10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Lexus LX, NX Pull Ahead as Volkswagen ID.4 Falls Behind

lexus lx600 2022 05 badge exterior grey rear suv taillights jpg 2022 Lexus LX 600 | photo by Christian Lantry

If you’re shopping for the latest in luxury SUVs, you may want to give Lexus a look. Toyota’s premium brand has new-for-2022 models from both ends of the size spectrum, including the flagship LX and the compact NX SUVs. These fully redesigned utility vehicles lead the charge on what’s new with the Lexus lineup for the 2022 model year — and, in turn, our related roundup of updates, upgrades and all the rest from Lexus helps lead the charge on’s countdown of the most popular articles of the past week.

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Highlights of the overhauled LX, which shares its truck-based platform with the also-redesigned Toyota Tundra, include a new turbocharged V-6 that channels 409 horsepower through a 10-speed automatic transmission, replacing the outgoing V-8; seating for four to seven in two or three rows; an air-spring suspension with a wider, faster-adjusting range of ride heights; the Multi-Terrain Select system with a new dual-screen dashboard display showing system settings and multiple camera angles of surrounding obstacles; and two new range-topping trims, including the performance-tuned F Sport as well as the unironically named Ultra Luxury.

The NX, meanwhile, gets a new 275-hp, turbo 2.4-liter four-cylinder, plus a more efficient hybrid version and forthcoming plug-in hybrid. It also boasts improved safety and driver-assist features; a camera-based rearview mirror; and Lexus’ redone touchscreen system, which replaces the old — and onerous — console touchpad.

For the full details on these SUVs, as well what’s new with the rest of Lexus’ lineup — including the ES, IS and LS sedans; the GX, RX and UX SUVs; the RC F sports car; and the LC coupe and convertible — follow the link below to’s No. 4 news article of the week.

Tucking in just behind the Lexus lineup is a report on how the pandemic-precipitated supply-chain shortage has disrupted deliveries of the Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV to buyers and what VW’s doing about it. As a mea culpa to those who threw down $500 to reserve their 2021 ID.4 with no vehicle to show for it in the last month of the 2021 calendar year, Volkswagen will upgrade those buyers to the SUV’s model-year 2022 version at no additional charge despite the 2022 model boasting greater electric driving range along with other purported improvements. But for any deposit droppers who’d hoped to be united with their new all-electric love by Valentine’s Day, those buyers are probably looking at a delivery date closer to Mardi Gras.

For full scoop on the ID.4’s impeded arrival, follow the link below to the No. 5 news story on this week’s countdown.

Beyond that, we have headlines on the Land Rover Range Rover, Mazda MX-30, Hyundai Kona, Toyota Tundra and GMC Hummer EV, as well as Honda Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline, and much more — so don’t stop reading till the digits double. Here are the top 10 news stories readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. Up Close With the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover: Quiet, Classy Interior

2. 2022 Lexus LX 600 Up Close: First-Class Perks for First and Second Rows; Third Row? Don’t Ask

3. 2022 Mazda MX-30: What We Think About Mazda’s First-Ever EV

4. What’s New With Lexus for 2022?

5. Current 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Reservation Holders to Get 2022 Model Instead, Says VW

6. 2022 Hyundai Kona Review: A Cute-Ute Formula That Makes Sense

7. Which Cars Have the Best Resale Value for 2022?

8. 2022 Toyota Tundra Pricing (Mostly) Revealed, Starts at $37,645

9. 725,000 Honda Passports, Pilots, Ridgelines Recalled for Hoods

10. GMC Hummer EV Pickup Hits the Streets With 329-Mile Range, 7,500-Pound Max Towing

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