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Lexus LX

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Lexus' full-size LX 570 SUV for 2015 goes well beyond its humble roots, offering the kind of power and luxury befitting Lexus' flagship SUV. The 8-passenger LX 570 is built to be as rugged as it is refined, with a sophisticated terrain-response system allowing it to traverse almost any obstacle.

Befitting its status, the LX 570 luxury SUV isn't cheap to purchase or to operate, with fuel-economy ratings that barely break double-digits.

Thanks to a sophisticated 3-mode suspension setup, the LX 570 manages its weight with the grace of an athletic linebacker, remaining firmly planted at highway speeds and proving surprisingly agile in the turns. Much of the LX's heft comes from its stiff body-on-frame architecture, an aging design but one critical to the brutal reality of true off-road adventuring. The tradeoff versus a unit-body design is a less compliant ride. On road, the LX's 5.7-liter V8 can propel it to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds. Off-road, the LX's 2-speed transfer case and locking differential solidify its off-road abilities, as do the five terrain settings for rock, rock & dirt, mogul, loose rock and mud.

The Lexus LX 570 for 2015 provides three rows of seats and can fit up to eight passengers. The 2nd-row seats fold and tumble forward. Unlike most other 3rd-row seats, those in the LX 570 do not fold forward but to the sides. This creates a flat load floor, but eats up valuable room on the sides.

Every LX 570 SUV has permanent 4-wheel drive, quad-zone climate control, a power moonroof, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a leather interior with mahogany wood trim and a 14-way driver's seat. On the tech and entertainment side, there are a navigation system with rearview camera, Lexus' Enform infotainment system and a 9-speaker AM/FM/CD player with HD Radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, and USB and iPod inputs. Safety features include 10 airbags, stability control, Emergency Assistance Button, and a system that, in the event of a severe accident, notifies an agent who will attempt to contact the driver and can send help if needed.

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