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2015 Lexus LX Review

The 2015 Lexus LX places near the top of our luxury large SUV rankings because of its solid off-road chops and outstanding reliability. However, it lacks the interior panache and driver assistance features found in rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Capable off-road performance
  • Exceptional reliability rating


  • Outdated interior styling
  • Rivals offer more driver assistance features




Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 6.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.4
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Lexus LX Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus LX a Good Used SUV?

The three-row 2015 Lexus LX is a good luxury large SUV. Off-roading enthusiasts will appreciate its crawl control system and standard four-wheel drive with low-range gearing. These combine to make short work of muddy tracks and rocky back-country trails. The LX also has one of the highest tow ratings in the class, at 7,000 pounds. This SUV’s trucklike body-on-frame build is befitting for an off-road vehicle, but the handling isn’t great for urban and suburban driving.

The LX's interior, while pleasant, isn't as refined as what you’ll find in competitors like the 2015 Cadillac Escalade. Other issues include third-row seats that fold to the side, limiting the usability of the LX’s cargo space. Add in poor fuel economy, a wide turning radius, and an infotainment system that was already dated in 2015, and those searching for a family hauler will probably want to look elsewhere.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 52 Lexus LX reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used SUV for you.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. Our car reviews are objective. To keep them that way, our editorial staff doesn’t accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and a third party handles all the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Lexus LX?

Based on listings for the 2015 Lexus LX on our site, the average price is $54,500. Prices range from $48,000 to $62,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's mileage, condition, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Lexus LX Cost to Own?

The 2015 Lexus LX’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to about $37,440, or $7,488 a year. That’s among the highest estimates in the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Model?

The 2019 Lexus LX offers several things you won’t find in the 2015 model: most notably, a two-row version of the SUV (the 2015 LX is only available with three rows). Other changes include an eight-speed automatic transmission and an enhanced infotainment system that includes Remote Touch – a touchpad used to navigate menu items. The 2019 model also comes with more standard active-safety features, like a 360-degree camera system and blind spot monitoring.

These improvements come with a hefty sticker price, however. The 2019 two-row LX starts at $86,380. That’s about $24,300 more than the most expensive 2015 LX listed on our site. The three-row model starts at $93,740, and options can quickly push this price north of $100,000.

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There are no new large luxury SUVs for the average price of a used 2015 LX, but there are some new nonluxury large SUVs available at a similar price. The highly rated 2019 Ford Expedition, for example, starts at $52,130. We named the Expedition our 2019 Best Large SUV for Families because of its combination of ample cabin space and appealing family-friendly features.

If you’re wedded to a luxury vehicle, there are several new luxury midsize SUVs you should consider. The 2019 Audi Q7 starts at $53,550 and earned our 2019 Best 3-Row Luxury SUV for Families award because of its superior combination of cargo and passenger space, safety and reliability ratings, positive reviews from automotive journalists, and available family-friendly features. The fully redesigned 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE starts at $56,200 and offers balanced driving dynamics, lots of high-end technology, and a potent powertrain lineup.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus LX Is Best?

The 2015 Lexus LX is part of a generation that launched for 2008 and includes the 2019 LX. We recommend used shoppers stick with 2016 and newer models. Lexus made several changes for the 2016 model year, though these changes were a bit of a mixed bag. On the plus side, the old six-speed automatic transmission was replaced with a new eight-speed automatic that has a Drive Mode Select system with Eco, Comfort, and Sport modes. The Lexus Safety System also became standard for 2016 and included front collision prevention, pedestrian monitoring, and full-speed adaptive cruise control. Other changes were less welcome. For example, the 2016 LX got an updated infotainment system that included Remote Touch. While the new screen is nicer than the old, the new touchpad that operates the infotainment system is difficult to use and distracting while driving. There were no significant changes for 2017, but for 2018, Lexus introduced a two-row model that opened up a great deal of cargo space by dispensing with the less-than-useful third row.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus LX?

The 2015 Lexus LX earns a superb reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Lexus LX Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2015 LX. In some models, a sensor wire may break and could deactivate select air bags. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Lexus LX Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Lexus LX 570 comes in only one trim. Among its notable standard features are four-wheel drive, a hands-free rear power liftgate, hill-start assist, a moonroof, crawl control, multi-terrain select, trailer sway control, mahogany wood trim, a 14-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a 12-way power-adjustable passenger front seat, a foldable and reclining 60/40-split second row, a power-sliding second row, a power-folding third row, a 120-volt outlet in the cargo area, second-row and center console power outlets, an 8-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, a CD/DVD changer, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and nine speakers.

For more upscale features look for LX models with the Luxury package, which adds ventilated and heated front seats, heated second-row seats, a cooled center console bin, synthetic leather trim, and proximity keyless entry.

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What Does Lexus' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lexus offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to six years or unlimited mileage. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus CPO vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles. Every CPO Lexus must pass a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like loaner cars, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Lexus has the best CPO program in the industry.

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How Safe Is the LX?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2015 Lexus LX.

