Weighing nearly as much as two Toyota Priuses and packed with enough luxuries to fill a small vacation home, the Lexus LX570 SUV is the antithesis to the modern crop of compact crossovers sprouting up like fungi. Although it and its Toyota Land Cruiser mechanical twin were last overhauled for 2008, the LX is still as excessive and opulent as ever.
The LX570 wades into 2015 facing a range of significantly revised, highbrow competitors, including the Cadillac Escalade, the Mercedes-Benz GL-class, and the Land Rover Range Rover. The LX has received its own host of upgrades since our last test, the most obvious being the fitment of Lexus’s largest spindle grille to date, along with fancier LED lighting elements at both ends.
The interior has also gained a multifunction TFT color display in the gauge cluster with a digital speedometer, as well as an updated infotainment system that features the Lexus Enform suite of navigation and multimedia apps. Although that app-based system is rather clumsy in operation and lacks the integration we expect in a $90,000 rig, Apple aficionados will at least be happy that Siri Eyes Free connectivity is newly along for the ride. The new technology is accessed from within the LX’s cavernous eight-passenger cabin, which boasts 83 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third rows stowed. The expansive windows afford excellent visibility, and an elevated seating position overlooks the broad hood. Comfort is high and, in typical Lexus fashion, intrusive noises are low. The neat split liftgate/tailgate setup in back maximizes the versatility of the cargo compartment, which also includes power controls for stowing the third row of seats.
The Lexus’s myriad buttons, switches, and toggles scattered about the dash and console, however, can be daunting at first and take some time getting used to. (A centralized system using a control knob of some sort would be helpful here.) The LX’s hearty body-on-frame construction also limits the flexibility of the rearmost seats: although they power-fold to the side of the cargo area, they really don’t stow away. Those jump seats also require a vault to reach and they sit flat on the floor, severely limiting legroom. As in the Cadillac Escalade, they’re best left to small children and adults you’re only grudgingly bringing along. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by Michael Simari
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