Lexus LX 500d Sport 4WD 2022 Review

Lexus LX is it any good

LX 500d – Following on from the all new LandCruiser Lexus recently released their all new LX luxury 4WDs.     2022 Lexus LX 500d front view  Now available in twin turbocharged V6 petrol and diesel engines there are TWO models, the LX 500d, and LX 600 with some variations.  They also come in a choice of 4, 5 or seven seat configurations depending on which model you choose.

The first thing you notice is the big bold front grill that has presence. The next thing you notice is inside where even the base model is luxuriously equipped. This is armchair cruising.

Little luxuries like heated front seats, four zone climate controlled A/C, power folding third row seats and large centre storage bin add to the comfort.

2022 Lexus LX 500d (Khaki Metal)

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The version we drove this week is the LX 500d with the enhancement pack. This includes 22 inch alloy wheels, moonroof and hands free kick opening on the tailgate.

Unlike many luxury SUVs the LX is a true dual range 4WD that has the same capability as the 300 series LandCruiser. It will also tow 3500kg and I have found they are often used to tow horse floats, boats etc.

With 227kW of power and 700Nm of torque towing is easy.

The Lexus LX 500d with enhancement pack is priced from around $154,300 plus the usual costs

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Im Rob Fraser.

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What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Comfortable Ride and Handling
  • V6 Diesel is good
  • Focused 4WD Capability
  • No Head up Display
  • No massage seats
  • Heavy on fuel

2022 Lexus LX 500d F Sport (White Nova)

Model   

2022 Lexus LX 500d  

Model Price $154,300 MLP*
Engine 3.3L V6 Cyl Twin Turbo diesel
Drivetrain Dual Range 4×4 10 speed Sports Auto
Power 227kW @ 4,000rpm
Torque 700Nm @ 1,600-2,600rpm
Safety N/A
CO2 Emissions 207 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity 8.9L/100km /10.2L/100km on test / 110L
0-100kmh/Top Speed N/A / 210kmh
Servicing 6 mths/ 10,000km  Capped price
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Overall Rating    

86/100

Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Towing / 4WD Ability 10 – Towing 5/5 – 4WD 5/5
Technology / Connectivity 8
Value for Money 7

*Towing and AWD Capability is compared to other similar vehicles in the same class.

2022 Lexus LX 500d (Khaki Metal)

Dimensions

 
Overall Length / Wheelbase 5100mm / 2850mm
Width / Height 1990mm / 1895mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 205mm / TBCmm
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 110 Litres / 11.8mts KTK
Boot space Min / Max 1109 / 1960L
Approach / rampover / departure degrees 22 / 22.7 / 22.8
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload 2690kg / 3280kg / 6780kg / 590kg
Max Roof Load: TBC
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 3500kg / 350kg

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Some additional LX 500d thoughts

  • We utilised the LX to tow a vehicle out to the farm and brought back a WW2 jeep we are going to recondition
  • The V6 diesel proved a willing tow vehicle
  • There was however a flat spot around 2000rpm which necessitated vigilance
  • The LX cruised smoothly, comfortably and quietly.
  • Inside it was comfort and luxury all the way
  • As we headed out amongst the recent deluges Sydney has been having, the traction of permanent 4WD was greatly appreciated.
  • As was the automatic lighting and high beam with auto levelling functionality
  • It was that muddy on the farm we had to wash the car before we returned it.
  • Little luxuries like heated seats, lumbar support, 4 zone A/C all added to the comfort.
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto would be handy as would a HUD.

