2011 Lexus LX570

Base AWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V8

Base AWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V8

2011 lexus lx570 Reviews and News

2011 Infiniti Qx56 Lexus Lx570 Front In Motion
I spent my impressionable childhood being toted around in the way back of my family's 1992 Toyota Land Cruiser and in many large sport-utilities owned by my friends' families, so I feel that I have a pretty good idea of how buyers actually use them. Our Land Cruiser took us from our home in suburban New York City to the Outer Banks, to the Berkshires in the dead of winter, and of course to the Stop n Shop about ten thousand times. I've arrived at school plays, ceramics classes, Japanese-language classes, violin lessons, and Broadway shows in the third-row seats of Cadillac Escalades and Mitsubishi Monteros and Lexus LX470s and Chevy Suburbans. By the time I got my driver's license, my family had downsized to a series of Lexus RX's, but when I was with my friends in their big family SUVs, I usually managed to take the driver's seat. So, yeah, I know SUVs. And, yeah, I know they aren't the most efficient vehicles on the road, but even with impending $4-per-gallon gasoline, there are still people who have boats to tow, big families and luggage to haul on summer vacations, and household goods to be ferried home from Costco and the Home Depot, and there are plenty of families who want to do it in the lap of luxury and style.
2011 Infiniti Qx56 Front Angled View
Plenty of vehicles meet those needs, and we have one of them, a 2011 Infiniti QX56, in the Automobile Magazine Four Seasons fleet right now. So far, we quite like the big beast, because it's a master at tackling all of the tasks we've mentioned above. However, many editors have complained that the QX is too expensive and too thirsty. But is it really any pricier and thirstier than its most obvious competitor, the 2011 Lexus LX570? Only a comparison test could tell us which Japanese luxo-SUV would come out on top.
Styling: Not a Sight for Sore Eyes
2011 Infiniti Qx56 Lexus Lx570 Front View
When it was unveiled at the 2010 New York auto show, the Infiniti QX56 was criticized by many members of the media for its bulbous sheetmetal; its huge grille; and especially for its oversized front-fender portholes, only one of which is even functional. The QX also is incongruous with the rest of Infiniti's lineup, especially the handsome FX crossover. From the grille, which is twice as tall as the low-set headlights, making the QX look like a beluga whale; to the side profile, with rear quarter-panel sheetmetal that undulates excessively and inexplicably and doesn't relate to the front quarter-panel; to the rear hatch, with its characterless, amorphous-blob taillights and oversized license plate surround and bumper, the QX56 lacks proportion and is far from pretty.
The LX570 does a better job of hewing to its family design theme, the Lexus "L-Finesse" design language. Too bad it doesn't translate well on this scale. The body, inherited from its Toyota Land Cruiser cousin, does not translate well into flowing curves, and the overall mass of the LX means that design cues have been stretched to their max. The trapezoidal headlights and grille from the Lexus LS460 sedan have ballooned to give the full-size sport-utility the face of a very large guppy and are trimmed in copious amounts of blinding chrome. The remainder of the LX is a box -- upright and square, with little visual interest. Even the wheel wells are squared off. Whereas there is a lot going on with the Infiniti QX56's design, there is very little going on with the Lexus LX570. Sadly, this is not a case of "less is more."
Advantage: Neither
Ride and Handling: Shopping Mall Chicane
2011 Infiniti Qx56 Left Angled View
The Infiniti QX56 is better to drive, with handling characteristics that are akin to those of a very large luxury sedan. Until you glance in the rearview mirror and see all that SUV riding along behind you, it's easy to forget that you're driving such an elephantine vehicle. While it may not be a canyon carver, the QX56 holds its own once the roads start twisting, staying planted and only feeling top-heavy when you come into a turn too quickly. The brakes are linear and strong, and the steering is appropriately boosted for a vehicle this size. Lower speeds, however, reveal the Infiniti's size, and you might have to troll the parking lot at Neiman Marcus for a while before you find a space that's easy to slide into.
The Lexus LX570 drives like a truck. Uneven surfaces as small as grooved pavement will upset its ride, and the vehicle wallows even when the suspension is at its firmest setting. The steering feels numb and provides little feedback, and the brake pedal is hard to modulate. In short, there's too much isolation between the driver's hands and feet and what's happening on the road surface. The good news is that the LX's off-roading heritage pays dividends during around-town, low-speed maneuvering -- a best-in-class turning radius of 38.7 feet and short overhangs mean that rock scrambling and parking lot maneuvers alike are a breeze.
