So far as luxurious body-on-frame household SUVs go, the Lexus LX 570 sits towards the highest of the lineup when it comes to functionality. By way of expertise and design? Not a lot. Simply while you thought the big grille could not get any greater, it grew. And since the present era debuted in 2007 (the yr I graduated from highschool), the expertise and packaging are fairly outdated. Nonetheless, the 2020 Lexus LX 570 can go the place most SUVs cannot. And that is a giant deal.
For the 2020 mannequin yr, Lexus launched a brand new Sport package deal, the contents of that are troublesome to identify. Out there just for the three-row mannequin, the package deal provides a barely totally different grille and entrance fascia, whereas the side-view mirrors have physique coloration and chrome accents. Inside, a brand new black headliner clothes up the cabin. Apart from these particulars, the Lexus LX 570 continues to be the identical SUV we drove two years in the past throughout our off-road SUV comparison, nonetheless sharing its platform and powertrain with the Toyota Land Cruiser.
2020 Lexus LX 570: Inside
Enter the LX’s cabin, and straight away you may really feel a way of luxurious. It is clear that that is Lexus’ flagship SUV; from the wooden to the leather-based to the massive display, you’re feeling such as you’re someplace particular. However look deeper and people emotions diminish. Ranging from the motive force’s seat, the small display on the instrument panel appears to be like prefer it’s a decade outdated. The LCD display exhibits important information to the motive force, however within the days of digital cockpits and full shows, the small display and the analog speedo and tach appear misplaced in a flagship SUV.
The frustration continues within the infotainment system. Its getting old graphics are solely amplified by the distant contact interface, which acts like a mouse for the infotainment. The system is so delicate that it is all the time laborious to land within the place you need. What’s extra irritating is attempting to make use of the navigation system, which lacks voice controls and requires the motive force to enter the deal with step-by-step. The absence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto makes these shortcomings notably irritating, particularly in an SUV that begins at almost $90,000.
Though we actually recognize the broad middle console (in any case, you are driving a truck), there are some issues that might enhance. The thick shifter and distant contact interface take up an excessive amount of house, which causes the cup holders to be positioned proper by the AC controls. Though that may not sound dangerous, it’s when massive cups block the switchgear. One factor I am a giant fan of is the deep storage within the middle console. In addition to offering sufficient house for an iPad Mini, it is also a fridge, which might maintain meals and drinks chilly when driving on the path—one thing that proved helpful throughout our week driving it.
Just like the entrance of the cabin, the second row expresses plushness. Two particular person screens positioned on the again of the entrance headrests present rear-seat occupants with extra leisure. However just like the entrance, the screens are laborious to manage. The shows are kind of designed for use as contact screens, however you may haven’t any luck poking round. As a substitute, a distant management takes care of every part, and there is just one distant for each screens, one thing youngsters would have a tough time with. What’s extra, the screens price $2,005, which is extra—far more—than shopping for two iPads. Leisure apart, the backseat is a pleasant place to trip, as there’s loads of legroom and headroom.
The third row ought to solely be utilized by kids, because the excessive ground severely limits legroom. As a substitute of folding ahead, every seat folds towards the home windows, consuming valuable cargo room. What’s outstanding, nonetheless, is that the seats can fold with the push of a button.
2020 Lexus LX 570: The Drive
To maneuver a beast like this, a giant engine is required. A 5.7-liter V-Eight makes 383 hp and 403 lb-ft of torque, sending that energy to the rear wheels by way of an eight-speed automated transmission. Though that appears like quite a lot of energy, we want it had extra punch, because the LX struggles when passing on a two-lane freeway. Whereas it does not really feel gradual from the beginning, it feels sluggish when going from 50-70 mph. The transmission shifts easily, nevertheless it’s all the time attempting to find the very best gear. The large nostril dive underneath braking is what bothered me probably the most, because it was noticeable on metropolis streets and on the path.
The hydraulic load-leveling coil-sprung suspension delivered an outstanding trip, and as you possibly can anticipate, nearly each bump on the road is properly absorbed. Physique roll, nonetheless, is fairly noticeable. However while you’re shopping for an SUV with these proportions, you are not anticipating it to deal with like a racecar within the corners. The steering can be well-balanced and offers quite a lot of suggestions; you clearly really feel such as you’re driving a truck. The cabin is generally quiet normally, however the 20-inch tires make quite a lot of noise that will get into the cabin; wind noise, nonetheless, is minimal.
Off the pavement, the LX is in its pure habitat. Throughout a fast day journey to Jawbone Canyon, about two hours north of Los Angeles, the LX confirmed its functionality. The low-end torque helps it climb steep hills and simply move obstacles, and although it has a strong four-wheel drive system, I stayed in 2WD on a regular basis. Truthful to say, although, the path wasn’t as difficult as Coyote Flats, the place we drove the LX final time. With the hydraulic top adjusters cranked all the way in which up, the truck by no means dragged its stomach.
2020 Lexus LX 570: Worth
It is laborious to provide any factors to the LX when it comes to worth. When the beginning worth is above $90,000 and the platform is a decade outdated, it is laborious to justify something. Our 2020 Lexus LX 570 crossed the checkout counter at $103,050 after including greater than $10,000 in choices. Though you won’t care as a lot about gasoline financial system while you purchase a giant rig like this, the Navigator is extra fuel-efficient and cheaper than the LX. However in case you’re planning to go to the paths very often, the LX will ship with type.
|2020 Lexus LX 570|
|LAYOUT||Entrance-engine, 4WD, 5-8-pass, 4-door SUV|
|ENGINE||5.7L/383-hp/403-lb-ft DOHC 32-valve V-8|
|CURB WEIGHT||6,000 lb (MT est)|
|L x W x H||200.Zero x 78.Zero x 75.2 in|
|0-60 MPH||7.Zero sec (MT est)|
|EPA FUEL ECON||12/16/14 mpg|
|ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY||281/211 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||1.43 lb/mile|