2009 LX 570 New Car Test Drive
The Lexus LX 570 is a true luxury vehicle first and foremost, with advanced safety, comfort and quality features. It's also a big, heavy vehicle that can tow big loads, haul heavy cargo, and transport people and gear across great distances in comfort. It uses the same heavy-duty frame and stout powertrain as the Toyota Land Cruiser.
Like the Land Cruiser, the Lexus LX 570 is designed for extraordinary versatility and an unusual combination of utility and luxury. But with the Lexus, luxury comes first.
Designed for a different kind of use, the LX offers a number of qualities and features that the Land Cruiser does not offer. These include technological advances such as wide-view parking monitors, adaptive front headlights, and an active damping suspension control system. A Mark Levinson audio system is also a Lexus exclusive, and the interior is built using a higher level of materials and finish.
The Land Cruiser is better equipped for rigorous off-road use; the LX 570, although also highly capable, is aimed more at the luxury car owner who occasionally needs guaranteed control on a snowy road leading to a ski resort, or safe traction on the graded dirt road leading to a ranch house or mountain fishing lodge. Either one of them will go just about anywhere. The ability to haul boats or horse trailers up to 8,500 pounds makes the LX 570 the most capable SUV offered by Lexus. Safety features are on a par with the best luxury sedans.
Especially relaxing to drive on long trips, the Lexus LX is also equipped with a brace of thoughtful features to make around-town driving and parking more convenient.
Like the Land Cruiser, the LX was thoroughly redesigned for 2008. The 2009 Lexus LX is unchanged, except for a new Luxury Package that adds semi-aniline leather seats, Bubinga wood trim, a console-mounted cool box for beverages, and new Smart Card keyless entry (an advance over the standard Smart Access system). The Luxury Package also includes a new Liquid Graphite finish for the LX 570's standard 20-inch wheels.
The Lexus LX competes with the Cadillac Escalade, Range Rover, and Mercedes-Benz GL550. The group is similar in many ways, with similar operational characteristics, but the LX (like the Mercedes) focuses more on torque than the Cadillac or Range Rover do. Torque is that force that you feel when accelerating from a standstill or up a still hill and it's especially important when towing a trailer or negotiating rugged terrain. Powered by a 5.7-liter V8, the LX makes most of this power early in the rev range.
The 2009 Lexus LX comes as one model, the LX 570 ($75,705). The standard package includes leather upholstery; woodgrain interior accents; 20-inch wheels; power rear door and tailgate; Class 4 towing hitch; moonroof; heated power outside mirrors; roof rack; programmable garage door opener; 115V outlet in rear cargo area; power door locks with anti-lock-out feature; Smart Access keyless entry and starting; 14-way power driver seat with three-position memory; 12-way power front passenger seat; and heated front seats. The standard audio system is Lexus Premium Audio, which includes a digital AM/FM tuner; in-dash 6CD changer that supports MP3 and other digital files; MP3/WMA iPod input plug; digital sound processing (DSP) with seven-channel, 312-watt output; nine speakers; and automatic sound leveling.
The Luxury Package ($1,200) upgrades to semi-aniline leather, Bubinga wood trim, a cool box for beverages, Smart Card keyless entry and starting, and Liquid Graphite finish for the wheels. A DVD rear-seat entertainment system ($1,990) requires the 19-speaker, 450-watt Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio ($3,300). Also available are a pre-collision system ($2,850); Lexus Link road assistance ($900); Intuitive Park Assist ($1,000) that includes wide-view front and side monitors; and climate-controlled front seats with heated second-row seats ($890).
Safety features include 10 airbags, anti-rollover dynamics; tire pressure monitor system; active traction control (A-TRAC); vehicle stability control (VSC); rain-sensing wipers; adaptive front lighting (AFS); brake assist; hill-start assist control (HAC); multi-terrain anti-lock braking system (ABS); and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD). The optional Pre-Collision System (PCS) is packaged with adaptive cruise control.