Lexus LX 450
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Lexus
Model: LX 450
Lexus LX 450

The LX 450 was launched in 1996 as Lexus' first entry into the Sport Utility Vehicle market. Unlike other Lexus models, which were independently or divergently developed from Toyota vehicles, the LX 450 was almost entirely based on the sixth generation 80 series Toyota Land Cruiser. Variations in this rebadged model lay in a restyled, more luxurious interior and softer suspension settings. The LX 450 was released to face luxury SUV competitors such as Land Rover/Range Rover. The LX 450 was powered by a 4.5 liter, twin-cam, four-valve inline-6 engine which produced 212 horsepower and 275 ft. lbs. of torque. The onboard facilities included leather seats, which could handle up to seven passengers. Only three options were offered and they were a console-mounted 6-disc CD changer, front and rear differentials and a powered moonroof. At the time of its 1996 debut, the LX 450 was drawing a price of $47,995. It was highly regarded both by consumers and the press. The LX 450 was the top-ranked full-size sport utility vehicle in J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Survey, with the lowest number of problems experienced by new owners during the first three months of ownership. Its successor, the LX 470, premiered in 1998 and was manufactured through 2006. The latest, and third generation, Lexus LX 570 debuted at the New York International Auto Show in April 2007 as a complete redesign for the 2008 model year. The latest two generations of the Lexus LX have featured a V8 engine, a welded steel unibody shell combined with a full-size steel ladder frame and the capacity to seat eight passengers. The LX is Lexus' largest and most expensive luxury utility vehicle, sized above the GX 470, the RX 350 and the RX 400h series of SUVs. This is true ride in luxury produced by the true makers of luxury – Lexus.

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