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We drive the 2020 Lexus LX570

by Ali Arsham
Monday, February 3, 2020


Lexus LX570
Lexus LX570
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.

It's big
It's big
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 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.

Front Cockpit
Front Cockpit
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
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.


Standard Features:

  • 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 room38 "
Rear head room39 "
Front shoulder room61 "
Rear shoulder room59 "
Front hip room59 "
Rear hip room59 "
Front leg room42.9 "
Rear leg room34.4 "
Luggage capacity9.1 Cu.Ft.
Maximum cargo capacity83.1 Cu.Ft.
Standard seating8
Length200.0 "
Body width78.0 "
Body height75.2 "
Wheelbase112.2 "
Ground clearance8.9 "
Curb6,000 Lbs.
Gross weight7,385 Lbs.
Fuel tank capacity24.6 Gal.
EPA mileage estimates12 City / 16 Hwy
Base engine size5.7 Liters
Base engine typeV-8
Horsepower383 Hp
Horsepower rpm5,600
Torque403 Lb-Ft.
Torque rpm3,600
Maximum towing capacity7,000 Lbs.
Drive typeFour-Wheel
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
Engine5.7L V-8
Engine - valvetrainDOHC
Recommended fuelPremium Unleaded
Brakes4-Wheel Disc
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)4-Wheel
Brake assistStd
Drive typeFour-Wheel
4WD shiftElectronic
ExhaustStainless Steel
SteeringRack And Pinion
Speed sensitive steeringStd
Suspension tuningRegular
Ride controlStd
Adaptive suspensionStd
Height adjustable suspensionAutomatic W/Driver Control
Automatic level control4-Corner
Front suspension typeDouble Wishbone
Front anti-roll barStd
Front shocksAir
Front springsCoil
Rear suspension typeMulti-Link
Rear anti-roll barStd
Rear shocksAir
Rear springsCoil
Electronic stability systemStd
Sequential shift controlStd
Transmission8-Spd Auto W/OD
Axle ratio3.31
Traction controlABS And Driveline
Driver information centerStd
Trip computerStd
Water temp gaugeStd
Voltage gaugeStd
Low fuel warningStd
Service interval warningStd
Lighting - gloveboxStd
Lighting - map lightsFront And Rear
Lighting - dome lightFade
Lighting - cargo lightStd
Illuminated vanity mirrorsDriver And Passenger
Rear window defoggerStd
Rear view mirrorAuto-Dimming Day-Night
Mirrors - visor vanity mirrorsDriver And Passenger
Seatback storage pockets2
Tilt-Wheel adjustable steering columnStd
Steering wheel materialLeather/Genuine Wood
Air conditioning, frontDual Zone Automatic
Air filterStd
Air conditioning, rearWith Separate Controls
Underseat ductsStd
Auxiliary visorsDual
Cargo concealed storageStd
Cargo netOpt
Cargo tie downsStd
CupholdersFront And Rear
Gear shift knob trimLeather/Genuine Wood
Overhead consoleMini With Storage
Floor consoleFull
Floor matsCarpeted Front And Rear
Oil pressure gaugeStd
Airbags, frontalDriver And Front Passenger
Airbags, side impactSeat Mounted, Driver And Passenger
Airbags, side curtainCurtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row
Airbags, knee protectionDriver And Passenger
Height adjustable safety beltsFront And Rear
Seatbelt pre-tensionersFront And Rear
Exterior light controlFully Automatic
AntennaWindow Grid And Fixed
Body materialFully Galvanized Steel
PaintClearcoat Monotone
Grille trimMetal-Look W/Chrome Surround
Fog/driving lightsFront
Door count4 Doors
Rear cargo doorPower Liftgate/Tailgate
Tinted windowsDeep
Rear window typeFixed
MirrorsDual Power Remote W/Tilt Down
Heated door mirrorsStd
Mirrors, auto dimmingDriver And Passenger
Sunroof1st Row Regular Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass
Roof rackOpt
Roof railsStd
TiresP285/50VR20.0 BSW AS
Wheels20" Machined W/Painted Accents Aluminum
Spare tire and wheelFull-Size Aluminum
Windshield wipers - frontVariable Intermittent
Windshield wipers - rain sensingStd
Rear window wipersFixed Interval
Running boardsIlluminated
Mud flapsStd
HeadlightsLED Low/High Beam
Delay off headlampsStd
Headlight washerStd
Daytime running lightsStd
Exterior temperature displayStd
Cruise controlStd
Adaptive cruise controlStd
12V DC power outlet4
Lighter elementsFront
Front windowsPower
Rear windowsPower
1-touch window upFront And Rear
1-touch window downFront And Rear
Programmable garage door openerStd
Fuel door releaseMechanical
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerStd
Head-up displayOpt
Occupancy sensorStd
In-Vehicle Assistance ServiceLexus Enform W/Safety Connect
Stolen-vehicle trackingStd
Door curb lights4
Illuminated entryStd
Parking assistIntuitive Park Assist
Remote keyless entryKeyfob (All Doors)
Keyless access systemStd
Panic alarmStd
Door locksPower With 2 Stage Unlock
Content theft deterrent alarm systemStd
Ignition disableStd
Lane departure warningLane Departure Alert (LDA)
First aid kitStd
Blind spot sensorStd
Low tire pressure warningStd
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan
CD playerIn-Dash Mounted Single
MP3 capabilityStd
Auxiliary input jackStd
Steering wheel audio controlsStd
Voice recognitionStd
Speed sensitive VolumeStd
Entertainment systemWith DVD And Digital Media
Navigation systemYes With Voice Activation
1st row LCD screen2
2nd row LCD screen2
Bluetooth CompatibilityStd
Front seat typeBucket
Standard seating8 Passengers
Front driver seat direction controls10-Way Power
Front passenger seat direction controls8-Way Power
Lumbar supportDriver And Passenger
Front armrestsCenter
Front head restraintsAdjustable
Heated front seatsDriver And Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Heated-Seatback
Cooled front seatsDriver And Passenger
Rear seats40-20-40 Split-Bench
Rear armrestStd
Rear head restraints3 - Adjustable
Heated rear seatsOpt
Cooled rear seatsOpt
3rd row seats50-50 Split-Bench
Seat trimLeather

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