2013 Lexus LX 570 Test Drive and Review: Jurassic Luxury – Forbes

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2013 Lexus LX 570 Test and Review: Jurassic Luxury

just a coincidence that re-releasing Jurassic Park in 3D now, just as I prepare to the 2013 Lexus Lexus LX Steven Spielberg ’s 1993 was a tremendous smash back in the spawning two sequels to date. LX was a big success, too, but the full luxury SUV has become a bit of a dinosaur of mostly due to its unhealthy appetite for fuels.

Now in its third generation, the LX with a revised exterior new flourishes on the interior, and a whole lot of for 2013. With a base of $80,930 ($88,775 as tested), a basic warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty and EPA fuel economy of 12 mpg city/17 mpg highway, is the 2013 LX 570 still a force to be reckoned or is it on the road to extinction?

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The new LX benefits from a host of design changes, the most of which is a new front fascia. The gentle, rounded oblong opening has been sharpened an angular feature called the Spindle Grille,” which in with the fronts of the current ES, GS, RX and Lexus models. Standard HID LED daytime running lamps, a new and larger fog lamp bezels all to a more assertive, contemporary

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Around new LED taillamps and a revised bumper a stainless steel accent add more crispness to the SUV. LX has a great horizontally-split tailgate opens like a clamshell. You can the top half without opening the making for quick loading of and smaller parcels.

All in all, new exterior makes a good for evolution. The gradual changes to the seem to have responded to forces and increased competition.

from a few tasty upgrades, had the sense not to mess with interior. It’s hard to a more straightforward dash Buttons are smartly arrayed and labeled, and things make good sense.

Material are Lexus smart — not over-the-top like in a Land Rover, but very nice and tasteful. wood trim hides many layers of thick coating, but still looks enough to justify its existence. The big LCD touchscreen is placed at the top of the center ideal placement, in my opinion.

A new thin film transistor display compliments the LCD, information to the center of the instrument above the steering wheel. even a new ECO driving indicator .

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Technology is always a big of the Lexus story, and LX is a large for the company to display innovations. LX with a standard CD/DVD with AM/FM/HD/Satellite radio and sound processing. Also is a one-year subscription to Lexus which is like having a available at the touch of a button.

disc-based navigation is also as is Bluetooth handsfree phone and streaming capability. Even is the optional Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio which includes 19 speakers for 7.1 surround sound and a 450-watt with 0.1% total distortion (THD). A pre-collision with adaptive cruise is available, along with Park Assist.

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Luxury options can be heaped the already well-equipped LX. You can order front seats, a refrigerated box in the console, a heated steering and other luxuries. A very dual screen rear entertainment system puts the on the back of the front headrests, so don’t interfere with the outward visibility, and they with two wireless headphones, so the insipid kids’ programs interfere with the driver’s

LX shares a platform with very capable Land and in spite of the luxury appearance and LX is ready to rock when the get rough — or turn into trails. LX gets Multi-Terrain which allows the driver to from five different of terrain to match throttle, and suspension settings to ground

LX’s independent front features up to 9″ of articulation, while has retained the rugged solid axle construction for the rear. off-road traditionalists swear by axles as the most reliable for the heavy stuff. A TORSEN differential handles the power from front to rear.

LX takes a proven approach to driving. Not as sophisticated as some of the aspects of the vehicle, but taking of the strengths of the chassis, suspension and

Speaking of powertrains, LX retains the 5.7-liter V8 engine that has under its hood since The big engine is rated to put out 383 hp and 403 lb-ft of enough to make the 6,000 lb LX almost sprightly. Lexus a 0-60 speed of 7.5 seconds, and a time of 15.7 seconds. Not fast — until you consider how mass is being propelled the road.

Luckily, 13.4″ discs in the front and 13.6″ discs in the rear are on hand to this yacht down speed. For such a big vehicle, LX is sure-footed, with controlled roll around curves and a planted feel. It is possible to this Lexus through the at a good clip without like you’re pushing the

I’m sure it’s also to push too hard, so discretion is but fun is still on the list of possibilities tragedy intervening.

I have sung the praises of big SUVs. you need one, you need and every other vehicle is a LX remains among the best passenger luxury SUVs on the However — you knew there be a however, didn’t you? — the question remains whether or not are more responsible, more ways to move seven around in style.

With a gallon fuel tank for 91-octane unleaded fuel, a maximum range of 418.2 between fill-ups. The best for 91-octane unleaded in my area now is $4.07. That’s a hundred for a tankful, or 24 cents a mile in costs alone, assuming you’re using that ECO to its full advantage.


Not there are a whole lot of more choices out there in the large SUV field. A Cadillac Escalade is rated to achieve 20 mpg city/23 mpg An Infiniti QX56 is rated at 14 mpg mpg highway. A Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz claims 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway, and the GL350 BlueTEC asserts a of 19 mpg city/26 highway. Land only 7-seater, the LR4, a dismal 12 mpg/17 mpg highway.

Moving seven passengers greater efficiency leads to the of lesser (and smaller) like the GMC Acadia Denali, or a like the Toyota Sienna or Odyssey. Yes, it may come to

If you want to retain a level of along with your capability, and you need the capacity a full-size SUV offers, the Lexus LX a very strong choice. fiction may claim that the can be reanimated, but the real world that the dinosaurs of the vehicle once extinct, never out of factories again. The last of the full-size luxury SUVs are the earth right now, to follow the body-on-frame sedans the boneyards and tar pits of automotive

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