By Joe Bruzek on January 9, 2012
Sometimes we cringe when an automaker shares styling across its lineup of cars and SUVs. The corporate look doesn’t always translate well from sedan to SUV; Infiniti QX56, anyone? Lexus is taking that chance with a refreshed 2013 LX 570 that borrows front styling from the significantly redesigned 2013 Lexus GS sedan. Other than the styling, the interior sees minor updates for 2013.
The new look has an hourglass-shaped grille, and in photos, it translates well onto Lexus’ largest — and priciest — SUV. The grille isn’t the only new feature up front. There are new LED daytime running lamps in a fresh headlight design, as well as larger fog light bezels. Turn signals are added to the side mirrors, while in back, there’s a revised rear bumper with additional stainless-steel accents.
On the inside, Lexus changed up the color palette with a new leather option and chrome highlights around the dashboard. A new instrument panel display shows steering-wheel angle, speed, navigation directions and terrain mode. In other applications these small screens are great for quick glances at the vehicle’s vitals.
The Lexus Enform application arsenal is added to the media system with apps such as Pandora, Bing, Yelp and more. Also, a household-style 120-volt outlet is added in the middle row to complement the 120-volt outlet in the cargo area.
Road Test Editor Joe Bruzek covers Cars.com’s short-and long-term fleet of test cars and drives a 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Email Joe