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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 6.2
Safety:
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2019 Lexus LX Review

The 2019 Lexus LX finishes near the bottom of our luxury large SUV rankings. While it has a class-leading predicted reliability rating, it lacks the modern styling and overall refinement of many class rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Great for off-roading
  • Powerful engine
  • Terrific predicted reliability rating
  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • Rivals handle better and ride more smoothly
  • Subpar cargo capacity

Is the Lexus LX a Good SUV?

Despite its ranking, the Lexus LX is a good luxury large SUV. It's roomy and comfortable, with a powerful engine and great off-road ability. It also leads the class when it comes to predicted reliability. However, the LX trails the competition in other key areas. Many rivals have fresher styling, easier-to-use infotainment systems, and more cargo space. Some also have a smoother ride and better handling.

Should I Buy the Lexus LX?

The LX is a great choice if you’re looking to travel off-road in a large, luxurious vehicle – and you want one with a great predicted reliability rating. However, the LX is an aging SUV, and it's been more than a decade since this vehicle's last redesign. Almost everything this Lexus does well can be found in a more well-rounded or modern class rival. The Mercedes-Benz GLS and Toyota Land Cruiser both make for compelling alternatives.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Lexus LX?

The 2019 LX belongs to a generation that began with the 2008 model year. The 2019 model sees no notable changes. For 2018, Lexus introduced a 2-row version of the LX to go along with the previously standard 3-row configuration. The last major changes to the LX came during a 2016 refresh, which swapped a six-speed automatic transmission for an eight-speed, introduced a revamped infotainment system, and added driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring.

To research other models in this generation, read our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 Lexus 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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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current LX generation, which runs from 2008 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Lexus LX Cost?

The LX starts at $86,230 for the 2-row model and $91,230 for the 3-row model. While those are higher base prices than nearly every rival, a fully loaded LX is less expensive than many other fully loaded rivals in the class, mainly because it only has one trim level (most features come standard).

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 Versus the Competition

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

The Mercedes-Benz GLS is a segment leader in performance, and it has one of the nicest interiors in the luxury large SUV class. It provides three rows of spacious, supportive seats, and it has more cargo space and tech features than the LX 570. While the Lexus is decidedly better for off-roading, the all-wheel-drive GLS handles better and rides more smoothly on the pavement. It also offers multiple powertrains, including a 577-horsepower V8 that's far more powerful 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?

When it comes to off-roading, the Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the few classmates that can keep up with the LX. The LX is built on the Land Cruiser's platform, which means both SUVS offer 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 has a more upscale cabin, but the Toyota comes with a better infotainment system and standard seating for eight, which costs extra in the Lexus. These two 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 LX seats five in 2-row models and eight in 3-row models. The first-row seats provide outstanding comfort and a great road view, though it's a bit tough to find a comfortable driving position sometimes because the seats aren’t as adjustable as some would like. The second row is also roomy and comfortable, but the third row is cramped.

LX and Car Seats

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

LX Interior Quality

Although this Lexus uses top-notch materials throughout its interior, it still doesn't feel as nice as many rival cabins because of its outdated styling.

LX Cargo Space

Most other luxury large SUVs give you more cargo space than this Lexus. The unusual folding style of the rear seats can exacerbate this issue. Most SUVs' seats fold forward, but the LX's fold to the side. That provides a convenient, flat cargo floor, but the seats impede your available space.

LX Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a moonroof and an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch display, Lexus' Remote Touch controller, navigation, a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, USB ports, and Bluetooth. Available features include a rear-seat entertainment system, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, wireless smartphone charging, and a cooled center console.

The Remote Touch Controller makes it tough to navigate the system's menus, and it’s also distracting to use while you're driving, so take advantage of the physical controls for some infotainment functions.

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LX Performance

LX Engine: Powerful, but Not Quick

The 383-horsepower V8 that sits under the LX’s hood is responsive and won't confine you to the slow lane, but neither will it have you blowing by other cars. This vehicle often feels like it lumbers along, unable to move with any urgency.

LX Gas Mileage: What's an Antonym for Efficient?

This Lexus gets poor fuel economy even by the lax standards of large SUVs. It earns 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. Compare those numbers to the Mercedes-Benz GLS' ratings – it earns 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

LX Off-Road Performance

With features like crawl control, an adjustable suspension, a locking center differential, and a two-speed transfer case, the LX easily surpasses most competitors when it comes to off-road ability. It can handle just about any terrain that you dare to take it over.

LX Ride and Handling: Like a Walrus on Wheels

The four-wheel drive LX may perform better away from the pavement than many of its peers, but on the road, it's unwieldy and almost clumsy at times. There's plenty of body roll when taking turns, and the wide turning radius translates to limited maneuverability. It also doesn't always have a smooth ride.

LX Towing Capacity

A properly equipped LX can tow up to 7,000 pounds. That's a useful total that lets you pull a moving trailer or your boat, but many competitors can tow more.

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LX Reliability

Is the Lexus LX Reliable?

The 2019 LX earns a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That's an excellent rating, and one of the best 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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2019 LX yet.

LX Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a 360-degree 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 braking. A head-up display is available.

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LX Dimensions and Weight

The 2019 LX is about 16.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,800 to 6,000 pounds.

Where is the 2019 Lexus LX Built?

Lexus builds the LX in Japan.

Which Lexus LX Model Is Right for Me?

The Lexus LX 570 comes in one trim, and most of its features come standard, so there aren’t many option packages to sort through. This Lexus has a starting price of $86,230 for the 2-row model and $91,230 for the 3-row model.

Standard features in the Lexus LX 570 include alloy wheels, quad-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch display screen, a navigation system, satellite radio, USB ports, Bluetooth, a 360-degree camera system, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward pre-collision warning with automatic braking.

The Luxury package ($1,190) adds heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats. 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).

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 2019 Lexus LX ranks near the bottom of the luxury large SUV class. It feels old and outdated compared to its rivals, and its ponderous handling and hard-to-use infotainment system only make matters worse. Despite boasting a great predicted reliability rating, it trails rivals in too many areas to be a serious contender in the segment.

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
  • 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)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 11, 2019

Slow Sales: Sales of the Lexus LX have fallen in 2019 by 10.8 percent compared to the same span in 2018. In addition, the LX is among the slowest selling options in the luxury large SUV segment. However, it is still outselling its relative, the Toyota Land Cruiser by about 40 percent.

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