Lexus LX 450 Sport-Utility Vehicle Review (1997)

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LEXUS LX450

by Carey Russ

Lexus is one of the successful marques in automotive It has become one of the standards of the luxury in an incredibly short time, and an automotive symbol of quality and rivaling many long-established

One reason for Lexus’s success has a product line that has to encompass all aspects of the luxury car The original, top-of-the-line LS400 was joined, in short order, by an sedan, a couple of luxury-sports and a mid-priced luxury/sports sedan. luxury sport-utility vehicles are among the most desirable on four wheels, a Lexus was inevitable. So the LX450 was introduced in 1996.

The Lexus LX450 on the already-luxurious and ruggedly offroad-capable Land Cruiser. It has an even opulent interior, recalibrated and its own unique grille and body With a torquey 4.5-liter all-wheel drive, and plenty of clearance, it is designed to be as suitable for an at the opera as a week in the woods.

One experience during my week a 1997 Lexus LX450 out. Merging on to the freeway in a upscale suburb, I looked in the next to me. What should I see but LX450, identical to my test I wasn’t too surprised — the demographics were perfect. A LX450 in its natural habitat. The of the other LX was surprised, however. If could kill, I wouldn’t be this. Her feelings must been the same as if she showed up at a in original designer clothes and someone else wearing the outfit. Well, luxury are the status symbols that sports cars used to be. other status symbol can seven people, tow 5,000 and go almost anywhere?

APPEARANCE: The LX450 is a high, vehicle that would presence even without the logo in the middle of the LS400-inspired grille. It is big and boxy, with rounded corners and enough lines on the hood and flanks to a slab-sided truckish look. bumper fascias and lower side cladding and fender give a contemporary automotive and protect against hazards shopping carts in suburban lots to rocks and trees on the Spoked 16-inch alloy and high- profile tires an offroad-ready appearance.


COMFORT: The LX450 is a Lexus, so accommodations are first- rate. a good climb up to get in, but running and grab handles make it even for the vertically-challenged. The interior is in the same two-tone leather as is in the Lexus LS400, with of wood-grain trim. Power-adjustable seats feel like came right out of an LS400. The folding bench second row is mounted higher than the seats for improved passenger and visibility. Fold- up third-row seats are just the place for adventurers. Interior space and are enhanced by the placement of the full-sized tire underneath the rear of the A great climate control keeps the inside temperature right, and a good AM/FM/cassette/CD system with an optional CD in the console ensures information and A tilt-adjustable steering wheel and door locks, windows, and add convenience.

LEXUS LX450

SAFETY: The 1997 Lexus has dual airbags, front zones, four-wheel antilock brakes, side impact-resistant beams, and a first aid kit as standard equipment.

ROADABILITY: Technically, the LX450 is a truck. Especially on surfaces, it feels more a luxury car. The Land rugged solid-axle suspension has softened a bit for the Lexus, and gives it a comfortable ride. Bumps are but are well controlled, and road is good. The LX450 has no tendency to on the highway, and is as stable and poised as its center of gravity allows. It has Lexus near-nonexistent levels of and mechanical noise. Full-time drive ensures secure on od off pavement, and ten inches of ground reduces the chance of damage road or trail debris.

PERFORMANCE: The 4.5-liter inline engine used in the LX450 ninety percent of its peak of torque from 1400 to rpm. That means 250 lb-ft of torque is instantly when needed. This reasonable acceleration, particularly low speeds. It also makes the a good vehicle for towing. A lb. towing capacity allows it to moderately large boats in CONCLUSIONS: Lexus has entered the sport-utility market in a big way with its

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