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For those searching for a high-end luxury SUV, the 2018 Lexus LX 570 is indeed a premium choice. Starting at $86,175 (which includes a $1,195 destination fee), the LX 570 can be configured with two or three-row seating (the former is new for this year), is packed with technology and safety features, and is powered by a stout V8 engine with multiple all-wheel drive settings. And as it's based off the Toyota Land Cruiser, it has a level of off-road performance that's among the best of any factory-built vehicle in the world.

What's New for 2018

The Lexus LX 570 enters 2018 mainly unchanged from last year, however, Lexus is now offering a Safety and Service Connect service for 10 years at no additional charge. Owners can also delete the third row of seats.

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Choosing Your Lexus LX 570

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The LX 570 is the king of the Lexus SUV line. It is available in a two-row (five-passenger seating) and three-row configuration (eight-passenger seating). Going with the two-row LX drives the price down to $86,175, compared to the three-row's $91,175 starting price. Regardless of how many it seats, the LX is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that belts out 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. The drawback of this power is a less than stellar EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 13 miles per gallon city, 18 mpg highway, for a combined 15 mpg. According to Lexus, both body styles return the same EPA-estimated mpg.

Power is delivered by way of an eight-speed automatic, which propels the standard all-wheel drive and 20-inch wheels. Crawl control (which is a low-speed, off-road cruise control system), multiple terrain selection features, and a hill start assist setting bolster the LX's off-road credentials. Automatic LED exterior lighting, automatic wipers, a windshield wiper de-icer package, and a power liftgate are also standard with the LX 570. There are six exterior colors and five interior color patterns available.

Arguably the best features of the 2018 LX 570 are found inside. Push-button start, a sunroof, a four-zone automatic climate control system, and leather upholstery are included. The three-row layout is configured with a 40/20/40-split second row and 50/50-split third row seats that are power operated. The LX 570 also includes multiple safety systems including automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot monitoring system, a 360-degree parking camera, an adaptive cruise control unit, and rear cross-traffic alert.

The 2018 Lexus LX 570 has a features a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a mouse-like center controller. A navigation system is standard, as is Bluetooth, a USB port, and a smartphone application suite that includes Apple Siri Eyes Free, which allows users to access Apple's virtual assistant through the LX's interior microphone without physically connecting their phone.

When it comes to upgrades, the Lexus LX 570 comes with two package options for those who select the three-row seating configuration – the two-row setup doesn't offer any optional extras.

A Luxury Package for an additional $1,190 adds heated and ventilated front and second-row seats, a perforated leather-trimmed interior, and a climate control concierge (a sensor suite that monitors the internal temperature and adjusts the HVAC system, as well as the heated and ventilated seats). A $2,005 dual-screen, rear-seat entertainment system can also be added. Standalone options include a color heads-up display for an additional $900 and a Mark Levinson surround sound, 19-speaker audio system for $2,350. Consumers can also upgrade to 21-inch wheels for $745, and those with Qi-compatible devices can add a wireless charging pad for $75 extra.

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For families with multiple children or consumers with additional cargo space needs, the 2018 Lexus LX 570 is a premium choice. But ultimately, this brutish SUV is hard to recommend. Sure, it has some hot technology and nicer interior materials, but the driving experience is virtually identical to the more affordable Toyota Land Cruiser. Before you drive home in an LX, check out the Toyota dealer next door and see if the Land Cruiser will satisfy your needs.

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