2008 to Present: Lexus LX
The Lexus LX is the sister model to the Toyota Land Cruiser and the two models have a similar overall look. However, Lexus made some small changes to help the LX stand out. These include the brand’s spindle grille, LED headlights, running boards and a set of 20-inch wheels. Inside, the LX boasts a number of luxury appointments such as leather, heated seats, three-zone climate control, a nine-speaker Lexus audio system and the Lexus Enform infotainment system.
Power for the LX is a 5.7-liter V8 engine with 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. This comes paired up with a six-speed automatic transmission and a full-time four-wheel drive system. The EPA rates the LX at 12/17 mpg city/highway, or 14 mpg combined. There’s also a suite of off-road systems that come standard on the LX including an adaptive suspension system with adjustable height, crawl control, hill-start assist control and turn assist.
Earlier Lexus LX Models
The Lexus LX model first arrived on our shores back in 1995 as a 1996 model. Known as the LX 450, this first-generation model was basically the Toyota Land Cruiser with minor changes to exterior and interior pieces. Power came from a 4.5-liter six-cylinder engine with 215 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, which is paired up to a four-speed automatic.
In 1998, Lexus unveiled the second-generation LX, which is called the LX 470. The numerical model name corresponds to engine, which happens to be a 4.7-liter V8 engine. Throughout this generation, power increased from 230 horsepower to 268 horsepower. The transmission was a four-speed automatic, followed by a five-speed automatic in a refresh. Lexus also made sure to differentiate the LX from the Land Cruiser by giving its own design treatment inside and out.
The 2008 model year saw Lexus introduce the current-generation LX. The overall design is a bit more rounded when compared with past-generation models. A new 5.7-liter V8 bumped power to 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.