SAFETY

In the three-row LX 570, there are only two sets of lower Latch anchors. They're located in the outboard seats in the second row and hidden behind small leather flaps that are held in place with Velcro. Once the flap is down, they're easy to access, and there's no digging or searching for the anchors.

Installing car seats is a breeze, thanks to the wide, flat seats that accommodate a variety of styles. On the downside, hoisting heavy car seats up into the LX 570 might be a back injury waiting to happen. Suddenly, the Active Height Control looks less ridiculous.

The LX 570 comes with standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, active front head restraints, an electronic stability system with traction control, all-wheel drive, a backup camera and 10 airbags, including side-impact airbags for the front and second rows, knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, and side curtains for all three rows. It also has adaptive headlights, which swivel around curves as the driver turns the steering wheel. Each light swivels independently, based upon the degree of the turn, the speed of the vehicle and math I won't pretend to understand.

Optional safety features on the LX 570 include a Pre-Collision System with adaptive cruise control ($1,500). This system uses radar to gauge the distance between the LX and other vehicles in front of it and maintains one of three following distances using both the throttle and the brakes. Freeway driving becomes close to painless because of this feature. This same system determines when a collision is imminent

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