Lexus LX470

The Lexus LX470 is a full-size luxury Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) manufactured by Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota Japan. It was a successor to the LX450 introduced in 1996. The Lexus LX470 made its debut in 1998, and the model was in production until 2006. Like its predecessor, the Lexus LX470 also based itself on Toyota’s longest running SUV model, the Land Cruiser. The basic difference between the Land Cruiser and the LX470 is that the latter featured luxurious interiors and exteriors.

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About the Lexus LX470

The Lexus LX470 had several design similarities with the Land Cruiser. Most body panels of the car were akin to those of the Land Cruiser, the primary difference being that the Lexus LX470 had interiors that were more luxurious and a different front appearance and wheels. The differences in the front appearance include a larger grille and quad-headlamp forward fascia. The LX470 featured a 4.7-liter V-8 engine with LEV certification. The first production model of the Lexus LX470 was fitted with a V-8 engine that worked up to 235 horsepower. The V-8 engine later saw an upgrade to generate 268 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque.

The Lexus LX470 also had some unique suspension features that included Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and Adjustable Height Control (AHC). The AHC was quite useful as it allowed users to raise the vehicle for off-road travel and restore it back to its normal driving height to reduce wind resistance and center of gravity. The AVS changed the firmness of the shock absorber in each wheel in less than 2.5 milliseconds by selecting one of the built-in 64 settings. It automatically selected the appropriate setting for suspension, which depended on various factors such as acceleration, braking and steering, and wheel activity. The driver received several preferences in the AVS system: the Normal, Sport, and Comfort modes.

Lexus introduced a few changes in the LX470 models produced in 2002-2003. A major addition was a Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) system and an optional Night View feature. Previous versions of the Lexus LX470 had a fixed steering ratio of 19.8:1. The VGRS feature required the driver to enforce less steering input in tight places. Lexus made a few changes in the interiors and exteriors of the LX470, such as the four-speed automatic transmission that saw an upgrade to a five-speed automatic transmission, and bigger 18-inch wheels. The standard features also included front-row side-curtain airbags and side-torso airbags, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and electronic brake-force distribution.

Lexus LX470 Features

The Lexus LX470 represented the second generation of elite SUVs that offered great comfort, performance, and style. The vehicle was ideal for both suburban and off-road traveling.

The Lexus LX470 was equipped with a 4.7-liter V-8 engine that delivered 263 horsepower and 323 lb-ft of peak torque. It also featured Toyota’s Variable Valve Timing with intelligence technology that gave the V-8 engine a lot of torque across a broad speed range, which made the car feel responsive in routine driving tests. The advanced full-time four-wheel drive system, backed by the impressive handling technology, gave the Lexus LX470 versatile driving capabilities. The Lexus LX470 also met the Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle II (ULEV-II) certification standard.

The Lexus LX470 was equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission that offered smooth shift quality. The shift logic had the ability to hold gears on descents for improved engine braking and on inclines for more power. This characteristic of the transmission was helpful while towing as well. The car also featured a torque sensing differential center called ""Torsen,"" which distributed the appropriate torque between the rear and front axles based on factors such as steering input and wheel slip. It also helped in vehicle handling and performance through curves. In the case of the rear wheels spinning on turns, the Torsen changed the torque ratio to help the driver control the slippage. The torque-sensing differential also made the Lexus LX470 less prone to slippage caused by a sudden change in the road’s surface conditions.

The Lexus LX470 had the opulent fit and finish that had become the hallmark of Lexus car interiors. Its standard features included leather seating, automatic climate control, a premium audio system comprising a six-disc in-dashes CD changer, an overhead console, and a power moonroof. The typical character lines on the hood and front metallic grille, along with a chrome finish, gave the car a distinctive look that conveyed solidity and elegance.

Lexus LX470 Evolution

Lexus made a few additions in the models produced in 2004 and 2006. In the 2004 version of the LX470, a backup camera was included in the navigation system, while the Bluetooth feature was optional. Similarly, in the 2006 version of the LX470, LED tail lamps replaced the backlighting units, and the horsepower of the V-8 engine was increased to 275 with the addition of the VVT-i.

Select a Lexus LX470 Year

2007 Lexus LX470

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2007 Lexus LX470 classifies as a luxury SUV available in a single trim package, the LX470.

2006 Lexus LX470

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2006 Lexus LX470 luxury SUV has its faults, but also has many qualities that make it a desirable vehicle.

2005 Lexus LX470

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2005 Lexus LX470 represents one fully loaded model.

2004 Lexus LX470

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2004 Lexus LX470 is a full-size SUV that is the largest vehicle produced by Lexus.

2003 Lexus LX470

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2003 Lexus LX470 classifies as a luxury sport utility vehicle that offers off-road excitement in a vehicle that would not feel out of place in the country club parking lot.

2002 Lexus LX470

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2002 Lexus LX470 luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) is a class favorite for a number of good reasons.

2001 Lexus LX470

SUV, Utility/Offroad

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.

2000 Lexus LX470

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2000 Lexus LX470 classifies as a luxury SUV that does not back away from off-road driving tasks, yet it remains elegant enough to drive through the drop-off point of a posh resort.

1999 Lexus LX470

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 1999 Lexus LX470 is a superb SUV that rides in comfort and style.

1998 Lexus LX470

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 1998 Lexus LX470 is a four-wheel-drive luxury SUV that comes with a high price tag but delivers excellence in every way possible.