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

The Lexus LX 600 leans into luxury with its 2022 redesign, introducing an Ultra Luxury trim as well as the first LX F Sport, and occupants in the first and second rows will appreciate all it has to offer — but as I found out at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, unlucky third-row passengers may have some choice words for the driver.

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I hopped into the driver’s seat of an all-new-for-2022 LX 600 F Sport on the show floor, where we got our first look, and was happy to find traditional dials mixed in with the dual-touchscreen multimedia system that measures 12.3 inches and is mounted on the dash. This horizontal screen is for navigation, audio and the main display of the Multi-Terrain Monitor. Below it is a second screen that features climate controls and secondary off-road-monitoring, but there also are some traditional climate control buttons. The smaller second screen seems a little unnecessary — the equivalent of wearing a belt and suspenders — but Lexus should be celebrated for including physical climate control buttons.

Second-row passengers will find heated and cooled seats, climate controls and plenty of legroom for a comfortable ride.

Third-row passengers? That’s where things get interesting. I had to hunt for the latch to tumble and slide the second-row seats for third-row access. Because the third-row seats are power folding, I first looked for a power button that would do the work for me, which was wrong. I finally located a manual lever on the side of the second-row seats, and the incredibly heavy seats tumbled forward, creating a sizable path to the third row.

I climbed into the third row and pulled the second row back into the upright position to judge legroom, which was surprisingly good for my 5-foot-7 frame. What wasn’t good was the lack of foot room — I couldn’t tuck my feet under the second row, and what was even worse was how low the third row sits. It’s so low that it’s practically on the floor, which caused my knees to sit up high.

When it was time to vacate the third row, I had a tough time (again) figuring out how to tumble the second row forward. I futzed with the same lever but couldn’t get the second row to move. For a few minutes, I wondered if I’d have to be that person and ask for help. Thankfully, I finally figured out the lever and escaped.

It should come as no surprise that the cargo area behind the third row is so small that it borders on laughable.

Serious shoppers should look at the LX’s all-new Ultra Luxury trim that eliminates the third row; skipping the third row was also our recommendation with the outgoing Toyota Land Cruiser, and the LX is based on the global next-generation Land Cruiser we don’t get. Yes, you lose two seats, but you gain cargo space and banish any possible complaints from anyone who’d be stuck back there.

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