2013 Lexus LX 570 Comfort & Quality

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If you're shopping for an LX 570 based on its passenger seating and cargo-carrying capacity, you may want to investigate further. It's a big ute, for sure, but other SUVs are better at transporting people than this off-road specialist.

The LX 570's seating is distinct from a seven-seat crossover's, and that's both good and bad. The front seats, for example, are generously sized, and covered in perforated leather. They're soft to the touch, but supportive. Getting into them may take a try or two: the LX 570 requires a tremendous step up into the cabin, since its ride height is engineered to overcome off-road obstacles. It does offer optional ride-height control that can lower it about 2 inches for easier entry and exit. It also has added "Easy Access" features for 2013 that include automatic retraction for the power-telescoping steering wheel, and automatic pushback for the driver seat, for more entry and exit space.

The third row is meager, but the front seats have good room, and the LX's cabin has some high-grade finishes.

The second-row seat also has power assists to make the most of its high-riding bench seat. The three-person bench has a power-sliding function that moves it on a 3.5-inch track, to increase leg room or cargo space as the need arises. The second row seats are considerably more adult-sized—although a little flat. The seatbacks also are split 40/20/40, so that they can be folded down to accommodate a mix of passengers and cargo. The second row seat is specially engineered to make tumbling it forward easy for anyone.

As is typical, the power-folding third-row seat is hard to get to, and it's quite cramped. While the second rows fold and flip fully forward to expand cargo space, the third-row seats flip up and rotate to the side—allowing, more easily, a flat, continuous load floor for longer cargo items. The disadvantage to the setup is that the third-row seats can't be completely removed, which narrows that available cargo space. The split rear tailgate features a power upper door, while the bottom section raises and lowers with minimal effort.

The LX 570 cabin remains tight and quiet, with low levels of road and wind noise, though the bellowing engine isn't hushed up to Lexus levels of refinement and can be heard even when cruising in some situations.

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