2008 Lexus LX570

A new Lexus LX is coming for 2008, and yup, it's still huge. The trucks 5.7-liter V-8, borrowed from the Toyota Tundra, is rated at 381 hp and over 400 lb-ft of torque, but don't let the ULEV II rating fool you-it will still use a small tanker's worth of gas on the daily commute, even if it doesn't fart as many emissions through the tailpipe.

As we'd expect from Lexus, the big improvements made to the LX 570 are in refinement, with a huge helping of electro-gadgets. Active height control and adaptive variable suspension help reduce body roll, and the LX will lower itself slightly at highway speeds to help aerodynamics. A crawl control feature has also been added for off-roaders, but we're curious to see it if will work for stop-and-go traffic, where this Lexus will most likely spend most of its time crawling.

At least the revised cabin will be a comfortable place to sit in traffic, complete with Bluetooth, XM NavTraffic, and an optional nineteen speaker Mark Levinson stereo. Lexus' park assist system, which has been under fire from the media since it debuted in the LS, will also be offered. The LX570 is everything we expect a new Lexus to be - sleeker, more refined, and full of complicated electronics. But the LX is still a big, heavy, off-road ready truck wearing a badge isn't equated with dirt unless the boys down at the car wash missed a spot. What's the point?

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