ABS standard. ESC standard from 2000. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2003. Rear side air bags standard from 2008.
Competing at the high end of the SUV market, a position once held exclusively by Land Rover, this capable luxury-priced SUV is based on the big, imposing Toyota Land CruiserÑitself hardly plebeian with its slick powertrain, comfortable ride, quiet cabin, and $50,000 sticker. The Lexus is just a little bit cushier. The LX470 has a height-adjustable suspension (which the Land Cruiser lacks), a fancier interior, andÑnew for 2000Ñan electronic stability-control system. Like the Land Cruiser, its 4.7-liter, 230-hp V8 is strong, smooth, and quiet. Full-time four-wheel drive ensures good all-weather traction. Cargo space is generous, and the folding third seat is handy.