EXTERIOR

For its gigantic size, the LX 570 isn't particularly stylish or exciting looking. It's a huge, rounded-off square of an SUV, with a piggy snout and bulgy rear that don't add any sleekness to the LX. The huge headlights, situated at the far corners of the front, manage to dwarf the chrome grille. Without any hard edges, this SUV manages to look soft. In spite of all that the LX looks big and expensive, which, I'm sure, was the Lexus' goal. Mission accomplished.

The LX has Active Height Control, which allows you to choose one of three ride heights with the push of a button. It also has an automatic setting that drops the LX to its lowest ride height when you turn the SUV off. This made getting in and out of it much easier. It's also kind of like an amusement park ride. I couldn't stop playing with it. Up! Down! Wheeee! Getting in and out of the LX was also easy because of its big, wide-swinging doors, which somehow weren't too heavy for my kiddos to manage. The running boards doors helped them out, too. They also made access to the third row less of a struggle.

The rear cargo door is split into a power liftgate and a manual tailgate. Rather than mess with the tailgate, I mostly just pushed the button to open the upper liftgate. I had to lift groceries and luggage over the closed tailgate, but I considered it a shoulder workout.

The LX 570 has a 383-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine and gets 12/18 mpg city/highway. With that poor gas mileage, you'll be frequently stopping at the gas station where you'll have to buy premium gas for this luxury SUV. Ouch.

SENSE AND STYLE Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Great Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): Good Times

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