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2018 Lexus LX Review

The 2018 Lexus LX has a superb predicted reliability rating, but it trails much of the competition when it comes to cargo space and user-friendly technology. It places in the middle of our luxury large SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Luxurious, quiet interior
  • Superb predicted reliability rating
  • Excellent off-roading abilities
  • Challenging infotainment system controls
  • Limited cargo space
  • Below-average fuel economy rating
  • Average price is high for the class




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Lexus LX Overview

Is the 2018 Lexus LX a Good Used SUV?

The Lexus LX 570 is an OK SUV. This trucklike body-on-frame luxury large SUV is pricey, however, and fails to match competitors in areas such as seating comfort and fuel economy. Before buying, be sure to shop the competition.

The 2018 Lexus LX 570 has some appealing strengths:

  • Posh cabin with top-notch materials
  • Available with either two or three rows
  • Standard four-wheel drive
  • Capable off-roader with standard features including a two-speed transfer case, a locking center differential, and a Multi-Terrain Select system
  • High resale value
  • Outstanding predicted reliability rating

But its shortcomings are significant:

  • List prices are high for the class
  • Fuel, insurance, and maintenance costs are above average
  • Notable body lean in curves
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Controls for infotainment system are cumbersome and distracting
  • Cargo space is below average in both two- and three-row configurations
  • Towing capacity is low for the class
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How Much Is the 2018 Lexus LX?

Used 2018 models are beginning to appear at Lexus dealers and at other dealer lots. Listings on our site for the LX range in price from $72,900 to $84,800, with an average price of $77,600. Prices vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Lexus LX Cost to Own?

The 2018 LX’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $36,240, or $7,248 per year. That’s above average for a full-size luxury large SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New LX?

Lexus didn't make any notable changes to the LX 570 for 2019. Bypassing a new LX in favor of a 2018 edition will likely save you money, and you'll get a nearly identical vehicle.

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Among recent model years, we recommend sticking with 2016 and newer LX models. In addition to refreshing its styling for 2016, Lexus replaced the old six-speed automatic transmission with an eight-speed automatic and added a new Drive Mode Select system with Eco, Comfort, and Sport modes. The Lexus Safety System became standard for 2016, adding high-tech features such as front collision prevention, pedestrian monitoring, and full-speed adaptive cruise control. Note that if you want a used two-row LX, you'll need to stick with the 2018 model year, when it first joined the lineup.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Lexus LX?

The 2018 Lexus LX 570 has an excellent predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Lexus LX Recalls

At the time of writing, one recall has been issued for the 2018 Lexus LX:

  • 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 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Lexus LX 570 comes in only one trim. Most features are standard, and relatively few options are available. There are two configurations to choose from: the five-passenger two-row edition (new for 2018) and the eight-passenger three-row version. These two are nearly identical, other than the seating arrangements and cargo areas.

Every LX 570 comes with a 12.3-inch infotainment display, a navigation system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB ports, a 360-degree camera system, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward pre-collision warning with automatic braking. Additional standard features include leather seats, power-adjustable front seats, quad-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

One of the few available packages is the Luxury package, which adds heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats. Standalone options include a rear-seat entertainment system, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, wireless charging for enabled smartphones, and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system.

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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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration put the 2018 Lexus LX through crash tests, which is normal for a high-end SUV.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • 360-degree camera system
  • forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • pedestrian detection
  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane departure warning
  • park assist
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert

Available advanced safety features:

  • head-up display

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2018 Lexus LX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Lexus LX or 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser?

Unless you are explicitly interested in acquiring a Lexus badge, you should probably buy a 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser instead. Its lower purchase price saves you an average of $5,600. Additionally, the Toyota could save you around $1,100 each year when it comes to fuel, maintenance, repairs, and insurance. If all that extra green isn't enough to convince you, consider this: The Land Cruiser comes with more features. Among its standard amenities are heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and wireless phone charging. These are optional in the LX.

Which Is Better: 2018 Lexus LX or 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS ranks much higher than the LX. This is partly because the GLS is exceptionally roomy inside, and even medium-size adults can ride in its third row. In addition to offering more second- and third-row legroom than the LX, the GLS has more cargo space. Most will find the infotainment system in the GLS easier to use as well. For these reasons, the Mercedes earns our nod of approval.

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2018 LX Performance

How Does the 2018 Lexus LX Drive?

The LX 570's V8 engine is powerful enough to climb mountain passes with ease. Alongside many classmates though, the LX isn't especially brisk or fuel-efficient. This is a trucklike body-on-frame vehicle, so it has less agility and more body lean in the corners than a carlike crossover SUV. Still, the LX is pleasant and composed on the highway and is also very capable off-road. Standard off-roading equipment includes full-time four-wheel drive, a two-speed transfer case, a locking center differential, crawl control, and an adjustable suspension. The Multi-Terrain Select system includes Rock, Rock and Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock, and Mud and Sand modes.

  • Engine: 383-horsepower 5.7-liter V8
  • Drivetrain: four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Lexus LX Get Good Gas Mileage?

The LX 570 isn't fuel-efficient, though part of its below-average fuel economy rating is because it comes standard with four-wheel drive.

  • 13/18 mpg city/highway
2018 Lexus LX Towing Capacity

The LX can tow up to 7,000 pounds when properly equipped. That's below average for the luxury large SUV class.

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2018 LX Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 LX Seat?

The two-row LX 570 seats five people, and the three-row model seats up to eight. Visibility is good from the front seats, and the cushions are supportive. Some professional reviewers say this Lexus is a little skimpy when it comes to front-seat adjustment settings. In the second row, comfort and space are decent but are by no means at the top of the class. For adults, the third-row seats are cramped and tricky to access, which is typical for a three-row luxury SUV.

Though its seats get mixed reviews, no such uncertainty applies to the LX 570's interior quality. First-class materials such as supple leather and attractive wood inlays are plentiful inside this posh cabin.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • 14-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • 12-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • power-sliding second-row seats
  • power-folding third-row seats

Available seating features:

  • heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Lexus LX?

The 2018 LX has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats of the second row.

2018 Lexus LX Features

The Enform infotainment system in the Lexus LX has a beautiful 12.3-inch display. It can be challenging to use this interface, however, as the mouselike controller is awkward to manipulate and often requires you to take your eyes off the road.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 12.3-inch display, Lexus' Remote Touch controller, a nine-speaker audio system, a navigation system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system, and wireless smartphone charging
  • Additional standard features: a moonroof and quad-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: a cooled center console and Lexus' Enform Remote, which lets drivers control some vehicle systems via a smartphone

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2018 Lexus LX Dimensions

Lexus LX Cargo Space

For a full-size SUV, the LX doesn't have much cargo space. Three-row models have 9.1 cubic feet of space with every seat in place, 24.8 cubic feet with the third row folded, and up to 44.7 cubic feet with all rear seats folded. One issue with the three-row LX is that the third row doesn't fold flat into the floor. Instead, the seatbacks either fold forward or the entire seat folds up to the side. In either configuration, the seats infringe on your useable space.

The two-row model fairs a little better, though it also has less cargo space than most luxury large SUVs. It has 31.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat and up to 50.5 cubic feet overall.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Lexus LX Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 8 inches
  • Curb weight: 5,800 to 6,000 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 7,385 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Lexus LX Built?

Lexus built the LX in Japan.

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