BY H. THROTTLEAUTOMOTIVE COLUMNIST
The new 2020 Lexus LX570 SUV arrived several days before the big snowstorm. It was fun to drive the powerful 383 horsepower V8 engine through the snow drifts and piles of snow. This is a large SUV that towers over the highway and features three rows of seats and the ability to tow a trailer or boat.
This Lexus is assembled in Toyota, Aichi, Japan and the craftsmanship is perfection from the leather seats, to the sleek style, and “Satin Cashmere” metallic paint.
The powerful 5.7L engine is in complete control with steering wheel paddle shifters working with the 8-speed versatile transmission. With this large of an engine there is no need to turbo-charge this power plant. The 5.7 engine is thirsty and because of size and weight the average fuel economy falls to 14 miles per gallon with 12 mpg in the city and 16 on the freeways.
This LX570 is not an economy SUV, but a luxury vehicle with a manufacturer’s suggested price of $91,380 and a list of options such as a 19 surround Mark Levinson speaker audio system at $2,350 and a rear seat entertainment package at $2,005. The final full option price on the test model was $101,248.
This is about driving the best-in-class and having an all-wheel classic for winter and summer recreation driving perhaps as a large family vehicle.
The X570 is loaded with the Lexus safety system that make today’s vehicles much safer on the highways. The precollision system prevents striking a forward object. The radar cruise control keeps exact safe distance from forward driving vehicles. Cameras detect pedestrians and lane departure warnings for driver alerts.
The bucket seats and warm interior with easy sound and radio controls add to the surround speaker music. This is comfort and performance with sport, eco, and comfort modes. There is even an Alexia skill integration program.
The vehicle has a five-year, 70,000-mile powertrain warranty. The vehicle is so new it does not have a safety rating but with all of the safety equipment and 10 airbags and smart stop technology the rating should be the perfect five-star rating.
Not in everyone’s price range, but for those wishing the best this is an excellent choice.
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