2010 Lexus LX 570 Reviews – Autoblog and New Car Test Drive

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While the Lexus LX570 is the SUV in the automaker’s lineup, its glory is overshadowed by the best-selling RX. With Land Cruiser bloodlines, and the V8 muscle under its hood, the LX competes in the rarefied full-size SUV segment occupied by the Land Range Rover and Cadillac What does the Japanese hold over its British and counterparts?

And more importantly, makes the LX unique in this Find out after the jump.

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A near to the venerable Toyota Land the first-generation Lexus LX 450 rolled showrooms in 1996, differentiated by its passenger cabin, more underpinnings, and Lexus emblems. it was undeniably a true luxury its heavy-duty off-road Land mechanicals (solid front and axles) meant the large-and-in-charge also offered go-anywhere with legendary Toyota and reliability to back it up.

While it is to imagine today, there was one other significant player in the back in 1996 the Land Range Rover. To its legendary counterpart, the Lexus LX450 was a to the gut even though the LX only an inline-six powerplant.

Lexus to bat once more in 1998 the introduction of the LX 470. Again, a disguised Toyota Land the new LX addressed its power deficiency a new 4.7-liter V8, suspension inadequacies an independent front suspension, and a of new electronics and amenities designed to it to the top of its class. The package worked, and the LX 470 Lexus showrooms through the model year.

The LX570 isn’t targeting … off-road enthusiasts.

The Lexus LX570 debuted at the New Auto Show in 2008 a base price of about Completely redesigned, the seven-passenger is fitted with the same as its predecessor, but grew in both and width. Under the front is Toyota’s familiar 5.7-liter V8 shared with the Toyota Toyota Sequoia. and Toyota Cruiser.

With an aluminum and heads, the quad-cam powerplant is at 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque (of 90% is available at just 2,200 Power is sent through a new six-speed automatic transmission manual gear selection through its sequential shift

Like all late-model Lexus the LX570 is laden with creating a busy soup of acronyms. In the case of this SUV, the advanced electronic unquestionably improves the ride safety, and capabilities, but it comes at the of overall vehicle mass empty curb weight is. for it. 5,995 pounds ). Loaded automation, the LX570 isn’t traditional … off-road

A full-time four-wheel drive transfer case utilizes a limited-slip locking center to send 60% of the power to the rear under normal driving with the front/rear bias adjusted based on available Electronic intervention is handled by Control (TRAC) and Vehicle Control (VSC). A new Crawl setup automatically manages and brakes at very low speeds serious off-road travel.

The system can be set at one of three forward (one in reverse) and works in with hill-start assist (HAC) to keep everything the exception of steering automated.

four-piston calipers up front, down on 13.4-inch rotors in the rear), are supervised by an anti-lock system (ABS), electronic distribution (EBD) and brake (BA) to reduce the drama of the three-ton SUV to a halt. As expected, engineers have calibrated the ABS to be on both dry pavement and off-road (where you may want a build-up of to help slow a vehicle).

A spring double-wishbone up front and a trailing-arm solid-axle in the rear nine inches of front travel — enough to over everything you’d in your path following a cutting a fire break. The suspension features an Active Control (AHC) system to ride height which in conjunction with the Adaptive Suspension (AVS) to maintain control, according to Lexus.

The wheel/tire package includes alloys wrapped with all-season rubber. Bolted to the of the LX570, the rubber fills the wells nicely.

During our stint, we took advantage of perceived cruise capabilities by up the entire family for a one-day road trip from Los to San Diego and back. Spending the part of six hours behind the with the wife and kids all within the cabin, is an excellent in vehicle introduction.

Without a the LX570 is big passengers have to aboard this full-size Thankfully, it is not a chore as the doors wide and the truck is fitted generous grab handles on all A- and Once inside, the cabin is all Yards of soft perforated covers the seats and door

Wood and chrome accents smooth-faced buttons on the dash in a manner. Comfort is the primary and keeping with that our test model had four-zone control and heated seats at all outboard positions. Overhead like an aircraft, kept all rows cool behind the tinted glass.

The Lexus seat five very seven if necessary. You won’t put best friends back but the hitchhikers you pick up will be to the rear military-inspired jump which automatically fold from their stowed against the walls. Thankfully, the face forward.

