The 2002 Lexus LX470 luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) is a class favorite for a number of good reasons. It offers all the amenities and luxury of a Lexus sedan combined with great build quality, seating for up to eight passengers, decent cargo and towing capacity, plus rugged off-road capability. The price is on the high side, even for a luxury segment and the performance and handling could use some improving. But all things considered, it's one of the best available luxury SUVs. In a crowded and popular segment, it still manages to shine.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lexus LX470
The 2002 Lexus LX470 gets a navigation system as standard equipment. There are no other real changes since the previous year’s model received so many alterations and upgrades.
The 2002 Lexus LX470 luxury SUV is available only in the base trim. It offers the exterior gear that should be included with a vehicle in this price range. The base trim has 16-inch alloy wheels, intermittent wipers, privacy glass, intermittent rear wiper, rear defogger, power opening rear quarter windows, power glass sunroof, power door mirrors, heated door mirrors, reverse tilt dual mirrors provides curb view when vehicle in reverse, and step running boards.
The 2002 Lexus LX470 shares a number of traits with its parent company’s in class offering, the Toyota Land Cruiser. It is the more premiere and luxury offering with technological similarities but it differentiates itself with the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), a semi-active shock absorber system with five firmness settings. After a setting has been selected, AVS adjusts the ride based on road surfaces, and steering, acceleration and braking input in order to create ride quality tailored to the driver's preferences. It's on the larger size, although a foot shorter than in class behemoth, the Lincoln Navigator.
The 2002 Lexus LX470 meets the requirements of a luxury SUV and offers as standard amenities like Leather upholstery, 10-way heated and powered front seats with adjustable lumbar support, power locks, power windows, speed-proportional power steering, cruise control, tilt and telescoping steering wheel with cruise controls, universal remote transmitter, interior active charcoal air filter, front and rear air-conditioning, seat and steering wheel memory settings, lots of leather and wood trim, video monitor, DVD player, DVD-based navigation system and a premium audio system with AM/FM, CD player, speed-sensitive volume control, subwoofer, and radio data system.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Lexus LX470 uses a 4.7-liter V-8 engine that is shared with Toyota’s Land Cruiser. It produces 230 horsepower plus an impressive 320 lb-ft of torque and hooks up to a four-speed-automatic transmission. Permanently engaged four-wheel drive is standard, and this feature is equipped with a locking center differential, limited-slip rear differential and traction control. Combined with the responsive automatic transmission the V-8 offers enough acceleration to handle traffic situations well and function as one of the faster vehicles in its class. Zero-to-60-mph times are around nine seconds.
The 2002 Lexus LX470's handling is refined and car-like with easy steering and some evident body roll, although it isn’t alarming. This plus the tight turning and solid grip make it difficult to put a finger on why the handling is till so much like a truck. The brakes are quite good and work well, while the firm ride is still just soft enough to be comfortable. The ride adjustment feature doesn’t seem to have a pronounced or even noticeable effect on the ride quality. Noise levels are typically low as one would expect from the automaker that revolutionized cabin serenity back in the early 1990s.
The 2002 Lexus LX470 offers standard safety gear that includes all-wheel anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist, a feature that detects when the driver is making a panic stop and applies maximum braking force. Electronic brake force distribution further enhances braking along with Lexus’ standard Vehicle Skid Control, an electronic stability system that applies brakes to wheels individually as needed. Other standard safety equipment includes child seat anchors, remote anti-theft alarm system, rear door child safety locks, dusk sensing headlamps, front seatbelt pretensioners, rear center three-point belt and traction control. Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS have tested it for crash safety, but the unusually long list of standard safety gear and the maker’s reputation should be enough to convince buyers of its occupant protection qualities.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lexus LX470: 13/15 mpg city/highway
- Quiet ride
- Off-road capabilities
- Adjustable suspension
- Interior material quality
You Won't Like
- Lack of horsepower
Expensive but worth it for versatility, capability and luxury.
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