Techniques to Keep the Luxury and Off-Road Prowess of Your Lexus LX450
Owners of the Lexus LX450 enjoy the best of both worlds—the luxurious features of a Lexus and the off-road capability of an SUV. If you are a proud owner, you are assured of your SUV's toughness despite bad weather and other harsh road conditions as well as the elegance of a true Lexus.
Keeping your SUV in good shape at all times may be quite a challenge. There's the usual road debris, pebbles, animal droppings, and road salt that can sabotage your ride's beauty. And then there's your seemingly innocent passengers (in the form of humans and pets) who can ruin the elegance of your vehicle's interior. Spills, sweat, food crumbs, trash—name it, your vehicle might have it. Keep it clean and organized by following these simple techniques:
- Save your carpets from dirt.
A set of inexpensive rubber mats is all you need to protect your carpets from hard-to-remove dirt. Put the rubber mats over the carpets, and when the mats get filthy, you can easily dispose them. This also makes carpet cleaning a lot easier for you.
- Make your passengers responsible for their clutter.
Make your car's cleanliness a collective effort—require your passengers, even the young ones, to follow a "bring in, take out" policy. Anything that they bring into your car they must take out as soon as they step out. This way, you do not overburden yourself with spending so much time de-cluttering your car interior. Encourage your passengers also to keep their trash into their backpacks.
A trash bag can make your car interior cleaning less of a headache. You can put it in the pocket behind the seats or in the trunk, and retrieve it anytime to get rid of disposable utensils, leftovers, and other trash. You can also use it to temporarily store muddy shoes or wet clothes. That way, any messy or filthy stuff will not be lying around inside your car for a long time and will not cause it to stink or look as though a hurricane or tornado has just passed by.
- Use spill-proof water and food containers.
If you are going to bring food and drinks on a long trip, it is advisable that you store them in airtight containers that will not spill. Such things are a heaven-sent especially if you drive through rough, rocky, and bumpy roads. You may also want to get some child-friendly, anti-spill snack holders that automatically close after a kid removes his hands, so that the food or drink will not spill even if the container is moved or dropped.
- Keep a toothpaste for stain removal.
A simple car cleaning hack you might want to try is a white toothpaste that can eliminate stains such as sauce, lipstick, and ink. You can store it in the glove compartment for easy access anytime your seats get stained. And when they do, just apply a small amount of toothpaste on the stain and wipe it gently with a clean, damp cloth.
Lexus LX450: Power and Performance Meet Style and Comfort
The Lexus LX is considered the company’s biggest and most expensive luxury SUV. It’s spacious, powerful, and reliable, making it a popular option among families and adventure seekers who need a ride that can handle heavy loads, lots of passengers, and rough terrain. The first-generation vehicle under this line is the Lexus LX450. Over the years, this model has been upgraded and modified to meet the ever-changing needs of vehicle owners. Today, the LX is in its third generation.
1995-1997: The LX450 as the first-gen LX
Released in 1995, the LX450 successfully appealed to buyers looking for a luxurious SUV that performed well amidst rough terrains. To meet the buyers’ expectations, this vehicle was built using a solid-axle suspension and a body-on-frame construction, much like the Toyota Land Cruiser. To differentiate it from the Land Cruiser, it was equipped with softer springs for a more comfortable ride. Its power source was a huge 4.5-L inline six-cylinder engine that produced 275 lb/ft. of torque and 212 horsepower. This engine was paired with a four-speed automatic transmission with the help of a four-wheel drive layout. A low- and high-range gear was also included as standard equipment. For buyers looking for the ultimate off-road vehicle, the LX450 can be equipped with an optional front and rear locking differentials. With a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, the LX450 got the attention of off-road enthusiasts.
Since this was also meant to be a luxury vehicle, designers fitted the interior with plush leather and wood surfaces. A split third-row seat enabled the LX450 to accommodate seven passengers. Once this seat is removed and the second-row seat is folded away, the interior can provide 90-cubic feet of cargo space, perfect for a huge cooler or extra backpacks during an off-road trip. Other standard equipment included an alarm system, dual front airbags, antilock brakes, separate heating for rear seats, a solar sensor, and a stereo with seven speakers.
During its production years, no upgrades were made on the LX450. It was only modified during the release of its second-gen version.
1998-2007: Introducing the LX470
As the successor of the LX450, the LX470 was equipped with a more powerful engine, a V8, and a more luxurious interior. The engine produced 268 horsepower and 328 lb/ft. of torque. Interior equipment included a Nakamichi stereo system, power side mirrors, and a navigation system.
2007-present: The LX570 enters the market
The latest version is the LX570, the third generation LX SUV. This latest model was completely redesigned and was introduced at the 2007 New York International Auto Show. It is equipped with a new V8 engine that produces 383 horsepower and 403 lb/ft. of torque. The interior is equipped with plenty of high-tech features such as a cooler on the center console, a rear-seat entertainment system, sonar parking assistance, and the Lexus Intuitive Park Assist system.