2007 Lexus LX 470 — Test drive and new SUV review

7 Июн 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Traveling in the lap of luxury

Let me warn you in — you’re not going to get all the that you need from review of the 2007 Lexus LX It’s not that I don’t to provide you with all the info it’s just that not enough space to list all of the and benefits you’ll find on the Lexus LX 470. It’s loaded. The 2007 Lexus LX 470 a base price of $67,395 as tested) with a 4 year/50,000 basic warranty, a 6 year/70,000 powertrain warranty and an EPA estimate of 13 mpg mpg highway. Take a deep — let’s start

First Glance

If you want to of the LX 470 as a fancier Toyota Land I’m not going to try to dissuade Toyota’s flagship SUV and the LX 470 ride on the platform, with identical (112.2), width (76.4), length (192.5) and ground (9.8) measurements. At 75.8 LX 470 is a skosh shorter than Cruiser, the kind of difference their mother would

LX 470 may be fancier than Land but it is no less SUV for it. It’s hard to LX 470 without using the words big and but I’ll try. No, I can’t do it. LX 470 is big and with assertive horizontal and powerful verticals. Bulging, fenders hover above 18 wheels. Restrained use of chrome things from getting too A tall boxy greenhouse to the drama, making a tall SUV even taller. Out back, my vehicle wore a small ($280) spoiler at the top of the tailgate’s big The tailgate itself is a clamshell — 60% flips up, 40% flips to form a genuine old-fashioned It’s a good thing a one-piece flip-up tailgate have been too big, massive clearance and heavy or shocks to operate. The short eases access into the hold.

Fit and finish are exemplary, as should be on a vehicle in this range. Great-looking paint, substantial trim and moldings, gaps and seams. There’s a of quality from front to

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In the Driver’s

There are no real flourishes or design touches in the LX 470’s

Photo © Jason Fogelson

they finally lay me in my final place, I’d like to Lexus craftsmen build my They really know how to the drops of luxury out of their and how to make everyone comfortable. mostly a tactile thing every surface that you is pleasant and feels solid and There’s real wood that would look in a mansion’s study; rich that feels like it wear like a fine chair. Where there’s it’s nicely textured and not

There are no real flourishes or design touches in the LX 470’s Design-wise, it’s a little The center stack is dominated by a rectangular pod that houses climate control and audio in a simple layout dressed wood trim. The instrument a collection of simple round gauges, lurks beneath an in the dash above the steering

Oh, that steering wheel. gorgeous, trimmed in wood and It feels so great in your like a steering wheel an old Jag or Rolls. The modern unit a myriad of controls, and tilts and to adjust to your favorite position. When you turn off the the wheel automatically tilts and away, like a butler your exit from the I don’t know why, but simple touch feels decadent and luxurious.

On the Road

Under the hood, LX 4.7 liter 32-valve double-overhead cam V8 268 hp and 328 lb-ft of torque through its automatic transmission with four-wheel drive. That’s a lot of — it all adds up to reasonable good passing power and gas mileage, really the biggest against the LX 470.

Handling is good for a big SUV, with front suspension and front and stabilizer bars. There’s a trick Adaptive Variable setup with Adjustable Control that allows you to the ride to the conditions. All in all, LX 470 is a comfortable, composed vehicle to on all but the twistiest of roads.

My second row passengers praised the back there as well. My Andy, a very sharp-eyed and a frequent second row rider in my SUVs, now holds the LX 470’s as the epitome of luxury in the class. subsequent vehicle has been to the same dismissive comparison — Remember that that you had? This is near as nice.


My third row were somewhat less with their praise. The row is adequate for short trips for Though head room is and leg room is sufficient, the hip to floor is a little too short for real At least it’s pretty to clamber back there, as the row easily folds and flips, a big gap for entry.

Journey’s End

There’s a of quality from front to

Photo © Jason Fogelson

If considering an LX 470, you should consider the Toyota Land as well for about $10,000 I’d have a hard justifying the price difference, but money may go further than does.

You should also take a at the competition in the luxury SUV field. The QX56. Cadillac Escalade. Q7. Acura MDX and Land Rover Rover are all unique vehicles will appeal to different and needs. A heavily optioned Pathfinder or GMC Yukon Denali can deliver a pretty substantial of luxury for a lot less cash.

I at the start of this review I wasn’t going to give you all the about LX 470, and indeed I not. I haven’t mentioned the Mark Levinson audio the superb DVD navigation system rear view camera; the moonroof; or the totally intuitive interface. My vehicle also had a James Bond option the $2,200 Night View Let me just say this about — if you drive rural at night during deer you’d be a fool not to check box on the options sheet. It’s an camera that projects on your windshield that are the reach of your low beams, you more time to react to and obstacles in your path. not a distraction, because even if paying attention to the infrared your eyes are still on the ahead.

If you do chose an LX 470, I want to go you are going, because you are traveling in the lap of

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