Lexus LX

Lexus has kept things simple with the LX 570. There is really only one trim level, but it comes extremely well equipped. Extensive standard features are the name of the game with the LX 570. Four-zone automatic climate control, an electronic moonroof, power tailgate closer, electronically height-adjustable suspension, a wood- and leather-trimmed interior, a 14-way power adjustable driver's seat, a navigation system, Sirius XM radio and a 9-speaker sound system are just some of the highlights on a very long list of standard equipment. All LX 570s come with V8 power and full-time 4-wheel. This means that even in its most basic form, the LX 570 is a serious vehicle.

Lexus offers a couple option packages for those wanting even more luxury. An aptly named "Luxury Package" includes a heated steering wheel and heated second row seats. Front seats are fully climate controlled with perforated, higher quality leather than in non-Luxury Package-equipped LX 570s. A refrigerated cool box has been installed in the center console and a parking assist program has also been added. The Luxury Package also addresses in-car entertainment, swapping the stock stereo for a 19-speaker Mark Levinson unit and adding a couple of screens in the headrests to entertain rear seat passengers. The "Luxury package with pre-collision system" is just that. Everything included in the above-mentioned Luxury package is included, along with Lexus' pre-collision system, adaptive cruise control and a set of unique 20-inch wheels.

The LX 570 is powered by a 5.7L V8 engine producing an impressive 383 horsepower. More importantly though, the LX 570 makes 90 percent of peak torque at just 2,200 rpm, great for towing or for off-roading. Power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission and transfer case. Utilizing a Torsen limited-slip differential, the LX 570 ensures that power is sent to whichever wheels have the most grip.

The LX 570 is equipped with ten airbags, traction control, anti-lock brakes and stability control. The side curtain airbags can sense an impending rollover and cover all three rows potentially protecting a full load of eight occupants. Also aiding safety are the Active Front Headrests, which are designed to move upward and forward during rear-end collisions to minimize the chance of spinal injury. Owners who opt for the pre-collision system will also get front and side wide angle cameras to assist in the prevention of minor fender benders while parking. The pre-collision system its self, works by using radar mounted in the nose of the vehicle to detect an incoming collision and automatically apply the brakes in order to minimize the speed of impact.

Editors' Review

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The 2019 Lexus LX 570 is kind of an odd proposition for buyers, even in today's SUV-crazy market. It checks some of the right boxes: big power, tons of amenities, plenty of room for passengers. It even impresses with surprisingly capable off-road ability.

But taken as a whole, the LX 570 is a tough sell against more well-rounded, modern competition. There are some bright spots to the LX package, to be sure. But more than anything, Lexus' big LX is really showing its age.

Good power, bad poise

Walking out to the garage in the morning, the first thing that strikes you about the LX 570 is just how damned big it seems, with that huge, imposing (and not very good-looking) spindle grille. In reality, though, the LX isn't any bigger than its full-size SUV rivals. It's is a little under 16.5 feet long, t's just a hair over 6 feet tall in its normal ride height mode and 6.4 feet wide. The LX 570 is, as the internet would say, "chonky."

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The Good Unflappable Lexus build quality and comfort, smooth and long-lived engine and incredible off-road ability.

The Bad The infotainment tech is awful, it sucks down fuel something fierce and other full-size luxury SUVs boast more than double the Lexus’ cargo space.

The Bottom Line Lexus’ largest SUV is really showing its age. It’s pleasant enough to drive with for a week, but for buyers, you’re better off spending your $90,000 somewhere else.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 7.5
  • Features 7
  • Design 6.5
  • Media 5

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