2014 Lexus LX 570 Review | Automotive — WCVB Home

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The 2014 Lexus LX 570 needs a leap to stay competitive in a of more modern three-row SUVs.

The 2014 Lexus LX 570 a giant leap to stay in a class of more modern luxury SUVs.

The LX 570 isn’t outdated, but once you step an Infiniti QX80, Mercedes-Benz or Land Rover Range Sport — the latter newly with a third row — the LX 570’s price (including a $910 charge) will be harder to over.

The eight-seat LX 570’s hasn’t been overhauled the SUV’s last full for the 2008 model year, and it in design and usefulness. Very few can stand the test of that time without an intervention. the LX 570 with its competitors here .

The LX 570 to excel on the road, however, buttery smooth ride and a refined engine and transmission. Off the the LX 570 is deceivingly go-anywhere ready genuine off-road hardware. for 2013, the LX 570 skipped 2012, so the 2011 to the 2013 and 2014 .

Starting with the 2013 year, the LX 570 wears Lexus’ spindle grille. The grille varies from mild to across the Lexus lineup, but it just right on the LX 570. the 2013 styling update LED daytime running lamps, new and larger fog light bezels, the LX shape behind the grille is and fairly generic compared the curvaceous QX80, the long and low and the devilish Range Rover

How It Drives

The honkin’ 383-horsepower V-8 six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive comprise the LX only drivetrain, so gas mileage is it or leave it at 12/17/14 mpg city/highway/combined. economy isn’t likely a top for any shopper eyeballing a 6,000-pound, three-row luxury SUV. shoppers can choose a more-efficient engine in the GL350 (19/26/22 or a supercharged V-6 in the Range Rover mpg) in addition to V-8 options both. The LX 570 burns through gas it has a personal vendetta against wallet. I observed 15.9 mpg 294 miles from the Chicago to Detroit, averaging 66 mph. otherwise a great road-tripper, with a comfortable ride, a seating position and sofa-like seats.

The 5.7-liter V-8 is a gem of an engine that the massive SUV effortlessly. It’s and refined, yet potent enough to leave you wanting more A six-speed automatic transmission smart programming never a beat with the V-8. that power to the ground is a four-wheel-drive system with a torque split between the and rear wheels; the rear helps agility during driving.

A center differential torque on demand between the and rear wheels and is lockable for weather or off-road conditions. A Low-range gear is part of the which works in conjunction the standard adjustable-height suspension to ground clearance by 2 inches to off-road obstacles. Selectable modes for Rock Dirt, Loose Rock or Mud Sand driving characteristics to each condition.

The LX is surprisingly agile in spaces, though I did observe wheel chatter on occasion. quality is top-notch considering the body-on-frame chassis. The suspension is but traditional, with adaptive and characteristics. Potholes or abandoned cars are no problem for the LX 570 to roll with little indication the surface changed. (No compact were injured in the making of review.) Comfort, Normal and modes adjust the suspension’s and I found the best ride in Comfort and kept it there; no need for the LX 570 to be driven sportily.

Even in Sport mode was undesirable body roll and motion in corners; more so a Range Rover Sport or a with the optional Hydraulic Motion Control. The LX 570 doesn’t its 6,000-pound curb weight, and it every bit as massive as it looks. You you’re slinging around a lot of when you drive this unlike the QX80 and Range Sport’s more carlike

The LX 570’s 7,000-pound tow rating up short against the GL-Class’ rating, the QX80’s 8,500-pound and even the considerably lighter Rover Sport’s 7,716-pound rating.


For those who a tall seating position and commanding view of the road, the LX elevated view from the is practically what the pilot of a Cessna sees. You’ll lose the LX 570 in a parking lot, as it over everything around. An tall seating position mean the LX 570 is difficult to step thanks to an adjustable height that can lower the ride automatically when the ignition is off for easy access.