It appears as if would be comfortable back ours were not. The isn’t recessed (it’s flat), so third-row passengers their knees uncomfortably In fact, the second row (and row, for that matter) lacks much of the foot depth found on most unibody-type SUV platforms.

The body-on-frame is a sacrifice for off-road prowess, no

The LX570 offers commanding with excellent visibility out the and the expected limited SUV-like lines to the sides and rear. exterior mirrors (along a reverse-camera) and a decent turning help during tight As far as visibility goes, one less-than-illuminating is the lack of HID headlamps.

The folks in refuse to fit them to the LX570, ride height/glare issues, so it due with projector-beam halogen that are downright lousy. Of we don’t need to remind that everyone else in the offers xenon-based headlamps on SUVs.

The LX570 burns fuel a 747 with the Space Shuttle on its

On the highway, the LX drives like a truck. It’s a very cruiser, but steering feel is probably deliberately in the spirit of However, it holds a straight well without the float on most large domestics.

80 MPH, the SUV doesn’t feel as surefooted as it does at legal thanks to its mass and aerodynamics. it will cruise tirelessly all day at 75

As it does in the Toyota Tundra, the V8 lends an impressive amount of to the LX570. Hardly underpowered, a of the gas pedal is met with a satisfying note and thrust that move the luxury ‘ute a standstill to 60 MPH in just over seconds even passing on the is confidence inspiring. The flip is less-than-stellar fuel consumption.

The burns fuel like a 747 with the Space Shuttle on its with a similar stunted range. We never had a chance to measure economy in the city, but our cruising resulted in a hand-calculated fuel burn of 17.56 Expect much less town (the fuel computer barely hit double-digits).

Lexus LX570

All consumption concerns evaporate the LX570 leaves the pavement. laundry list of electronic aids, coupled with old-fashioned durable off-road allows the big Lexus to leave of its competition behind when the gets seriously rough. For of a better proving ground, but a desire to try it out, we took the into a large unpaved and ran it up and down several steep hills to give Crawl a whirl.

It makes a lot of noise (ABS clacking), but it operates nearly as advertised. Wheel travel is even without resorting to the car on its pneumatic suspension accomplished via a toggle of a center-mounted switch. AWD and locking differentials, you’d need to pull a bonehead to get the LX570 stuck.

Back on road, after the tires a few noisy pebbles into the wells, the big Lexus SUV settles into its serene demeanor again. In a way, the LX570 much like a Presidential Service agent: perfectly professionally cool and incredibly until called upon for duty in unexpected conditions. the men and women on POTUS detail, few will likely see such duty.

The full-size luxury-oriented SUV once owned by the Range is far more crowded today. Rover is still peddling its Rover models, but the zooty includes the Cadillac Escalade. Navigator.

Infiniti QX, Mercedes-Benz and Audi Q7. Even the BMW X5 and Porsche are pilfering sales. Nevertheless, to the others, the big Lexus does one significant trump card.

LX models have proven durable over time a reinforced by their strong market prices (the value of a decade-old LX is more that of the Range Rover). is an earned objective measurement.

its adversaries maneuver, push and for their own slice of the pie, the LX570 seems rather by the others as it stoically holds it It doesn’t try to be the biggest, the fastest, the the roomiest, or the most fuel-efficient it continues to deliver its original of traditional luxury, impeccable capability, and award-winning reliability all up in one mammoth package.

Second Look: 2009 LX570

There’s one thing really sticks our craw the Lexus LX570 – At a no-options, rock-bottom price of (plus $875 in destination it’s $11,650 more the all-but identical $64,755 Land Cruiser. That’s an Yaris-sized premium for little than superior cachet at the stand.

With no sheetmetal-level and minimal Lexus frosting on the the LX is as slab-sided and anonymous looking as its counterpart. Yes, it drives is immensely capable, and will outlast the human race no here. But also lacks the panache of some of its rivals and the gigantic pricing gulf the LX and its more prosaic counterpart is greater than it is with Toyota-twinned Lexus models.

author’s Costa Azul tester was an eye-watering $88,660.

In to really gain any real of differentiation inside, the LX intender stump for the $3,090 Luxury that includes such as the semi-anilene leather and African wood trim. It’s all stuff, but most of the controls the same Toyota look and as found in a $25,000 Camry. all logical and easy-to-use, it just feel $75k+ special.

The here is if you like the LX, test the Land Cruiser first.


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