By Joe Bruzek on February 27, 2014
There are full-size SUVs — like the crossover Chevrolet Traverse — and then there are FULL-size SUVs. The 2014 Lexus LX 570 is the latter, built on a towering trucklike body-on-frame chassis with genuine four-wheel-drive hardware underneath. Loading cargo into the LX 570 isn't as cumbersome as it could be because the high-riding SUV has a standard height-adjustable air suspension with the capability to automatically lower the vehicle when the ignition is turned off.
The cargo area is unique in some ways and dated in others: Each side of the 50/50-split third-row power seat folds up to the side of the cargo area to expose the maximum cargo area. Unfortunately, the side-folding rear seats take up a lot of the cargo area's width. The LX 570's clamshell tailgate and tumble-forward second row are lesser-used styles among big luxury SUVs.
Competitors including Infiniti QX80 and Mercedes GL-Class have power-operated liftgates, flat-folding second and third rows and more maximum cargo room. The LX 570's 83.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo room falls short of the QX80 and GL-Class with 95.1 cubic feet and 93.8 cubic feet, respectively. See our cargo animations to check out the LX 570's unusual approach to cargo management.
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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