Interior

Lexus says the 4 inches of greater length from bumper to bumper adds the same amount to the cabin. In terms of legroom, inches make a big difference. Still, the third-row seats are similar to the new crop of crossover SUVs, in that their cushions are rather close to the floor. For third-row access, the second-row seat is split 40/20/40, and the outboard segments power-slide forward. Like before, the standard third-row seat is split 50/50, and its halves fold upward along the side walls. Like before, this increases the blind spot. Unlike before, this process is powered.

The LX is certainly luxurious inside, but Lexus has broken no new ground in terms of materials or design. Optional luxury packages include upgraded leather, a cool box (small refrigerator) in the center console, aluminum door sill plates and Bubinga wood trim.

The many standard features include touch-screen navigation with real-time traffic information and a premium stereo with XM Satellite Radio. Options include an upgrade to a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with surround sound and a hard disk drive, heated rear seats, heated and cooled front seats, parking sonar alert, adaptive cruise control and a backseat DVD video system with a 9-inch screen.

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