2022 Lexus LX Review

2022 Lexus LX - Lexus LX 600 F Sport combines luxury and sportiness


Price: $102,345

Pros—Redesigned. More power and torque. Roomy. Smooth ride. Good handling. Nicely sized. Off-road prowess. Safety features,

Cons—High step up. Scant cargo room with upright third-row seats.

Bottom Line—Lexus checks nearly all the luxury SUV boxes with this one.

The redesigned 2022 Lexus LX 600 is a successor to the LX 570 and comes in various models ranging from $82,245 to $127,345. It has a new powertrain, suspension, steering and brakes, besides some exterior/interior changes and the usual assortment of Lexus luxury car features.

I tested the LX 600 model that’s the most fun—the F Sport Handling which Lexus lists at $102,345, although options (including a $2,600 Levinson sound system) and a $1,345 delivery charge raised the bottom-line price.

The handsome F Sport Handling has, besides full-time 4WD, a tuned suspension, Torsen limited-slip different, rear stabilizer bar, performance dampers and crawl control. There’s also 22-inch forged F Sport wheel with dark gray metallic finish, sportier seats,  perforated leather-trimmed heated steering wheel, aluminum pedals, F sport badging and unique front and rear fascias.

You expected something less expensive? Hey, this is the Lexus SUV that goes against other big luxury SUV guys, such as the Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade and Jeep Grand Wagoneer.

The LX 600 F Sport Handling, based somewhat on the Toyota Land Cruiser no longer sold here, has a trim size for its class. It has a 112.2-inch wheelbase and is 201 inches long.That means, unlike some rivals, that it actually might fit in a garage. Moreover, it is better styled than the Grand Wagoneer, which looks like someone added a shipping container to it at the last moment for extra interior room.

While the LX 570 had a V-8, the LX 600 has a smooth new 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 with 409 horsepower and 479 pound/feet of torque, outdoing the old V-8 in both areas. The V-6 works with a responsive 10-speed direct-shift automatic transmission. The 0-60 m.p.h time is officially 6.9 seconds, although the LX 600 F Sport Handling weighs approximately 5,500 pounds. It can tow 8,000 pounds.

Estimated fuel economy is 17 miles per gallon in the city and 22 on highways for a combined (city/highway) 19 m.p.g. Premium fuel is called for to fill the 21.14 gallon fuel tank, but fuel economy has been improved from the discontinued V-8.

The LX 600 has rugged body on frame construction, with a new, stiffer frame. That helps enhance handling. The 600 F Sport Handling model has, true to its name, minimal body sway for such a tall, heavy vehicle when moving fast on Chicago expressway ramps. Moreover, a  driver can select via dial these driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sports, Sports S, Sports S+ and Custom.

The hood opens smoothly on struts, revealing that the engine is set fairly far back to help weight distribution and thus enhance handling.

I used the “Normal” and “Sports S” modes most the time and found that the ride doesn’t suffer much between Normal and the Sports modes. However, the steering tightens considerably between Normal and the Sports modes. I could feel some road bumps in every mode, but they didn’t really affect comfort. I suspect “Eco” mode is likely the best for long-distance travel.

Stopping power is strong, but I had slightly mixed feelings about the brake pedal. It has a generally linear operation but sometimes calls for a final hard pedal push to keep the LX from creeping a bit forward at, say, a stop sign.

There is good room for 7 passengers, with the third-row seats occupied. It was surprising that the third-row seats have decent room for 6-footers, at least for shorter trips. But reaching the third row involves flipping the rear seat forward and considerable agility.

There’s virtually no cargo room with the third-row seats in their upright position, but that row has a power fold-flat feature. The cargo area is impressively large with the third- and second-row seats folded down. The power hatch opens  quickly, and a new rear suspension lowers the body floor for easier cargo loading.

All doors open widely. But It calls for more than moderate extra effort to climb aboard even the first and second-row seats, although fixed running boards help here. While those boards are a little too narrow for those with large-size foot wear, I predict that kids and non-athletic adults will use them to help get in and out. Large windshield-area grab handles help here. But getting a child’s seat in a second-row seat might be somewhat difficult because of the LX’s height.  

There’s plenty of luxury in the attractive interior, which has soft-touch surfaces, nice stitching and attractive aluminum trim on the doors and very large  center console. The heated and ventilated front seats offer above-average support and the second-row outboard seats also are heated and ventilated. There is a power tilt-and-slide moonroof with a sliding cover, semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats and large second-row fold-down armrest with extra-strong cupholders.

The front console might make some drivers feel a bit crowded, but contains an especially deep covered storage bin that can be opened by both the front driver and passenger. All cupholders are conveniently placed.

There’s a Lexus Interface with a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, a 7-inch vehicle information display and an 8-inch multi-information display. Also, there is a mixture of touch-screen and physical controls. Another feature is wireless Apple CarPlay integration and wireless Android Auto compatibility, along with 6 USB ports and a wireless charger.

There are a large number of safety features. They include a pre-collision system, frontal collision warning, automatic emergency braking  with pedestrian and bicyclist detection, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, intelligent high beams and road sign assist. There also is a blind spot monitor, intuitive parking assist with automatic braking and panoramic view and multi-terrain monitors.

The LX 600 F Sport Handling was easy to live with, partly because I had no problems maneuvering and parking it.

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Dan Jedlicka joined the Chicago Sun-Times in February 1968 as a business news reporter and was named auto editor later that year. He has reviewed more than 4,000 new vehicles for the Sun-Times--far more than any newspaper auto writer in the country. Jedlicka also reviewed vehicles for Microsoft Corp.'s MSN Autos Internet site from January, 1996, to June, 2008.

Jedlicka remained auto editor at the Sun-Times until October, 2008, and continued writing for the newspaper's AutoTimes section, which he started in 1992, until February, 2009. While continuing his auto writings at the Sun-Times, he served as assistant financial editor of that newspaper from 1970 to 1973, when he began his automotive column.

He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including NBC's "Today," ABC's "20/20" and "The CBS Evening News." He was a host, consultant and writer for Fox-TV Channel 32's 1991 New Car Preview show and that Chicago-based station's 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 Chicago Auto Show Previews.

Jedlicka's auto articles have been printed in national magazines, including Esquire and Harper's. His auto columns have been reprinted in U.S. government publications and economic textbooks and he is profiled in the "World's Greatest Auto Show" history book about the Chicago Auto Show. In late 1975, Jedlicka was host and technical advisor for three one-hour television specials, "Auto Test 76," which aired nationally on PBS and were the first nationally televised auto road test shows.

In 1995, Jedlicka was the recipient of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Inc.'s Consumer Education Award, given annually to a person who has gained distinction in the field of consumer education. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Media category and inducted into the Legends of Motorsports Guild at the Carquest World of wheels custom car show in Chicago in January, 2006.

Jedlicka was a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year jury, composed of a select number of auto journalists from throughout the country, from 1995 until 2009. From 2010 to 2012, he was a member of Consumer Digest magazine's auto experts panel that gave Best Buy new vehicle recommendations.

He is a 1987 graduate of the Bob Bondurant Race Drivers School and later of the BMW "M" and Skip Barber Advanced Driving schools. He was a member of the U.S. team that participated in the 1987 1,000-mile Mille Miglia race/rally in Italy and has been a race winner at the Chicago area's Santa Fe Speedway.

Jedlicka has owned 25 classic cars, including 1950s and 1960s Ferraris and 1950s and 1960s Porsches, a 1965 Corvette, a 1967 Maserati and a 1957 Studebaker supercharged Golden Hawk. Jedlicka resides with his wife, Suzanne, in the Frank Lloyd Wright historic district of Oak Park. They have two children, James and Michele.

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