2015 Lexus LX 570
The owner of a Lexus LX 570 ought to be someone who:
1. Is wealthy
2. Has a lot of kids
3. Tows a horse trailer or yacht.
This is not a multiple choice selection. All three, or variants thereof, are required of someone who would be behind the wheel of this eight-passenger uber-lux SUV.
Let’s take them in order.
1. The base price of the vehicle as driven is $82,930. That’s before options. Options like $1,510 for semi-aniline lather; heated and ventilated front seats; second row heated seats; heated steering wheel, etch. Then kick in $2,350 for the Mark Levinson audio system including DVD playback capability. There’s “Intuitive Park Assist” with wide-view front and side monitor (a.k.a., cameras). That’s $1,000. Finally, there is a dual-screen DVD rear seat entertainment system with wireless headphones, adding $2005 to the tab.
Put in $925 for delivery, and the sticker is $90,720.
Presumably, there are more options to be had. For example, I was surprised to find that it doesn’t have blind-spot warning. You’d think for +$90K you would have a system that would provide an audible warning in the voice of a British butler.
2. Words like “capacious” and “cavernous” come to mind. The inside of this beast is big. It is also sumptuous. There are three rows of furniture in the LX570. Clearly, these are places where people ought to sit. They are comfortable. There is roominess. There is a power-sliding second-row seat. Thanks to an aforementioned option, there is entertainment. So the LX 570 is suited for lots of kids. Or absent that, lots of grownups. But let’s face it: Someone is more likely to be traveling around on a regular basis with children on board rather than a gaggle of adults.
3. The nomenclature of the SUV, at least the numeric part, the “570,” goes to the fact that his vehicle has a 5.7-liter V8 engine. It produces 383 hp and 403 lb-ft of torque. This is a real-life off-road capable vehicle, not a vehicle that looks like one. It has a Torsen limited-slip locking center differential. There are switches on the center console for making adjustments like Crawl Control and Hill-start Assist and other things that you don’t want to even know about unless you are someone who takes their luxury vehicle in places were only goats should tread. It is the sort of capability that you like to have because, well, you have it. Just in case. The LX570 has the wherewithal to tow 7,000 pounds. Now that capability is something that is likely to be used by those with a Missouri Fox Trotter or something from Meridian. (If you don’t know, well, you don’t know.)
One of the funniest line items in a spreadsheet detailing the various specifications of a vehicle is included in the one for the Lexus LX570:
Top Track Speed: 137 mph—electronically limited
While the entire notion of something of this magnitude being on a track is something that is borderline inconceivable. Something like this rolling in a stately manner up I-75 to a manse in Harbor Springs is readily imaginable.
Engine: 5.7-liter V8 w/dual variable valve timing
Material: Aluminum block and head
Horsepower: 383 @ 5,600 rpm
Torque: 403 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Steering: Hydraulic power with variable gear ratio
Wheelbase: 112.2 in.
Length: 197 in.
Width: 77.6 in.
Height: (w/std. roof rack): 75.6 in.
Curb weight: 6,000 lb.
Coefficient of drag: 0.35
Cargo volume (seats in place): 15.5-cu. ft.
Cargo volume (2nd & 3rd row adjusted): 83.1-cu. ft.
EPA fuel economy: city/highway/combined: 12/17/14 mpg
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