ABS standard. ESC standard from 2000. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2003. Rear side air bags standard from 2008.
This luxury SUV is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, itself quite plush and upscale. Power comes from a strong 5.7-liter V8 shared with the Tundra pickup. This engine got only 14 mpg overall in the Land Cruiser we tested. The LX has a comfortable ride and a quiet, plush, and well-assembled cabin. Handling is lackluster but ultimately secure, and the LX is very capable off-road. Like the Toyota, the LX has an off-road crawl mode that manages throttle and braking over rough terrain. The height-adjustable suspension further enables the LX to traverse off-road. But the power-folding third-row seat folds up to the sides, limiting cargo space. The Lexus Safety System+, which includes automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning, is standard. A five-passenger version is available.