Choosing the best 8 passenger suv on the market could be considered an easy task due to the limited choices in this category. However, among the choices available, nothing rivals to the luxury, productivity and performance of the 2011 Lexus LX. Of course, when considering the 79,455 price tag, consumers expect a vehicle that has been designed top-of-the line on all of its features.
The LX is pumped by a 5.8 V8 engine capable of achieving 383 HP and 0-60 MPH in 7.4 seconds. It comes with an automatic six-speed sequential-shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT). While the LX is not shy of power and performance, the beastly V8 can only achieve 12 MPG on the city and up to 18 MPG on the highway for a total of 14 MPG combined. This does not place it above the Chevy Traverse, capable of achieving up to 24 MPG on the highway.
When it comes to an eye-turning vehicle, the LX has the looks to steal stares anywhere you drive through. Luxurious body molding and aggressive looking grille give the LX an unassailable presence. Chrome-plated door handles complete the luxury look. Other standard features include a backup camera, power rear door, tow hitch, and a wide-view front/side monitor to improve driving visibility. One interesting feature is the SmartAccess system, allowing owners to lock or unlock the doors and start the engine without utilizing traditional keys. The LX is available in six different exterior colors.
The LX’s interior has all you would come to expect from Lexus in luxury. An impressive illuminated stainless-steel scuff plate gives accent to the remarkable interior highlights. The leather and wood-trimmed interior, steering wheel and shift knob scream out personality. Exclusive luxury features like voice recognition, telephone capabilities and a modern multi-information display add to the elegant speedometer and tachometer. Not surprisingly for the price tag, the LX comes packed with Bluetooth® and USB Audio support, power second- and third row seating, rear-seat entertainment system, Mark Levinson® Reference Surround Sound Audio System and Lexus Enform® with Safety Connect®. The traditional luxury colors and wood trim displayed in the interior may not make the vehicle as attractive to a younger population and it is significantly comparable to the less-expensive Honda Pilot.
Lexus has a serious approach to safety in all of their vehicles, and the LX is no exception. With their comprehensive airbag system, the LX offers 10 airbags to keep passengers safe; the most airbags in its class. The side curtain air bags extend all the way to the second and third rows. Rain-sensing wipers activate upon the presence of rain on the windshield and adjust to proper speed.
Everything the Lexus LX has in performance, luxury and style, unquestionably lacks in warranty. Lexus only offers an unexceptional 48 months or 50,000 mile warranty, whichever occurs first. This is one of the lowest on the industry, especially when considering the price tag and the vehicle’s resale value. Additionally, Lexus warranty has many restrictions to its application, overall making it inappropriate.
Although the warranty, price tag, and gas mileage would situate it below eager competitors like the Honda Pilot, Chevy Traverse, and Toyota Sequoia, the Lexus LX simply has too many outstanding features that far outweigh the competition. Overall, the Lexus LX it can be entitled the best 8 passenger suv on the market.