There’s a Lexus SUV model for everybody and here’s proofDec 30th, 2022
Lexus has done something truly remarkable: we’ve created an SUV for every different type of driver. There’s something for everyone right now. Currently five SUV models make up the Lexus line-up, ranging from roomy, full-sized silhouettes with off-road capabilities, like the LX, to compact, city-friendly crossovers like the UX.
Whether you’re considering switching to a different Lexus SUV model this year or simply want to brush up on what’s available in our fleet, this list digs into all five Lexus’ current sport utility vehicles.
Largest and arguably most ultra-luxurious Lexus SUV: the LX. This full-sized SUV has carefully considered, opulent interior finishes, but doesn’t mean it’s meant only for urban touring. The LX has been built with off-road capability and unmatched power, offering a refined driving experience. Under the hood is a 3.5L twin turbo V6 engine that produces 409 peak horsepower and up to 479 lb-ft of torque. Terrain systems like active traction control, downhill assist control and crawl control make off-road and city driving a thing of comfort.
All of these high-end features are fitting. The LX is, after all, Lexus’ flagship SUV.
“This full-size luxury vehicle commands both on and off the road, while providing guests with an experience driven by unmatched levels of luxury and human-centric technology,” explains Martin Gilbert, Director of Lexus Canada.
Three rows create space for seven people, though there’s the option to delete the middle row with the Executive VIP package and instead have a spacious cabin for four with a rear seat centre console.
Looking for something that you can take anywhere, is outfitted with high-end comforts and a spacious cabin? The versatile GX ticks all of those boxes and more.
“The GX delights guests with its commanding presence, luxurious interior, and welcome versatility – plus remarkable performance on almost any terrain,” says Gilbert.
He’s right. For a full-sized SUV, the GX packs power under the hood. A 4.6L V8 engine delivers 301 horsepower and up to 329 lb-ft of torque with its four-wheel-drive powertrain and automatic transmission. Safety and handling features include Active Traction Control and a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System with Active Height Control, as well as rear air suspension.
This year, we welcome back the Black Line Special Edition for the 2023 GX models, which includes a limited-run styling package. There are three other trim options for the GX, too, including the GX 460 Signature, the GX 460 Premium and the GX 460 Executive.
For 2023 models of the RX, which is now in its fifth generation, there are three powertrains to choose from, including Lexus’ first-ever RX 500h. The 2023 RX boasts a sportier silhouette than the aforementioned LX and GX, though still with a signature spindle grille. It’s no surprise that the RX has become such a fan favourite in this segment. Since its launch in 1998 Lexus has been shaping the SUV market and with the release of the latest RX, it continues to do so.
“This all-new, 2023 RX adds extraordinary refinement to the RX legacy, exceeding our guests’ needs and desires through innovations to all facets of its design, engineering, and construction,” says Gilberts.
Fun fact: the RX is built at the Toyota manufacturing plant right in Cambridge, Ontario.
Like the RX, the NX is also built at the Toyota plant in Cambridge.
“The Lexus NX series offers our Canadian guests many class-leading innovations, including a range of electrified powertrains, exhilarating driving dynamics, modern styling, and state-of-the-art connectivity that’s powerful yet easy to use,” says Gilbert.
Connectivity is the name of the game with this sporty crossover. Technology features have been seamlessly integrated into the NX, which makes connecting your favourite smartphone easier than ever with the Lexus Interface. The NX also takes a voice-first approach to navigation, communication and music.
What’s more, the NX is available in 15 models that come in four different powertrains, like traditional gas combustion engine, self-charging hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid.
For folks who prefer something compact and eco-friendly without compromising on high-end comforts, the UX is it. This all-wheel-drive compact crossover is a self-charging hybrid electric with excellent fuel economy. The UX has also been built specifically for city driving and the tight turns and maneuvers that it often requires by utilizing its best-in-class 17.1-foot turning radius, which “makes three-point turns a thing of the past.”
In addition to its nimble performance features, the UX is all about safety. It’s been outfitted with the Lexus Safety System+ 2.5, a comprehensive system with baked-in safety tools like a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection as well as Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Road Edge Detection. L
To learn even more about the Lexus SUV offerings, contact Northwest Lexus today.