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The Lexus LX 600 F Sport grille is huge.

While the Toyota Land Cruiser remains available overseas, 2021 was the last year it was sold in the United States. At a time when SUVs are red hot, and classic Land Cruiser prices are skyrocketing, the calculus behind the decision to cease selling it on our shores is unclear. So if you managed to score a Land Cruiser Heritage Edition? Take good care of that rig, as it'll likely be worth big money in the future. 

Fortunately, Toyota didn't leave stateside fans entirely in the lurch. Because the 2022 Lexus LX 600 is based on the same rugged bones as the Land Cruiser, but features all the cushy luxury elements buyers have come to expect from Lexus. As someone who enjoyed driving the last generation Land Cruiser tremendously, I was stoked to get a chance to experience the current generation's upscale cousin. 

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2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport Exterior

In profile view, the styling of the Lexus LX 600 F Sport is conservative.

As with most modern Lexus product, how you feel about the exterior styling is going to come down to how you feel about the grille. In enthusiast circles, it's referred to as the "Predator grille," after Arnold Schwarzenegger's opponent in the 1987 film, and on the LX 600, it is absolutely massive. When I parked my tester next to my brother's Wrangler Rubicon, the Lexus looked like it could have inhaled the Jeep without missing a beat. I kind of dug it. 

In F Sport trim, the LX 600 features black mesh grille inserts, a black rear diffuser, a spoiler on the liftgate, and special badging on front fenders. All those features looked great against the premium Manganese Luster exterior finish, which like most high-end takes on gray, looks world's better in person. Aside from the extraterrestrial styling at the front end, the body lines of the LX 600 are relatively conservative, and I particularly liked the blocky fender flares. Also, while I wouldn't want to use them for rock crawling, the 22-inch forged aluminum wheels looked super sharp. 

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2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport Interior

Exterior view of the Lexus LX 600 F Sport

Like I mentioned above, I enjoyed driving the previous generation Land Cruiser quite a bit. As it is in the new Lexus, the driving position was commanding, but there was no getting around the fact that the platform was a little long in the tooth. That said, the interior of the Lexus felt significantly more modern. While it still retains a traditional transmission lever, the prevalence of screens showcased that there's plenty of brains to match the brawn. 

Along with the 12.3-inch display at the top of the dash, there's a secondary display in the center, and a vehicle information screen in the gauge cluster. The largest unit handles infotainment and navigation functions, while the lower screen is mostly dedicated to the drivetrain settings. Unlike some of its competitors, who won't be happy until the steering wheel is replaced by a touchpad, Lexus wisely decided to provide physical buttons for climate controls. Overall, the latest infotainment system works well, though it's curious that the vehicle's largest display is dedicated to one function at a time, instead of being able to simultaneously display, say, navigation and what you're listening to on the killer Mark Levinson sound system. 

Given that we're talking about a Lexus, the material quality of the interior is top notch, and both the front and second row chairs were heated and ventilated. But my favorite creature comfort was probably the integrated cool box in the large center console. During my week with the LX 600, I never got tired of using it to keep my kombucha ice cold. As with many three-row SUVs, the way back seats are best suited for children, but they fold flat with a touch a button, so it's easy to retain the extra cargo space until they're needed. 

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2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport Performance

The Lexus LX 600 F Sport is an imposing SUV

The biggest news about the LX 600 is in regards to the engine. Because while the V8 in the last generation was robust and relatively powerful, it was also quite thirsty. So for 2022, Lexus has employed a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, and the force-fed six is a gem. The new mill is good for 409 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, which for those keeping score, is a bump of 28 ponies and 78 pounds of twist. Plus, Lexus managed to cut a whopping 450 pounds off the gross weight of the old model, so the more powerful engine has less mass to haul.

Since my tester was the F Sport model, it featured a performance-tuned suspension, a limited slip rear differential, and a fat rear sway bar. Of course, this is a body-on-frame SUV with full-time four-wheel drive, not a corner-carving coupe, and when pushed on a twisty road, the LX 600 exhibited body roll and some diving under hard braking. For the record, it was nothing unusual, and I found the new rig's road manners to be more than just acceptable. Those handling characteristics are simply part of the tradeoff which happens when you build a vehicle with the ability to happily navigate a tour through every circle of Dante's Hell and have you home in time for cocktail hour. 

To be clear, I left the rough stuff for one of AutoNation Drive's video editors, who ensured that the LX 600's formidable battery of off-road kit was put to the test. But if you're wondering  whether this luxurious beast will handle your commute to work, the answer is an enthusiastic yes. Along with the full-time four-wheel drive system, a locking differential, a four-low setting, six terrain modes mean the onboard nannies are ready to help you tackle Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow, and Rock. And if you don't know what setting you should use? Leaving it in Auto will let the vehicle pick the best fit for the given terrain.  

The Lexus LX 600 is EPA rated at 17 city, 22 highway, and when properly equipped, will tow 8,000 pounds. 

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2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport Safety

The Lexus LX 600 F Sport has a fantastic camera system

At press time the Lexus LX 600 has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. For a brand-new model, this is not unusual. 

The LX 600 comes with the Lexus Safety System+ 2.5, which includes a robust list of safety tech, including a Pre-Collision System, Frontal Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and Bicycle Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Land Tracing Assist. Also included is All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High Beams, and an excellent Panoramic View Monitor.

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2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport Overall

Instead of using an emblem, the rear liftgate of the Lexus LX 600 F Sport spells out Lexus.

The Lexus LX 600 is a luxurious, capable, and frankly, imposing SUV. It's a worthy entry in the legendary Land Cruiser line, and over the long term, will likely prove as durable as its elder siblings. Of course, most models won't be tasked with anything trickier than cresting a curb at Whole Foods, but the robust drivetrain ensures it'll tackle virtually anything drivers will throw at it. If you're looking for bulletproof mechanicals, rugged 4x4 kit, and top-notch comfort, visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Lexus dealer to take a test drive. 

The starting price of my LX 600 tester was $101,000, and after adding the Premium Paint ($595), the Mark Levinson Sound System ($2,600), and Delivery ($1,345), the total came to $105,600.

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John Coyle | April 14, 2022

2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport Specs

Layout

4-door
5-passenger
4x4

Powertrain

3.5L twin turbo V6
409 hp, 479 lb-ft
Ten-speed auto

Mileage

17/22
(city/hwy)

NHTSA Rating

N/A


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