What is it: A full-size SUV awash with luxury appointments and looks. It’s posh. There are no real trim level differences, but this is the more expensive version of the LX because it includes a third row. The two-row LX costs about $5,000 less.
Key Competitors: Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS 550
Base Price: $91,175 As-Tested Price: $93,350
Highlights: Not only does the LX 570 have but one trim level, there are only a few options and two packages. This example came with the dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, there to hold an otherwise fussy passenger’s attention. But we did not get to try out the luxury package, which splits the climate control into 4 zones and gives both the first and second row heated and cooled seats. The only other options available are a head-up display, heated steering wheel, a nicer stereo, wireless phone charging and 21-inch wheels (20-inchers are standard). Pretty slim pickings in this price category.
Full review: 2018 Lexus LX570 review
Our Opinion: You don’t need an SUV like this. No one does. The Lexus LX570 is certainly well beyond basic transportation — look no further than the leather and real wood in the cabin, or simply the sheer size of the thing. But Ironically enough, in this class, it’s fairly understated. When compared to the bigger-than-life Escalade and Lincoln’s flashy new Navigator, the LX570 is almost modest.
The only engine choice is a good one, a 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 that delivers 383 horsepower and over 400 lb-ft of torque. It’s attached to an 8-speed automatic, which then channels power through a limited-slip center differential and on to all four 285/50R20 all-season tires. That sounds like a lot of power because it is, but it does have to huff and puff 5800 pounds around. That’s about 800 more than the Land Rover Discovery.
Despite the weight, the Lexus' ride quality is soft and comfortable. That's partially thanks to variable shocks and generally ride-over-handling suspension tuning. That’s great for pelvis alignment, among other things, but admittedly a bit of a pain in the rear when you want to change a few lanes on the interstate to get around slower traffic.
But maybe I missed the point. You shouldn’t be in a hurry in the LX570. Besides, the more you rush, the more you have to rush to the gas station. My time in the car netted 15.8 mpg. Instead, slow down and bask in the financial accomplishments that put a vehicle like this in your price range. Take the time to enjoy the soft leather, which is nicely laid out, and the tomb-quiet cabin. Cruise. Few cars of any kind sold today do it better.
On Sale: Now
Base Price: $91,175
As Tested Price: $93,350
Powertrain: 5.7-liter V8, 4WD eight-speed automatic
Output: 383 hp @ 5,600 rpm, 403 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm
Curb Weight: 5,800 lb
Fuel Economy: 13/18/15 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)
Observed Fuel Economy: 15.8 mpg
Options: Dual screen DVD rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones, AV inputs ($2,005); cool box ($170)
Pros: Luxurious everywhere in every way
Cons: Drinks fuel like pre-teens drink Mountain Dew