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in 2009 Luxury Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $44,666 - $44,666
Original MSRP: $75,855 - $75,855
MPG: 12 City / 18 Hwy
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2009 Lexus LX Interior

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Though the majority of reviewers agree that the interior of the 2009 Lexus LX 570 is nice, many also say that it isn't nice enough to justify the SUV's price tag. While the LX gets positive reviews for its comfortable seats, it also gets some complaints about its odd third row and materials that some reviewers think are subpar for the price.

  • "Despite plentiful padded surfaces and handsome real-wood trim, cabin decor lacks the richness of other premium rivals, looking more "upscale Toyota" than true elite class." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Lexus knows how to make American drivers feel comfortable. From the push-button start and the cooled seats to the rear entertainment system and the 30-gigabyte hard drive system, the interior caters to luxury customers." -- Detroit Free Press
  • "This is going to be tough to explain. How do you tell readers that an SUV with a $74,700 base price just isn't "nice enough" inside to warrant that sum? " -- Cars.com

Seating

The Lexus LX gets high points for its comfortable seats, though there are some complaints about the third row, which is typical for this class. The LX can seat up to eight.

  • "The saving grace of the interior is the comfort of the leather seats. The front seats are large and accommodating for any size frame. The seating position is relatively straight up, but it doesn't have that "bus driver" vibe like you'll often get in a minivan." -- Cars.com
  • "The low-set 3rd-row bench has only short-trip space for adults, so it's best left to kids, who'll have an easier time squeezing in or out of there. Both rear seat rows are comfortably padded but need longer cushions, especially the 3rd row. Small door opening complicate entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It has best-in-class second- and third- row legroom, thanks to a four-inch increase in interior length over the previous-generation LX 470." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

As is typical for a Lexus, the LX 570 is stuffed full of electronic features. A voice-activated navigation system, Bluetooth and auxiliary audio input jacks are standard, and rear seat entertainment is available.  Those features are in addition standards like a rearview camera, heated seats with memory positions and four-zone climate control. However, some reviewers complain about the complicated dash and boring gauges.

  • "The gauges are legible except in bright sunlight. The dashboard has no fewer than 49 buttons and switches, and an overhead panel adds several more." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2009 Lexus LX 570 is an impressive luxury SUV with a long list of standard features." -- Edmunds
  • "The LX 570's gauges are also quite boring, with simple numerals and blue and white lighting. They're legible, but they're also about as luxurious as the gauges in a Honda Civic." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The LX 570 has a typically large cargo area, and it can be expanded by folding up the third row seats.  One odd thing about the LX 570 is how the third-row seats fold away: while most SUVS have their third rows fold into the floor or removed from the vehicle, the LX's third row folds into the side of the cargo area.

  • "One of the unique things about the LX 570 compared to other three-row SUVs is that the third row folds sideways, up to the side of the car instead of down into the floor. This is an odd setup even when it's executed well, as it is here. " -- Cars.com
  • "Third-row seat room and maximum cargo capacity are less than what's provided by many competing full-size luxury SUVs." -- Edmunds
  • "I really liked the way Lexus has included the power retractable third row. Just open the liftgate with the remote and press a button and watch the seats fold up and out of the way. With the third row folded up, there is 41 cubic feet of space. Fold down the 40/20/40 second row and there is more than 83 cubic feet of space. That keeps the U in SUV." -- Detroit Free Press
  • "LX 570 mirrors Land Cruiser with total cargo volume that's sub-par for the class. There's only grocery-bag space behind the 3rd row. " -- Consumer Guide

Though the majority of reviewers agree that the interior of the 2009 Lexus LX 570 is nice, many also say that it isn't nice enough to justify the SUV's price tag. While the LX gets positive reviews for its comfortable seats, it also gets some complaints about its odd third row and materials that some reviewers think are subpar for the price.

  • "Despite plentiful padded surfaces and handsome real-wood trim, cabin decor lacks the richness of other premium rivals, looking more "upscale Toyota" than true elite class." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Lexus knows how to make American drivers feel comfortable. From the push-button start and the cooled seats to the rear entertainment system and the 30-gigabyte hard drive system, the interior caters to luxury customers." -- Detroit Free Press
  • "This is going to be tough to explain. How do you tell readers that an SUV with a $74,700 base price just isn't "nice enough" inside to warrant that sum? " -- Cars.com

Seating

The Lexus LX gets high points for its comfortable seats, though there are some complaints about the third row, which is typical for this class. The LX can seat up to eight.

  • "The saving grace of the interior is the comfort of the leather seats. The front seats are large and accommodating for any size frame. The seating position is relatively straight up, but it doesn't have that "bus driver" vibe like you'll often get in a minivan." -- Cars.com
  • "The low-set 3rd-row bench has only short-trip space for adults, so it's best left to kids, who'll have an easier time squeezing in or out of there. Both rear seat rows are comfortably padded but need longer cushions, especially the 3rd row. Small door opening complicate entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It has best-in-class second- and third- row legroom, thanks to a four-inch increase in interior length over the previous-generation LX 470." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

As is typical for a Lexus, the LX 570 is stuffed full of electronic features. A voice-activated navigation system, Bluetooth and auxiliary audio input jacks are standard, and rear seat entertainment is available.  Those features are in addition standards like a rearview camera, heated seats with memory positions and four-zone climate control. However, some reviewers complain about the complicated dash and boring gauges.

  • "The gauges are legible except in bright sunlight. The dashboard has no fewer than 49 buttons and switches, and an overhead panel adds several more." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2009 Lexus LX 570 is an impressive luxury SUV with a long list of standard features." -- Edmunds
  • "The LX 570's gauges are also quite boring, with simple numerals and blue and white lighting. They're legible, but they're also about as luxurious as the gauges in a Honda Civic." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The LX 570 has a typically large cargo area, and it can be expanded by folding up the third row seats.  One odd thing about the LX 570 is how the third-row seats fold away: while most SUVS have their third rows fold into the floor or removed from the vehicle, the LX's third row folds into the side of the cargo area.

  • "One of the unique things about the LX 570 compared to other three-row SUVs is that the third row folds sideways, up to the side of the car instead of down into the floor. This is an odd setup even when it's executed well, as it is here. " -- Cars.com
  • "Third-row seat room and maximum cargo capacity are less than what's provided by many competing full-size luxury SUVs." -- Edmunds
  • "I really liked the way Lexus has included the power retractable third row. Just open the liftgate with the remote and press a button and watch the seats fold up and out of the way. With the third row folded up, there is 41 cubic feet of space. Fold down the 40/20/40 second row and there is more than 83 cubic feet of space. That keeps the U in SUV." -- Detroit Free Press
  • "LX 570 mirrors Land Cruiser with total cargo volume that's sub-par for the class. There's only grocery-bag space behind the 3rd row. " -- Consumer Guide
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