2018 Lexus LX

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MSRP: $85,630 - 90,630

2018 Lexus LX Review

The 2018 Lexus LX rates well for predicted reliability, boasts impressive off-road capabilities, and features a luxe cabin. However, distracting infotainment controls and below-average cargo space strand this Lexus in the middle of the competitive luxury large SUV class.




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.5
Safety: N/A
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Pros & Cons

  • Cushioned ride
  • Great for off-roading
  • Upscale cabin
  • Less cargo space than rivals
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Distracting infotainment system controller

Is the Lexus LX a Good SUV?

Yes, the Lexus LX is a good SUV. Its spacious interior and top-notch cabin make the grade for what a luxury large SUV should be. But don’t let that refinement fool you – the LX is also one of the most capable off-road SUVs out there. Plus, like many Lexus vehicles, the LX rates highly for predicted reliability.

However, it’s not perfect. Other competitors give you more cargo space and far simpler tech features. Some are available for thousands of dollars less, as well.

Should I Buy the Lexus LX?

Buying a Lexus LX 570 isn’t the best decision for most people. While this is a good SUV, it has one of the highest starting prices in the class. It also hasn’t been fully redesigned in a decade, so it's starting to show its age. No matter what you’re looking for in your next luxury SUV, there are better options than the LX.

The Mercedes-Benz GLS offers dynamic performance, one of the nicest interiors in the segment, and a lower price than the LX. The Toyota Land Cruiser is another good alternative that exhibits similar off-road prowess to the Lexus, but with a slightly lower price tag.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Lexus LX?

For 2018, Lexus introduced a 2-row version of the LX to go along with the previously standard 3-row configuration. Aside from the new model, the LX saw no major changes for the 2018 or 2017 model years. That means that a 2016 LX is essentially the same SUV as the 2018 model, but likely much less expensive. The 2016 model saw several important additions. Advanced safety features like a 360-degree camera, forward collision warning, and blind spot monitoring became standard, and an eight-speed automatic replaced the old six-speed transmission. The 2016 LX also added refreshed styling inside and out, along with a new infotainment system.

To research other models in this generation, read our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 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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How Much Does the Lexus LX Cost?

The Lexus LX has a higher starting price than most of its competitors. It starts at $85,380 for the 2-row LX and $90,380 for the 3-row model. Only the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Land Rover Range Rover have higher starting prices, and some class rivals have base prices around $20,000 less than the LX. However, the LX only comes in one trim, and most of its features come standard. So while you might see your price tag soar when you add options to other luxury large SUVs, this Lexus tops out in the high-$90,000s – a price tag on par with several fully loaded competitors.

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 ranks near the top of our luxury large SUVs list, and its starting price is about $15,000 lower than that of the LX 570. The GLS’ cabin is one of the nicest in the class, with modern and stylish design elements. All three rows of its seats are spacious and supportive. This Benz has more cargo space than the Lexus and a longer list of driver assistance and infotainment features. When it comes to performance, the GLS is more dynamic. There are three energetic engine options, including a 577-horsepower V8 that can accelerate the GLS from zero to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. The GLS has more capable handling than most rivals, along with a smooth ride. Although the Mercedes comes with standard all-wheel drive, it’s no match for the LX’s vastly superior off-road chops. Go with the GLS for an all-around better SUV, unless off-roading is your primary aim.

Which Is Better: Lexus LX or Toyota Land Cruiser?

If you’re considering the LX for off-road adventures, you should also check out the Toyota Land Cruiser. The LX is based on the Land Cruiser, so they're similar in many ways. The Land Cruiser offers full-time four-wheel drive, reinforced skid plates, crawl control, and an adjustable suspension. It also has the same Multi-Terrain Select system that comes with the LX, as well as the same V8 engine. The Land Cruiser's interior is nice, but the LX's is nicer. On the other hand, the Land Cruiser has a far more user-friendly infotainment system. Prices start at around $85,000 for both models, but you’ll have to shell out an extra $6,000 to get eight seats in the LX. The Land Cruiser is the better value.

