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2005 Lexus LX470 Review

Built to emphasize both adventure and comfort.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2005 Lexus LX470 represents one fully loaded model. It comes equipped with a 4.7-liter, V-8 engine, a five-speed automatic transmission, and a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a locking center differential and four-wheel traction control. The interior, in typical Lexus fashion, looks stylish and luxurious, with leather upholstery, wood inlays, and a vast array of luxury features.

Lexus first entered the large luxury SUV market when it introduced the LX series in 1996. The LX470, introduced in 1998, represents the second generation of these elite SUVs. It uses traditional body-on-frame construction, but its suspension gets tuned to provide a smooth, forgiving ride while maintaining substantial offroad capabilities. After its debut, the LX470 received a few updates, including a switch from a four-speed automatic to a five-speed and the addition of front-seat side airbags and first- and second-row side curtain airbags in 2003.

The Range

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

What's New

Since the LX470 received a moderate makeover in 2003 and a technology upgrade in 2004, the 2005 model carries over with only a few alterations. The rear backup camera comes standard, and its screen can show DVD movies as long as the gear selector remains in the ?park? position. Satellite radio also joins the options list for 2005.

Exterior

The LX470 is large, measuring 192.5 inches long, but it actually comes up shorter than other vehicles in its class and even some sedans. It still fits into a typical two-car garage. Body cladding, integrated running boards, and a chrome grille give the exterior an upscale look. Riding on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, the four-door LX470 stands 72.8 inches tall and comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels.

Standard equipment includes variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, a power glass sunroof, foglights, auto delay-off headlamps, a trailer hitch, reverse-tilt side mirrors, and remote-operated door locks and windows.

Interior

Lexus has a reputation for beautiful interiors, and the 2005 LX470 makes no exception. With three rows of seating, the LX470 seats up to eight and more comfortably accommodates six. Large door openings make it easy to get in and out of the vehicle. Bird’s-eye maple trim, rich leather upholstery, and the wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob give the interior a smooth elegance.

Auxiliary power outlets sit conveniently in the dash, center console, and rear cargo area. The dash features a trip computer, a digital clock, and a compass, as well as automatic climate controls integrated into the navigation system. The state-of-the-art climate control system includes a hydrocarbon sensor that automatically switches the air to re-circulate mode when it detects high levels of air pollution, and an activated-charcoal micron filter removes dust, pollen, and odors from the interior air stream. The rear jump can fold aside or be removed for an additional 15 cubic feet of cargo space, reaching a maximum capacity of 90.4 cubic feet.

An optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system plays movies on a 6.5-inch overhead screen. The system includes two sets of wireless headphones and a remote control.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 LX470 contains a 32-valve, 4.7-liter V-8 that produces 235 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds and completes the quarter mile in 17.5 seconds. The five-speed automatic transmission makes good use of the engine’s torque, and the suspension provides a comfortable ride on almost any terrain.

The LX470 comes with rack-and-pinion steering and an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), which allows the driver to adjust the damping between soft or firm settings. A full-time four-wheel-drive system features a locking center differential that splits the power 50/50 between the front and rear, as well as a rear limited-slip differential.

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2005 Lexus LX470 include frontal, seat-mounted side, and side curtain airbags; front seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters; and a first aid kit. The anti-lock brake system provides better performance on rough roads or offroad terrain than traditional ABS. ABS intervention decreases as the road roughness increases or the grade steepens, avoiding the early activation that can increase stopping distance on slippery slopes. The big disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution bring the 5400-pound SUV to a full stop in a surprisingly short distance.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lexus LX470: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Offroad capability
  • High-quality interior materials
  • Comfortable ride quality

You Won't Like

  • Lack of horsepower
  • High price tag

Sum Up

Built to emphasize both adventure and comfort.

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