Tag: 7 Passenger

2015 Lexus LX570 Short Take Review

The 2015 Lexus LX570 is essentially the luxury version of the venerable Toyota Land Cruiser, whose off road prowess is legendary all over the world.  Luckily the essence of the car isn’t spoiled but actually extended by the Lexus version.  The first big plus is air suspension- the addition of this adds a level of civility and comfort usually reserved for much less capable vehicles.

Locking differentials all around mean this thing still can get down and dirty if you need to, and the air suspension can lift the truck to clear all but the tallest of obstacles.  The 383 horsepower V8 never has any trouble pulling this truck along, probably due to it’s 403 pound feet of torque.  The 5.7 engine sounds great and is never too loud.  The luxury appointments are quite nice, with comfortable seating for 7, rear entertainment system, power folding rear seats, heated second row, and heated and coolest first row seats, there’s definitely luxury to go around.

On road manners are good, a bit soft as one would expect, but surprisingly agile for such a huge vehicle.  While I didn’t have a chance to test this truck off road, I’m confident with its ground clearance and off-road features it would do very well.  It has locking differentials and adjustable suspension, as well as a live axle rear end.  Even with the more street oriented tires, I’m sure the Lexus would handle whatever nature throws at it

The price for all this?  Around $90,000.  Not bad when you think about just how capable and large the 2015 Lexus LX570 is, and the luxury doesn’t hurt either.  Make no mistake though, this is a body-on-frame truck, not a crossover meant for traversing mall parking lots and never getting dirty.  This thing can rock in the mud and still keep you in perfect comfort, and for that it definitely earns my respect.

 

Vehicle provided by Lexus

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2015 Land Rover LR4 Road Test Review

If you’ve been a Blog of Speed reader for any length of time, you already know I love to take SUVs and trucks (and Subarus) I get off-road at the first opportunity.  This Land Rover LR4 was a bit of an exception- it looked so good I didn’t want to get it dirty.  Does that mean it’s any less amazing off road?  Probably not, but I’ll let other people talk about how this three row British SUV handles the roads less travelled.  In my all-too-short week with the LR4, I had just enough time to test highway and city comfort with a variety of passengers and cargo.  Is this luxury SUV king of the hill?

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2015 GMC Yukon XL SLT Road Test Review

When the new 2015 Yukon XL arrived in my driveway, I knew it was perfect for one thing: a road trip.  What I didn’t realize is just how comfortable and easy to drive it was during city driving in Miami.  I spent a week doing a lot of driving around and short trips, and the 2015 Yukon XL was always a great companion.

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