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Pros & Cons

  • Excellent predicted reliability rating
  • Superb off-road ability
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Frustrating infotainment controller
  • Steering can require frequent corrections
  • Subpar cargo capacity

New for 2021

  • Amazon Alexa now standard
  • Limited-edition LX Inspiration Series trim debuts

Rankings & Research

The 2021 Lexus LX's #9 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Large SUVs category. Currently the Lexus LX has a score of 6.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 69 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

6.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.3
Performance: 5.9
Interior: 6.0
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Is the Lexus LX a Good SUV?

No, the Lexus LX is not a particularly good SUV. There's little to like about its performance: Acceleration is underwhelming, handling can be a chore, and fuel economy is dismal. While it delivers a comfortable ride, so do nearly all other luxury large SUVs, and several class rivals match or exceed the LX's great off-roading abilities.

Inside, it's more of the same. An elegant cabin is an expectation in this class, so it's not like the LX sticks out in that category. Third-row seating is cramped, cargo space is below average, and the infotainment controls can be maddening.

Why You Can Trust Us: 69 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 69 Lexus LX reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2021 LX is the right new car for you.

This 2021 LX review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2008.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we never accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an outside firm manages the ads on our site.

Should I Buy the Lexus LX?

The 2021 LX comes with an extensive list of standard features, and you can likely get a fully spec'd model for less money than most other class rivals. That’s still not enough to recommend buying it. You'll be much better off with a more well-rounded vehicle like the Mercedes-Benz GLS. You can also check out the Toyota Land Cruiser, which is related to the LX but beats it in many key areas.

Compare the LX, GLS, and Land Cruiser »

2020 vs. 2021 Lexus LX: What's the Difference?

For 2021, Lexus introduces standard Amazon Alexa to the LX. The Sport package, which debuted in the 2020 model, now includes exclusive alloy wheels. Additionally, Lexus is producing a limited-edition LX Inspiration Series trim that mostly features appearance upgrades.

Compare the 2020 and 2021 LX »

Here are the key changes for the Lexus LX over the last few years:

  • 2017: no major changes
  • 2018: Enform Connect services became standard for 10 years
  • 2019: no major changes
  • 2020: Sport package made available; center console refrigerator became stand-alone option
  • 2021: Amazon Alexa now standard; slight modifications to Sport appearance package; limited-edition LX Inspiration Series trim debuts

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 LX, 2019 LX, and 2020 LX reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Lexus LX Cost?

The 2021 Lexus LX starts at $86,580 for a two-row model, and it costs $91,580 for a three-row version. Those base prices are high for the class. Adding most available options and packages raises the SUV's price to around $100,000, which is still much less than the most expensive versions of many other class rivals.

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Lexus LX Versus the Competition

Lexus LX vs. Mercedes-Benz GLS

The Mercedes-Benz GLS was fully redesigned for 2020, and it stands out in the luxury large SUV class for its performance, which is the total package. The base model returns great fuel economy for the segment while delivering quicker acceleration than the LX. You can also choose from two twin-turbo V8 engines. One puts out more than 600 horsepower and debuts in the new-for-2021 AMG GLS 63. All GLS models handle with gusto while retaining a pillowy soft ride.

The Mercedes has one of the nicest cabins in the class, and it comes with features the LX doesn't offer, such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and massaging seats. These rival SUVs have similar cargo volumes and some infotainment woes. The Lexus wins out for predicted reliability, and its four-wheel drive provides a better off-roading experience than the all-wheel-drive Benz, but the latter is still a far better choice overall.

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Lexus LX vs. Toyota Land Cruiser

The Lexus LX and Toyota Land Cruiser are products of the same manufacturer, and they share a lot of similarities. That list includes a common engine and transmission pairing, the same four-wheel-drive system, and a truck-like, body-on-frame construction. You'll also find comparable seating and cargo dimensions, as well as a similar list of features.

However, the Toyota has several advantages. It comes standard with three rows of seats and is less expensive than the Lexus. The Land Cruiser can tow more, and its acceleration feels swifter and stronger. To top it off, the infotainment system in the Land Cruiser utilizes a touch screen and is more user-friendly than the technology in the LX.

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LX Interior: Attractive but Impractical

LX Cargo Space

The standard two-row 2021 Lexus LX has 53.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, an amount that's pretty good for a non-long-wheelbase SUV in this class. However, by most other metrics, the LX is unimpressive among luxury large SUVs both for cargo volume and for how easy it is to use the space. The second-row seats don't fold completely flat with the floor, but you can tilt them up against the back of the front seats to create a more even load floor.

In three-row models, you get 16.3 cubic feet of space behind the rearmost seats. That value is poor for the class. What's more, the third row folds up against the sides of the cargo hold, preventing you from taking advantage of the entire width. However, it does mean that you have a clear, flat space to load big or bulky items. With the third row out of the way, you get 41.6 cubic feet of space.

Both LX versions have a maximum cargo capacity of 81.3 cubic feet. That's below average for the class.

How Many People Does the LX Seat?

The Lexus LX comes standard with two rows and five seats, but it's also available in a three-row, eight-seat configuration. The front seats are comfortable and should provide enough headroom for all but taller occupants. Likewise, the second row has sufficient accommodations, but in general, the LX's cabin isn't as spacious as many rivals are. Legroom in the third row is a little tight, and the seats are low to the floor.