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LX Interior

How Many People Does the LX Seat?

This Lexus seats five people in 2-row models and eight people in 3-row models. The first two rows of seats have ample room for adult passengers and offer drivers a commanding view of the road. As is common in 3-row, eight-passenger SUVs, the LX’s rearmost seats are too small for adults to ride comfortably on for anything but short drives.

LX and Car Seats

The LX has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, both of which are in the second row.

LX Interior Quality

The Lexus LX has an elegant cabin filled with top-notch materials. However, this SUV hasn’t been fully redesigned in a decade, and the interior design isn’t as modern as in some rivals.

LX Cargo Space

Both 2- and 3-row LX models have less cargo space than many of its competitors. In 2-row models, there is 34.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row and about 50 cubic feet with the second row folded. In 3-row models, there is 9.1 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 27.3 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 44.7 with both rear rows folded.

The LX's third row folds up to the sides of the cargo area rather than down into the floor as in most SUVs. This provides a flat floor but also reduces usable width of the cargo bay.

LX Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the LX include a moonroof, quad-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch display, Lexus' Remote Touch controller, navigation, satellite radio, USB ports, and Bluetooth. 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 systems via a smartphone.

The LX provides physical controls for many audio and climate functions, and you may get good use out of them, as the mouselike Remote Touch controller can be distracting for drivers to use on the go. While the LX offers a lot of infotainment features, it doesn’t have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which many rivals offer.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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LX Performance

LX Engine: Powerful, but Not Quick

You only have one engine option with this Lexus: a 383-horsepower V8. It is powerful and has little trouble moving the LX. However, class rivals – some of which have twin-turbocharged V8 engines – provide better acceleration.

LX Gas Mileage: Expect Frequent Fill-Ups

The LX gets some of the worst fuel economy ratings in the class (in any class, really). It earns just 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. Those are the same ratings you’ll get in the Toyota Land Cruiser. The Mercedes-Benz GLS gets better ratings than the LX, and it’ll save you about $650 per year in gas money.

LX Ride and Handling: Comfortable, but a Bit Clumsy

The LX has all the handling prowess you’d expect from a large SUV, which is to say not that much. As a body-on-frame vehicle, it leans around corners, and the steering feels vague. On the bright side, this Lexus provides a cushioned ride.

LX Off-Road Performance

Land Rovers get all the publicity when it comes to capable luxury off-roaders, but the Lexus LX holds its own away from the pavement. It has numerous off-road features, including crawl control, an adjustable suspension, a locking center differential, and more.

LX Towing Capacity

The LX has a maximum towing capacity of 7,000 pounds. Most other luxury large SUVs can tow more.

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LX Reliability

Is the Lexus LX Reliable?

The 2018 LX has a great predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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. That’s better than the warranty terms some rivals offer.

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LX Safety

LX Crash Test Results

The 2018 LX has not been fully tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, it earns four out of five stars in the NHTSA's frontal crash test and five stars in the rollover test.

LX Safety Features

Standard active safety features in the LX 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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Which Lexus LX Model Is Right for Me?

The Lexus LX 570 takes a lot of stress out of the buying process because it only comes in one trim. Additionally, most features come standard in the LX, so there aren’t many option packages to sort through. The starting price for this Lexus is $85,380 for the 2-row model and $90,380 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 2018 Lexus LX is a luxury large SUV with a smooth ride and a well-appointed interior. It’s also surprisingly capable when you venture away from the pavement. However, there are class rivals with more energetic powertrains, higher towing capacities, more cargo space, and better infotainment systems. The LX is a good SUV, but there are better buying options out there.

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

  • It comes with a well-equipped interior, a standard and capable four-wheel-drive system, and the ability to tow heavy trailers. This formula has kept the LX 570 at the forefront of luxury SUVs for quite some time. But if you do some research you'll find there are some drawbacks. The LX gets poor fuel economy, it can't tow quite as much as top rivals, it's low on cargo space, and the interior, though full of bells and whistles, just isn't as impressive as it used to be." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • 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)
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