At its core, the Lexus LX 570 2019 is little more than a Toyota Land Cruiser that went to completion school. This is not a hit against the LX, as the Land Cruiser's legendary build quality and off-road capabilities make it a highly sought after and highly sought-after SUV.
Predictably, the Lexus conveys the best qualities of its Toyota brothers, but combines them with sleek goods that reflect its more luxury-oriented mission. Although the Land Cruiser's best approach and exit angles make it the best option out of the ordinary way, the higher quality interior of the LX makes it the preferred option on asphalt. And with a base price of $ 86,230, the more luxurious Lexus costs just $ 1,065 more than Toyota. However, add the standard seats of the third row of the Land Cruiser to the LX, and the difference will increase to $ 6,065.
Despite its persona more on-road-friendly than the Land Cruiser, the LX 570 still remains a seriously capable off-road vehicle. Accompanying the body-on-frame SUV 8.9-inch ground clearance is standard kit such as an adjustable electro-hydraulic suspension system, a permanent four-wheel drive system with dedicated low-range gear and five different off-road driving: Rock, Rock and Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock and Mud and Sand. In addition, the LX features Tracking Control, a sort of cruise control for off-road driving at low speeds, and Turn Assist, which, in conjunction with Tracking Control, can lock the inner rear wheel to reduce the radius of spin of the SUV.
It is certain that the off-road features of the LX are excessive for driving through the urban jungle. Still, consumers who want to ride the jungle in style will find only the Land Rover Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz G-Class offer a similar combination of capability and opulence. Of course buyers will want to set aside the value of $ 785 21-inch optional wheels and all-season rubber for the standard 20-inch wheels and a set of all-terrain tires for the aftermarket.
The interior of the LX 570 looks and is part of an SUV with a starting price of $ 86,230. Leather coats the seats and door panels, while all switches and buttons move with a weight that imbues a quality feel. The glossy wood trim is standard, however, our tester features a Walnut open-pore finish that is available with the $ 1,190 luxury package. This package also includes items such as first and second row heated seats, the Lexus Climate Concierge (essentially automatic climate control that works with heated and cooled seats to better improve driver and passenger comfort), and high-quality leather with contrast stitching. The Luxury option also requires a $ 150 drop on a heated steering wheel.
In addition to the experience in the LX booth, there are features like a pair of 11.6-inch monitors for second-row passengers as part of the $ 2,005 rear seat entertainment system, a $ 170 cooler under the console arm central and $ 75 wireless charger. In conjunction with standard luxuries, such as a proximity key with a start button, a 14-way driver's seat and a 12-way passenger seat, and a four-zone climate control system, the LX's guts spoiled us all to stay at the Motor1.com office in Miami, Florida.
Admittedly, the appearance of the LX 570 is "love or hate". Tell your author among those who love. Although far from beautiful, the LX very well accepts the latest Lexus design language to stand out from the packaging, although it looks almost nothing like its corporate cousin, the Toyota Land Cruiser. Not every competitor in this segment can say the same (we are looking for you Infiniti QX80 and Nissan Armada).
With its large spindle grille, aggressive headlamps and slightly pointed taillights that merge into the split tailgate, the LX is a spinning head. Of course, it may occasionally draw attention to the wrong reasons, but is not attracting attention almost to the point of buying a full luxury SUV like the LX 570?
The LX 570 is heavy and does not hide it. Its steering is slow and mellow, its brakes are sensitive and overrated, and its 5.7-liter V8 can not move the SUV forward with the expected authority of an engine that produces 383 horsepower.
With 403 pound feet of torque, the LX 570 makes the most of its available grunt. Conveying slower moving traffic on the LX is by no means a quick matter, but thanks to its eight-speed automatic fast-shift transmission, the SUV is advancing predictably. Unfortunately, the LX's 7,000-pound trailer capacity dropped more than 1,000 pounds for the Cadillac Escalade, the Infiniti QX80 and the Lincoln Navigator.
While the adaptive suspension of the LX 570 offers a sporty environment, the heavy SUV body still leans noticeably through curves and its nose plunges uncomfortably during heavy braking. Better to keep it in the comfortable environment.
The LX infotainment system is your weakest link. A 12.3-inch screen with a navigation system on the dashboard comes as standard. It features clear and bright graphics, however, the merits of the setup fail to overcome the ergonomic failure of its controller mounted on the center console and an old operating system shared with countless other Toyota products. The selection of functions on the screen is confusing and difficult to perform while driving as the driver must first look at the screen to confirm the initial position of the cursor before using the controller to move the cursor to the desired function on the screen.
A 4.2-inch digital caliber cluster display is a 2009 heirloom, but at least it provides access to certain infotainment features. Unfortunately, its capabilities, as well as the information displayed, are quite limited. The screen, however, adds a digital clock to the model year 2019.
Our tester, however, includes additional infotainment features that help compensate for system functional deficiencies. A $ 900 display screen keeps key information directly in the driver's line of sight, while a premium $ 2,350 Mark Levinson audio system delivers surround sound thanks to its 19 speakers – 10 more than the standard audio system offers.
The tight third row of the LX is less comfortable than the Infiniti QX80 and Lincoln Navigator. The first offers 1.0 inch of extra space and 0.5 inch of additional legroom on the Lexus, while the latter offers over 1.5 inches of free height and a huge 7.8-inch legroom. At least Lexus offers its full SUV with a third line; a feature that is lacking in the Land Rover Range Rover and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
That said, the LX 50/50 folding third row seats can not bend to the floor. Instead, they fold sideways, which cuts the full width of the cargo hold.
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