2022 Lexus LX 500d rear quarter

Lexus LX Model Walk

LX 500d

Mechanical

  • 3-litre F33A-FTV twin-turbocharged diesel V6 engine (new to Lexus)
    • Peak power output of 227kW
    • Peak torque output of 700Nm
  • Direct-shift 10-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode (new to LX)
  • Six-mode Drive Mode Select
  • Low-range transfer case
  • Full-time all-wheel drive with lockable Torsen ®centre differential
  • 80-litre fuel tank
  • 200A alternator
  • Adaptive variable suspension (AVS)
  • 4-wheel active height control suspension (AHC)
  • Multi-Terrain Select (MTS)

2022 Lexus LX 500d profile

Exterior

  • 20-inch alloy wheels with 265/60 R20 tyres
  • LED headlamps with auto-levelling, cornering, headlamp washers and ‘Welcome’ function
  • LED daytime running lights and front fog lamps
  • LED taillights and reversing lights
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Side-mirror indicators
  • Roof rails
  • Rear spoiler
  • Front and rear mud guards
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Illuminated side steps
  • Front and rear scuff plates
  • Plated door handles
  • Aluminium panels for the bonnet, roof, roof beads, upper hinges, tailgate, doors and front fenders (new to LX)

2022 Lexus LX 500d interior 2

Interior

  • Leather-accented seats and gear knob
    • Choice of Black, White, Crimson or Hazel interior trim 1
  • Woodgrain steering-wheel trim 1
  • ‘Shimamoku Black’ door and front centre console trim 1
  • Front and rear LED interior lighting with touch sensors for reading lamp
  • Interior ambient lighting with illuminated gear shifter (new to LX)
  • Synthetic leather glove box
  • Front and second-row carpeted floor mats
  • Third-row seats

Safety

  • Crawl Control with (new)turn assist
  • Downhill Assist Control2
  • BladeScan™ adaptive high-beam system
  • Hill-Start Assist2
  • Front and rear Parking Support Brake with parking sensors
  • Blind Spot Monitor (including stationary) with rear-cross traffic alert (new to LX)
  • Active traction control
  • Reversing camera with rear camera washer
  • Multi-Terrain Monitor
  • Panoramic View Monitor
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
  • 10 Airbags
  • Tyre inflation pressure monitor
  • Trailer wiring harness with integrated towing hitch receiver

2022 Lexus LX 500d on the farm

  • Lexus Safety Sense+:
    • Pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking
      • Pedestrian (day/night) and cyclist (day) detection
      • Intersection turn assist (new)
      • Emergency steering assist (new)
    • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
      • Curve speed reduction (new)
      • Indicator-linked pre-acceleration (new)
    • Lane trace assist with lane-departure alert
    • Automatic high beam
    • Road-sign assist

2022 Lexus LX 500d front quarter

Comfort & Convenience

  • Four-zone automatic climate-control with nanoeX™
    • Separate control panel for rear passengers
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • 10-way driver seat, 8-way front passenger seat power adjustment with 4-way power lumbar adjustment
  • Power recline/folding third-row seats
  • 40:20:40 folding second-row seats
  • Power back door
  • Smart entry and smart start
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Heated door mirrors with puddle lamps
  • One-touch power windows
  • Automatic rain-sensing wipers
  • Manual rear sunshades
  • Eight cupholders

2022 Lexus LX 500d central screen map nowhere

Multimedia and Connected

  • 3-inch touchscreen multimedia display with “Hey Lexus” natural voice recognition (new to LX)
  • Satellite navigation
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility with USB-A port (new to LX)
  • 10-inch touchscreen lower display (new to LX)
  • 10-inch multi-information display (new to LX)
  • Colour head-up display
  • 25-speaker Mark Levinson ®premium audio system (new to Lexus)
  • 5 USB-C ports (1x front, 2x second row, 2x third row)
  • Front Qi wireless charger
  • 12V DC (front and rear) and 220V (rear) sockets
  • Lexus Connected Services with inbuilt Data Control Module (DCM) (new to LX)

2022 Lexus LX 500d (Khaki Metal)

Lexus LX 600 (identical to LX 500d, except the following):

Mechanical

  • 5-litre V35A-FTS twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine (New to LX)
    • Peak power of 305kW
    • Peak torque of 650Nm
  • 30-litre sub-tank (a total of 110 litres)

Lexus LX 500d and LX 600 with Enhancement Pack

Additional features:

  • 22-inch alloy wheels with 265/50 R22 tyres (new to Lexus)
  • Moonroof
  • Hands-free tailgate with kick sensor (new to LX)

