2014 Lexus LX 570 review

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Lexus LX570

2013 Lexus LX 570

A favorite of oil the world over, the Lexus LX 570 is of an anachronism in today#39;s world of crossovers. Riding on a rigid frame instead of the de rigueur platforms adopted by most the LX 570 is undeniably a throwback to an era when were kings, regardless of how fuel they sipped.

as we quickly learned after aboard this big bruiser, the LX 570 is highly sophisticated and immensely – assuming its suite of is in line with your needs and expectations.

This twin of the Toyota Land received a mild nip-and-tuck for that makes it more with Lexus#39; spindle-grilled cars and crossovers.

Rugged beyond the conceivable demands of any in this market, the LX and Land trace their heritage to Toyota#39;s answer to the original Rover and the Jeep. Over the following its introduction, the Land became a staple of places far away, earning a reputation for and reliability that remains reproach today.

But just why the average suburban soccer mom this capability in Beverly or Buckhead? Well, they But Lexus has endeavored to dress up the Cruiser for a decade and a half

Commanding a hefty but not insurmountable over its Toyota sibling, the LX now outsells the Land Cruiser in our

For 2013, the updates to this big rig are by and cosmetic both outside and in the interior. The only mechanical are minor revisions to the off road control system, which the LX inching along at a snail#39;s over steep descents. A new Assist system brakes the rear wheel during low speed cornering to effectively the LX#39;s turning radius.

All LX are exceedingly well equipped, but our States Toyota-supplied tester was up with a Luxury Package adds semi-aniline leather, cameras for cruise control and collision sensing and ventilated seats. Additionally, a 19-speaker Levinson audio system, cameras to assist with and a child-friendly dual screen DVD graced its window sticker. The tally was a hefty $90,170.

it up against?

With the ability to seat passengers, the LX 570 is nearly in a field of its own from the less expensive GL-Class and the Infiniti QX56. The Escalade offers a similar of seatbelts, but otherwise strikes us as a rival.

If passenger hauling your focus, the five-seat Rover Range Rover is the LX#39;s most natural – and it brings with it a deal of off road heritage,

What#39;s it look like?

its basic proportions dating to the Land Cruiser#39;s 1991 the LX cuts a distinctive profile the bubbly crossovers you might encounter in a parking lot or school line.

The 2013 update a bit tacked on to us when we first saw it at the Detroit auto show, but the seems more natural now various Lexus four-doors the same basic design

Careful selection of upmarket bits ensures that the LX looks more premium the Land Cruiser, although big Lexus somehow lacks the of the Range Rover. Strip the Lexus badges and the chrome and it#39;s not hard to picture big UN on the side of this truck.

That#39;s appealing to us, but it might not with every shopper in the SUV segment.

And on the inside?

As the 2013 year changes were relegated to the exterior, things look pretty familiar. not necessarily a bad thing, since every surface is covered in a highly-lacquered wood trim or soft semi-aniline leather.

no shortage of switches an control a look that works with the LX#39;s rugged At the rear of the center console, toggle switches work the transfer case, crawl the height-adjustable air suspension and three-mode absorbers. Though the grey that wraps these feels substantial, they look or feel as special as their counterparts do in the Range

On the other hand, Lexus#39; infotainment system makes its mercifully without the goofy mouse-style controller seen in the brand#39;s portfolio. We#39;d like to see redundant audio buttons, but the system is otherwise a in terms of simplicity.

Roominess is another LX forte. seat passengers are treated to cooled and multi-adjustable thrones, even the second row gets leg and head room. The third row up against the cargo walls not needed, which ultimately storage capacity compared to rivals.

Fault the off road-oriented rear axle for prohibiting storage.

But does it go?

Lexus LX570

The same V8 that motivates Toyota#39;s pickup with authority so here, too. Sending to all four wheels via a six-speed the V8 is rated at 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft. of

Tipping the scales at about lbs. the LX 570 is a gigantic vehicle, but the six-speed and torquey V8 propel it more authority than one expect. Moreover, the engine is silent at idle, rising to a muffled growl as the tachometer the upper reaches of the rev range.

nearly as quickly as the rev-meter is the fuel gauge. Blunt lots of ponies and that curb weight limit the LX 570 to 12/17 mpg, or 14 mpg combined. We had no reaching the combined figure, but 17 mpg must require a downhill and a tail wind.

Otherwise, the LX 570 makes a fantastic trip partner. Enough deadening to build a recording keeps any hint of wind or noise at bay, while the seating position and wide help drivers look on everything other than

A wide wheel track this big SUV a sure-footed feel belies the suspension#39;s off road-tailored As we learned during our off road the LX 570 boasts substantial wheel but the suspension remains taut and on pavement. Moreover, the relatively sidewalls aid handling, which well short of sports car proved safe and predictable in cornering.

The LX makes its girth in the twisties, but switching the three-mode to Sport reduced body a little bit.

Once the ends, the LX really comes its own. Hampered only by its and its low-hanging running boards, vehicle feels otherwise We climbed moguls the size of and relied on the crawl control to safely return us to ground

As we#39;ve said about systems in Land Rovers and off roading a luxury vehicle is too easy these days at least for those lucky few who down the road less

Certainly, the Lexus LX 570 isn#39;t for But for those who appreciate its heritage and are to put up with hefty fuel it feels worth just every penny.

Still, have a hard time the veddy Bri#39;ish Range if it was our money on the line.

2013 LX 570 base price, $80,930. As $90,170.

Luxury Package, Mark Levinson audio, Intuitive Park Assist, DVD player, $2,005; Destination,

Words and photos by Andrew

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