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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.

 

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The one that got away: The 2013 Lexus LS460 F-Sport Road Test

I didn’t really know what to make of the 2013 Lexus LS460 F-Sport at first.  The LS series of cars have been among the best luxury vehicles around since their introduction in 1989.  Reliability and comfort are really second to none.  I was wondering how far Lexus went with the F-Sport package: would it be too plush?  Would it ruin a fantastic luxury car? Is it just a fancy trim package?

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A Hybrid for the Luxury Masses: The 2013 Lexus ES300 Hybrid

2013 Lexus ES300 Hybrid

I was curious to see what I felt about the Lexus ES300 Hybrid when it arrived in my driveway.  The exterior and interior were similar to the regular ES300 aside for a few hybrid badges.  My schedule got hectic and I didn’t take any pictures, and the weather wasn’t cooperating with me;  I’ll attach some spec photos after the article.  The exterior distinction lends itself well to the car in a way: the hybrid system blends in as seamlessly into the driving experience as the car does into the non-hybrid car landscape.

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