Indo-Canadian Voice | 2013 Lexus LX 570: Premier full size SUV offers luxury, power and versitiliy

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2013 Lexus LX 570: Premier full size SUV offers luxury, power and versitiliy

The Lexus LX 570 SUV is huge#8230; like really huge. It can seat eight people it has a big V8 engine, with 383-horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque lots of leather, wood trim gadgetry and all the luxury you could shake a stick at. Yet it is no plaything.

For starters it comes with big V8 engine and is equally good on or off road thanks to its four wheel drive technology, high 225-mm ground clearance, full-low range of gears and locking centre.

Our metallic grey tester showed off the exterior look for the LX 570 with the new Lexus spindle grille, new headlamp design, new front and rear bumpers and new 20-inch alloy wheel design. In addition turn signals have been added to the side mirrors, and wider body side moldings sport a new look.

Interior wise, the spacious cabin with its ability to seat eight remains and receives a number of upgrades and changes. The driver’s seat gets a new Easy Access system, which makes entering and exiting the vehicle easier. The steering wheel and driver’s seat automatically retract when the ignition is turned off. Meanwhile the front seats also feature improved cooling, and a 120-volt power outlet has been added to the middle row.

The instrument panel has been updated and a new colour display is applied. A dark chrome finish for the centre instrument cluster and mahogany wood trim finish off the luxurious look. shifts quickly and smoothly.

The front seat feature comfortable seats and lots of room whilst even the second-row seat offer separate seat heaters and almost limousine room. Third rowers are don’t fare as well with slightly less foot room. However the fully-powered side-mounted seats take up only a little room when folded up against the cargo walls.

I also like the clever split tailgate/liftgate combination for accessing the cargo area. Why

The MSRP for the 2013 LX 570 is $87,000 and our tester with the Ultra-Premium Package starts at $94,350, which is $6,450 less than the 2011 model. The Ultra-premium Package offers such extras as a heated wood and leather steering wheel, perforated leather seats with ventilation, a console mounted beverage cooling fridge, a set of illuminated #8220;Lexus#8221; scuff plates, and a audiophile quality Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound audio system with 450 watts of power, a stupendous 19 speakers set up, 7.1-channel surround sound, plus twin 7-inch displays set into the backs of each front headrest along with two wireless headphones for the DVD entertainment system. The Ultra-Premium package also includes Lexus#8217; Pre Collision Radar Cruise Control and Lexus’ auto-dimming high beams.

The engineering and handling package offers Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), DAC (Downhill Assist Control), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), as well as

4-Wheel Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).

The hi tech looking console mounted knobs, switches and buttons activate a multitude of four wheel drive features including full-time 4WD, 4-Wheel Crawl Control, Multi-Terrain Traction Control System, Off-Road Turn Assist, Engine #038; Transfer Case Protection, an Active Height Control System, and Multi-terrain ABS. You can also choose four-wheel drive high or low ranges, switching the gearbox to crawl mode, adjusting the air suspension#8217;s ride-height,

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On the road, the LX 570 excels as a super comfortable highway cruiser with its comfortable ride, cosseting seats and stiff, sure chassis. The 383-horsepower 5.7-litre V8 with 403 lb-ft of torque delivers power in two modes, a back thumping surge on hard starts and acceleration or a smooth turbine like steady stream on constant tap. Credit must also go to the smooth, refined six-speed automatic transmission that offers seamless transitions.

Despite its bulk the LX 570 is easy to drive with its progressive variable rate powered steering superb visibility and is upright seating position. The provision of a powered tilt and telescopic steering column and adjustable seats allow drivers of all sized to find the optimum driving position.

Now we come to an important question. Namely fuel economy. The claimed rating is a combined 14.5 rating for highways and city per.

It’s no Toyota Prius for sure, but bear in mid the LX-570 can carry eight people or six other people and their luggage plus a 7,000-pound trailer across the continent without breaking a sweat.

To sum up the LX 570 is a stand out if you need a large multi passenger carrying SUV with the ability to tow a boat, trailer or racecar.

Standout abilities are the astounding levels of luxury, amenities, fit, finish that are Lexus hallmarks.

It is in very good company and its rivals include the top offerings from Land Rover, Mercedes Benz and Porsche. However even in this rarefied marketplace the LX 570 is still surprisingly well priced in comparison given its specifications and equipment levels even when you factor in the options as on our tester. With its venerable Land Cruiser heritage, superb technology and able four wheel drive ability the LX 570 is one of the best value supersized SUVS on the planet.

2013 LEXUS LX 570 base price $87,500 price with options ($7,359) plus taxes, levies and PDI $99,201.

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