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2020 Lexus LX Interior Review

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Interior: 6.3

Although many rivals have been redesigned more recently and have fresher interiors, the LX 570's cabin is still quite nice, with plenty of premium materials. The first two rows of seats are fairly comfortable and provide plenty of room, but the third row is cramped. Cargo space is subpar for a luxury large SUV, and many competitors have more user-friendly infotainment systems.

  • "Fine leather and attractive wood trim adorn a cabin that's a little dated but still put together in an exemplary fashion." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Build quality is excellent. Inside, it's … hard to find fault with the interior material choices and assembly quality. The LX's interior is a clear upgrade over the Land Cruiser's." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The posh interior offers room for eight passengers so everyone can tag along, even if your adventure is decidedly urban." -- Car and Driver (2016)

Seating

The LX seats five people in two-row models and eight in three-row models. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and power-sliding second-row seats are standard. Heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats are available, as is a heated steering wheel. 

Despite lacking the range of adjustability that some rivals have, the front seats are comfortable and provide an excellent view of the road ahead. Most also think the second row is comfortable as well, and like the front seats, they provide plenty of head- and legroom. However, a few think the cushions could be higher off the floor. The third-row seats don't have as much room, and they're difficult to access. These seats are best left for kids, which is disappointing given the LX's size.

The LX has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats in its second row. There are no LATCH connectors in the third row.

  • One aspect of the LX's interior that continues to impress is seat comfort, at least in the first two rows. The front seats offer excellent visibility from their elevated perches, and though the second-row bottom cushions could be higher, there's still plenty of headroom and legroom. … In a vehicle as big as the LX 570, it's fair to expect a third-row seat that's not just for kids, and this third-row just isn't." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the LX include a moonroof, quad-zone automatic climate control, and an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch display, the Lexus' Remote Touch controller, navigation, a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, USB ports, and Bluetooth.

The infotainment system's large screen has crisp graphics and can split different functions into multiple sections of the display. However, you have to use the Remote Touch Controller – a mouse-like device on the center console – to control the system. Overall, it's not an intuitive setup, and it's distracting and difficult to adjust settings while driving. On the bright side, there are physical controls for some functions.

Standard driver assistance features include a surround-view parking 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 emergency braking.

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

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  • The dashboard is dominated by a huge 12.3-inch screen that can be split into three separate sections to show different functions, like navigation, audio and the quad-zone automatic climate control." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Lexus' Remote Touch system requires too much attention to use, and you have to use it all the time because some frequently used controls, such as certain audio and climate controls, are located deep in menus. Off-road functions are easily accessed, though, and most other switchgear feels great to operate." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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)

Cargo

The two-row LX gives you 53.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 81.3 cubic feet with them folded down. The three-row LX gives you 16.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 41.6 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 81.3 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. These are below-average totals compared to other luxury large SUVs.

Instead of folding into the floor, the LX's third-row seats fold to the side. While that provides a flat cargo floor, it also reduces the width of the cargo hold. A power liftgate is standard, and three-row models come with power-folding third-row seats.

  • But this big SUV differs from most others in that in addition to folding forward, the pair of small, power-operated 3rd-row seats also flip up against the sides to create a flat floor behind the second row, which also slides forward and back." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "And problematically, the third row doesn't fold flat — you fold it up against the side walls and that means less cargo space." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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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