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2016 Lexus LX Review

The 2016 Lexus LX places in the top half of our luxury large SUV rankings. It pairs a luxurious, comfortable cabin with superb off-roading capabilities, and it’s expected to be one of the most reliable vehicles in its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch interior
  • Class-leading reliability score
  • Exceptional off-road ability
  • Poor fuel economy estimates
  • Less cargo room than rivals

New for 2016

  • Eight-speed automatic transmission replaced six-speed automatic
  • Enhanced infotainment system with Remote Touch
  • More standard safety features, including 360-degree camera system and blind spot monitoring




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Lexus LX Overview

Is the 2016 Lexus LX a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Lexus LX presents an excellent combination of ruggedness and luxury. It has outstanding off-road performance and an opulent interior. The LX also earns an excellent reliability score from J.D. Power, though it has less cargo space and lower fuel economy estimates than a number of rivals.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Lexus LX review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 56 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2016 Lexus LX?

The average price of a 2016 Lexus LX is $75,000, based on more than 50 vehicle listings on our used car site. That’s one of the highest average prices in our 2016 luxury large SUV rankings. Overall prices for the 2016 LX range between $69,500 and $81,500, depending on factors like vehicle condition, mileage, and regional demand.

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How Much Does the 2016 Lexus LX Cost to Own?

Over the course of five years, you can expect to pay around $33,500 to insure, fuel, maintain, and repair a 2016 Lexus LX. In comparison, these expenses for the 2016 Land Cruiser – the LX’s Toyota twin – cost around $31,600.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New LX?

There aren’t many compelling reasons to buy a new 2018 LX 570 over a used 2016 model. Lexus has made few changes to this SUV since 2016, save one; the 2018 LX 570 is available in both 2-row and 3-row configurations. Note that if you do decide to buy new, you’ll have to spend around $10,000 more. Prices for the 2-row 2018 LX start at $85,380, while the 3-row-only 2016 LX has an average cost of $75,000. Overall, the 2016 LX is the better value.

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A handful of new luxury large SUVs have a starting price that’s close to the cost of a used 2016 LX. Of these, the 2018 Lincoln Navigator ($72,055) is one of the best. Fully redesigned for 2018, the Navigator adeptly balances performance with opulence. Standout features include a powerful twin-turbo V6 engine, a towing capacity of up to 8,700 pounds, a modern and high-quality cabin, and loads of cargo space. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS is also a worthy contender. With prices that start at $69,550, the GLS gives you a little wiggle room in your budget to add one of the many alluring upgrades Mercedes offers (such as Apple CarPlay or massaging front seats).

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Lexus LX?

The Lexus LX has a reliability score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is outstanding both in this class and in the auto industry as a whole.

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2016 Lexus LX Recalls

As of this writing, there are no recalls on the 2016 LX 570.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus LX Is Best? 

The 2016 Lexus LX is part of a generation that began with the 2008 model year and includes the 2018 model. For the 2016 model year, Lexus added an eight-speed automatic transmission, an upgraded infotainment system with Remote Touch, standard blind spot monitoring, and a 360-degree camera system. If these updates don’t fall under your list of essentials, you may want to go with an older (and better-scoring) 2014 LX or 2015 LX to save money.

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Which Used Lexus LX Model Is Right for Me?

The Lexus LX comes in just one trim, and it’s very well-equipped. A few models boast upgraded features such as a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats, upgraded leather upholstery, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system, wireless smartphone charging, a head-up display, and Lexus' Enform Remote, which lets drivers control some vehicle systems through a smartphone.

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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?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not perform crash testing on the 2016 Lexus LX. This is the case for many high-end SUVs. 

The Lexus LX has more standard safety features than most rivals. It comes with 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. Some used LX models may have a head-up display.

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2016 Lexus LX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus LX or 2016 Land Rover Range Rover?

Like the Lexus LX, the Land Rover Range Rover has excellent off-roading capabilities. Both SUVs have strong engines, upscale cabins, and comfortable rides. However, the Range Rover only has two rows of seats, and the LX comes with more technology features. The Lexus is the better value overall.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus LX or 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser?

The Lexus LX is essentially a Lexus-branded version of the Toyota Land Cruiser. The two SUVs have similar powertrains and excellent off-road abilities. Buyers who want more upscale accommodations may prefer the LX. The Land Cruiser is a much better value, though. It costs less to buy, has lower ownership costs, and comes with a few more standard tech features (including a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system).

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus LX or 2016 Cadillac Escalade?

If you plan to stay on paved roads, check out the Cadillac Escalade. It has one of the most luxurious cabins in the class, with supportive, comfortable first- and second-row seats. The Escalade also has much more cargo space than the LX, and its V8 engine is more powerful than the Lexus LX's.

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2016 LX Performance

How Does the 2016 Lexus LX Drive?

The 2016 Lexus LX 570 has a strong 383-horsepower V8 engine that produces authoritative acceleration. It also has excellent off-roading capabilities thanks to its standard four-wheel drive, as well as a number of available off-roading features. On paved surfaces, the LX has composed handling and a comfortable ride, though you may experience poor steering feedback and some body roll at times.

Does the 2016 Lexus LX Get Good Gas Mileage?

You'll trade power for fuel economy with the 2016 LX. It gets just 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway – some of the lowest estimates in the thirsty large luxury SUV class.

2016 Lexus LX Towing Capacity

A properly equipped 2016 LX 570 can tow up to 7,000 pounds.

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2016 LX Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 LX Seat?

The 2016 Lexus LX 570 seats eight and has plenty of high-end cabin materials. The first two rows of seats are spacious. The third row isn't very adult-friendly, but that is true of most SUVs in the class.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Lexus LX?

For securing child safety seats, the second row of the LX comes with two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors.

2016 Lexus LX Features

Standard features in the LX include a power moonroof, quad-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch display, Lexus' Remote Touch controller, navigation, a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, USB ports, and Bluetooth. Remote Touch can be difficult to use, especially while driving. Available features include a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system, wireless smartphone charging, and Lexus' Enform Remote, which lets drivers control some vehicle functions via a smartphone.

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2016 Lexus LX Dimensions

Lexus LX Cargo Space

The LX’s cargo space isn’t as roomy as some competitors'. It offers 9.1 cubic feet behind the rearmost seats, and up to 73.1 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded.

Lexus LX Length and Weight

The LX has a curb weight of 6,000 pounds and a gross vehicle weight of 7,385 pounds. It is 16.6 feet long.

Where Was the 2016 Lexus LX Built?

Lexus built the 2016 LX in Japan, alongside the Lexus GX, Lexus LS, and Lexus RC.

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