LX and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the second-row outboard seats and a tether anchor for the second-row middle seat. Three-row LX models don't have any additional LATCH connectors for the rearmost seats. The lower anchors are easy to find and access, and most types of child car seats fit in the second row without much trouble.

LX Interior Quality

Even though its current generation dates back more than a dozen years, the LX still looks good inside, and the design mostly feels fresh. All the materials fit the bill for a pricey class. You get supple leathers, impressive wood accents, and satisfying fit and finish.

LX Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

One of the LX's biggest faults – a flaw present in most Lexus offerings – is the Remote Touch infotainment setup. In lieu of a touch screen, you use a mouselike controller on the center console to pinpoint and access functions on the display. It can be very distracting to use while driving, and it’s difficult to accurately navigate through menus.

On the plus side, the large infotainment display has crisp graphics, and it can be split to show multiple operations.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 12.3-inch display, navigation, a nine-speaker premium stereo, Bluetooth, multiple USB ports, satellite radio, voice recognition, Amazon Alexa, and the Lexus Enform app suite
  • Available infotainment features: a 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound stereo, wireless device charging, and a rear-seat entertainment system
  • Additional standard features: quad-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, a household-style power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a moonroof, proximity keyless entry, and a universal garage door opener
  • Other available features: a center console refrigerator

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LX Performance: Large but Not in Charge

LX Engine

The Lexus LX is powered by a 383-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine. That should be enough to move most vehicles with ease, but due to this SUV's bulk, acceleration is merely OK. You can get moving from a stop or up to higher speeds with little concern; it just feels slower than many class rivals.

Mated with this engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission. It goes about its business calmly in the background, though it can occasionally provide imperfect or delayed shifts.

LX Gas Mileage

The 2021 LX gets an EPA-estimated 12 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the lowest figures of any new mainstream consumer vehicle.

LX Ride and Handling

The LX provides a pampering ride, easily conquering bumps in the road and keeping its occupants comfortable. That's the best part of its driving dynamics, though.

At low speeds, like maneuvering through a parking lot, steering requires a lot of effort. It also takes near-constant corrections to keep the LX moving in a straight line when you're moving at highway speeds. Some critics also note that the steering can lack feedback.

LX Off-Road Performance

Full-time four-wheel drive and a handful of other goodies combine to make the LX one of the better off-roaders in the class. It also comes standard with an adjustable suspension, crawl control, multiterrain select modes, and a front-view terrain camera that lets you see approaching obstacles under the front of the car. The LX has 8.9 inches of ground clearance.

LX Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the LX can tow up to 7,000 pounds. Many class rivals can tow from several hundred to about 1,500 pounds more than the LX.

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LX Reliability

Is the Lexus LX Reliable?

The 2021 Lexus LX has a stellar predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five. That's the highest mark in the class.

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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LX Safety

LX Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2021 LX. This is common among luxury vehicles.

LX Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Multiterrain view monitor
  • Rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Available advanced safety features:

  • Head-up display

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LX Dimensions and Weight

The LX is 16.7 feet long. It has a curb weight of 6,000 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight rating is 7,385.

Where Is the 2021 Lexus LX Built?

Lexus builds the 2021 LX in Japan.

Which Lexus LX Model Is Right for Me?

The 2021 Lexus LX 570 is offered in one well-equipped trim. A 5.7-liter V8 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and full-time four-wheel drive are standard. Most interior features come standard as well. Your main choice will be whether you want a two-row or three-row version. The three-row model offers some optional features – such as a head-up display and a Mark Levinson stereo – that aren't available in the two-row trim.

Lexus LX 570 Two Row

The 2021 Lexus LX 570 starts at $86,580. Standard features include leather-trimmed upholstery, a 14-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a 12-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, a power-sliding second row, a power tilt-and telescoping wood steering wheel, and driver's seat and steering wheel memory settings.

The LX also comes standard with quad-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, a household-style power outlet, a moonroof, a power liftgate, proximity keyless entry, a universal garage door opener, and an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch display, navigation, a nine-speaker premium stereo, Bluetooth, multiple USB ports, satellite radio, voice recognition, Amazon Alexa, and the Lexus Enform app suite.

Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system, a multiterrain view monitor, front and rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The Luxury package costs $1,190 and adds semi-aniline leather upholstery, heated second-row seats, and ventilated first- and second-row seats. A center console refrigerator is optional for $170, and a heated steering wheel is $150.

Lexus LX 570 Three Row

The three-row Lexus LX 570 has a retail price of $91,580. Options exclusive to this model include a 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound stereo ($2,350), a head-up display ($900), wireless device charging ($75), and a rear-seat entertainment system ($2,005). The available Sport package enhances the exterior and interior design with unique elements.

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.

See 2021 Lexus LX specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2021 Lexus LX's combination of luxury and off-road ability isn't enough to set it apart in the luxury large SUV class. Several rivals pair those strengths with a longer list of positives to create a more well-rounded package.

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

  • "At home on both the trail and at the valet stand, the Lexus LX is a true dual-personality SUV." -- Car and Driver
  • "You sacrifice a lot of space and convenience for the LX 570's off-road prowess. Lexus hasn't performed a major redesign of the LX 570 in more than a decade. There are others in its price range that are more modern and passenger friendly." -- Autotrader (2020)
  • "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 … years since, other automakers have reworked their SUVs and given them newer technology that improves comfort, convenience, capability and efficiency. … The 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 (2020)
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