Written by Marco Carvajal
Test driving the Lexus LX 570 you can feel the power of reliable luxury SUV. The LX 570 is a master piece, but the ticket price is high for most buyers, starting at $86,230. However, for those lucky ones that can afford the LX, the pleasure and enjoyment of driving will come to their lives every day on board this large luxury LX 570.
In the same segment of the Lexus LX we have the Mercedes-Benz GL class, the BMW X5, the Audi Q7, the Land Rover Range Rover, the Lincoln Navigator, the Cadillac Escalade and the Infiniti QX80 among others. The competition on this market is very difficult and car-makers like Lexus must enhance full size SUVs every year in order to stay fresh and trendy. However for the advantage of Lexus, the LX 570 has solid long history. The LX is based on the iconic Toyota Land Cruiser, which have been around the world since the 1950s and it is well known for its great performance in all type of roads.
The LX is very reliable, and it is totally worth buying when you want a large premium SUV. The LX 570 will retain value for long time, this is a safe purchase for buyers who want to keep their SUV during several years.
Since 1996 three generations have been produced from the LX, all based mostly on the long-life SUV, the Toyota Land Cruiser. The last, third generation, LX 570 debuted at the New York auto show in April 2007, with a complete redesign for the model year 2008.
Models and Prices
- LX-570 two-row, Starting at $86,230
- LX-570 three-row, Starting at $91,230
13 MPG city / 18 MPG highway
It comes with a 5.7-liter V8 engine with 383 horsepower and 403 foot-pounds of torque. The eight-speed automatic transmission is standard and also a full-time four-wheel drive system with Hill Start Assist, tracking control and a multiple terrain system that the driver can select.
The V8 engine is very powerful and becomes loud during acceleration, but its sound is a pleasant reminder of its power. The powerful V8 engine includes four cam, four valves per cylinder, with continuously Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i).
The LS is extremely reliable and comfortable. The LX is more luxury than most vehicles in this class.
- Towing capacity of 7,000 lb
- V8 Engine
- 5.7 L Displacement
- 383 Horsepower
- Torque 403 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM
The “Drive Mode Select” system allows drivers to specify certain powertrain and suspension configurations through a dial mounted on the console. The LX can tow up to 7,000 pounds, impressive!
Between its sophisticated suspension, intelligent and robust design tracking control system, Land Cruiser-based construction, this luxury Lexus SUV has the ability to take you practically anywhere you wish to go.
If you could put wings on the Lexus LS-570, then it will take you to the moon.
Going off the road is where the LS becomes the star of the road. Forget about being careful with dirt roads and all-weather conditions or obstacles, which will be inappropriate when driving most other vehicles. The LX 570 is ready for any type of conditions and off-roads.
The LX 570 is offered as two or three rows, in a single level of equipment with a lot of high-end standard features. The third row conveniently folds against the sides of the cargo compartment.
The LX includes several features like 20-inch alloy wheels, and adjustable height suspension, automatic load leveling, adapted xenon automatic headlights, exterior mirrors with automatic dimming, a sunroof, stirrups, a luggage rack, an electric rear door and a hitch tow. In the inside, the LX 570 comes with four climate automatic control zones, leather upholstery, wood trim, electric heated front seats, memory controller functions, a rear-view mirror with automatic dimming, and a power outlet 120 volt domestic style in the cargo hold.
The infotainment system uses the Lexus interface with a 12.3-inch screen, a navigation system, voice controls, the Lexus Enform suite of smartphone-based services, the Lexus Enform system, Bluetooth and connectivity. Good quality Audio with a standard included nine-speaker audio system with HD radio and satellite radio, USB ports in the front and second row and a media player interface.
The LX 570 is very appealing with a luxury cabin in leather lined with wood. The front seats offer excellent visibility from their raised perches, with plenty of space for the head and legs. The front seats with heating and ventilation of the luxury package, and the second row of heated seats is a good choice for the LX.
The third row could be larger. Behind the rear seats, the LX has only 9.1 cubic feet of cargo space, but you can fold the third row up against the side walls, then the second row down, which increases to 45 cubic feet.
In general the LX-570 is a great car for long rides where all passengers and the driver will enjoy the spacious interior.
The LX comes standard with anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control with trailer roll control, active front head restraints, front seat side airbags, front knee airbags, second row side airbags and long-lasting side airbags. Also standard is the Lexus emergency system, with automatic collision notification, location of stolen vehicles, and roadside assistance.
The optional frontal collision warning system, performs the action if an accident is considered imminent, automatically tightening the front safety belts and priming the braking system for maximum responsiveness. Other safety features include a panoramic 360 degree camera system, lane change alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, frontal collision warning and collision mitigation with emergency automatic braking.
The LS-570 includes a luxury high-tech 12.3-inch information and entertainment screen. It is linked to the Lexus remote touch interface, which uses a mouse driver as in the center console. If you want advanced technology then the LS is your car. It includes everything you will have on your wishlist and more.
The optional luxury package adds great features like a refrigerated storage compartment between the front seats, heated second row seats, heated steering wheel, extended wood trim, and enhanced leather upholstery. It also has front and rear parking sensors, front and side parking cameras, adapted cruise control, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system and a premium Mark Levinson 19-speaker audio surround system.
The state of the art 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system will delight driving the LS-570 with the best audio quality and definition anyone can dream with.