2022 Lexus LX 500d F Sport (White Nova)

Lexus LX 500d and LX 600 F Sport

Additional to Lexus LX 500d and LX 600

Powertrain

  • 30-litre sub-tank (LX 500d)
  • F Sport rear Torsen ®torque-sensing limited-slip differential (new to LX)
  • Front & rear performance dampers

Exterior

  • F Sport 22-inch alloy wheels with F Sport wheel centre caps (new to Lexus)
  • F Sport grille, front and rear bumpers (new to LX)
  • F Sport exterior badging (new to LX)
  • Illuminated scuff plates

Interior

  • F Sport premium leather-accented front seats with F Sport logo on headrests (new to LX)
    • Choice of F Sport Black or F Sport Flare Red interior trim 1
  • F Sport Aluminium door and front centre console trim (new to LX)
  • F Sport heated steering wheel (new to LX)
  • F Sport gear shift knob (new to LX)
  • F Sport Aluminium pedals and footrest (new to LX)
  • Moonroof
  • Five-seat interior arrangement

Comfort & convenience

  • Ventilated front and rear seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Finger-print authentication for push-button start (new to Lexus)
  • Cool box
  • Digital rear-view mirror (new to LX)
  • Key card entry
  • Tonneau parcel shelf in luggage compartment
  • Easy-closing doors (new to LX)
  • Hands-free tailgate with kick sensor (new to LX)

2022 Lexus LX 500d F Sport (White Nova)

Lexus LX 500d and LX 600 Sports Luxury

Additional to Lexus LX 500d and LX 600

Powertrain

  • 30-litre sub-tank (LX 500d)

Exterior

  • 22-inch alloy wheels with 265/50 R22 tyres (new to LX)
  • Illuminated scuff plates

Interior

  • Premium leather-accented seats
  • ‘Takanoha’ door and front centre console trim 1(New to Lexus)
  • Moonroof
  • Five-seat interior arrangement

2022 Lexus LX 600 Ultra Luxury (Graphite Back)

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front and rear ventilated seats
  • Heated outboard rear seats
  • Power folding second-row seats (new to LX)
  • Finger-print authentication for push-button start (new to Lexus)
  • Key card entry
  • Cool Box
  • Digital rear-view mirror (new to LX)
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Tonneau parcel shelf in luggage compartment
  • Soft-close doors (new to LX)
  • Hands-free tailgate with kick sensor (new to LX)

Multimedia & Connected

  • Dual rear-seat entertainment (headphones not included)
  • Rear HDMI port

2022 Lexus LX 600 Ultra Luxury (Graphite Back)

Lexus LX 600 Ultra Luxury

Additional or different to Lexus LX 600 Sports Luxury

Powertrain

  • 240A alternator

Exterior

  • Unique 22-inch alloy wheel design (new to Lexus)

Interior

  • Walnut Brown door and front centre console trim 1
  • Exclusive quilting for front and rear seats
    • Choice of Black interior trim 1
    • Choice of Sunflare interior trim 1(new to LX)

Comfort & convenience

  • Two individual rear seats with 48-degree recline and larger headrests (new to LX)
  • Rear-seat passenger-side ottoman (new to LX)
  • Rear centre console with seat and audio controls (new to LX)
  • Four-way power adjustable front passenger headrest (new to LX)
  • Two-way manually adjustable rear headrests
  • Rear seat massagers (new to LX)
  • Two-stage rear seat memory settings (new to LX)

Safety

  • Two rear-seat cushion airbags

Multimedia & Connected

  • Unique rear centre console (new to LX)
  • Two USB-C ports in rear console
  • Rear Qi wireless phone charger (replaces front wireless charger) (new to LX)

 

  • 8.6/10
    Rating - 8.6/10
8.6/10

Summary

LX 500d – Following on from the all new LandCruiser Lexus recently released their all new LX luxury 4WDs. 

With 227kW of power and 700Nm of torque towing is easy.

The Lexus LX 500d with enhancement pack is priced from around $154,300 plus the usual costs   

About Rob Fraser 2503 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.