A rearview camera and Lexus’ Enform Safety Connect emergency notification system come standard in the LX. Available advanced safety features include front and rear parking sensors, a pre-collision warning system, adaptive cruise control, and wide-view side and front cameras for parking and off-roading. While this is a good amount of driver assistance features, many rivals offer more, like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. 

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2015 Lexus LX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus LX or Mercedes-Benz GL?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL doesn’t rank as well as the LX, principally because its reliability score, while acceptable, can’t match the LX’s perfect score. The GL has some of the same downfalls as the LX: Its infotainment system isn’t great, and the third row is not a comfortable place for adults. That said, in many ways the GL is the better SUV. Whereas the LX offers just one engine, the GL has four, ranging in horsepower from 240 to 550. Its base V6 engine can’t match the LX’s horsepower rating, but the GL’s is more fuel-efficient and moves the Mercedes with ease both around town and on the highway. Additionally, the GL has a nicer cabin with more standard features. You’ll also pay considerably less for the Mercedes (about $11,000 less on average). If you plan to do lots of off-roading, you’ll want the LX. But if its just-average reliability rating doesn’t deter you, go with the GL.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus LX or 2015 Cadillac Escalade?

Both the LX and the 2015 Cadillac Escalade are top contenders in the luxury large SUV class. If you regularly carry more than five people or lots of cargo, you’ll want the Escalade extended-wheelbase model (ESV). It provides adult-friendly third-row seating and class-leading cargo space. Also, the Escalade’s interior is more upscale and has more standard features than the LX. Additionally, you’ll probably pay less for the Escalade on average than for the LX. Still, if off-roading is a priority, the LX is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus LX or 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser?

As the corporate cousin of the LX, the 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser offers similar driving dynamics, off-road ability, and interior dimensions. Either SUV is a fine choice, but each offers a leg up over the other. The Land Cruiser has a higher towing limit of 8,200 pounds. Also, it comes standard with a rear-seat entertainment system and adaptive cruise control, which you’ll have to pay extra for in the LX. On the other hand, the Lexus has somewhat nicer materials quality and a superior reliability rating, although the Toyota’s is above average.

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2015 LX Performance

How Does the 2015 Lexus LX Drive? 

The 2015 Lexus LX has only one powertrain option: a V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain puts out 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough muscle to move the LX off the line with ease and handle most any highway passing maneuvers.

Ride quality is another story. The steering feels numb, and handling is ponderous. The LX rides well over rough terrain, but there’s considerable body lean around curves. This Lexus also has a large turning radius, so moving around mall parking lots and other tight places can be a challenge.

Does the 2015 Lexus LX Get Good Gas Mileage?

Simply put, fuel economy is terrible. The LX musters a paltry 12 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. Those are the worst numbers in the luxury large SUV class.

2015 Lexus LX Towing Capacity 

The 2015 Lexus LX is one of the most capable towing SUVs in its class. It can tow up to 7,000 pounds and comes standard with a Class-IV trailer hitch and trailer sway control.

2015 Lexus LX Off-Roading Capability

The 2015 LX is an excellent off-road vehicle. It has an approach angle of 27 degrees and a departure angle of 23 degrees. With its body-on-frame construction, full-time four-wheel drive, multi-terrain selector, and crawl control, the LX can tackle just about any terrain.

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2015 LX Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 LX Seat?

The 2015 Lexus LX seats eight people over three rows. Leather-trimmed seats and mahogany wood trim are standard. Well-equipped models have ventilated and heated front seats, heated second-row seats, and semi-aniline leather dash trim. The cabin features high-end materials, and the fit and finish are excellent. However, this is a competitive class, and some reviewers found the LX’s interior to be lacking compared to its competitors.

Both the first and second rows have good head- and legroom for passengers. Some people may find the second-row seats bolted a little low to the floor, which forces you to raise your knees higher than some may find comfortable. The driver’s seat has 14-way power adjustments, while the passenger seat has 12-way power adjustments. The front row adjustments are decent, but some competitors – like the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL – offer a greater range of adjustments. Second-row seats slide forward and back. The third-row seats are best left to children. It’s also important to note that these seats fold to the side of the cargo area, which limits the amount of usable cargo space.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Lexus LX? 

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the second-row outboard seats and a tether-only connection for the second-row middle seat. There are no third-row LATCH connectors. 

2015 Lexus LX Features

The 2015 Lexus LX 570 comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, a CD/DVD changer, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, nine speakers, a moonroof, a 120-volt outlet in the cargo area, and power outlets for the second row and center console.

Available features include a Mark Levinson 19-speaker sound system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, and proximity keyless entry.

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2015 Lexus LX Dimensions

Lexus LX Cargo Space

The 2015 Lexus LX has 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in place, 41 cubic feet when the third row is stowed, and 83.1 cubic feet when the second and third rows are stowed. Note that the third-row seats fold to the side of the cabin, which impedes cargo space.

2015 LX Length and Weight

The 2015 Lexus LX measures 16.5 feet long, and it has a curb weight of 6,000 pounds. Its gross vehicle weight rating is 7,385 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Lexus LX Built?

The 2015 Lexus LX was built in Japan.

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