Still qualifying as the traditional SUV in the Lexus lineup, the long-lived LX 570 is capable of handling any sort of terrain, while keeping everyone comfortable in its virtually decadent interior. For its top model, Lexus continues to follow the classic full-size luxury SUV formula: burly capabilities off-road, augmented by undiluted grandeur when rolling along the pavement.
Unlike crossover models, the LX 570 retains separate body-on-frame construction. Toyota’s Land Cruiser, closely related structurally, provides similar utility with fewer luxuries, but its price isn’t so much lower. Only the door panels were carried over from the previous generation when Lexus redesigned the LX last year, for its third generation.
What's New for 2017
Redesigned for the 2016 model year, the LX 570 is mainly a carryover for 2017. The Lexus Safety System+ is standard, including a pre-collision system, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure alert with steering assist. Adding the Cool Box option requires rear-seat entertainment.
Choosing Your Lexus LX 570
A full-fledged, full-size SUV, the LX 570 yields to few competitors when it comes to bounding through the wilderness. Every LX has full-time four-wheel drive with crawl control and hill-start assist. A multi-terrain selector maximizes traction and performance for five different off-road conditions.
An adaptive air suspension ensures a plush ride for up to eight passengers in daily on-road driving. On the console, Drive Mode Select has three settings: Eco, Comfort, and Sport S. That system can control the adaptive variable suspension.
Beneath the hood, the 5.7-liter V8 engine generates 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque, driving an eight-speed automatic transmission. That’s sufficient to tow up to 7,000 pounds. Despite weighing three tons, an LX 570 can accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, according to Lexus. As expected, fuel economy is far from frugal, EPA-estimated at 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway (15 mpg combined).
The spacious LX cabin comes in full luxury dress with abundant wood trim and supple leather. Standard equipment includes heated power front seats, driver’s memory and lumbar adjustment, four-zone climate control, a moonroof, an Easy Access driver’s seat, power-sliding second-row seat and a power-folding third row.
On the technology front, you get a navigation system with voice recognition, smartphone apps, a panoramic rearview camera, and a nine-speaker audio system with a CD/DVD changer and satellite and HD radio. Active Height Control can lower the vehicle 2 inches to ease entry/exit. Additional standard features include 20-inch alloy wheels; LED headlights and daytime running lights; illuminated running boards; and heated, auto-dimming outside mirrors with a power-fold feature.
The standard Lexus Safety System includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, intelligent high-beams, and all-speed dynamic radar cruise control.
An optional Luxury Package adds upgraded semi-aniline leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front and second-row outboard seats, and a heated steering wheel. Standalone options include a 19-speaker, 450-watt Mark Levinson sound system; a rear entertainment system with dual video displays; and 21-inch wheels.
Scanning the standard-equipment list for the LX 570 can be an exhausting. Just about everything a motoring family could want seems to be there. Of course, that shouldn’t be a big surprise, with this SUV’s $90,355 price sticker (destination included). Apart from Mark Levinson sound and rear-seat entertainment, which can be added as options, the basic LX 570 doesn’t lack much.