Besides the seating position, other high points include the appointed leather seating and various leather trimmings contrast stitching that fit impeccably. Our test vehicle the optional semi-aniline leather that’s part of a $1,510 Package, which also a heated steering wheel, front seats, mahogany trim and a beverage-chilling Cool Despite the top-notch leather and quality, the interior shows of aging. The silver highlights the center console, climate and gear selector reek of old — not as modern-looking as Lexus’ recently products like the GS or IS line of

The overall design is aging, not as badly as I expected from a to seven-year-old interior. Switches, and the off-road system’s toggle are the LX’s tell that not quite the spring chicken any Other SUVs, like the QX and have taken an almost approach to interiors, and you’d be to distinguish them from automaker’s sedans. Conversely, the LX is an SUV, with a tall, and wide center control Bottom line: You’re not Lexus’ most modern and offering like you would the other brands mentioned.

the first and second rows are comfortable, with supple that pairs well the SUV’s soft ride Considering the SUV’s size, I expected more than inches of legroom from the second row, and I didn’t a lot of extra room to unwind I did in the QX80 (41 inches) we tested at the time. Comfort in the LX’s third row is about even the QX80’s third row, but the third row is much easier to

Ergonomics Electronics

The first I take in any late-model Lexus is to off the Auto screen feature the depths of the Lexus Enform Auto screen automatically to a default display after idle, rather than on the radio or media display. The Enform multimedia system a touch-screen and real buttons for navigation, stereo and climate as opposed to Lexus’ mouse-style a multi-function knob or capacitive It works well, with the that the display is borderline too far for a touch-screen.

Standard features include in-car apps for Pandora, Yelp and more; USB/iPod, phone and streaming audio; HD with iTunes tagging; and radio with a 90-day trial subscription. An available Levinson stereo bumps the count from nine to 19 and an in-dash six-CD player, I wasn’t blown away by the option. I also wanted to put phones and music players to the generous range of connectivity. isn’t much room the two cupholders and a shallow pad to store

My LX 570 tester was priced at $88,555 a $910 destination charge, and other options like a DVD player and Lexus’ Luxury One feature I could do without was the Box in the storage area between the seats. It attempts to keep the in the box cool with air from the air system, and it didn’t work well on my five-hour road It works only when the is running, so it doesn’t even the benefits of a cooler.


Second- and third-row versatility is sign of the LX’s age. The row’s power sliding and feature isn’t as seamless as QX80, whose one-touch is so easy it’s doable one finger.

The LX’s 50/50-split, power-operated row doesn’t fold down, but up. Each split seat up to the passenger and driver side of the cargo area, but it’s and bulky, and even when the are folded down for both they don’t create a load floor like the does; they’re elevated a foot off the main cargo Maximum cargo capacity is cubic feet, which is of the QX80’s 95.1 cubic and the GL-Class’ 93.8 cubic but it’s a lot larger than the Rover Sport’s 62.2 feet of maximum cargo

Out back is a clamshell-style hatch a bottom section that down like a pickup tailgate and a top half that like a regular liftgate. style has been exiting the for a while, and I’m not convinced it be around any longer considering the reach it takes to place in the cargo area.

The LX 570 has not been

One of the biggest oversights in our tester was a of parking assists. The backup isn’t enough by itself to parking the huge LX 570 a confidence-inspiring The driver’s significant other prepare to get out and spot if the buyer choose the $1,000 Intuitive Assist with front and cameras and parking sensors. base QX80 is more $20,000 less expensive and the company’s great Around Monitor, a top-down camera with front and rear parking sensors, standard, makes parking the equally QX80 as easy as parking a sedan compared with the LX

The LX’s standard safety includes side curtain for all three rows of seating. front lighting illuminates as it turns with the steering and rain-sensing wipers are also along with Entune’s Connect with automatic notification, stolen vehicle and an emergency assist button. See for more safety equipment.

See how child-safety seats fit in the LX 570 in our Car Seat .

Value in Its Class

Lexus churn out many LX 570s; it was the automaker’s lowest-volume model in — besides the LFA supercar and the discontinued HS — 4,625 units. The QX80 13,148 and the GL-Class raked in sales. Low sales don’t indicate an underperformer, but there are features and fuel economy for the in the three-row luxury SUV competition Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz and Land

The aging LX 570 sits on a great for comfort and off-road capability, and a could take everything we about Lexus’ more models and make a much competitive luxury three-row

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