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?

The new LX benefits a host of Lexus-wide design the most noticeable of which is a new fascia. The formerly gentle, oblong grille opening has sharpened into an angular called the “Lexus Spindle which ties in with the of the current ES, GS, RX and other Lexus Standard HID headlamps, LED daytime lamps, a new bumper and larger fog bezels all contribute to a more contemporary face.

Around back, new LED taillamps and a bumper with a stainless accent strip add more to the SUV. LX still has a great tailgate that opens a clamshell. You can open the top half opening the bottom, making for loading of groceries and smaller

All in all, LX’s new exterior a good argument for evolution. The changes to the design seem to responded to environmental forces and competition.

Aside from a few upgrades, Lexus had the sense not to with LX’s interior. hard to find a more dash layout. Buttons are arrayed and sensibly labeled, and make very good Material selections are Lexus — not over-the-top luxurious, like in a Rover, but still very and tasteful. Real wood hides under many of thick poly coating, but looks real enough to its existence. The big color LCD touchscreen is at the top of the center stack, ideal in my opinion. A new thin film (TFT) display compliments the bringing information to the center of the panel above the steering There’s even a new ECO driving .

Technology is always a big part of the story, and LX is a large canvas for the to display innovations. LX comes a standard CD/DVD changer AM/FM/HD/Satellite radio and digital processing. Also included is a subscription to Lexus Enform, is like having a concierge at the touch of a button. Hard navigation is also included, as is handsfree phone and audio capability. Even better is the Mark Levinson Reference Sound Audio System, includes 19 speakers for 7.1 channel sound and a 450-watt amplifier 0.1% total harmonic (THD). A pre-collision system adaptive cruise control is along with Intuitive Assist.

Luxury options can be upon the already well-equipped LX. You can ventilated front seats, a box in the center console, a heated wheel and other luxuries. A handy dual screen seat entertainment system the screens on the back of the front so they don’t interfere the driver’s outward visibility, and come with two wireless so that the insipid kids’ don’t interfere with the sanity.

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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 a proven approach to off-road Not as sophisticated as some of the other of the vehicle, but taking advantage of the of the chassis, suspension and powertrain.

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. Ouch.


Not that there are a whole lot of efficient choices out there in the luxury SUV field. A Cadillac Hybrid is rated to achieve 20 mpg mpg highway. An Infiniti QX56 is at 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway. A Mercedes-Benz GL450 claims 14 mpg city/19 mpg and the diesel GL350 BlueTEC a mark of 19 mpg city/26 highway. Rover’s only 7-seater, the returns a dismal 12 mpg/17 mpg 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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