Because most owners won’t see more than a gravel parking lot

Lexus’ most expensive vehicle, the LX 670, received a welcome refresh for the 2016 model year. Underneath however, the LX still rides on the same platform it has since 2007. That’s not to say Lexus hasn’t given this dolled-up Land Cruiser some mechanical updates, but it remains one of the aging stalwarts in the Lexus lineup.

Nevertheless, the 2016 model brings a new eight-speed automatic, Lexus’ corporate Spindle Grille, a reworked interior, and a few new off-road tech bits. Well, the guys over at Motor Trend decided to test the LX 570 for all it’s worth on the rocky ledges of the Nevada desert.

Make no mistake, the LX 570 has strong roots. Its frame is shared with the Toyota Tundra and Land Cruiser and it comes with a two-speed transfer case and a locking rear differential. But with its low-hanging face and street-biased tires, there’s only so much the Lexus is up for.

Sitting in front of Caesars Palace is something it’s very much up for. In fact, the Lexus is rather good at snagging attention. It sports Lexus’ fishhook LED daytime running lights, 20-inch wheels, and chrome accents all around. But can it handle what its cousin, the Toyota Land Cruiser, can handle off the paved streets of Las Vegas?

To find out Motor Trend took both SUVs through some terribly challenging terrain. Big rock outcroppings, ledges, crevasses, and sand all made for tough trails. In fact, the Lexus takes more than a few punches to the chin, damaging its faux-chrome grille and lower fascia.

For the official outcome of the test, you’ll have to watch the video. At just under 15 minutes, the cinematic short makes for a great lunch-break reprieve. Sit back and enjoy, folks.

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