Advantage: Infiniti QX56
Interior Dimensions: Sitting in the Lap of Luxury
2011 Lexus Lx570 Front Right Angled View
The interior of our Four Seasons Infiniti QX56 is a feast for the eyes, with a sweeping dashboard bisected by a tastefully designed center stack, subtle white LED lighting, and chrome accents setting off the mocha burl wood trim and wheat-colored leather. We especially like the gathered leather on the door panels and the calming, blue-lit gauges. The audio and climate systems are handled by two sets of buttons and rotary knobs, all logically laid out and easy to reach. More complex tasks are handled by the eight-inch touch screen; for those who prefer a more tactile experience, the Infiniti also has a rotary knob just beneath the screen that duplicates the functions. While well executed, the Infiniti still leaves a little something to be desired -- it doesn't feel special enough.
On the other hand, the Lexus LX570's sumptuous cabin is a 100 percent cashmere sweater to the Infiniti QX56's cashmere-poly blend. All eight seating positions, the doors, and the dashboard are trimmed in creamy, semi-aniline leather and accented with African bubinga wood, the same type of timber used to make those gorgeous Gibson guitars. The remainder of the cabin is trimmed in the highest quality plastics and every button you press is dampened for silent, silky operation. The LX is crypt-like in its silence, which is quite an achievement given its upright shape and twenty-inch wheels wrapped in beefy tires.
Advantage: Lexus LX570
Powertrain and Performance: We head to the track
2011 Infiniti Qx56 Rear View
If you were to look only at the basics of these two SUVs, you would conclude that they are pretty evenly matched. The Infiniti is powered by a 5.6-liter V-8 engine mated to a seven-speed automatic, the Lexus has a 5.7-liter V-8 with a six-speed auto, and both have standard four-wheel drive with a low-range transfer case. Look past the surface, though, and you'll discover that these two are very different beasts.
The Infiniti QX56 is the athlete of the two. Though it is slightly longer, wider, and taller than the Lexus, it's 145 pounds lighter, and its V-8 pumps out 400 horsepower versus the LX570's 383 horsepower; the Infiniti tops the Lexus in torque, too, with 413 pound-feet, 10 more than the Lexus.
When we headed to our test track, the Infiniti QX56's extra power and lower weight became more apparent. We measured the run from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, which was 1.7 seconds quicker than the Lexus LX. Not many QX56s and LX570s will see drag strips, but our Infiniti polished off the quarter-mile run in a respectable 14.9 seconds at 94 mph, topping the Lexus LX570's best run of 15.3 seconds at 91 mph. In our braking tests, the QX56 stopped in 166 feet, 14 feet sooner than the LX570.
Equipped with such large engines, both SUVs suck fuel. The Infiniti manages to wring a few extra miles out of each gallon of premium gasoline with a best-in-class EPA rating of 14/20 mpg city/highway; the Lexus is rated at 12/18 mpg. In a combination of stop-and-go suburbia and freeways, our mileage from both of the sport-utilities averaged 15 mpg, according to the trip computers.
Advantage: Infiniti QX56
How much is it?
2011 Infiniti Qx56 Lexus Lx570 Front View
The Infiniti QX56's $72,560 sticker price might seem high, but it's a fully loaded model, and that price still undercuts the LX570's base price by $5980. At $87,274 fully loaded, our LX570 tester is more expensive than every other competitor in its class. That $14,714 price difference is hard to justify, as the options lists for the Infiniti and the Lexus are almost identical. Both include rear-seat entertainment systems (though the LX570 has two screens, where the QX56 has only one), trick cameras that show all around the car, premium sound systems (Bose in the Infiniti, Mark Levinson in the Lexus), and keyless entry with push-button start.
What the Lexus LX570 has over the Infiniti QX56 is a number of different off-roading features, such as a variable-rate crawl mode and an adaptable air suspension. It also has another important feature for many people: a Lexus badge. Infiniti is making big strides, but the Lexus brand reputation and prestige paired with sumptuous interiors and a top-notch dealer experience keep Toyota's luxury buyers coming back car after car. Is the value of Lexus ownership equal to the value of one Hermes Birkin bag? These are the questions that try men's' souls....
Advantage: Infiniti QX56
After a Battery of Bourgeoisie Testing, the Winner Is
2011 Infiniti Qx56 Lexus Lx570 Side View
