2019 Lexus LX 570

Frank Washington | 5/26/2019, 6 a.m.
I thought that big body on frame sport utilities were, well, obsolete. But I was wrong. After spending a week ...

Open the center console and there was a tray that could be pulled out; it revealed a storage space beneath it so deep that it looked like a cave.

Lexus is the only automaker I know of that links its climate controls and heated seats and steering wheel. They call it the Climate Concierge and it monitors the temperature of the four separate climate zones and adjusts not only the fans, but also the temperature of the seats and steering wheel.

Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert was standard. To help keep the driver’s eyes on the road, the LX 570 puts more information directly in line of sight with an available color head-up display. It shows the vehicle speed, dynamic radar cruise control information icons and intuitive park assist. My test vehicle didn’t have it.

But it did have a panoramic view camera to help maneuver a trailer, view the surrounding terrain when off-roading, and help view the area around the vehicle when parking. The camera projects the image to the 12.3-inch navigation screen, which can show several views to help aid the driver.

The 12.3 inch infotainment screen is operated with what Lexus calls remote touch interface. In English that is a mouse and the screen can be split into three sections like navigation, audio and climate controls.

About the only thing I didn’t like was the wood and leather steering wheel. And that was not about the LX, I have yet to meet a wood covered steering wheel that I found appealing. They are tough to grip as in they can be slippery and when it counts they can cost you valuable time that might keep you out of an accident. But that is me.

Of course there was what have become the normal creature comforts: satellite radio, voice controls, Bluetooth, 12V jack and USB connections. For $88,195, the 2019 Lexus LX 570 had all the bells and whistles and got the props that come from being an aspiration vehicle.

Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com