Lexus LX

Lexus LX Winter Review: “Has powerful & excellent off-road performance on snowy roads” by Yoichi Moroboshi

Lexus conducted their first ever winter test driving session in Japan at the beginning of 2016. I test-drove the LX, Lexus’s strongest SUV.

The model I test-drove was equipped with studless tires. When I embarked the car, I admired its complete and extravagant equipment. This type of SUV is highly popular around the world, and just with its tough market competition, its greatness is extraordinary.

When I sat on the driver’s seat, I first noticed its landscape-type LCD monitor, which was installed above the center of the instrument panel. And then, its instrument panel with horizontal line styling, steering wheel, and center console were mounted with many switch buttons. Although it gives an impression that it is very functional, it is said that it is important to be more aware in handling its functions.

The test-driving event was held on an off-road course that was piled up with snow. Aside from roads with deep new snow and compacted-snow roads, I also experienced test driving this model on steep downhills, moguls, and cambers. By using the Crawl Control function on downhill areas, I was slowly heading downward without using the accelerator and brake. Many SUVs have this kind of function, but as for the LX, it has one more function aside from the Crawl Control.

The Turn Assist Function tightens the turning circle as it detects the steering angle. In order to turn the car easily, the simple thing to do is to enable the brake on its rear tires. However, it has become extraordinarily easy to turn in narrow areas through this function. When I drove it on a narrow woodland path, it was easy and relaxing for me to turn it without taking a look at the back part as I turned backwards.

The Lexus LX has high ride quality and comfort off-road, and it has stable and high maneuverability on snowy roads. I felt that I really wanted to own this car if I lived in snowy areas. But it is not very easy to obtain it with its 11 million yen price.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★

Yoichi Moroboshi | Automotive Journalist

He became a freelance journalist at 23 years old after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)