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Is the redesigned 2022 Lexus LX 600 a good luxury SUV? 4 things we like, 4 we don’t | New

Luxury SUV buyers have certain expectations for their premium wagons, which is justifiable given their high prices. An opulent interior is a given, along with plenty of technical features and a suspension capable of delivering a comfortable ride, sporty handling or (ideally) both. Unfortunately, the newly redesigned 2022 Lexus LX 600 lacks everything but price.

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As before, the LX 600 is based on the venerable Toyota Land Cruiser, although the LX’s mainstream sibling is no longer offered in North America. That’s probably just as well given some of the shortcomings of the new LX 600.

Make no mistake: Lexus’ redesigned flagship isn’t without its virtues, which include a smooth and powerful powertrain, a comfortable ride, plenty of tech features and real off-road capability for those brave enough to take along. their $100,000 Lexus SUV in the woods. But the LX 600’s interior isn’t as well-appointed or spacious as some rivals, and others offer even more technical features. It may be a redesign, but the LX 600 looks dated right out of the box.

For a deeper dive into the 2022 Lexus LX 600, click the link above to read the full review from Detroit office chief Aaron Bragman. For a quicker look, read below – here are four things we love about the 2022 Lexus LX 600 and four we’re not so crazy about:

Things we love

1. Powertrain refinement

The old V-8 engine is a thing of the past, replaced by a more fuel-efficient and powerful 409-hp twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. In true Lexus fashion, power is smooth and gear changes are practically seamless. Overall, the powertrain is one area where the big Lexus is fully competitive with others in the class.

2. Driving position

One of the benefits of the LX 600’s old-school feel is a tall, relatively upright seating position for the rider, with a large, comfortable perch covered in high-grade leather. A large glass area and low beltline allow for excellent on-road or off-road visibility, aided by multiple cameras for tight spots.

3. Serene walk

The LX 600 does a commendable job of hiding its truck roots with a smooth, quiet and controlled ride around town or on the highway; that’s especially impressive considering that our F Sport tester featured sports suspension and big 22-inch wheels. We noticed little difference in performance with the F Sport, but the ride quality remained excellent.

4. True off-road chops

The LX 600 has long been known for its true off-road capability, and the newly redesigned model continues the tradition. In addition to standard four-wheel drive, the LX comes with an assortment of electronic bushwhacking aids, including a terrain monitoring system with multiple cameras, multiple electronically controlled modes to optimize the systems for off-road conditions, and a crawling control when things happen. particularly sticky.

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Things we don’t like

1. Big outside, small inside

Despite its rather large footprint, the LX 600 isn’t as roomy inside as you’d expect in a large SUV. There’s plenty of room up front, but things get cramped the further back you go. There’s not much legroom in the second row, where things are tight enough that front-seat occupants can expect to slide forward to make room. The third row isn’t big enough for adults, and raising or lowering the third row also requires sliding the second row seats forward.

2. Luxury Lite

The interior quality of the Lexus is a bit mixed, with quality leather, premium materials and lots of tech and convenience features – it’s just not as nice as you might expect in a vehicle of $100,000. There’s more hard plastic than expected in the category, and some parts look straight out of the Toyota corporate parts bin.

3. Screen issues

The LX 600 has two center displays in the dash, with a high-mounted 12.3-inch touchscreen for things like entertainment and navigation and a lower display for climate, vehicle information and more. . Although it’s a marked improvement over the old Lexus joystick system, the touchscreen isn’t as slick or sophisticated as competing systems. We’re also not convinced that two screens are better than one.

4. Full price

With a starting price just under $90,000 and a premium luxury version pushing $130,000, the Lexus LX 600 doesn’t come cheap. To put that into perspective, the entry price for a base model is about $10,000 more than a Mercedes-Benz GLS450 or BMW X7. Options can easily make these rivals considerably more expensive than the Lexus – but these rivals arguably offer more luxury and tech features, even with entry-level models.

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