No vehicle is perfect and can do it all.
But if you could only have one vehicle on your driveway, the Lexus LX570 would be a great choice.
It is a brilliant combination of luxury and capability in one package.
It can tow a huge load, go off roading, haul a bunch of stuff, carry eight people and do 0-60 in 7.5 seconds, the quarter mile in 15.7 seconds and tops out at 137 mph.
The LX570 is basically a Toyota Land Cruiser but with more luxury.
The Land Cruiser was originally a true off roading machine that with time has become a very luxurious but still capable machine.
The LX570 builds on that with even more amenities.
That luxury starts off with a super quiet cabin at speed.
Driving on the freeway is so stress free when you are in such a quiet place that feels like you are in a library.
That quiet cabin is aided by a very comfortable and silky ride.
High-strength construction establishes the foundation for such comfort, and it’s aided here by Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). This technology continually adjusts the shock absorber damping rates on the move, ensuring optimal comfort even as the road surface changes.
Selectable comfort, normal and sport modes allow the driver to tailor the system’s ride firmness and comfort although we found the difference in the settings to be hardly noticeable.
When you are cruising, we also enjoyed our optional 19 speaker, 450 watt Mark Levinson surround audio system.
The system was concert quality that made any music better than you have heard before.
The LX570 is a big boy and it seats 8 people comfortably.
The third row seat is a little tight for adults and getting in and out is not very graceful.
The second row is fantastic and come with power sliding cushions with reclining seat backs to give you a limousine like experience.
|The seats are very comfortable|
The driver’s seat features a 14-way power adjustment including seat cushion extender. When full 8-passenger seating is not needed, the LX 570 can open up a large useful cargo area.
With the 50/50 split power-retractable third row seat folded, the LX 570 provides 41 cu. ft. of carrying space, and this expands to 83.1 cu. ft. with the 40/20/40 split middle row folded.
The clamshell-design tailgate, which features a power upper section, is also very noteworthy and is much more versatile than a typical one-piece hatch.
The LX 570 is built to handle heavy loads and can tackle the big jobs.
The 5.7-liter V8 engine produces 383 horsepower and 403 lb.-ft. of torque and is teamed to an eight-speed automatic transmission with standard full-time four-wheel drive.
Ninety percent of peak torque comes on stream at just 2,200 rpm, giving the LX 570 exceptional responsiveness and also making it an outstanding tow vehicle.
It is rated to tow 7000 pounds. The transmission shifts so silky smooth and the Lexus is so quiet that it was difficult to note the downshift unless you were paying attention to the tachometer.
The full-time four-wheel drive system in the Lexus LX 570 is full of high tech features and employs a Torsen limited-slip locking center differential that splits the power 40:60 under normal driving conditions. The rearward power bias contributes to on-road agility. The Torsen differential responds to changing conditions, adjusting the power distribution as necessary, with no input needed from the driver. The driver can, however, lock the center differential to handle especially challenging off-road trails.
Working in concert with the 4WD system, the four-wheel Active Traction Control system (A-TRAC) helps to control wheel slip. The Multi-Terrain Select system lets the driver select the type of terrain -- Rock, Rock & Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock, or Mud & Sand – to optimize Active Traction Control.
A driver-selectable low range for the transmission, something many other luxury SUVs lack, provides low-speed crawling capability for handling steep off-road declines.
Shifting into low range engages Active Height Control, which raises the vehicle to increase ground clearance by two inches.
Low-range capability is augmented by Crawl Control with Turn Assist and Hill-start Assist Control.
Crawl Control carefully manipulates the throttle and brakes to help maintain a steady slow, even pace on steep declines or while maneuvering over rough, uneven or difficult surfaces.
The Hill-start Assist Control can prevent the LX 570 from rolling backward when moving from a stop on an incline.
|Settings for everyone|
The features make the LX570 into a goat if you are willing to take your expensive Lexus on mud, dirt and rocks.
We never got a chance to try the capability of the system but it promises to be very good.
Most good things in life are not cheap and the LX570 falls into that category.
The base price starts out at $86,480.
With a few options our LX570 came out to just over $105,000.
That is some serious cash but you will also continue to pay because when you have a 6,000 pound vehicle and a 383 hp engine, it will burn a lot of fuel.
EPA numbers for the LX570 are 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway and the LX asks for premium fuel.
If you want a vehicle that can do it all, the LX570 is a very good choice.
It is a very capable vehicle and would be at home taking you to the opera as well as Home Depot.
If you can afford the price tag and the fuel economy, there is no reason you should not go for a test drive right now because you will love it.
