2023 Lexus LX600 - Modern Ultra Luxury Large SUV!

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Highs Good fuel economy for its size, comfy ride, Toyota Land Cruiser off-road genes.
Lows Weebly-wobbly handling, cramped third-row seating, for this money you could have had a Land Rover.
Verdict In a segment that values outright luxury the Lexus LX is a tough, capable brute with a soft side.

Overview

The Lexus LX is a big, modern, full-size luxury SUV that hasn’t sacrificed its off-road toughness. Based on the new Toyota Land Cruiser, which is no longer offered in North America, the LX600 is powered by a 409-hp twin-turbo V-6 with a 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. Rivals such as the BMW X7 and Cadillac Escalade offer a grander experience with a more adult-friendly third row, but the LX600 has other virtues. Instead of cold and corporate, it’s made for people who don’t mind getting sand between their toes. The LX600 is the epitome of glide, with a supple ride, adjustable air suspension, and comfy seats. But its stout body-on-frame construction and Land Cruiser DNA make it a luxury SUV that’s happy to go where the dirt is.

What's New for 2023?

Lexus delivered a completely new-generation LX last year and doesn’t make any major changes to it or 2023.

We think the Luxury trim represents the best value here—value being a relative term when you’re talking six-figure SUVS—as it adds niceties such as semi-aniline leather upholstery, a Mark Levinson stereo system, and handsome 22-inch wheels among other features. If you're looking for luxury that rivals the Range Rover or top-spec models from BMW and Mercedes, you'll want to go with the Ultra Luxury trim, but doing so limits the cabin to just four seats.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The LX600 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V-6 engine that makes 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive are both standard. This powertrain launched in the new Toyota Land Cruiser, which shares its mechanical underpinnings with the LX. Given Lexus's penchant for hybrid powertrains, we wouldn't be surprised to see a gas-electric setup under the LX's hood, similar to the one used in the 2022 Tundra pickup, but so far the company only offers this non-hybrid powertrain. On the road, the twin-turbo V-6 provides ample power as well as a refined nature suitable for a luxury vehicle such as the LX. In our testing the LX600 managed a 6.1-second zero-to-60-mph time, which will be more than enough for most drivers. Most models deliver a compliant ride, but those swooning over the F Sport model and its more aggressively-tuned suspension will have to put up with some ride harshness.

Towing and Payload Capacity

Every Lexus LX600 has an impressive towing capacity of 6000 pounds.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The LX600 earned fuel economy ratings of 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway from the EPA, but we haven't had a chance to test it on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route. For more information about the LX's fuel econo

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