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2016 Lexus LX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Lexus LX was new.


Interior: 7.5

Test drivers agree that the 2016 Lexus LX 570 has chic interior styling and lots of luxurious materials. Still, a few note that its design isn't as modern as that found in some rivals' cabins. The first two rows of seats are roomy, according to reviewers, but the third row doesn't have enough space for adults. This is a common complaint with three-row SUVs. A few critics report the new computer-mouse-like Remote Touch controller isn't very easy to use. Auto writers praise the optional rear-seat entertainment system and Mark Levinson surround sound system. The LX has much less cargo room than most competitors.

  • "The posh interior offers room for eight passengers so everyone can tag along, even if your adventure is decidedly urban." -- Car and Driver
  • "[I]t's comfortable, quiet and refined. You're surrounded by the finest leather, beautifully crafted wood trim, and all the luxury trappings you can imagine." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The 2016 Lexus LX 570 entices with a posh, leather- and wood-lined cabin. The LX 570's rivals are considerably newer, but Lexus has tried mightily to freshen the LX's cabin and dashboard design with a larger 4.2-inch driver information display, 12.3-inch infotainment screen, cleaner lines and LED ambient interior lighting." -- 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 (2015)


There are seats for eight people in the 2016 LX 570. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats and power-sliding second-row seats are standard. Heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats and a heated steering wheel are optional. Some auto writers report that the front seats are comfortable and provide a great view of the road ahead. Test drivers agree the second-row seats are spacious, though some note that the seats sit a bit too low. The third row is confined and offers only enough room for children.

  • "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: an extra 1.6 inches of legroom for the middle row thanks to 2016's slightly longer and wider body." -- 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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • Legroom is good in the second row, but tight and adult-unfriendly in the third." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Lexus LX include a power moonroof, quad-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch display, Lexus' Remote Touch controller, navigation, a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, USB ports, Bluetooth, a 360-degree camera system, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

Optional features include a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system, wireless smartphone charging, a head-up display and Lexus' Enform Remote, which lets drivers control some vehicle systems via a smartphone.

Lexus added the Remote Touch controller, which operates like a computer mouse, to the LX for 2016, and some critics say it is cumbersome to use. A few test drivers report that there are lots of physical controls, but that they seem appropriate for an off-road SUV. Reviewers praise the optional Mark Levinson surround sound system and the rear-seat entertainment system.

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  • "Rear-seat entertainment systems are nothing new, but the dual 11.6-inch screens available in the 2016 LX 570 are something else. Bigger than many laptop screens, they provide a cinematic experience that your pampered (spoiled) little ones will otherwise loudly demand." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The LX gets Lexus' ubiquitous, computer-like Remote Touch Interface for 2016, which isn't necessarily a good thing, as we've found it distracting to use and one of the least desirable tech interfaces. … The optional, concert-quality Mark Levinson sound system is worth the extra dollars, and, if you cart the kids around a lot, so is the available dual-screen rear seat entertainment system with new 11.6-inch screens replacing the old 7-inchers." -- Edmunds
  • "The big color LCD touchscreen is placed at the top of the center stack, ideal placement, in my opinion." -- Forbes (2013)
  • "There's no shortage of switches an[d] control knobs, a look that works well with the LX's rugged positioning." -- Left Lane News (2013)


The 2016 LX has 15.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row, 41 cubic feet behind the second row and 83.1 cubic feet with both rear rows folded. The LX has one of the smallest cargo capacities in the class. A power liftgate and power-folding third-row seats are standard. The third-row seats fold to the side, rather than into the floor, which provides a flat storage floor but reduces the usable width in the cargo area.

  • "Certainly, there is a lot of space for your stuff in the LX 570, but you'll find more in most competitors, especially since the LX 570's 50/50-split third-row seat takes up space when you fold it up against the side walls (instead of folding flat into the floor, as in rival SUVs)." -- 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 (2015)
  • "The third row powers up against the cargo walls when not needed, which ultimately reduces storage capacity compared to most rivals. Fault the off road-oriented solid rear axle for prohibiting in-floor storage." -- Left Lane News (2013)

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