The LX's social-climbing statement begins up front with a massive iteration of the corporate spindle grille. Move past that landmark and you're met with squared-off corners, big taillights, the stance of an NFL linebacker, and a slick, split tailgate – the likes of which haven’t been seen since the demise of General Motors' A-body wagons.
The side sills neatly mask nine inches of ground clearance, and the suspension can be lowered by two, making ingress to the lavish, tuxedo-friendly, leather- and open-pore wood-lined interior easier. There's plenty of space for five adults in the first and second rows, with those up front treated to supportive, generously-sized chairs slathered in soft leather. For those so inclined, richer leather, ventilated seats, heated second row seats, and a heated steering wheel are offered as options. Most of the functions are controlled by user-friendly knobs, buttons, and switches, with off-road options directed from the center console.
At the same time, the LX is compromised by a truck-based frame and corresponding high cargo floor, while the optional third row – which contains an ambitious three seat belts considering its size – flips up and rotates to the sides, creating a narrow space and further limiting cargo capacity. Lastly, the brilliant 12.3-inch infotainment screen is hampered by the brand's antiquated, haptic-feedback, mouse-like controller that's not only irritating, but often too distracting to operate when driving; while Android Auto and Apple CarPlay aren't even offered.