2010 Lexus LX 570 review

The 2010 Lexus LX 570 is a vehicle of extremes. It's the biggest Lexus on the road, and it has a massive V-8 engine to go with it. It also has tons of cupholders, stereo speakers, air vents, ride-control options, safety features and road presence. It goes through gas like there's an endless supply of the stuff. This luxury SUV is not fooling around.

I had a split reaction to the LX 570. The kid in me, who's a materialistic, fun-loving speed demon, loved it. I loved pushing all the buttons and listening to the engine's roar as it hauled its massive body up the steep hills of my neighborhood. I loved knowing that I had room enough for the most outrageous carpool

this SUV can carry eight people

– or even the most irresponsible of shopping sprees. It was just fun. However, the mature, eco-conscious killjoy of a practical parent in me just winced at the excess of it all. The adjustable ground clearance and four-wheel-drive crawl control system was wasted on my suburban roads. And the price tag? My test car, which had the Luxury Package, cost $83,860. The LX 570 starts at $76,905. This is not my idea of economical.

Though the all-wheel-drive LX is based on the Toyota Sequoia, the ride is all Lexus, with a three-mode adaptive suspension. The LX 570 doesn't drive like a truck or a bus, which is what I expected. While there's virtually no road feel, there's also little roly-poly heaviness in the turns. I was comfortable tackling twisty roads and poorly maintained highways in this full-size SUV. The only place I didn't enjoy driving the LX was in tight parking lots because of its gigantic size. The LX 570 has plenty of power to haul its bulk around, plus anything you'd like to tow up to 8,500 pounds.

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