that pops up, and a bottom section that folds down to create a bench. The LX comes fitted with 20-inch wheels alloy wheels as standard or 21-inch as an option.
Standard features of the LX include the Lexus Enform App Suite (which includes iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Slacker), Lexus Remote Touch system with a 12.3-inch display and a remote Touch controller which operates like a laptop touchpad, proximity keyless entry, Two type-A USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, a moonroof, navigation, a nine-speaker premium sound system, HD radio, Quad-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a 12-volt plug, 120-volt outlet, satellite radio and a suite of driver assistance features. Higher trims come with extra features such as a head-up display, Qi-compatible wireless charging, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 11.6-inch displays.
Standard safety features of the LX include front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a Lexus Safety System which consists of a lane departure warning, intelligent high beams, adaptive cruise control, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.
The Lexus LX is a true luxury SUV with true offroading abilities borrowed from its Land Cruiser sibling.
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Originally published Jul 2, 2020, updated Oct 14, 2021
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya