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STYLING | 7 out of 10
richly appointed, with exceptional leather and wood trim
cabin decor lacks the richness of other premium rivals
still basically a Land Cruiser in fancy dress
Massive size and epic proportions give the Lexus LX 570 a look like nothing else in its brand's lineup. This year, designers have tried to paper over differences by grafting on a new corporate grille that's cropped up on everything from the LFA supercar to the ES 350 and GS 350 sedans. It's a catchy hook, but we think, finally, it's met its match here. The hourglass fangs applied to the LX are a mismatch for the LX's bruising two-box outline. The LX may sport a more subtle look than the Land Cruiser, but it's no blank canvas. Some grafts do not take. And usually, a big SUV just wants to look like a big SUV, not like a rev-happy sport sedan.
It gets better inside, where the LX continues its use of high-quality materials in a luxurious yet functional cabin. The instrument panel is upright yet finely detailed, softly contoured, and accented with matte-metallics, and the lavish cabin is trimmed with high-end perforated leather and impressive veneers. It now wears dark-toned metallic trim and mahogany paneling, twinned with "cashmere" leather.
Lexus' new front-end styling is grafted on the LX 570's big, brute-ute box to mixed effect.