What's New With Lexus for 2022?

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Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus, has freshened its SUV lineup for 2022 with redesigns of the full-size LX and compact NX SUVs. Meanwhile, the IS sport sedan that Lexus updated for 2021 gets a new V-8 performance version for 2022; and the big LS sedan gets a new hands-free steering option for its hybrid powertrain.

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The rest of the lineup gets a lighter touch in terms of upgrades. Here’s a look at what we know is new with Lexus for 2022. 

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Lexus ES

The 2022 highlight for Lexus’ mid-size sedan is a new multimedia system with touchscreen displays. An 8-inch touchscreen is standard, while a 12.3-inch display is optional. Lexus also moves the touchscreen 4.3 inches closer to the driver. The fussy touchpad controller remains on the center console for those who prefer controlling screen functions by remote. Beyond this, the 2022 ES gets a few other changes. All models get Lexus Safety System Plus 2.5, an upgraded suite of safety and driver-assist tech with enhanced automatic emergency braking that includes improved pedestrian and cyclist detection and can detect oncoming traffic when making a left turn. All versions also have a tweaked bi-LED headlight design, new grille inserts and restyled wheels. The hybrid ES 300h adds a new F Sport model with a sportier appearance, while the gas-only ES 350 F Sport model will offer a Dynamic Handling Package that bundles an adaptive suspension, additional drive modes and parking-assist technology.

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Lexus GX

Lexus’ mid-size, three-row SUV has few changes. It’s still a body-on-frame SUV with off-road capability and V-8 power. GX updates include a larger 10.3-inch multimedia touchscreen and newly standard parking assist, navigation, and power-folding and heated side mirrors. And the 2022 GX gets its first Black Line Special Edition treatment, which includes blacked-out trim, wheels and interior details plus three available paint colors. 

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Lexus IS

The rear- and all-wheel-drive sport sedan was updated for the 2021 model year. For 2022, it adds a new high-performance model. The IS 500 F Sport Performance uses a 472-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 along with standard adaptive shock absorbers, including a Yamaha rear performance damper for added stability, a Torsen limited-slip differential and beefier brakes. Regular four-cylinder and V-6 models carry over for the IS with minor tweaks to trim-level content and options packages.

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Lexus LC

The luxury sport coupe got a convertible sibling for 2021. For 2022, the pair get upgraded suspension tuning and a new 21-inch forged-alloy wheel option. Also new for 2022 is the LC 500 Bespoke Build program to let buyers customize their LC.

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Lexus LS

The latest Lexus Safety System Plus is standard for 2022 on all models of the LS flagship sedan, and you now can order an upgraded 23-speaker Mark Levinson stereo even on the base model. Hand-applied door trim in the Luxury and Executive Packages features Japanese Haku foil metal. Revised suspension tuning and anti-roll bars enhance the big sedan’s ride.

Lexus will offer a new driver-assist option in the LS, but initially only for the hybrid LS 500h AWD. It will be the first Lexus in the U.S. market to offer Lexus Teammate, a system that enables hands-free steering on certain divided highways. We’ve tested it, and it makes Lexus one of a handful of U.S. brands to offer hands-free steering, though its requirements are more conservative than rival systems like GM’s Super Cruise.

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Lexus LX

The LX flagship SUV is completely redesigned for 2022 on a new body-on-frame platform shared with the redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra and the new-generation Toyota Land Cruiser, which is currently sold only in overseas markets. The LX has a new 409-hp turbocharged V-6 in place of the former V-8; seating for four to seven in two or three rows; and two new top trim levels in contrasting F Sport and Ultra Luxury flavors. The Ultra Luxury version is plush and high-tech with just four first-class seats. The F Sport gets sportier appearance details as well as a limited-slip differential, a rear stabilizer bar and performance tuning for the steering and adaptive shocks.

The LX retains Land Cruiser-like off-road capability. Lexus says it’s optimized the new 10-speed automatic transmission for both on- and off-road performance. The SUV’s air-spring suspension gets a wider range of ride heights and can adjust height faster. And the Multi-Terrain Select system boasts improvements, with a new dual-screen dashboard display to simultaneously track system settings and observe surrounding obstacles through various camera views. 

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Lexus NX

Redesigned for 2022, the much-improved NX is more competitive. It has a new gasoline powertrain (a 275-hp, turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder), a more efficient hybrid version and, in limited markets, will offer the first Lexus plug-in hybrid. The 2022 NX has improved safety and driver-assist features as well as new tech, such as a camera-based rearview mirror. And it gets Lexus’ overhauled touchscreen system with a standard 9.8-inch or optional 14-inch display. Gone is the previous model’s awkward touchpad on the center console.

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Lexus RC F

The high-performance RC F coupe is unchanged for 2022 except for some new 19-inch wheel designs. There also will be an RC F Fuji Speedway Edition, limited to 50 examples, with track-ready upgrades including Brembo ceramic brakes, a titanium exhaust and weight-saving carbon fiber to improve aerodynamics and cut the 0-60 mph time to 3.96 seconds from the former 4.2 seconds, according to Lexus.

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Lexus RX and RXL

The 2022 Lexus RX and RXL mid-size SUVs carry over nearly unchanged for 2022, with the exception of a few new colors and a standalone foglamp option for all models. The RX continues to come in gas-only and hybrid powertrains, as well as two-row versions with five seats or 4.4-inch-longer L models that add a small third row with two more seats. Lexus again will offer Black Line Special Edition versions with black exterior and interior appearance details for the two-row RX. For the first time, the brand will also offer Black Line versions of the RX 350L.

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Lexus UX

The smallest Lexus SUV remains available in gas-only front-wheel drive or hybrid AWD variations, and both are virtually the same for 2022. The subcompact UX gets two new exterior colors — Grecian Water and Cloudburst Gray — and the option of new monochrome fender cladding.

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