2009 Lexus LX 570 Review | Lexus Enthusiast

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by krew on July 10th,

The 2009 Lexus LX 570 is, at its very a contradictory vehicle. After Lexus#8217; flagship SUV attempts to together two contrary styles ultimate luxury and ultimate It seats eight, yet has a fixed axle and can tow up to 8,500 lbs(3,856

It#8217;s packed with conceivable automotive luxury and yet it#8217;s capable of climbing up the of mountains.

Add this clash of to a starting price of $83,450 USD, and it would be easy to the LX 570 as excessive . a vehicle that to do too much. But is it really?


the LX 570 debuted in 2007, it was the first SUV to be redesigned using the L-Finesse language. Unfortunately, it seemed the had stripped out most of the SUV#8217;s The boxy exterior of previous had always reflected the vehicle#8217;s and instead the LX 570 was something smoothed out and low on

But as other luxury manufacturers to more and more complex the LX 570#8217;s subtlety has become and more appealing. The solid, lines, especially noticeable in the fenders and lower door give the SUV a sophisticated look has aged well. It can look a top-heavy from the side, sitting on 20#8221; wheels, but other angle is quite

The actual size of the LX 570 is intimidating from the headlights to the door from the spokes in the wheels to the size, everything about the LX is massive. At speed, the SUV casts an presence, dwarfing all but the largest on the road, and it#8217;s the resulting that defines the vehicle#8217;s

Really, the only thing with the exterior is the over-eager accents on the tail lights, and stretching it:


With its assortment of buttons and toggle the LX 570 interior can be overwhelming at first. But consulting the owner#8217;s manual, a number of preferences, and going the functionality, the button layout more sense. Most of the surrounding the steering wheel are of the nature, with all of the more accessed buttons clustered the center dash and console.

This does cut down on the clutter, but this is still one where the utilitarian side of the LX over the luxury side. The arcane controls, like the to disable the adaptive front and the one to turn off the rear airbags, have been better with a hidden panel to the one found in the GS.

One small detail I really liked was this strip of chrome under the which created a reflection continually caught my eye:

The control layout is balanced by the of the interior, which is all sorts of The expanse of leather throughout the is astounding, generously applied in conceivable area, including the console bolsters:

The rest of the are first-rate, including the feel of the and the cut of the wood accents:

The driver#8217;s alone is adjustable in 11 different and any seat in the first two rows is as comfortable. The third row bench is cramped but not incredibly so, and is perfectly for adults on a short trip or on a longer one. However, the second row is also bench there was some difficulty in and out of the very back.

More critically, because of the rear axle, the third row fold into the floor, limits the cargo capacity.

With a monstrous 5.7L V8 383 horsepower and an outrageous 403 lb-ft of the LX 570 certainly doesn#8217;t want for Apply a heavy foot and the SUV can be like a space shuttle likely burns just as gas), rocketing to a manufacturer 0-60 mph of 7.4 seconds. Even pushing up the RPMs feels driving a guided missile and the sound of speeding tank.

The LX the speed well. Handling is the right mix of resistance and ease tough enough to remind the to be careful but light enough it#8217;s never a struggle. suffers from typical understeer and body roll, and to be respected, but any real difficulties can be with by engaging the massive, brakes, which react and decisively.

It#8217;s impossible to talk the LX 570 without addressing its #8220;go capability, but testing this without damaging the vehicle is a best left to others. I did try out the Control feature, which is a cruise control for offroading but the extent of my experiments consisted of through a ditch at a local and climbing a 6-ft. hill in my which was no harder than a mall parking lot:

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all of this performance talk that the LX is best driven in a deliberate manner, cruising destination to destination. The SUV has a natural of about 65 mph, and settling that groove with a group of passengers is one of the best experiences I#8217;ve ever

All of the LX 570#8217;s size and performance come at a steep price. I 16.4 mpg (14.3L/100km), meaning with a 24.6 gal (93 L) tank, of time was spent at the gas station.


The LX 570 has a number of interesting features, most of which are to its extraordinary size. The Driver cameras placed in the front and under the passenger#8217;s rear mirror are immensely useful in though the front-view camera#8217;s 180 feels unnatural and difficult to (no doubt this would being an issue after usage).

Perhaps my favorite and one that I used more any other, was the adjustible ride suspension, which allows for and lowering the vehicle#8217;s height. even possible (by using one of the buttons) to lower the vehicle it#8217;s turned off, it easier to exit and enter. In it#8217;s like creating a luxury feature out of the extremely ride height control.

I resist, I had to film the vehicle#8217;s range (warning: slowest ever):

Really, the absolute feature of the LX 570 is the feeling of safety. The ten the four-wheel active traction the massive brakes, the spacious #8212; they all come to create a very real that you and everyone inside the are protected.


So, is the LX 570 excessive? It depends can a vehicle be excessively capable? luxurious, safe or comfortable? To me, are qualities that can not be overdone.

its price tag, high as it is, feel outrageous.

Make no the LX could be considered a perfect flawed only in the way all vehicles of class are. It all comes to expense and necessity. If you need to large groups of people and are used to the finer things in there is simply nothing it.

Sure, the off-roading features may unnecessary, but they add to the feeling of that comes with the LX 570. After all, better than being for anything?

Special thanks to Canada for providing this vehicle. You can view the full LX 570 specifications at the Lexus Canada

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