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2015 Lexus LX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Lexus LX was new.


Interior: 7.4

Although reviewers say the 2015 Lexus LX's interior is made up of high-quality materials, they think its styling is a bit outdated compared to competitors' cabins. According to reviewers, the 2015 LX 570's seats are spacious and comfortable in the first two rows. However, they note that the third row is cramped for adults, which is a common complaint for the class. Reviewers say the Lexus LX 570's touch-screen infotainment controls are easy to use compared to some rivals'. Cargo space is on par with that of most SUVs in the class, though critics comment that cargo space is limited because the third row folds the sides of the cargo area, rather than into the floor as it does in many rivals.

  • The 2015 Lexus LX 570 entices with a posh, leather- and wood-lined cabin. But the LX 570's rivals are considerably newer, and you can see the Lexus' age in its generic dashboard design and relatively crude touchscreen graphics." -- Edmunds
  • "With soft leather upholstery, handsome wood trim and excellent fit-and-finish, the cabin is an enjoyable place to spend time." -- Left Lane News
  • The LX 570's interior is getting on in years, and it shows in the rather basic touchscreen interface, which lacks the Remote Touch mouselike controller that's provided in most other Lexus models. Still, most cabin surfaces are covered with top-notch materials, and the upright dashboard underscores the LX's no-nonsense character." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Material selections are Lexus smart - not over-the-top luxurious, like in a Land Rover, but still very nice and tasteful. Real wood trim hides under many layers of thick poly coating, but still looks real enough to justify its existence." -- Forbes (2013)


The 2015 Lexus LX 570 has seats for up to eight people in three rows. The LX 570 comes standard with leather-trimmed front seats that are heated and power-adjustable, power-sliding second-row seats and a power-folding third row. Ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, upgraded leather upholstery and heated outboard middle-row seats are optional. Test drivers report that the 2015 LX 570 has comfortable, roomy seats in the first two rows. Some auto writers also say that outward visibility from the front row is good, but a few wish the front seats were more adjustable. As with many SUVs in the class, critics say the LX 570's third row has only enough space to comfortably accommodate children.

  • "One downside to the interior is less space than one might expect given the SUV's size. Though the LX 570 technically has room for eight passengers, the third row is cramped and best left to children." -- Left Lane News
  • Legroom is good in the second row, but tight and adult-unfriendly in the third." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • One aspect of the LX's interior that's timelessly admirable is seat comfort, at least in the first two rows. The front seats offer excellent visibility from their elevated perches, and while the second-row bottom cushions could be higher, there's nonetheless plenty of headroom and legroom. The three-across third row, as noted, is a disappointment, with minimal passenger space compounded by awkward ingress and egress. In a vehicle of the LX 570's imposing dimensions, we think it's fair to expect a third-row seat that's not just for kids." -- Edmunds
  • "Unfortunately, the power front seats lack the extensive adjustability found in many LX rivals, while the second-row seats are surprisingly low to the floor -- and the third row is too cramped for adult comfort." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Interior Features

The 2015 LX 570's standard features include touch-screen navigation, satellite radio, a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, quad-zone climate control, a power moonroof, a rearview camera and Siri Eyes Free Mode, which allows iPhone users to control some features using voice commands. Options include a 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, a pre-collision brake assist system, front and rear parking sensors, a wide-view front and side monitor and adaptive cruise control.

Test drivers praise the Lexus LX 570's touch-screen interface, noting that it's one of the easier systems in the class to use. Still, some wish there were a few more physical stereo buttons. Auto writers are impressed with the optional Mark Levinson stereo's sound quality. A few also appreciate that the available rear-seat entertainment system screens are integrated into the front-seat headrests rather than the roof, so they don't hinder rearward visibility.

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  • Also, the company's ubiquitous, computerlike Remote Touch Interface is not available in the LX, which predates the interface's arrival. If you check the box for the concert-quality Mark Levinson sound system, you might not really care, but there's no doubt that a little seat time in other luxury SUVs will throw the LX 570's age-related shortcomings into relief." -- Edmunds
  • "Tech features include … a superb Mark Levinson audio system with 19 (yes, nineteen) speakers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "On the other hand, Lexus' touchscreen infotainment system makes its appearance mercifully without the goofy computer mouse-style controller seen elsewhere in the brand's portfolio. We'd still like to see redundant audio preset buttons, but the system is otherwise a benchmark in terms of simplicity." -- Left Lane News (2013)
  • "A very handy dual screen rear seat entertainment system puts the screens on the back of the front headrests, so they don't interfere with the driver's outward visibility, and they come with two wireless headphones, so that the insipid kids' programs don't interfere with the driver's sanity." -- Forbes (2013)


The 2015 Lexus LX 570 has 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 41 cubic feet with the third row folded and 83.1 cubic feet with the middle and rear rows folded. The LX 570's cargo space is on par with most large SUVs', but rivals like the Lincoln Navigator and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class offer more room. The LX 570's third-row seats don't fold flat, but instead fold to the sides, which critics note limits usable cargo room.

  • "The design of the 50/50-split third-row seat also has a negative impact on cargo capacity, because the two halves fold up against the side walls instead of down into the floor. … That's a useful amount, no doubt, but the intrusive third-row seats hold it back, and the LX's similarly sized rivals offer more." -- Edmunds
  • "Unlike most other 3rd-row seats, those in the LX 570 do not fold forward but to the sides. This creates a flat load floor, but eats up valuable room on the sides." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Additionally, while cargo space is respectable - it measures 41 cubic feet behind the second row seats and 83 cubes with the second and third rows folded - some smaller models can match or better it. That's largely because the third-row seats power-fold to the sides of the interior, rather than folding flat into the floor." -- Left Lane News

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