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Since luxury Japanese automaker Lexus is owned by Toyota, it’s not surprising that many of the brands’ vehicles share similarities. This is especially the case for the new 2022 Lexus LX 600, which draws substantial inspiration from the Toyota Land Cruiser.
If you were a fan of the Land Cruiser and wish it was still for sale in the U.S., here’s why you should definitely check out the LX 600.
The 2022 Lexus LX 600 is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser
The Toyota Land Cruiser has been the blueprint for the LX since 1995, according to DrivingLine, and the latest installment from Lexus continues the tradition.
According to Car and Driver, the 2022 Lexus LX 600 is based on the 300-series Toyota Land Cruiser, which is not available in the U.S.
HotCars suggested that this may be because its $85,000 price tag is not competitive in an already-saturated SUV market where comparable vehicles in the class offer very similar features for less.
The answer? Create the LX 600, whose luxury heritage and high-end features would ostensibly justify the higher price tag.
The LX 600 boasts modern sophistication and equally impressive performance
The look of the LX 600 isn’t too different from previous editions of the full-size SUV, but 2022 brings some new contemporary details. The customary Lexus “L” logo is swapped out for block-letter “LEXUS” badging above the trunk handle, and the front spindle grille is well-integrated.
Before the official specs of the LX 600 were released, Car and Driver surmised that the Lexus would be powered by the same 3.4-liter V6 as the Land Cruiser and the Toyota Tundra pickup, and they were right.
It gets 409 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, and that's more powerful than the LX's previous 5.7-liter V8.
On top of that, the LX 600 is well-equipped for off-roading. It comes standard with four-wheel drive, a tri-level adjustable suspension system, and various driving modes to tackle multiple terrains. Off-road cameras enhance visibility, adding to the overall experience.
The SUV’s interior is luxurious and packed with tech
The LX 600 can seat up to seven, depending on the trim you choose. The base trim seats five with its two-row configuration. Third-row seats (which can now be folded flat into the floor) provide extra seating in the Premium, Luxury, and F Sport trims.
For those seeking truly lavish comfort, the second-row seats in the four-seater Ultra Luxury edition recline, and you can even put your feet up—these seats come with footrests!
The standard tech in the LX 600 is equally impressive. There’s an eight-inch digital gauge cluster, but the star of the show is the dual-screen infotainment system, which features two touchscreens: one seven inches and the other just over 12 inches. Adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist are part of the LX 600’s standard suite of driver-assistance features, according to Car and Driver.
Given the Land Cruiser’s mid-$80K price tag and Lexus’ luxury status, it’s not surprising that Car and Driver expects the base trim of the LX 600 to retail for around $90,000 when it hits dealerships sometime in early 2022.
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