The Lexus LX600 was the large luxury SUV that unexpectedly ended up in my driveway shortly before I was leaving on a road trip to New York. Normally, I’m spending a week around town before giving my thoughts on the latest vehicle. But in this case, I got to put 500 meaningful miles on the LX600 F-Sport, rendering a more enthusiastic than usual review.
Enthusiasm isn’t always positive though. Lexus is a solid brand, especially when it comes to blending luxury with off-road prowess. The newest edition of the LX600 is no different, promising advancements in comfort, power, and sophistication. Is this the ultimate luxury SUV you’ve been dreaming of? Let’s weigh in on the pros and cons to find out.
Video Review of the Lexus LX600
There’s nothing better than hearing it direct from the horse’s mouth so here’s a rundown of everything I loved and didn’t love after spending a week in the LX600.
As expected from Lexus, the LX600 offers a first-class cabin experience. High-end materials are used throughout, with buttery-soft leather and open-pore wood accents creating an opulent environment. Whether you’re tackling rough terrains or gliding on a freeway, the LX600 ensures a quiet and smooth ride.
The LX600 sports a new 3.4L twin-turbo V6, replacing the older V8 engine. This upgrade means more power and better fuel efficiency. Coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission, the LX600 delivers a responsive driving experience that made it rather difficult for me NOT to put the pedal to the metal. Responsiveness is an understatement.
Impressive Off-Road Capability
Despite its luxurious appointment, the LX600 is designed to be a beast off-road. With features like Multi-Terrain Select, Crawl Control, and a new Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (E-KDSS), it can confidently tackle challenging terrains. I didn’t take the LX600 off road but I have had experience in driving Lexus’ line up in challenging conditions and it can handle it.
The LX600 boasts a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. This model also incorporates the latest version of Lexus Safety System+, offering a host of driver-assistance features for added safety and convenience. And I have to say that it has the most reliable wireless Apple CarPly and charging system that I’ve ever used.
With luxury and performance comes a hefty price tag. The LX600 is significantly more expensive than many of its competitors, which may be a deterrent for some buyers. It was certainly a deterrent for me, as compared to other vehicles in this price range like the Grand Wagoneer.
While the new V6 engine improves fuel efficiency compared to the old V8, the LX600 is still thirsty compared to other luxury SUVs. This can be a downside if you’re conscious about running costs. Filling up (which I had to do several times during the week) set me back about $80 (and that’s on the East Coast!).
The LX600’s imposing size, while great for interior space, can make it challenging to maneuver in tight urban settings and small parking spaces. That said, it was much more manageable than, say, my husband’s Ford Expedition Max.
Infotainment System Learning Curve
While technologically advanced, the LX600’s infotainment system has a learning curve and can be distracting to use while driving. In a word, confusing.
Final Thoughts on the Lexus LX600
The Lexus LX600 is a compelling package of luxury, power, and rugged capability. It may come with a substantial price tag, but for those who value a blend of opulence, performance, and off-road potential, the LX600 might just be the perfect fit. Especially if you’re still looking for the durability of the Toyota Land Cruiser, which shares the same platform.
Remember, it’s not just an SUV, it’s a statement of style, power, and status. But for $100k, make sure you look at all your options.