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2014 Lexus LX 570 — a comfy, if SUV that will take you the desert. And bring you back.

a week’s driving around in a LX 570, a behemoth of an offroad, luxo barge that you and seven passengers to the Nth degree, I’m a bit wanly, of the ad slogan Nissan 15 years ago when it was extolling the of its lean, stripped-down, athletic the Xterra:

“Everything you need, you don’t.”

The point of the Xterra was to you something that gnarled its way hill and dale, without any creature comforts – it got you there, and in one piece.

The LX 570, of course, also get you there reliably and in one – it is, after all, a descendant of the Toyota Land Cruiser – but it do so with every comfort and option known to every advertising copy writer possibly, some options weren’t.

We are talking here a three-ton SUV that continues the mantra of making everything Lexus synonymous with (Toyota owns Lexus.) you mate luxury with an vehicle that is meant to people through jungles, deserts and up mountainsides, the word comes to mind. No matter – what the Toyota marketing wanted to do with this creation, and so they did it.

The details: the LX 570 started life in 1995 with the LX 450, a SUV with a four-and-a-half liter six-cylinder engine. The LX 450 was based on the Cruiser and was, for all intents and simply a rebadged Land

The Land Cruiser, in turn, had in 1951 and soon earned a as the toughest vehicle for expeditions in the outback and other remote Thrown up against some of the harshest climes – broiling rutted jungle trails – the Cruiser breezed through.

the craze for luxury land took hold in America, up a Land Cruiser into a Cruiser was a no-brainer – make it a and make it more comfy. But sure it can still do everything the Cruiser can do.

Yes, it can do that. But there are caveats.

The LX 570 is still a body-on-frame rig as such, you lose interior The third row of seats in many SUVs folds flat the floor. On the LX 570, Lexus has those quaint little chairs that fold up the sides of the wagon. With all seats down, you still only 83 cubic feet of space.

The LX 570’s ride, for me at created the worst seasickness had in years. Much of this was of the brutal frost heaves on the roads here in rural Frost heaves are places in the where rain has gotten the tar, then frozen, the ice pushing the tar up and creating all kinds of bumps that slow a 50-mph journey to 30-mph. For a I thought it was just the frost But when I did the same trip in car – another Toyota product, in a 1999 Lexus RX300 – the were far easier to take. the LX 570 wallowed from side to the old RX300 was gentler.

Maybe I should have with some of the gadgets on the LX to take my mind off the stomach-churning – like the adjustable height You can raise the LX 570 two inches in the front and 2.4 in the rear for travel over roads or through water” – bumpy roads? – and you can lower it up to 2.4 for “easy access to the vehicle.” information comes from 320 of the 952-page owner’s manual. It is the thickest owner’s manual of any I’ve ever tested, and it is to find these absolutes in the world of writing about

Clearly, the vision of new car buyers through 952 pages of this tome got to somebody at Toyota and so also supply an 86-page manual quick guide.” also the 233-page guide to the navigation system. All in, that’s pages to read if you want to full advantage of your new LX


Not to say that all of this is bad. just that it’s and it takes a while to learn how to all of the car’s myriad systems.

you are, indeed, cosseted leather, seat heaters and surround-sound audio, cameras on the and the sides to help you with (it is a big car, with huge wheels sporting 285/50 mud and tires).

One nice touch, a nostalgic touch: the rear is actually two pieces. There’s an hatch and a tailgate that out so you really can have a true party.

On the road, once left the land of frost the 5.7-liter, 383-horsepower V8 has plenty of to get you and your seven passengers the outback and into the parking lot of distant watering hole. Of hauling around those tons of Lexus plus and luggage will net you an average of 14 per gallon (12/17 mpg, is the EPA’s pronouncement.)

Toyota has of nearly every permutation of control and safety, or at least what the window sticker with its entry for this feature”: “multi-terrain anti-lock (system) (ABS), electronic distribution, brake assist, stability control, crawl w/turn assist, active control w/multi-terrain select, trailer sway control.” I all this because I would wager that most of this $84,590 SUV ( Ed. note – Eight-four thousand dollars?! ) not get anywhere near the outback or the or the jungle or the desert. In other they won’t need all engineering.

Doesn’t matter. The people who buy car are the same people who will be out comparably expensive SUVs – the GL-class comes to mind – and the will win some of them

But I should point out that the before I had this Lexus, I a Toyota Highlander XLE, a ute that retails for about If you want the Toyota brand, and you care that much the super-Lexus badge, you would do to try the Highlander. It may not be the uber-crosser of the veldt the LX can be, but it will, like the Xterra, get the job

For more consumer information on check these Web sites:

information can be seen in the  studies conducted by J.D. and at Consumer Reports.

Fuel figures are available at this maintained by the U.S. Department of

For trivia lovers: the sticker you see on the of every new car for sale in the United is known in the auto industry as the It is named for U.S. Senator Stilwell (Mike) Monroney, the Democrat who sponsored the Automobile Disclosure Act of 1958, which all new cars to have labels detail the price of the car and its options.

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