Its series was first released in 1996; the LX570 is the latest iteration of a finely appointed Toyota Land Cruiser with a Lexus badge. The 570 became available in 2008. It’s a large vehicle, weighing in at 6000lbs, though it can tow another 8500lbs with the ability to transport 8 people if they’re small enough. . All this mass gets put into motion by a 5.7 liter V8. In Lexus form, this engine makes 383HP and delivers 403fl-lbs. of torque. It sends this power through a 6 speed transmission to 20 inch wheels.
The interior is no bad place to spend some time either. With standard features that include xenon headlights, power lift gate, four zone climate control, and a backup camera. Options aren’t lacking either: a 19 speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system, a chilled console bin, built in screens for the rear seat entertainment center, heated and cooled front seats and heated rear seats.
Much of the cost of this vehicle is spent on the sophisticated off road capabilities which may not be put to the test by many of its buyers.
Body styles: SUV
Engines: 5.7L V-8
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: LX 570
There are some minor changes for the 2011 Lexus LS. There is a new black interior with leather trim. A heated steering wheel option has been added to the Luxury Package, which includes semi-aniline leather interior with Bubinga wood trim and a cool box for drinks. The LX receives a brake override system, too. Other than that, the color Costa Azul has been discontinued.
The new LX looks like a cleaner, smoother version of the previous model — and an awful lot like the Land Cruiser on which it’s based. The LX rolls on 20-inch wheels as standard equipment, and the wheels in the Luxury Package add a Liquid Graphite finish.
The commodious, three-row cabin of the Lexus LX has a variety of leather/wood interiors, 14-way driver seat and 12-way front passenger seat, and a 19-speaker surround sound system. The third row power folds out of the way and the second row power slides.
The Lexus LX 570 moves a lot faster than a 6164-pound sport/utility should, going from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. That the 5.7-liter V-8 has 115 more horsepower than the engine it replaces doesn’t hurt. It also brakes from 60 mph in 133 feet. Handling is not its strong suit, but it is certainly competent in turns.
Dual front airbags, dual front knee airbags, first- and second-row side airbags, and three-row side curtain airbags are standard. The LX also comes standard with disc brakes with ABS, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, and stability control.
12 mpg city/18 mpg highway
- Fantastic power
- Wonderful off-road capability
- Luxurious cabin
- Top-notch quality
- Poor fuel economy
- High MSRP
- Clumsy third row
Cruiser for well-heeled ranchers
- Land Rover LR4
- Range Rover
- Mercedes-Benz GL-Class