Lexus LX 570 SUV review

One-Week Test Drive + Car Review: Lexus LX 570 SUV

Lexus LX 570 SUV review

MSRP: Standard LX V8 – $83,855
MSRP: Luxury LX V8 – $91, 469
MPG: 12 City / 17 Hwy
ENGINE: 90° V8 / TYPE 5.7 L / DISPLACEMENT 383 @ 5,600

The Lexus LX 570 SUV is a luxury SUV originally designed in the late 1990s.  Just as in the 90’s, the elegant, roomy interior of the LX 570 is sure to please your family – maybe as much as it did mine.   The Lexus LX 570 is designed as an off-road crossover vehicle, with a high ground clearance and a towing capacity of 7,000 pounds.   The LX is perfect for traveling on the interstate or traversing rugged terrain, something that we don’t have much of in our parts of Georgia, but I took the LX 570 up our local ‘mountain’ during which it performed beautifully – quietly and with ease.

Specialized safety features have been incorporated into the LX 570 SUV, making it appealing to parents in particular.

In today’s world, SUVs are becoming smaller and some even less durable.  The Lexus LX 570, however, does not follow this trend.   This SUV has maintained its large size, with capabilities that are the modern equivalent of those from 20 years ago.   Flashback – Do you remember when automatic locks were made available in cars and we didn’t have to push the lock down anymore?  Thinking back at the Volvo stationwagon I grew up with, I remember the manual locks so well I could probably draw it for you if I had the time.

Lexus LX 570 SUV Navigation


Moving on from flashbacks.. The 2015 Lexus LX has new technological features, including HD radio with iTunes tagging, a Navtraffic app to help the driver easily navigate through traffic and the specialized Siri Eyes-Free compatibility feature, allowing the user to connect his or her smartphone to the vehicle’s touchscreen control panel and operate it with Siri.

Because the LX seats eight, this vehicle is perfect for families. Safety features include a rearview camera, a must-have feature for any vehicle I drive, for use when backing up, 10 airbags and a pre-collision warning system. Many important features, such as audio and cell phone connectivity, can be controlled hands-free through Bluetooth. Additional features include: leather upholstery, mahogany wood trim, a 14-way power driver’s seat, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, the unique Lexus Enform infotainment system, Bluetooth audio streaming, iPod and USB input ports, stability control and an Emergency Assistance feature that attempts to make contact with the driver after a serious accident and contacts emergency dispatchers if the driver fails to respond in a suitable manner.

Lexus LX 570 SUV review

One of the heaviest SUVs available, the Lexus LX handles very well compared to smaller SUVs.  The smooth ride is a result of an intricate three-mode suspension feature, a V8 383HP engine and 20-inch tires, making the ride as comfortable as possible for the occupants.  The Active Height Control System (X-AHC) and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system on the LX combine to automatically raise the vehicle’s height by up to three inches and allow greater wheel articulation to better accommodate rough conditions.   While we didn’t go offroading, the kids each got to lift the LX 570 a couple of times, providing them with excitement beyond what I imagined it could.   The specialized steering system provides optimum performance, giving the Lexus LX an agile and quick response. The very quiet cabin allows the owner of the Lexus to either fully enjoy music or to simply relax in the peaceful silence.

Unfortunately, the weight of this vehicle contributes to its emissions anything but green.  The miles per gallon are 12MPG in the city and 17MPG on the highway.

The kids will especially appreciate the rear-mounted TV screens on the back of the front seats – my kids loved them!  This feature helps keep children occupied during long drives, allowing you to focus on driving with minimal interruption. What a bonus! For families with smaller children, the cup holders provided for each occupant will be invaluable for holding toddlers’ beverages.

Lexus LX 570 Interior

The cargo space offered by the Lexus LX 570 is truly amazing. The staggering 83.1 cubic feet available ensures that you can take all the gear you need to for the next camping or road trip. Both of the rear rows of seats offer fully automatic fold features. The third row does not lie flat, but rather along the sides, allowing for the hauling of tents, luggage or other gear. While the legroom in the second row of seats is perfect for children as well as adults, the limited spacing in the third row could become uncomfortable for adults.

The Lexus LX 570 may be pricey, but the exclusive features of this luxury vehicle are well worth it. For many years, the Cadillac Escalade was the pinnacle of luxury SUVs, but the latest version of the Lexus LX is quickly moving up the charts.

If you have any questions about the Lexus LX 570, ask in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer.

Contact your local Lexus dealer to schedule a test drive with your family today!

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