But when manual control seems called for, a sequential shift mode gives the driver this control. We rate it at 6 out of 10, giving it a point above average for its customizability and another for its luxury features, but we take one back for a frustrating infotainment interface. Rear visibility, meanwhile, is compromised by headrests and sheer height. For personal-item storage there are decent-sized map pockets in all four doors, a large glove box with an internal divider, a console box topped by a padded arm rest, pouches built into the backs of the front seats, and a pull-down center arm rest in the 2 nd row with covered cup holders. Either vehicle will go just about anywhere. Broad mirrors, pronounced wheel arches and a wide stance combine to suggest a muscular character.
The front seats are fine, but sit quite high; the second-row bench powers to and fro for more leg room, but the seat itself feels flat. . You can fold the 3rd-row seats down and out of the way from this panel just inside the rear-hatch. Driver visibility is challenged, however. Large mirrors, front and rear obstacle sensors, and those front and rearview cameras help offset the loss. Also included are automatic phonebook download capability, fuel prices, and the Lexus Enform Application Suite. But with the Lexus, luxury comes first.
While the second rows fold and flip fully forward to expand cargo space, the third-row seats flip up and rotate to the side—allowing, more easily, a flat, continuous load floor for longer cargo items. It holds back the vehicle, making sure the speed is appropriate to the steepness of the terrain. From oil changes and routine maintenance to car scratch repair, vehicle painting, dent removal, windshield repair, and even Lexus detailing and car washes, we will give your Lexus the treatment it deserves. If that happens, the system tightens up the seatbelts, increases brake sensitivity and applies maximum braking force. There's also standard quad-zone automatic heating and cooling, a power-assisted middle-row bench seat, and satellite radio. Besides the tall seating position, other interior high points include the nicely appointed leather seating surfaces and various leather trimmings with contrast stitching that fit together impeccably.
The second row seats are considerably more adult-sized—although a little flat. A vehicle this large should be roomy, and it is, with generous head and leg room up front. The suspension is anything but traditional, with adaptive and height-adjustable characteristics. Among its technological advances are wide-view parking monitors, adaptive front headlights, and an active damping suspension control system. We preferred Comfort for highway driving and for driving around the neighborhood. At 2000 rpm, our test unit indicated a speed of 72 mph. This year, Crawl Control's programming has been optimized, and torque-vectoring brakes have been added--they clamp down on the inside rear wheel in a corner to tighten the line.
Active headrests are standard on the front seats. Our premium service shop provides everything your car needs from the inside out. The front seats, however, are generously sized, and covered in perforated leather. We found the difference between Normal and Comfort relatively small, but the difference between Sport and Comfort was definitely discernible. The second row seat is specially engineered to make tumbling it forward easy for anyone. Fortunately, clever electronic systems come to the aid of the driver. It does offer optional ride-height control that can lower it about 2 inches for easier entry and exit.
A wireless charging pad for cellphones is optional. Crawl Control also helps in low-speed maneuvers over boulder-strewn paths or scree-strewn hillsides. Four bright horizontal bars still support the big Circle-L in the upper grille, and the two previously dark horizontal bars below the bumper are now bright. The engine is a 5. Fold the third row up and that grows to about 45 cubic feet. There's more brightwork on the dash than in the past, but it's darker in tone and still used judiciously.
It was the first Lexus to offer a wide-view front and side monitor system for hard-to-see areas. A tall center console takes up residence between the leather-clad front seats and houses a control knob for the wide infotainment screen. From the side, the sharp angles give way to plump curviness echoed at the rear. Towing capacity is listed at 7000 pounds. Crawl Control is designed for use on steep downhill trails where control is the highest priority. For higher speeds, the six-speed offers two overdrive gears fifth and sixth , allowing quiet, effortless cruising.
Last redesigned for the 2008 model year, it's getting long in the tooth and has been bypassed by some newer designs. We switched to Sport when facing a mountain road with a lot of side-to-side transitions. Bluetooth and a nav system are included, and from features like a 180-degree camera that can see each way at a blind intersection to power-assist middle-row seats, there's a lot to love in the everyday-useful feature department. Its solid rear axle and independent front suspension imply truckiness belied by the cosseting, comfortable ride quality. The third row is a chore to access and has limited space for feet. We award another for its impressive cargo-hauling ability. It has seating for seven, sure, but those rear seats aren't necessarily the most accessible in the business.
The net effect is more power at low speeds. Even with the moonroof, headroom exceeds 38 inches for the first two rows. Mitch McCullough contributed to this report. Cameras are located inside the grille and below the right-hand side-view mirror, and the radar antenna is positioned behind the Lexus emblem in the front grille. Its luxurious feel gets it a point above average, as do its front and middle rows. The system is compelling and memorable. So long as the key fob is somewhere on your person, Bluetooth proximity sensors unlock the car automatically.