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in 2011 Luxury Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $55,229 - $55,229
Original MSRP: $79,455 - $79,455
MPG: 12 City / 18 Hwy
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2011 Lexus LX Interior

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Reviewers agree that the Lexus LX 570’s interior is everything you would expect from Lexus’ biggest SUV, with luxurious materials, high-tech electronics, and plenty of space in the first and second rows. However, some say that while it lives up to its Lexus badge, it does not meet expectations set by its $78,555 price tag. Its first and second rows earn praise for roominess and comfort, but the uncomfortable and oddly-folding third row raises some eyebrows.

If you’d like a similar large SUV with plenty of interior space but a lower monthly payment, take a look at the Cadillac Escalade. The Escalade seats up to eight in an equally comfortable environment, and starts at $63,160 – $15,245 less than the Lexus. The Escalade does not share the same beefy off-roading capabilities as the Lexus, but does have a similarly luxurious interior. In fact, reviewers feel that the Cadillac’s simpler dash layout may serve you better than the LX 570’s abundance of technology.

  • "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
  • "The interior is similarly that of a utilitarian SUV Lexus-ized… So outfitted, the cabin is luxurious, but not stylish." -- The Truth About Cars

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Seating

The LX 570 is one of few luxury large SUVs that can seat up to eight people. Its front seats are comfortable and luxurious, with a spacious second row. Reviewers have some complaints about its cramped third row, but this is expected for the class. One of the only luxury SUVs said to have third-row seating appropriate for adults is the Lincoln Navigator, which starts at $57,570, almost $21,000 less than the LX 570.

  • "You sit very high behind an upright windshield, so forward visibility is excellent in the conventional SUV fashion. Rearward visibility is augmented by a camera, with side and front-view cameras optional." -- The Truth About Cars
  • "Second-row seat sections power about 4 inches fore and aft, providing more than ample legroom at full stretch. Foot space is tight without the front seats elevated some, but there's good headroom despite the standard sunroof. 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. Both rear-seat rows are comfortably padded but need longer cushions, especially in the 3rd row. Small door opening complicates entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The third row is similar to the current crop of crossovers in that the cushions are rather close to the floor, which can be uncomfortable." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The LX 570 is chock full of high-quality materials and electronic tech features, which is expected of a Lexus in this price range. Opting for the $2,090 Luxury Package will get you perforated leather seats and African bubinga wood trim as well as a premium Mark Levinson sound system, a side monitor system with parking assist, and a DVD player. Features like push-button start, adaptive ride height control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and 14-way adjustable driver’s seat all come standard, as one might expect on a nearly $80,000 luxury vehicle. Some reviewers complain about the intricacy of the navigation/infotainment system and the button-heavy dash.

  • "The LX 570’s ergonomics are pretty good considered the number of controls, with large buttons, knobs and switches for frequently used features. This said, those on the close-at-hand center stack would be easier to operate if said stack weren’t so vertical. As it is, operating some controls is a pain in the wrist." -- The Truth About Cars
  • "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. Most are easily accessed, though a few icons take learning. The navigation system is standard Lexus/Toyota fare. It's simple to program but annoys by absorbing some basic audio and climate functions, such as air conditioning on/off." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Overall, the cockpit is a bit button-heavy with a combination that has you touching the dashboard, touching the navigation screen, or just touching, period. Certain climate controls are touch screen only (fan speed, for instance) while others are strictly button-based (temperature)." -- Left Lane News

Cargo

For as big as the LX 570 is, it has less cargo space than most luxury large SUVs. When the third row is in use, there is only 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is close to what some sedans offer. If you’re only carrying passengers in the second row, you can fold the 50/50 folding third-row seats fold up and to the side, giving you 41 cubic feet to stow your gear. For maximum cargo space, the 60/40 second row folds flat, leaving a maximum of 83.1 cubic feet. And when stowing both sets of seats, you don’t even have to worry about how annoying the task is – both rows are power-folding. Although this is the most cargo space available in a Lexus vehicle, other luxury large SUVs can hold more. The Cadillac Escalade, for example, offers 16.9 cubic feet with the third row in place and a maximum of 108.9 cubic feet with both back rows folded down.

  • "Ample interior storage includes bi-level dashboard glovebox, twin-lid console bin, and large map pockets on doors and seatbacks." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Cargo space is at a premium when the rearmost seat is in use. Fold them down (who needs to haul around eight people anyway?) and the possibilities become wide open." -- Left Lane News
  • "Behind the LX 570’s third row there’s room for only a single row of grocery bags. Need more? The third row seats power up against the sidewalls. Tumble the second row forward and a bicycle can be transported nearly upright with the wheels still attached. Loading is hampered by the height of the cargo floor, though. The tailgate is split horizontally, with the upper portion power.” -- The Truth About Cars
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