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2009 Lexus LX Review

The highly-ranked 2009 Lexus LX is a capable off-roader that also surrounds its occupants in luxury. It  can seat up to eight and has a high towing capacity, making it one of the most versatile 2009 luxury large SUVs available. 

Pros & Cons

  • Capable both on- and off-road
  • Plenty of power
  • Numerous standard features
  • Cargo space is less than some competitors’
  • Bland styling




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2009 Lexus LX Overview

When it was new, reviewers liked the 2009 LX for its versatility and capability, as well as its high-quality construction. The Lexus LX is closely related to the 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser, and if you can do without the luxury badge, critics said you won’t be disappointed with the Toyota variant.

The LX is powered by a 383-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine that reviewers said easily gets the large SUV moving. Four-wheel drive and an adjustable suspension that adapts to multiple types of terrain are standard equipment. Fuel economy, at 12/18 mpg city/highway, is low, but not outlandishly so for the class. The LX has a maximum towing capacity of 8,500 pounds, which is fairly good for the class, and it can carry up to 83.1 cubic feet of cargo with the rear rows folded, which is a bit low for the class. By comparison, the similar-sized 2009 Toyota Sequoia can carry about 120 cubic feet of cargo.

Reviewers said the cabin of the 2009 LX is spacious and luxurious, with seats that offer plenty of comfort, though some complained that the third row felt cramped. The LX comes with a long standard features list that includes leather upholstery, a power sunroof, four-zone climate control, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker stereo, navigation and a rearview camera. A fully-loaded LX can offer features like a cooled center console bin, 19-speaker Mark Levinson stereo, rear-seat entertainment system and adaptive cruise control. The 2009 LX is quite similar to the 2008 model, so you may be able to save some money by getting an older model.

See the full 2009 Lexus LX specs »

Other Cars to Consider

If you like the LX, you may also like the 2009 Cadillac Escalade. The Escalade doesn’t have the LX’s off-road prowess, but reviewers said its handling and performance on pavement are very good. The Escalade is also available in a long-wheelbase configuration for those who need additional cargo space behind the third row.

Another large SUV to consider is the 2009 Infiniti QX56. It can also seat up to eight and has an engine that reviewers loved.

Compare the LX to the Escalade and QX56 »

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