Driver’s Seat: Lexus LX570: Twice the price, not as nice

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Driver’s Seat: Lexus Twice the price, not as nice

Sturgis, For The Inquirer

Posted: December 5, 2012, 1:08 AM

Lexus LX570. A December to indeed.

Price. $88,920 as ($80,930 base price).

wisdom. Oooooh. Ahhh.

pitch. You have arrived Christmas involves a big red bow on one of these in driveway.

Reality. It’s It’s luxurious. Yessiree.

treat. Judging by the TV-commercial of reality, the whole family swoon over new wheels at So, I thought I’d try out this wish: A big, honking that’s priced mainly for who can give transportation upgrades for

And like most Christmas the anticipation was waaaaay better the actual gift. Although the LX570 didn’t break a couple hours or need it still fell short of the excitement.

Inside. Of course, not LX570s are purchased for road or fuel efficiency. This is the LX570 shines.

The leather are comfortable and spacious. They have any of the stiffness or firmness I find in new cars. And — — Sturgis Kid 4.0 reported the middle row heats, as well, an consideration for the backseat rider.

But comfortable, spacious, warming don’t come standard. are part of a $1,510 package. like to see what the budget looked like.

Storage space. That seat enhancement package brought a handy armrest Yes, folks, there’s a between driver and passenger to the Perrier chilled. I used it for and even though it was turned it took a while before Bennett stopped needing the he wore on the cover of his Christmas

There are also plenty of to rest phones and drinks. But the cup don’t automatically grasp they have to be set by hand to fit cup.

On the road. Driving the was like riding atop a I had forgotten about my experience the Toyota Tundra last but it handled just like pickup: Big and lumbering. Floppy was the I used.

But trucks don’t have to be big and The Dodge Ram 1500 is a much ride than the Tundra.

Really? So I’m driving a SUV with room for eight almost as tall as a school bus and is about 16 m.p.g. and there’s an Eco I personally like the way it flashed as I accelerated. Because I didn’t the fuel economy would when I opened up the throttle on the V8 to all 383 horses.

Third row. drivers with large will have to play among passengers when time for a road trip. The row is a tough place to be, worse many less-expensive SUVs. The spot is truly painful, as the split and fold up against the so this victim is stuck on the


The schematic to raise and lower the was kind of tough, but once I the buttons things moved ease.

Roomy. For as big as this is to drive, it’s not really Feet don’t fit under the seats, so 4.0’s size 9s happy back there.

entertained. It’s nice the LX570 has two DVD monitors to keep the amused. But I was surprised that it have a separate DVD player so Mom and Dad enjoy some tunes in the CD while a DVD played in the cheap A DVD player could be plugged in, but at price it should come that DVD player standard.

But even the entertainment components I aren’t free. The Mark audio system adds to the price, and the dual-screen DVD player headphones adds $2,005

Fuel economy. A dismal 16 in almost all highway driving, on a to Western Pennsylvania. And this is premium fuel. Glug, glug.

Where it’s Toyota City, Japan.

How built. It tops the Consumer reliability scales.

In the end. I the Infiniti JX35 crossover and XTS much more than baby. If I bought one of those still have money over for a Mini Cooper.

Next week. Volkswagen TDI.

Contact Scott at 215-854-2558 or .



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