2015 Lexus LX 570

What's new for 2015? Standard safety features on the 2015 Lexus LS 600h L include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, a blind spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alerts, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, a rearview camera and Lexus' Safety Connect emergency telematics.

Suppose, however, that you intend to keep your luxury SUV for a decade or more, and you're leery of the maintenance bills on those newfangled European engines. That puts the LX 570 in a more favorable light. While the LX's V8 is relatively sophisticated for a truck engine, it's a simpleton in this segment, with tough, no-nonsense fundamentals that should prove reliable over time. If you also intend to venture off-road, the LX 570 will certainly earn its keep, as precious few luxury SUVs can keep up with it on gnarly terrain. The 2015 Lexus LX 570 rides regally on all roads, shrugging off impacts like the softly sprung luxury liner it is. Wind and road noise are kept in check, and although the V8 becomes audible during acceleration, it's an eminently pleasant rumble.

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Full-size SUV with seating for eight passengers, available in a single trim level

The 2015 Lexus LX 570 is a full-size SUV with seating for eight passengers. The third-row seat is a 50/50-split design that folds up against the sides of the cargo compartment when not in use.

The LX 570 is offered in a single trim level with a slew of high-end standard features. Starting with the exterior, the LX boasts 20-inch alloy wheels, a height-adjustable adaptive suspension, automatic load leveling, automatic adaptive xenon headlights, automatic wipers, auto-dimming outside mirrors, a sunroof, running boards, a roof rack, a power liftgate, a tow hitch, rear privacy glass and keyless entry and ignition.

Inside, the LX 570 comes with four-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, wood trim, heated power front seats (14-way driver, 12-way passenger), driver memory functions, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 60/40-split reclining and power-sliding second-row seat, a power-folding third-row seat and a 120-volt household-style power outlet in the cargo bay. The infotainment system utilizes an 8-inch touchscreen interface and features a rearview camera, a navigation system, voice controls, the Lexus Enform suite of smartphone-based services (including Pandora, Slacker, Yelp and iHeartRadio), Siri Eyes Free technology, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a nine-speaker audio system with a CD changer, satellite radio, HD radio and an iPod/USB audio interface.

The optional Luxury package adds heated and ventilated front seats, a cooled storage bin between the front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, extended wood trim, upgraded leather upholstery and a slim, cardlike key fob ("SmartAccess") that fits in your wallet. Also available are front and rear parking sensors, front- and sideview parking cameras, adaptive cruise control (including a pre-collision warning system), a dual-screen rear seat entertainment system and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system.

Additionally, the Luxury package's heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats can be specified as a separate option.

Posh, leather and wood-lined cabin, excellent seat comfort, excellent visibility, plenty of legroom and headroom, spacious cargo space

The 2015 Lexus LX 570 entices with a posh, leather- and wood-lined cabin. One aspect of the LX's interior that's timelessly admirable is seat comfort. The front seats offer excellent visibility from their elevated perches, and while the second-row bottom cushions could be higher, there's nonetheless plenty of headroom and legroom.

By the numbers, the LX 570 offers 41 cubic feet of cargo room behind the 60/40-split second row of seats and 83.1 cubic feet with all rear seats folded. That's a useful amount, no doubt.

The 2015 Lexus LX 570 comes standard with antilock brakes, traction control, stability control with trailer sway control, active front headrests, front seat side airbags, front knee airbags, second-row side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Also standard is Lexus Safety Connect emergency communications with automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, an emergency assist button and enhanced roadside assistance.

The optional frontal collision warning system (included with adaptive cruise control) takes action if a crash is deemed imminent, automatically tightening the front seatbelts and priming the braking system for maximum responsiveness. It does not, however, provide automatic panic braking like newer systems of this kind.

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