2022 Lexus LX Review: Completely Redesigned But Still Not Compelling

2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport
The Lexus LX 600 has been redesigned for the 2022 model year. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The market for the 2022 Lexus LX in the U.S. isn't just crowded with Land Rover varieties, Lincoln's flagship Navigator, and the revised Acura MDX. It competes directly with models that weren't on the market when the last-generation LX debuted in 2007, including the Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride.

This new generation LX needs to be more than just a fancier take on the Land Cruiser, a model that has exited the U.S. It needs to move the needle for more than just Toyota and Lexus loyalists, and goshdarnit, it tries really hard.

The new LX sits in virtually the same footprint as the old, but its interior dimensions have gotten worse for occupants. All versions of the SUV have less legroom for every passenger, no matter if it's the two- or three-row version. It has also lost gobs of cargo room in the generational switchover.

The luxury arm of Toyota is selling the model in five variants the U.S., including two new models, the LX 600 F Sport Handling and top-tier LX 600 Ultra Luxury.

Lexus has put a twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V6 under the hood of the SUV and paired it with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque more efficiently than the previous generation's V8 power plant.

2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport
The face of the new LX has many o the hallmark angles and breasts of Lexus sedans. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

With the LX's over 400-pound weight reduction from the previous model, the powertrain is sufficient to accelerate without the hint of being held back.

There is a big upside with the new engine and weight loss combination. The new LX gets 17 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. That's up from the 12 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway the previous generation achieved.

Built on the same platform as the 2022 Toyota Tundra and 2023 Toyota Sequoia, the LX's ride and handling are worlds above where they were last model year. Still, the model drives like a truck and isn't as engaging or smooth to handle as the MDX or Kia Telluride.

2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport
The 2022 Lexus LX 600 wears "Lexus" badging on its liftgate. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

In the more performance-focused LX 600 F Sport model there isn't any type of sportiness. Though it comes with Torsen limited slip differential and unique 22-inch wheels, the name is more marketing than packaging.

The interior of the LX suffers form the same Lexus design that plagues the company's Sienna. The large center console takes up far too much space and subdivides the cabin more than is ideal.

The rest of the cabin features aesthetics that are straight from the modern Lexus playbook. Black plastic dominate surfaces, on the console including buttons that control the climate and drive dynamics, attracting dust and fingerprints like moths to light.

2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport
The 2022 Lexus LX has a large, truck-like console that subdivides the cabin. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Despite its shrunken proportions, the seats in the first two rows of the LX are comfortable for adults. Hours behind the wheel and tight, twisting turns aren't enough to make one uncomfortable.

In premium versions of the SUV, the second row captain's chair is able to be maneuvered into a recliner mode that makes those afternoons waiting at soccer practice a bit more relaxing. But, the car has to be powered on to move the seat, so prepare to stretch to shut off the LX after moving from the driver's seat to the second row.

The biggest enhancement to the LX is its infotainment system, which consists of a 12.3-inch upper screen and 7-inch lower screen. The screens aren't as responsive as what would be ideal, but there's no Lexus Remote Touchpad so that makes up for nearly everything.

2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport
The SUV has two touch screens on the center console. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Where the Lexus LX wins is in its standard safety equipment. Each model comes with Lexus Safety System+ 2.5, which features a pre-collision warning system, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and bicyclist detection and emergency evasive steering assist. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, lane departure warning with steering assist, lane tracing assist, road sign assist, and automatic high beam headlights round out the package.

The features, like every other safety system have their highs and lows, but nothing is so egregious that it is worth noting here.

Look, the LX is fine. It moves the LX story ahead, but is held back by the lack of passenger and cargo space. Its high price tag causes it to compete directly with the Land Rover Range Rover, which has also recently undergone a generational change. If Lexus conquests any of those customers, it's because they're shopping for reliability over style.

Land Cruiser orphans may move to the LX, but the upscale and lower-priced four-wheel drive SUVs that have arrived on-market, especially the new Toyota Sequoia Capstone, may be more intriguing options.

The 2022 Lexus LX 600 starts at $88,245 and goes up to $127,345 before destination and delivery charges. Though it's priced to compete with the Range Rover, the LX isn't as refined.

At first glance, unless a buyer really wants to have that "L" logo up front, there's not a lot of reason to go with the LX and not a high-grade Sequoia when it becomes available, while saving tens of thousands of dollars in the process.

None of these issues are an LX problem. They're a Lexus problem.