If you’re not a fan of Lexus’ spindle grille then you’re really not going to like the LX’s front end. It is basically an even larger version of the new NX compact SUV with more real estate for the geometric wonder that is the grille. Except here on the LX there are added aesthetic “brackets” for each slat in the grille versus other applications of the design in the brand’s lineup.
The headlights also follow the brand’s recent design concept with upended “L” shapes of LEDs along the bottom of the headlight cases. The “L” shape is also found on either side of the lower bumper housing the fog lights. But those lights themselves appear to be a single circle at the bend in the L, not the entire shape.
2016 Lexus LX 570
- New 8-Speed Automatic Super Electronically Controlled Transmission
- Standard in-vehicle electronics include Voice Activated HDD Navigation1, Head-Up Display, Bluetooth® 22 capability, 19 speaker Mark Levinson® Audio System, 2 USB ports and Wireless Charger
- New Drive Mode Select provides improved acceleration and steering performance
- New standard Lexus Safety System+ integrates the Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Additional active Safety Systems include Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Electronic Brake force Distribution, Brake Assist9, A-TRAC, Vehicle Stability Control8 and Multi-terrain Traction Control
- 3175 kg (7000 lb) towing capacity30
Beneath the fresh face is of course the ladder frame chassis seen in the Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series. This gives the Lexus a rugged ability underneath its tech-heavy, high-spec bent… but how do the two meld on the street?
It’s a curious dichotomy. The driving experience can at times feel agricultural, but with the rear DVD screens in operation to keep second-row occupants at bay as well as supple, expansive and commandingly-positioned leather seats there’s a wafting sense of luxury inside.
Add-in the massive 12.3-inch central screen controlling a seriously strong climate control system and high-level Mark Levinson audio, and it’s almost too good to be true at least until you try to change infotainment menus with that overly-sensitive remote touch control system, the frustrations of which have been well documented in Lexus reviews of the past. In short, it’s no better here.