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2001 Lexus LX470

  • 2001 Lexus LX470 Base Sport Utility

    Base Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      16
    • SEATS
      8
    • HP/TORQUE
      230/320
    • ENGINE
      4.7L V8
    • MSRP
      $61,855
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2001 Lexus LX470 Review

A versatile and capable luxury SUV that’s not cheap but genuinely delivers in terms of style, comfort, and performance.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2001 Lexus LX470 is a well-equipped, full-size luxury SUV that’s pretty top of the line when it comes to style, performance, amenities, and price. But while it certainly isn’t cheap, it really does deliver in just about all the areas expected. It's essentially a luxury version of the Toyota Land Cruiser, and it is to the Land Cruiser that it's indebted for its formidable off-road capability. However, despite its rugged capability, it is a luxury SUV that’s fully laden with amenities and extras, both optional and standard. The interior is stately with walnut wood and animal hides along with a cluster of gauges that’s lit up attractively. The steering wheel and shift knob now boast wood and leather trim and the whole thing is laid out ergonomically. Other features include heated seats, one-touch power windows, sunroof, tilt-away steering column, and an auto-dimming day/night mirror.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lexus LX470

What's New

The 2001 Lexus LX470 has been given an optional DVD-based navigation system and the optional Nakamichi audio system has been replaced by an optional Mark Levinson system with nine speakers. Meanwhile, its standard audio system has been improved by the addition of an Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL). Wood and leather trim for the steering wheel and shift knob that was once optional and has been made standard. A key card immobilizer has also been added along with child seat immobilizers for the second row, and improved cup holders for the rear of the center console. There are also two new exterior color choices available: Mystic Sea Opalescent and Blue Vapor Metallic.

Exterior

The 2001 Lexus LX470 is a full-size SUV that’s essentially a luxury version of the Toyota Land Cruiser. It's mainly differentiated by having a distinct grille, headlamps, and illuminated side running boards. Furthermore, it is 193 inches in length.

Interior

The 2001 Lexus LX470 is spacious and can accommodate up to eight passengers. The two front seats are bucket while the second and third rows of seating are bench. All three rows of seating feature leather trim. Additional interior features include an optional navigation system, walnut and leather trim, wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, a sunroof, rear-passenger climate controls, and an automatic tilt-away steering column. It has a maximum cargo volume of 90 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The Lexus LX470’s formidable 4.7-liter V-8 delivers engine power that is smooth and refined. But despite this, it could use a slight boost in horsepower to compensate for its formidable 5585-pound curb weight. While it may not deliver the kind of acceleration some models do, it's capable of towing up to 6500 pounds.

Safety

Among the standard safety features for the 2001 Lexus LX470 are anti-lock brakes, a skid-control system, and Brake Assist; a system that detects panic stops, and applies the brakes with maximum force immediately.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lexus LX470: 12/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Demeanor is refined and understated
  • Delivers genuine off-road capability
  • Adjustable suspension
  • Interior utilizes high-grade materials
  • Excellent build quality

You Won't Like

  • Engine lacks adequate horsepower
  • Handling is a bit slack
  • Switchgear makes it feel like a Toyota rather than a Lexus
  • High priced

Sum Up

A versatile and capable luxury SUV that’s not cheap but genuinely delivers in terms of style, comfort, and performance.

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