Our first thought was to take the 2011 Infiniti QX56 and 2011 Lexus LX570 off-roading, but as capable as these vehicles are, few of them will actually see anything worse than a gravel driveway on the Cape. Really, their natural habitat is the suburban jungle. While they might be overkill for Starbucks, shopping, and soccer runs, that's often what they are used for. Lattes in hand, we hit the mall.
As we wheeled our mountain sage green Infiniti QX56 into the parking structure adjacent to the Nordstrom store at the Somerset Collection, we saw no fewer than six other current-generation QX56s. This comes as no surprise, as the QX handily outsold both of Infiniti's smaller EX and FX crossovers in 2010 and over 3000 QXs have already been sold in the first quarter of 2011. The LX570's sales have not been quite as impressive; Lexus found homes for only 897 of them in the first three months of 2011.
With its athleticism, powertrain, and value, the 2011 Infiniti QX56 handily beats the 2011 Lexus LX570. Though its interior might not be quite as sumptuous and the Infiniti brand lacks the cachet of Lexus, the Infiniti QX56 is the one I'd most like to take to Costco...and home to Mom.
Specifications
2011 Infiniti Qx56 Lexus Lx570 Front In Motion
2011 Infiniti QX56 4WD
Base price:
$60,750
Powertrain
Engine:
5.6-liter V-8
Power: 400 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 413 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Drive: All-Mode 4WD
Measurements
L x W x H:
208.3 x 79.9 x 75.8 in
Wheelbase: 121.1 in
Curb weight: 5850 lbs
Cargo capacity: 16.6 cu ft (3rd row up), 49.6 cu ft (3rd row down), 95.1 cu ft (2nd & 3rd rows down)
Tires, F,R: 275/50R22 H-rated all season tires
Wheels, F,R: 22.0 x 8.0 in
Performance
0-60 mph:
6.6 sec
EPA city/hwy fuel econ: 14/20 mpg
2011 Lexus LX570
Base price:
$78,630
Powertrain
Engine:
5.7-liter V-8
Power: 383 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 403 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Full-Time 4-Wheel Drive with 2-Speed Transfer Case
Measurements
L x W x H:
196.5 x 77.6 x 75.6 in
Wheelbase: 112.2 in
Curb weight: 5995 lbs
Cargo capacity: 83.1 cu ft (2nd & 3rd rows down)
Tires, F,R: 285/50R20 mud- and snow-rated tires
Wheels, F,R: 20.0 x 8.5 in
Performance
0-60 mph:
7.3 sec
EPA city/hwy fuel econ: 12/18 mpg
2011 Lexus LX 570
2011 Lexus LX 570
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.
2013 Lexus LX 570 Left Front
Pricing for the refreshed 2013 Lexus LX 570 luxury SUV has been announced. The updated LX lands in dealerships next month, and will carry a price tag of $81,805 (including destination fees), which is roughly $1475 more than the previous model.
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Although one doesn’t typically think of Toyota’s luxury division as potential tuner car material, Lexus nonetheless will show five vehicles at this year’s show, including the 2013 GS 350 with the brand’s F SPORT upgrades. The others include another GS 350 with F SPORT, an IS 350C, CT 200h, and LX 570 SUV.
2011 Lexus Lx570 Front Left View Parked
It's amazing how quickly the Lexus LX570 has aged. When this monster SUV debuted for the 2008 model year, it felt ridiculously fast, very comfortable, and seemed enormous. In 2011, the LX570 feels much older than it should because of the myriad buttons, knobs, and levers to control the various suspension, 4wd, climate control, and audio systems. For the most part the array of controls is explained well with illustrations of each individual switch's function, but the sheer number of things that can be adjusted is a bit intimidating. Land Rover does a much better job of batching the various 4wd settings together with a clear icon to explain the terrain that matches the system's setting. Even Jeep has made this pretty clear with the Grand Cherokee.
2011 Lexus Lx570 Front Right Side View Parked
Let me start out by saying that I am a sucker for big, body-on-frame SUVs. I am going to chalk it up to being toted around in Suburbans, Land Cruisers, and Explorers during my impressionable youth. However, the LX seems to be right out of the heyday of those trucks. It is, in fact, a truck, no matter how much leather, wood, and chrome Lexus adds.
2011 Lexus Lx570 Front Right View Maroon
Most Lexus products are clearly camouflaged from their Toyota counterparts -- when there is one -- but the LX and the Land Cruiser seem way too close together in looks, feel, and price. As big and dumb as these antiquated behemoths may be, though, they're also easy to like, as we learned in a Four Seasons test of a 2008 Land Cruiser. Just like our old Land Cruiser, this LX is shockingly quick when it comes to acceleration. Toyota's 5.7-liter V-8 is quite impressive; it's too bad the company won't build a sporty car around it.
2011 Lexus Lx570 Right Full Side View Parked
2011 Lexus LX570
2011 Lexus Lx570 Left View Parked
Invader Lexus Lx570 Based L60 Front Three Quarter View
Volkswagen isn’t the only automaker bringing some wild SUVs to the Qatar Motor Show. We managed to spot a pair of sport-tuned sport-utes on the show floor that also promise some incredible performance.