- 5.7L V-8 Engine
- 8-spd auto w/OD Transmission
- 383 @ 5,600 rpm Horsepower
- 403 @ 3,600 rpm Torque
- Four-wheel Drive type
- ABS and driveline Traction control
- 1st row regular express open/close sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
- 20" machined w/painted accents aluminum Wheels
- Front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
- Rear air conditioning, with separate controls
- Driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats
- SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
- 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
- Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
- Front Fog/driving lights
- Heated mirrors
- Windshield wipers - rain sensing
- Leather Seat trim
- Driver and passenger Lumbar support
- Navigation system
- Intuitive Park Assist Parking assist
|Front head room||38 "|
|Rear head room||39 "|
|Front shoulder room||61 "|
|Rear shoulder room||59 "|
|Front hip room||59 "|
|Rear hip room||59 "|
|Front leg room||42.9 "|
|Rear leg room||34.4 "|
|Luggage capacity||9.1 Cu.Ft.|
|Maximum cargo capacity||83.1 Cu.Ft.|
|Body width||78.0 "|
|Body height||75.2 "|
|Ground clearance||8.9 "|
|Gross weight||7,385 Lbs.|
|Fuel tank capacity||24.6 Gal.|
|EPA mileage estimates||12 City / 16 Hwy|
|Base engine size||5.7 Liters|
|Base engine type||V-8|
|Maximum towing capacity||7,000 Lbs.|
|Warranty - Basic (mths/miles)||48/50,000|
|Warrranty - Powertrain (mths/miles)||72/70,000|
|Warranty - Corrosion perforation (mths/miles)||72/Unlimited|
|Warranty - Roadside assistance (mths/miles)||48/Unlimited|
|Warranty - Maintenance (mths/miles)||12/10,000|
|Engine - valvetrain||DOHC|
|Recommended fuel||Premium Unleaded|
|Anti-lock braking system (ABS)||4-Wheel|
|Steering||Rack And Pinion|
|Speed sensitive steering||Std|
|Height adjustable suspension||Automatic W/Driver Control|
|Automatic level control||4-Corner|
|Front suspension type||Double Wishbone|
|Front anti-roll bar||Std|
|Rear suspension type||Multi-Link|
|Rear anti-roll bar||Std|
|Electronic stability system||Std|
|Sequential shift control||Std|
|Transmission||8-Spd Auto W/OD|
|Traction control||ABS And Driveline|
|Driver information center||Std|
|Water temp gauge||Std|
|Low fuel warning||Std|
|Service interval warning||Std|
|Lighting - glovebox||Std|
|Lighting - map lights||Front And Rear|
|Lighting - dome light||Fade|
|Lighting - cargo light||Std|
|Illuminated vanity mirrors||Driver And Passenger|
|Rear window defogger||Std|
|Rear view mirror||Auto-Dimming Day-Night|
|Mirrors - visor vanity mirrors||Driver And Passenger|
|Seatback storage pockets||2|
|Tilt-Wheel adjustable steering column||Std|
|Steering wheel material||Leather/Genuine Wood|
|Air conditioning, front||Dual Zone Automatic|
|Air conditioning, rear||With Separate Controls|
|Cargo concealed storage||Std|
|Cargo tie downs||Std|
|Cupholders||Front And Rear|
|Gear shift knob trim||Leather/Genuine Wood|
|Overhead console||Mini With Storage|
|Floor mats||Carpeted Front And Rear|
|Oil pressure gauge||Std|
|Airbags, frontal||Driver And Front Passenger|
|Airbags, side impact||Seat Mounted, Driver And Passenger|
|Airbags, side curtain||Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row|
|Airbags, knee protection||Driver And Passenger|
|Height adjustable safety belts||Front And Rear|
|Seatbelt pre-tensioners||Front And Rear|
|Exterior light control||Fully Automatic|
|Antenna||Window Grid And Fixed|
|Body material||Fully Galvanized Steel|
|Grille trim||Metal-Look W/Chrome Surround|
|Door count||4 Doors|
|Rear cargo door||Power Liftgate/Tailgate|
|Rear window type||Fixed|
|Mirrors||Dual Power Remote W/Tilt Down|
|Heated door mirrors||Std|
|Mirrors, auto dimming||Driver And Passenger|
|Sunroof||1st Row Regular Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass|
|Tires||P285/50VR20.0 BSW AS|
|Wheels||20" Machined W/Painted Accents Aluminum|
|Spare tire and wheel||Full-Size Aluminum|
|Windshield wipers - front||Variable Intermittent|
|Windshield wipers - rain sensing||Std|
|Rear window wipers||Fixed Interval|
|Headlights||LED Low/High Beam|
|Delay off headlamps||Std|
|Daytime running lights||Std|
|Exterior temperature display||Std|
|Adaptive cruise control||Std|
|12V DC power outlet||4|
|1-touch window up||Front And Rear|
|1-touch window down||Front And Rear|
|Programmable garage door opener||Std|
|Fuel door release||Mechanical|
|Remote trunk release||Power|
|Retained accessory power||Std|
|In-Vehicle Assistance Service||Lexus Enform W/Safety Connect|
|Door curb lights||4|
|Parking assist||Intuitive Park Assist|
|Remote keyless entry||Keyfob (All Doors)|
|Keyless access system||Std|
|Door locks||Power With 2 Stage Unlock|
|Content theft deterrent alarm system||Std|
|Lane departure warning||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)|
|First aid kit||Std|
|Blind spot sensor||Std|
|Low tire pressure warning||Std|
|Radio||SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan|
|CD player||In-Dash Mounted Single|
|Auxiliary input jack||Std|
|Steering wheel audio controls||Std|
|Speed sensitive Volume||Std|
|Entertainment system||With DVD And Digital Media|
|Navigation system||Yes With Voice Activation|
|1st row LCD screen||2|
|2nd row LCD screen||2|
|Front seat type||Bucket|
|Standard seating||8 Passengers|
|Front driver seat direction controls||10-Way Power|
|Front passenger seat direction controls||8-Way Power|
|Lumbar support||Driver And Passenger|
|Front head restraints||Adjustable|
|Heated front seats||Driver And Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Heated-Seatback|
|Cooled front seats||Driver And Passenger|
|Rear seats||40-20-40 Split-Bench|
|Rear head restraints||3 - Adjustable|
|Heated rear seats||Opt|
|Cooled rear seats||Opt|
|3rd row seats||50-50 Split-Bench|