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2009 Lexus LX 570 Overview

Lexus introduced its premium SUV, the LX 570, for the 2008 model year. With the exception of a new, optional Luxury Package and tinted rear side windows, the 2009 LX 570 remains pretty much the same as the introductory model. This middling-large, luxury Sport Ute comes in only one trim level, called simply the Base. With a potent powerplant, a plethora of standard features, decent on- and off-road capability, and a pedigree of reliability, not to mention a luxurious and comfortable ride, the LX 570 is a couple hundred notches above the ordinary base SUV.

A 383-hp 5.7-liter V8 is mated with a six-speed auto-manual transmission to give the ’09 LX 570 some 403 lb-ft of torque, enough oomph to tow some 8,500 pounds without straining, and enough acceleration to power from 0-60 in 7.4 seconds. Gas mileage, however, is a whole other thing, with the EPA estimating a wallet-thinning 12/18 mpg.

On the road or the trail, the ’09 Lexus LX 570 rides (almost) as smooth as silk on standard 20-inch alloy wheels, a front independent suspension, active, self-leveling, double-wishbone suspension, a solid rear axle, and front and rear stabilizer bars. Off-road, the height-adjustable suspension and variable-tuned shock absorbers help make the rocks and crevasses of the back-country into pebbles and dips.

The 2009 Lexus LX 570 comes loaded with standard comfort and convenience features, including a power liftgate, power sunroof, leather upholstery, wood interior trim, power-adjustable front seats with driver memory, four-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth hands-free communication technology, premium 6-CD changer with nine speakers, satellite radio, a voice-activated hard-drive navigation system with real-time traffic information, and a rear backup camera. Options include the Luxury Package with upgraded leather, a chilled center console bin, along with keyless entry and ignition. Further options feature climate controlled front seats, adaptive cruise control, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson premium surround-sound system with 30GB of music storage, park-assist, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Safety is certainly a priority in the ’09 LX 570, with such standard safety features as four-wheel disc ABS with brake assist, front side-mounted airbags, front seat knee airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, active front headrests, stability and traction control, and the Lexus Pre-Collision System.

Owners of the ’08 and ’09 Lexus LX 570 have a number of issues, as well as a car-load of kudos for this plush SUV. Topping the list of complaints is poor gas mileage, with a lack of cargo space, iffy handling, price, lack of maneuverability in tight parking situations, and cramped second- and third-row seating also causing some owner discontent. However, smart styling, a ton of standard features, posh and comfortable seating, power, performance, along with a smooth ride and a quiet, refined cabin simply overwhelm any complaints. Most owners find the 2009 Lexus LX 570 a pleasure to drive.


Have Laptop. Will Travel. I'm retired and travelling the country in a 34' motor home. I'm really digging meeting people . . and sometimes their cars . . . getting a sense of what makes this nation tick. The plan is to visit all the national parks in the continental US, then cruise to Alaska to visit Denali, and to Hawaii to check out Haleakala and the Hawaii Volcano's national parks. Anyhow, when I'm not horsing the motor home around the roadways, I'm tooting around in the 2012 Ford Focus that we tow behind, or making runs to Home Depot and various malls with the 2004 F-150 that just won't die.

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