My first impressions of the Lexus flagship SUV, the LX, weren’t great. The odd, hockey puck infotainment controls felt clunky at best, and the V8 seemingly came out of a ’70s Pontiac – barely pulling me along as it guzzled 13 mpg.
But half a tank later, the LX started growing on me. Its five drive modes (ECO, COMFORT, NORMAL, SPORT, SPORT S+) all have distinct personalities, it’s comfy, and it’s safe.
Most of all, I realized that it’s probably the only three-row luxury SUV that will last past 300,000 miles with regular maintenance – so even at $95k, it’s a good investment.