Powerful V8 engine; useful towing capacity; standard seating for eight; a true off-road champ
Polarizing "spindle" grille; poor fuel economy; cramped third row; high price; aging touchscreen
The LX is unchanged this year
It's hard for us to recommend the LX 570 relative to other premium SUVs -- though if you need its towing and off-roading capabilities, that could be a different story.
The 2014 Lexus LX 570 is offered in one well-equipped trim level.
Standard features include 20-inch wheels, an adjustable-height suspension with adaptive dampers, adaptive xenon headlights, LED running lights and taillights, fog lights, a power tailgate, a Class-4 towing hitch receiver, power-folding heated mirrors, illuminated running boards, a sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, a roof rack, various off-road-ready technologies (including Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select), keyless entry/ignition, leather upholstery, mahogany wood trim, a 10-way power driver seat with memory, an 8-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, 4-zone automatic climate control, a power-sliding second-row seat, a power-folding third-row seat, Bluetooth, Lexus Enform mobile-app integration, a touchscreen display with a hard-drive-based navigation system and a 9-speaker audio system with a CD/DVD changer, iPod/USB connectivity and both HD and satellite radio.
Unlike the Land Cruiser on which it's based, the LX 570 offers a number of options in addition to the standard items. These include heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, parking sensors, upgraded semi-aniline leather trim, adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation, a wide-view front and side camera system, a dual-screen rear entertainment system and 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio.
In terms of interior storage, the LX 570 provides 15.5 cu ft behind the third-row seat, 41 cu ft behind the second row and 83.1 cu ft with both rear seating rows folded down. These are unremarkable figures for such a large vehicle.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
Infiniti QX80 -- Formerly known as the QX56, Infiniti's top-of-the-line SUV is derived from a legendary off-roader (the Nissan Patrol), just like the LX 570. It's also considerably cheaper.
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class -- The 3-row GL has it all: powerful twin-turbo V8s, a fuel-efficient turbodiesel V6 and an opulent interior. The only thing it lacks is real off-road cred.
Dodge Durango -- This one may seem like it's out of left field, but the nicely finished Durango actually has more comfortable second- and third-row seats than the LX 570, and it offers a 5.7-liter V8 of its own for half the price or even less. It can hold its own in the bushes, too, as it's based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee.