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2020 Lexus LX Review

The 2020 Lexus LX 570 doesn't stand out among luxury large SUVs. It's a capable off-roader, but in most other respects, it falls short of the standards set by class rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Terrific off-road ability
  • Well-built cabin
  • Irritating infotainment system controls
  • Below-average cargo capacity for the class
  • Ponderous handling
  • Poor fuel economy

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Lexus LX's #8 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Large SUVs category. Currently the Lexus LX has a score of 6.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 68 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 6.2
Interior: 6.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 4.5 for reliability is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.

Is the Lexus LX 570 a Good SUV?

The Lexus LX is a good luxury large SUV. Its V8 engine puts out almost 400 horsepower, and very few rivals can keep up with this Lexus on the trails. Inside, the LX feels luxurious, if a bit outdated, and it comes with plenty of standard features.

There are some notable drawbacks, however. By class standards, the LX's cargo capacity is on the low side. It doesn't have the smoothest ride or the most-agile handling, and perhaps most importantly, the infotainment system is incredibly frustrating to use.

Should I Buy the Lexus LX 570?

Negative, ghost rider. The LX isn't a class leader in any area, save for drinking fuel faster than most rivals. It isn't even the class leader for off-roading, which is what this Lexus does best. In fact, there are several areas where the LX is substandard, and its high starting price makes it a poor value.

It's been a long time since this vehicle has seen a full redesign, and a number of rivals are better on gas, more comfortable, and offer more modern technology than the LX. Instead of this Lexus, you should consider the Toyota Land Cruiser or the Mercedes-Benz GLS.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Lexus LX?

The 2020 LX belongs to a generation that began with the 2008 model year. There are no noteworthy changes for 2019 or 2020. For 2018, Lexus introduced a two-row version of the LX to go along with the previously standard three-row configuration.

You'll likely save money by getting an older model, but the 2016 LX is the oldest one you should consider. Lexus gave the LX a refresh for 2016, swapping a six-speed automatic transmission for an eight-speed unit and adding driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring. The 2016 LX also received some interior and exterior styling updates and a revamped infotainment system.

To research other models in this generation, read our reviews of the 2017 LX, 2018 LX, and 2019 LX. If you decide that an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 67 Reviews Analyzed

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current LX generation, which runs from 2008 to 2020.

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How Much Does the Lexus LX Cost?

This Lexus has a starting price of $86,380 for the two-row model and $91,380 for the three-row model. Those are above-average starting prices for a luxury large SUV. However, the good news is that there's only one trim and very few optional features to raise the price, so the LX's price doesn't look that bad compared to the top trims of rivals.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

Lexus LX 570 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Lexus LX or Mercedes-Benz GLS?

The Mercedes-Benz GLS doesn't have the off-roading ability of the LX 570, but it's available with all-wheel drive and is superior in most other respects. The GLS has more cargo space, a longer list of tech features, better on-road handling, and a smoother ride. The Mercedes-Benz features one of the poshest cabins in the class, and it offers multiple powertrains, including a 577-horsepower V8 that's much stronger than the LX's engine. The GLS is a better choice than the LX for most shoppers.

Which Is Better: Lexus LX or Toyota Land Cruiser?

The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the few luxury large SUVs that can keep up with the LX when it comes to off-roading. In fact, the LX and Land Cruiser share a platform, which means both SUVs come equipped with full-time four-wheel drive, reinforced skid plates, crawl control, and an adjustable suspension. They also have the same V8 engine and Multi-Terrain Select system. The Lexus features a nicer interior, but the Toyota comes with a much more intuitive infotainment system and standard seating for eight, which costs extra in the Lexus. These two SUVs are similar in many ways, but the Land Cruiser is the better value of the two.

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LX Interior

How Many People Does the LX Seat?

The Lexus LX seats five people in the two-row model and eight people in the three-row version. Most reviewers say the first two rows are comfortable and supportive, offering plenty of head- and legroom. The third-row seats are cramped and hard to access, making them a poor fit for adults.

LX and Child Car Seats

This SUV comes with two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats.

LX Interior Quality

The LX features a well-built cabin with a lot of premium materials. However, it shows its age from a design standpoint. Many competitors have fresher styling and look more modern inside.

LX Cargo Space

Many class rivals have larger cargo holds than the LX. Two-row models have 53.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 81.3 cubic feet with them folded down. The three-row LX has 16.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 41.6 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and 81.3 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down.

LX Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a moonroof, quad-zone automatic climate control, and an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch display, Lexus' Remote Touch controller, navigation, a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, USB ports, and Bluetooth.

