Spending Time with the 2009 Lexus LX 570

2009 Lexus LX 570

Late last week, I picked up a review LX 570 from Lexus Canada with more than a little anxiety. After all, this is a two ton, sixteen-foot tank of a vehicle, immense in every sense of the word, and I had to jump straight into big-city traffic immediately after taking the keys. Intimidating.

Of course, it was entirely unfounded—the LX handles just like a car. Light steering, heavy, instant power. Driving on the highway or right in the middle of rush-hour traffic is an absolute breeze. Sure, the turning radius is awful but expectedly so. Really, the only issue I’m having is trying to park the thing, but even that’s made easier with the front and side monitors.

That said, the LX definitely has a learning curve—there are close to fifty different buttons and toggles surrounding the driver, and that’s not including the touchscreen options. There’s a button for everything, including one for lowering the vehicle height when the engine is turned off and one to disengage the power rear door. Honestly, I found the buttons to be more intimidating than the driving.

More to come—but before that, I can’t resist posting yet another grille wallpaper:

Lexus LX570 Grille Wallpaper



  1. I got to sit in one and push the Start button. The sound the engine/car made for like the first 30 seconds was pretty loud. But it was a really really cool experience.

  2. stunning interior. i guess the buttons are the reason why lexus has to go with the remote touch.

  3. the LX is my favorite SUV of all time. glad you’re starting to like it krew, you should test the old RX and the new RX to see which one is better.

  4. Where did you get that beautiful picture at the very top of the article?!
    I LOVE THIS CAR! I love SUVs overall!

    I’d install a giant OLED screen for all of the rear occupants to enjoy together.

  5. he took both pics

  6. @WOT: I knew you would get a kick out of this—LexusADDICT is correct, I took both images (and about 500 more so far. Big photo gallery on its way.)

  7. The interior is so nice, and I really like the buttons for convenience. Really, once I got used to it, doing anything became second nature.

  8. Very loud on start-up—it roars. After it warms up though, it’s quieter than most cars.


  10. wow looks like i found some1 who loves the LX as much as me LOL

  11. If it was a beauty contest old RX wins hands down.

  12. there’s no question - the new one is a million times better

  13. What do you think bout the LX570 continuing to have a handbrake? All luxury SUV’s in this class have either a foot-operated parking brake (eg: Mercedes GL, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX, Cadillac Escalade) or an electronic switch (eg: BMW X5, Range Rover). Handbrakes are an eyesore & a major inconvenience in my book, which is a tragedy as there’s so much to like in the LX.
    Does the Canadian LX have Xenon headlights? Cause the US version doesn’t. Did Lexus forget to add it ?! I’ve also noticed that the front & rear wheel arches are asymmetric, so are the exterior door handles. Design errors ?
    PS: Krew, If possible can you give a night shot of the interior showing the switch lighting.

  14. To drive, yes. But as far as exterior & interior design goes old RX is my choice. I’m disgusted by the looks of this new RX, it should have been badged Audi, not Lexus !

  15. the interior on the new one is great, amazing. the old one compared to the new one looks like it’s from stone age

  16. When I first saw the interior (& exterior) of the old RX, it immediately clicked. But the same experience on seeing the new one was pure shock. That’s why I cancelled my RX purchase plans.

  17. The handbrake definitely looks out of place—I was surprised to see it instead of the foot switch. It takes up quite a bit of room in the center console, but it doesn’t really distract from the overall look.

    The Canadian LX doesn’t have the Xenon lights, which is a real shame. My complaints are few, but that’s probably the biggest one I have.

    Night photos are scheduled for tonight (going to the drive-in), and I’ll do my best to take non-blurry shots of the interior. wink

  18. i trust you completely krew LOL

  19. Thanks, Krew.

  20. I took a bunch of night shots, but won’t be posting the gallery until later in the week, so here’s a quick preview of the toggle switches at night:

    Lexus LX570 Toggle Switches at Night

  21. Good picture sharpness, Krew. Looks like there may be a spotlight for the gear-selector like in the ES. Looking forward to the rest of the shots…

  22. There was a spotlight on the gear-selector, but it was a yellow hue. (The blue LEDs in the GS have been my favorite so far.)