2007 Lexus LX | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

Lexus’s stronghold in the full-size luxury SUV market is dominated by the LX470. The current 470 shares the same floorplan and most body panels with the Toyota Land Cruiser but differs in its front optics and offers a more luxurious interior. It combines the luxury specification and workmanship of a Lexus saloon with full-time four-wheel drive, high-tech suspension for responsive handling and a smooth ride, plus the company’s latest safety technology. This SUV includes seating for up to eight.

Lexus touched up the front two years back with a new grille and bumper and independent four-beam projector headlights. The same is carried over for the 2007 model year, although with a lot of chrome finishes on the exterior this time around. The tail lamps were also revamped. Fit and finish is pleasingly Lexus and one would be hard pressed to uncover flaws. In terms of build quality, the LX470 remains at the head of the class.

The LX470 is an outstanding mix of off-road capability, cabin comfort and a smooth ride. Standard features include a Mark Levinson premium sound system, DVD-based navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, and backup camera. A rear seat DVD entertainment system is also available.

The LX470 has a 4.7-litre V8 mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox. This 4.7-litre engine features four cam (DOHC) and 32 valves to supply 250 bhp at 4800 rpm and more significantly 432Nm at 3400rpm. The LX470 also uses a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a locking centre differential and four-wheel traction control. Retardation is provided by four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and vehicle skid control.

There is only one model available with a long list of standard equipment and the absence of an options list rightly indicates that there is little else to be added to the LX470. A high-tech V8 engine, packaged in a large, sophisticated four-wheel-drive chassis and only available with automatic transmission powers it.

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Also look at: Lincoln Navigator, Infiniti QX56, Land Rover Rang Rover


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