2014 Lexus LX 570 — a comfy, if dated SUV that will take you across the…

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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.

Inside, you are, indeed, with leather, seat and ventilators, surround-sound audio, on the front and the sides to help you parking (it is a big car, with 20-inch wheels sporting mud and snow tires).

One nice almost a nostalgic touch: the hatch is actually two pieces. an upward-swinging hatch and a tailgate folds out so you really can have a tailgate party.

On the road, you’ve left the land of heaves, the 5.7-liter, 383-horsepower V8 has of power to get you and your seven across the outback and into the lot of that distant watering Of course, hauling around three tons of Lexus people and luggage will net you an of 14 miles per gallon (12/17 city/highway is the EPA’s pronouncement.)

has thought of nearly every of ride control and safety, or at that’s what the window says, with its entry for “standard feature”: “multi-terrain braking (system) (ABS), brakeforce distribution, brake vehicle  stability control, control w/turn assist, traction control w/multi-terrain (and) trailer sway I mention all this because I seriously wager that owners of this $84,590 SUV ( Ed. – what. Eight-four thousand ) will not get anywhere near the or the inback or the jungle or the desert. In words, they won’t all that 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 mileage figures are at this site, maintained by the Department of Energy.

For trivia the sticker you see on the window of every new car for in the United States is known in the industry as the “Monroney.” It is named for Senator Almer Stilwell Monroney, the Oklahoma Democrat who the Automobile Information Disclosure Act of which required all new cars to labels that detail the of the car and its options.

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