Available features include a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system, wireless device charging, and a cooled center console.

It's easy to see and read the LX's infotainment screen because it's large and has sharp graphics. However, it's not as easy to control the infotainment system because of its frustrating Remote Touch Controller, which is the mouselike device on the center console. It makes it a pain to navigate the infotainment menus, and it's especially distracting to use the system while driving.

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LX Performance

LX Engine: More Impressive on Paper

The LX features a V8 engine with 383 horsepower. That's a lot of juice, but it's still not enough to move this large SUV with any kind of eagerness. The LX never feels underpowered exactly, but it doesn't feel like it's in a hurry either. Most class rivals are quicker.

LX Gas Mileage: An Absolute Horror Show

The LX has terrible fuel economy, even for in a class known for poor gas mileage. It returns just 12 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway.

LX Ride and Handling: Manage Your Expectations

While this SUV is an excellent off-roader, its performance on the pavement leaves plenty of room for improvement. The LX feels stable and poised around turns, though there's noticeable body lean. The ride is generally comfortable, but many other luxury large SUVs provide better handling, a smoother ride, or both.

LX Off-Road Performance

The LX 570 is one of the most capable off-road SUVs in the class. It feels right at home on rocky terrain or muddy trails, and number of features come standard that make off-roading easier. These include crawl control, an adjustable suspension, and full-time four-wheel drive.

LX Towing Capacity

A properly equipped LX can tow up to 7,000 pounds, which is enough to pull a moving trailer or boat. Still, many competitors can tow more.

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LX Reliability

Is the Lexus LX Reliable?

The 2020 Lexus LX does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power. The similar 2019 model has a stellar predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five.

Lexus LX Warranty

Lexus covers the LX with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Lexus LX?

The cost of insuring a Lexus LX will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

LX Safety

LX Crash Test Results

The 2020 LX 570 has not been put through crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

LX Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a surround-view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. A head-up display is available.

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LX Dimensions and Weight

The LX 570 is 16.7 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 5,800 to 6,000 pounds.

Where Is the Lexus LX Built?

Lexus builds the 2020 LX in Japan.

Which Lexus LX Model Is Right for Me?

The Lexus LX 570 comes in one trim, and most of its features are standard. This Lexus has a starting price of $86,380 for the two-row model and $91,380 for the three-row model. Both versions feature the same V8 engine, eight-speed automatic transmission, and full-time four-wheel-drive system.

Standard features in the Lexus LX 570 include leather seats, quad-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch display, a navigation system, satellite radio, USB ports, Bluetooth, a surround-view parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

The Luxury package ($1,190) adds heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats. The all-new Sport package ($2,510) adds some styling features. You can also add a rear-seat entertainment system ($2,005), a head-up display ($900), a heated steering wheel ($150), wireless device charging ($75), and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system ($2,350). Some of these features are only available in the three-row version of the LX.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Lexus LX 570 looks and feels like a good SUV. It's powerful, spacious, and upscale. But when you compare it to the rest of the class, it comes up short in most areas. The simple fact is that most other luxury large SUVs are superior to the LX, and most buyers should look elsewhere for their next vehicle.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Age is partially responsible for the LX 570's drawbacks. The LX was last redesigned in 2008, which is positively ancient for a vehicle. In the 11 years since, other automakers have reworked their SUVs and given them newer technology that improves comfort, convenience, capability and efficiency. Good examples include Land Rover's Range Rover and Discovery. They deliver more of everything, save for Lexus' reputation for reliability. And if you don't need over-the-top off-road capability, the new Lincoln Navigator wins out with its fresher curbside appeal and lower price. The 2019 Lexus LX 570 is undoubtedly a capable and luxurious SUV, but we think it will be worth your time to shop around a little before making a decision." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • Despite its ability to take you far beyond civilization, the Lexus LX is relatively civilized in the city where most will dwell. Few vehicles outside of a Range Rover can match the LX's blend of ruggedness and refinement, but at $90,000 its dual personality isn't cheap." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • Though it can't match the space or handling refinement of some competitors, it's nevertheless plenty civilized in most driving situations while offering an even more coddling interior than the already opulent Land Cruiser." -- Left Lane News (2017)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: February 6, 2020

Slow Sales: Sales of the Lexus LX remained consistent in 2019 compared to 2018. In addition, the LX finished last year as one of the slowest selling options in the luxury large SUV segment. However, it is still outsold its relative, the Toyota Land Cruiser by 33 percent.

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