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See the 2016 Lexus LX 570 get dirty

You may not associate Lexus with off-roading, but the LX 570 has a few tricks up its sleeve...or should we say, in its terrain select system.

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Emme Hall
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
Emme Hall
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I took the 2016 Lexus LX 570 out on a little off-road course in Redmond, Oregon. With a locking center differential and a two-speed transfer case, the Lexus performed admirably.

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A terrain management system will help newbies adjust to driving in different off-road conditions. Select rocks and sand, mud, rocks, loose rocks or moguls and let the computer do the rest.

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The standard ride height on the Lexus LX 570 is 8.9 inches, but that can be increased to 11.3 inches at the touch of a button.

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A higher ride mitigates any damage to the undercarriage from rocks like these. (Please note, this rock would have been avoided had I been driving.)

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Under the hood is a 5.7-liter V-8 engine, good for 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque.

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That large 5.7-liter engine only nets 15 miles per gallon combined, and there is no option for a smaller turbocharged engine.

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The LX 570 doesn't stand out in terms of wheel travel, but a locking center differential means it can easily traverse ruts like this without getting stuck.

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A crawl control feature with five levels of low speed takes over throttle and braking. The driver need only worry about steering.

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The panoramic camera can give the driver many combinations of views around the car. Here you see the front and both sides along with a tilt-angle display.

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A 12.3-inch center screen displays crisp graphics.

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Lexus has always been saddled with an overflow of buttons, and the LX 570 is no different.

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The Lexus LX 570 has a sumptuous interior, including full leather seating that, watch out, can get hot while off-roading in the desert.

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