The 2022 Lexus LX600 off-road capability is undoubted and now it comes with a third row that can cram in seven passengers. The LX is more about comfort and feature-loaded luxury than fun. The fourth generation of the luxury brand’s SUV flagship comes in five different trim levels.
The LX features a new all-wheel-drive system as well. It features three electronic differential locks; one each at the rear, center, and front. This is the first time a front locking diff has been offered on a Lexus. The transfer case has been revised to cope with all the changes and handle a higher drive force. As for the fuel economy, the Lexus LX delivers 17 miles in the city, 22 on the highway, and 19 miles combined for every gallon of fuel consumed. It comes with a 21.1-gallon fuel tank.
The LX600 Exterior Design
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To cut off weight from this heavy machine, Toyota gave the LX600 an aluminum roof which happens to be the first of its kind. This innovation has taken off 441 pounds of weight from the car. One of the most pronounced exterior features is its giant black mesh front grille that’s meant to provide a sportier and more menacing look.
At the back of this massive machine, “Lexus” is spelled out in large letters. Easily, the old logo in the center and model name at the right corner is now replaced with the new design element “Lexus”. Thanks to Toyota engineers for the car’s running boards and grab handles that make for easy accessibility of the Lexus LX600 interior.
The Interior Design
The LX600 interior is nothing far from what we should expect from one of the autos’ most outstanding brands. Onboard the LX600 you will get a quiet and cocoon-like experience that depicts Lexus. The SUV comes with heated and ventilated seats and a manual lever, the 60/40 split-bench seats flip up and tumble forward for third-row access.
Other trims except for the Ultra Luxury’s captain’s chair have second-row bench seats with seatbelts for three, but the middle passenger’s space is narrow. The third-row seats fold into the floor, a huge improvement over the outgoing model where the seats were pushed to the sides of the cargo area, encroaching on space for gear. On the Luxury trim, you can push a button to fold both the second-and third-row (50-50 split) seats flat.
Above the smaller screen on the dash is a 12.3-inch touchscreen with a volume knob. The standard surround-view camera system projects four cameras from the side mirrors, front, and rear. In crawl mode at speeds under 7 mph, those views fill the large screen and present a transparent view of what’s under or around the front axle.
The Different Trim Levels
The Lexus LX is offered in five trims, namely the LX 600, LX 600 Premium, LX 600 F Sport Handling, LX 600 Luxury, and LX 600 Ultra Luxury. In terms of looks, you get the signature Lexus shape grille upfront with horizontal slats and the Lexus logo in the center. The grille is flanked by LED headlights and the boomerang LED DRLs.
Depending on the trim, the LX will come with 18, 20, or 22-inch wheels. This is the first time in Lexus’ history that 22-inch wheels are being offered from the factory. At the rear, you get thick taillights that are connected by an LED strip. The boxy derriere’s monotony is broken by the faux skid plate with black bumper cladding at the bottom. The LX is available in seven shades.
The Lexus LX has a dimension of 200.5 inches long, 78.3 inches wide, and 74.2 inches tall. The top three trims are 74.6 inches tall. The wheelbase measures 112.2 inches. It weighs 5,665 pounds in all trims except the Ultra Luxury. There it weighs 5,945 pounds. As for the towing capacity, the Lexus LX 600 can tow up to 8,000 pounds.
Toyota has phased out the gas-guzzling 5.7-liter V-8, equipping the Lexus with a V-6 in only one flavor and one state of tune. Just like the land Cruiser 300 which featured V-6 in gas and diesel flavors. The diesel option makes 304 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
Accompanying the new engine is a new 10-speed automatic transmission. It also comes with Multi-Terrain Select drive modes, which include Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow, and Rock. The LX can sprint to 60 mph from rest in 6.9 seconds. The top speed is rated at 130 mph. Regarding its fuel economy, the Lexus LX delivers 17 miles in the city, 22 on the highway, and 19 miles combined for every gallon of fuel consumed. It comes with a 21.1-gallon fuel tank.
2022 Lexus LX 600 – Pricing
The 2022 Lexus LX600 is priced: Base model is priced at $86,900; advancing a little further you get the Premium model at $95,000; F Sport Handling goes for $101,000; the Luxury trim goes for $103,000 while the Ultra Luxury goes for a staggering $126,000.
The LX 600 comes with Adaptive cruise control, lane centering can be a bit abrupt in its corrections at times. Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 is standard on all trims and adds lane departure with driver assist, courtesy of the upgrade to electric power steering. The safety suite is not quite as advanced as the 3.0 system on the 2022 Lexus NX which has a digital key and remote park. Higher trims of the LX have a standard head-up display, and Ultra Luxury has a digital rearview mirror.
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