We first tested the current iteration of the Lexus LX 570 when it debuted in 2008, alongside the Toyota Land Cruiser on which it is based. So when we were offered the 2011 Lexus LX 570 for a test-drive, we almost rejected it. But then we figured “why not.” Maybe something has changed. It turns out nothing has changed, although our tester was a more interesting vehicle than the one we drove before.
For one, it was black and it had an optional body kit that added front and rear bumper extensions. Bigger 20-inch wheels too. This is a way better understated option than blowing your money on that “Invader” nonsense.
Otherwise, externally at least, this LX was virtually stock. However, it seemed to attract at least some attention when we had it parked.
Turns out it was the interior that was catching everyone’s eye. Our tester had orange-brown upholstery, matched with reddish wood trim, black soft-touch and hard plastics, and bushy black floormats. It almost looked like an aftermarket-touched cabin, only better integrated.
The front seats are power-adjustable, ventilated and can fit the tallest of ogres.
The rear is also pretty spacious, though not as much as the monstrosities churned out by Nissan nowadays. Rear passengers get to enjoy a DVD screen, separate a/c controls and a couple of cup-holders.
The design of the third row remains rudimentary, given the LX’s non-independent rear suspension. The third row bench splits into two and folds up along the side walls when not in use. Their unfolding operation is not fully powered, and neither is the folding away of the second-row seat to access the third row. And space is limited, but still somewhat enough for adults.
Luggage space is immense of course, even with the third-row seats hogging space. The top half of the tailgate is powered.
A Lexus LX optioned up in this way is a very attractive proposition. We weren’t aware that this truck could be outfitted in anything other than white paint and beige leather. Read our earlier review of the white-beige 2008 Lexus LX 570 for driving impressions, as we’ve used this black one for an upcoming “economy” test instead.