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2022 Lexus LX 600: Can it replace the Land Cruiser?

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As someone who drove the LX 570 last winter and wasn’t particularly impressed, I’m excited to see the new 2022 Lexus LX 600 making folks smile. The LX 600 completely replaces the LX 570, which is a really good thing. But for U.S. customers, it is also replacing the Land Cruiser, which is no longer being sold here. While this new LX is completely capable of replacing the LC, it remains to be seen whether or not loyal fans of the Land Cruiser will accept it.

Publisher Tim Esterdahl recently got to spend some time in the 2022 Lexus LX 600 out in New Mexico. He did highway driving and off-roading and made a great video, which you can watch at the end of this post.

A few things to note about the 2022 Lexus LX 600

This all-new SUV is offered in five trim levels: Base, Premium, F Sport, Luxury and Ultra-Luxury. You’ll see Esterdahl driving multiple trim levels in his video because he’s at a launch event. This gives him the opportunity to show off some of the different interior materials, grille options and seating configurations. For the first time, the LX is offering a super-luxury package that only seats four people. It has four captain’s chairs, and the second-row chairs recline to 45 degrees, offering massaging seats and footrests. Sure, this one will cost upwards of $126k but for the customer looking for the most luxurious SUV money can buy, this will be an option.

This is also the first time an LX is sporting the F Sport badge, and this is the configuration I think I’d want. I like the blacked-out grille, and the red-and-black two-toned interior materials are a little sportier than the base model but not as luxurious as the higher trim levels. I’m also a fan of those 22-inch wheels!

Capable of replacing the Land Cruiser?

After watching Esterdahl’s video I’d say absolutely yes. This new LX is packed with off-road technology. And while it has the same engine as the new Tundra, it actually packs more horsepower than the Tundra thanks to premium fuel and special tuning.

The 2022 Lexus LX 600 comes equipped with tow hooks and recovery hooks, multiple drive modes, multi-terrain select and crawl control. It also has some nice front and side-view cameras to help you see where you’re going, and the dual-screen center console allows you to keep the camera views on while using the lower screen to access drive modes and climate controls.

Big changes for the LX

A few big changes were made to the LX when it jumped from 570 to 600. These include the discontinuation of the clamshell rear door and the side-fold of the rear seats.

The second and third rows now have USB charging options, and the third row, while it’s pretty thin and maybe a little cramped for adults, does offer the passengers cupholders and air vents for added comfort and convenience.

And speaking of convenience, Wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto are new for the LX 600 — no more cords!

I’m going to close with my very favorite change: no more touchpad. That’s right. Lexus has finally seen the light and replaced those pesky touchpads and joysticks with some pretty amazing touchscreen technology.

Watch the video and let us know in the comments which trim level you like the best.

 

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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