The 2010 Lexus LX is an SUV unlike any vehicle I’ve ever driven. I was weaned on a steady diet of SUVs, starting with the Bronco 2 (1986) and winding up with a Tahoe a dozen years later.
Since I’ve owned three SUVs in my adult life I was not at all excited to drive one when I attended Camp Lexus. I basically headed for the sedans and left the SUVs for later.
Something unexpected happened. I drove the LX (while at Camp Lexus) on a slick track (water on tarp pictured below) and while turning a corner attempted to brake. The LX didn’t tip. I know some of you are like, “Uh, duh, it’s a luxury SUV of course it didn’t tip.” The reality is that we drove those cars faster than one safely should and then attempted foolish maneuvers in crummy conditions. I expected the car to at least lean to one side. It was very stable. Also I found that some large vehicles actually have fewer blind spots than we’d imagined. Most of us simply have our mirrors adjusted incorrectly.
I was so impressed by the LX’s stability that I asked if there were test drives available, and that’s how we got to today.
After a week of driving the Lexus LX I would recommend this car for any SUV lover. After just a week I didn’t have time to try out the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control but I can tell you this; it is a fast moving, beautifully accelerating, fun to handle, truck.
Yes, I said truck. When push comes to shove what you are driving is a glorious premium luxury utility vehicle that seats seven comfortably. When I say “comfortably” I really mean, “My cousin is taking a road trip in his Bentley, and tried to swap cars with me.” Not. Kidding.
The LX is all about comfort. The wood steering wheel reminds you that you are rich, the premium leather cradles you, and the front seats are both air conditioned and heated. The middle row of power seats is also heated. Even though it’s the middle of July my kids had to try this out.
This sucker is fast. It’s fast off the line and it’s got great pickup when you’re already in motion. The engine isn’t huge, it’s a 5.7 liter V8 that gives you 383 horsepower. That seems like a lot, but the curb weight is 5995 (three tons), and sedans like the Jaguar XF have 380 hp and weigh just 4000 pounds, a ton less. The incredible torque is what makes the LX fun to drive. If you’re zipping along the freeway at 65 mph, and find that you want to make a quick lane change the LX is an absolute delight. It’s responsive. A tap on the accelerator and you’re passing folks at 80 in no time. My assumption is that the 403 lb -ft of torque is what gets it there. There is no lag, and frankly this is a lot of power. If you have any thoughts about buying the LX and letting your teen drive it, I’d think again. This vehicle has tremendous pickup.
I’m going to make another assumption here, and say that the LX570 is meant to compete with the Range Rover Sport. Well, they both have refrigerators (no I’m NOT kidding), they are both built for rugged off road conditions, and they both get you center stage parking with a valet in the know.
The LX is understated. Even at $83,000 I didn’t feel heads turning. Don’t get me wrong, I love a flashy car, but for some reason this isn’t the kind of automobile that gets a lot of gawking.
When I had two kids in car seats and a ninety year old Grandmother to tote around town, I loved my Chevy Tahoe. I could fit a double stroller in the back, along with a walker, and I loved that the passenger seat went up and down so that my Grandmother could get in and out safely and easily. Well, the LX has this nifty little button where the whole car goes up and down. I’m not sure what it’s for besides entering and exiting the vehicle but I can tell you that we found it to be wildly entertaining.
Oh wait, the up and down thing? Maybe it’s for off road driving? I mean the LX is a four wheel drive, in fact Joe Bacal is racing his LX 570 off road with great success. (Yes, I realize I could research the up and down thing for you, but what fun would that be?)
Parking the LX is not fun. Like the RX 350 it has wonderful Park Assist feature that makes parallel parking (and lot parking) a breeze. It’s just that in crowded Los Angeles there are more compact than full sized spots, and when you do find a full sized parking spot all too often someone very important has encroached on a second spot. Then again, you do get mad respect from Valets… so I guess you have to give a little to get a little.
I would recommend this vehicle for a large family (it’s no secret, I hate the minivan), someone who lives anywhere but Los Angeles (and has actual seasons or unpaved roads), folks who tow boats, horses or cars, or anyone who enjoys a road trip. I averaged 14 mpg, and when I’m driving these cars I am unkind. After five days I filled up the tank, 19.5 gallons, but if you’re driving an $80,000 SUV that might not feel like a big expense.
I absolutely adored the luxury of this vehicle. I cannot tell you enough how fabulous it was to drive. The Lexus LX has luxuries on top of it’s luxuries.
We did not get a video of it but the third row of seats is fully automated. Simply press a button to raise and lower them.
Stable, fast, beautiful, spacious, workhorse, extravagant luxury. LX 570.