The Lexus LX 570 for 2021 is a bit of an old-school charmer, and it's a bit of an anomaly in the world of SUVs. Because, at its heart, it's a Toyota Land Cruiser, albeit one with a great suit and a lot of luxury, and it's actually quite competent off-road, as we'll see later. Its competitors easily outsmart it in terms of technology and on-road skill, so if that's what you want, then get a quick one from BMW, Mercedes, or Audi, but don't come sobbing when it dies after a few years and the Lexus LX570 lives for another 25 years. It's the classic tale of the Tortoise and the Hare.
It has a body-on-frame architecture with full-time all-wheel drive, which adds to the antiquated vibe. A naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V8 paired to an eight-speed automated transmission is the only powerplant available. It has 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque, and it's linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, for reasons I don't understand. If you wring it out, it will go from 0 to 60 mph in just over 7 seconds, which isn't especially quick, but that's not the point of the huge LX570.
So, how large is it exactly? It's a little less than 16.5 feet long, over 6 feet tall in typical riding height mode, and 6.4 feet broad. The LX is poised to plow through traffic like a combine-harvester across a wheat field with the addition of the massive spindle grille.
It's also a thirsty beast; after a week, I was only getting 12.4 mpg, which required many fill-ups but was well worth it for the off-road fun I had. As I previously stated, choosing a full-size Mercedes-Benz GLS as an alternative is not only faster (0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds), but also more fuel efficient. The Mercedes, on the other hand, is incapable of taking on Moab.
All four sides of the LX 570 are equipped with height-adjustable air suspension, allowing it to squat for easy access and egress or raise up to tackle challenging terrain. All of this, along with the vehicle's enormous mass, makes it difficult to drive quickly, and despite its ability to handle bumps with grace, it can feel lumbering and heavy. When you add in the Lexus' proclivity for diving under braking, vague steering with a lot of body motion, and leaning in the bends, you'll quickly learn to appreciate the Lexus at a slower pace.
This is where the LX570 shines; ride quality is good in all modes, even Sport+, which didn't do much for me, so I mostly drove in Comfort. With little to no road or wind noise, you may relax in the exceptionally comfortable leather seats while listening to the outstanding 19-speaker Mark Levinson Audio System ($2,350).
If you want to go quicker, switch to Sport + (faster throttle and gearbox parameters) and try canyon carving, however the steering is shaky and the body moves around a lot. The transmission does a nice job of maintaining the engine in the proper torque zone, and the LX570 accelerates rapidly once on the road.
The interior of the LX570, I must say, is a very pleasant place to spend time. If I didn't have a home, I'd probably live there without a car. Everything is made of the highest quality materials, including gorgeous Semi-Aniline leather (Luxury Package $1,190). The front seats, of course, are multi-way power adjustable and heated and cooled.
It has power-folding third-row seat which is an option that you can opt out of to save a few thousand dollars, and it's well worth it because the sideways folding seats take up valuable cargo room. The third row, which is only for children, is also pretty tight, so I would uncheck that option if you don't require it. The backrests of the second-row seats are adjustable and have power sliding capabilities. They're also quite comfortable.
The Enform infotainment system comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, although the screen isn't touch-responsive, as is characteristic of Lexus. Instead, you'll be using Lexus' Remote Touch joystick on the shifter, which, as I previously stated, is tough to use and extremely impossible to maneuver while driving.
The huge old Lexus LX570 is absolutely entertaining, extremely charming, and great off-road, and it will only get better when we get the all-new version with the twin-turbo 6 producing more power and torque, as well as new technology on the interior.
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