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$52,375

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2011 Lexus LX570 Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
5.7L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
12 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
18 MPG
Horsepower:
383 hp @ 5600rpm
Torque:
403 ft lb of torque @ 3600rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
70,000 miles / 72 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 72 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL
Summary
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008 THROUGH 2011 LEXUS LX570, 2003 THROUGH 2009 TOYOTA 4RUNNER, AND 2006 THROUGH 2010 RAV4 VEHICLES. THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL CAN GET STUCK IN THE WIDE OPEN POSITION DUE TO ITS BEING TRAPPED BY AN UNSECURED OR INCOMPATIBLE DRIVER'S FLOOR MAT.
Consequences
A STUCK OPEN ACCELERATOR PEDAL MAY RESULT IN VERY HIGH VEHICLE SPEEDS AND MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO STOP THE VEHICLE, WHICH COULD CAUSE A CRASH, SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
Remedy
THE REMEDY IS NOW AVAILABLE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN EARLY APRIL 2011. THE REMEDY WILL INVOLVE MODIFICATION OR REPLACEMENT OF THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL AND REPLACEMENT OF ANY TOYOTA ALL-WEATHER FLOOR MAT. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331 OR LEXUS AT 1-800-255-3987.
Potential Units Affected
1,363,244
Notes
TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.


IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2011 Lexus LX570

Depreciation
37.6%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$26,777
37.6%
Insurance
$10,075
14.2%
Fuel Cost
$19,033
26.7%
Financing
$6,440
9%
Maintenance
$5,540
7.8%
Repair Costs
$2,704
3.8%
State Fees
$595
0.8%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $71,164 What's This?
Value Rating: Below Average