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Larson LXi 218 (2009-)
(w/ 1 x 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7Gi gas sterndrive)

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LXi 218 (2009-)
Larson LXi 218 (2009-) Test Video

When you are a boat company that has produced lake boats successfully for many years and find you want to deliver products that are purpose built for the bigger waters and the salty seas, what do you do? Larson started from a clean slate, hired a designer with years of successful experience and now has the answer, the LXi. I tested the 218 LXi, the 238 LXi, and the 258 LXi in Sanibel, Florida and up on East Gull Lake in Indiana.

You will find many similarities between each model, except that the 258 includes a wet bar, and the 238 includes a head compartment on the port side. Don’t look for sole lockers, Larson eliminated them and put the storage where you use it. One of my favorite items was the rumble seat on the larger boats where I could sit back and watch a sunset with a cold beverage! Performance? You bet!

Key Features

  • Five to Life Limited Warranty
  • Boarding Ladder 4-Step Bow and Stern
  • Integrated Swim Platform
  • Walk-thru Transom-Port Side
  • Bow Filler Cushion
  • Stainless Steel Cupholders – Hardware and Thru-Hull Fittings
  • Sony AM/FM/CD Stereo System
  • 2 Suspension Flip Up Bucket Seats


Larson LXi 218 (2009-) Specifications
Length Overall 21' 6'' Dry Weight 3,735 lbs.
Beam 8' 3'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 33'' Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 34 gal.
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity 12 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 22 deg. Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom N/A Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Larson LXi 218 (2009-) Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power 1 x 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7Gi gas sterndrive
Opt. Power 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI
1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI
1 x 320-hp MerCruiser 377 MAG MPI BIII
1 x 270-hp Volvo Penta 5.0 GXI
1 x 320-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 GXI DP

Larson LXi 218 (2009-) Photo Gallery

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Throughout the LXi series, Larson used a post and grommet closure for the cushions and seats.

Bow Seating

Deep bow and cockpit areas keep you inside and wrapped in comfort, even when the waters are not so comfortable about you.

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The helm station is well laid out with primary 5” inch gauges mounted high for visibility and smaller engine monitoring gauges below them.

Transom Shower

The stern activity centers have features like a shower, stereo remote to make changing tunes easier, and the typical swim ladder.

Larson LXi 218 (2009-) Captain's Report is archived.

Larson LXi 218 (2009-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Larson LXi 218 (2009-) is 51.1 mph (82.2 kph), burning 22.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 86.3 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Larson LXi 218 (2009-) is 27.9 mph (44.9 kph), and the boat gets 3.76 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.6 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 115 miles (185.07 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7Gi gas sterndrive.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Larson LXi 218 (2009-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
GPS/Chart Optional
CD Stereo Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Optional
Transom Shower Optional
Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional
Full Canvas Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Larson LXi 218 (2009-) Warranty

Larson LXi 218 (2009-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years Lifetime
Engine Warranty
Years 5-year
Powertrain Warranty
Years 5-year
NMMA Certification Yes

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