2017 Lexus LX

2017 Lexus LX

The number portion of this Lexus’s badge—570—has to do with engine displacement, but the more significant numeral for this behemoth of the Lexus lineup is 6206. That’s the weight in pounds of this poshed-up Toyota Land Cruiser. And while that description sounds dismissive, the LX570’s posh is very posh indeed—and by far this big bopper’s strongest suit. Other elements of the driving experience—power, towing, dynamic behavior—are not so pleasing.

The fundamentals: As noted, the LX is basically a truck, sharing its frame with the Toyota Tundra and the Land Cruiser. The body is married to the frame late in the assembly process. Body-on-frame construction has a reputation for ruggedness among off-roaders and truckers; such a structure, generally speaking, has been capable of absorbing more punishment than a unibody, particularly in the trackless outback. This is becoming debatable, as unibody vehicles have grown stiffer and stronger, but traditionalists hold to the principle.

However, body-on-frame vehicles also tend to be heavier, and the likelihood of any individual LX570 owner taking this rig off the pavement and into the wilds is low. Land Cruisers see a lot of dirty driving, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, but the same can’t be said for their upscale Lexus siblings.

Cogged Up

While this is the heftiest LX we’ve encountered in the model’s eight-year run, it’s mechanically the same as the one we tested in 2008—except that the automatic transmission now offers eight ratios rather than six. This change nets the LX an additional 1 mpg in the EPA city fuel-economy rating at 13, up from 12 mpg, while the highway rating stays at 18 mpg. We recorded 15 mpg of highway-heavy mixed use (including more than 400 miles towing a trailer), which matches the EPA combined rating and is 2 mpg better than in our test of a 2015 model with the six-speed.

More important, the eight-speed transmission operates seamlessly. It does offer a manual mode, but the responses are rather deliberate and we suspect few if any owners will use it in everyday driving after the first few attempts. In full auto mode, however, it goes up and down its menu of gears almost imperceptibly, and it is quick to drop down two or even three cogs when the driver signals a need for haste with a hard stab on the throttle.

Then again, haste should be regarded as a relative term. Although the LX has become more corpulent since our 2008 test, there has been no corresponding increase in the means to propel all that mass. It employs the same naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V-8 that powers the Land Cruiser, producing 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque.

Those would be pretty stout numbers in a lighter vehicle. But in a three-tonner, that output verges on ho-hum, upstaged by engines offered in competing luxo-utes. When the light turns green, the 2016 LX can rumble to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds and cover the quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds.

Although that’s 0.5 second slower to 60 mph than the 2008 test vehicle, it’s not exactly glacial. But it’s upstaged by pretty much everything in this class: The Cadillac Escalade hustles to 60 in just 5.6 seconds, the Lincoln Navigator in 6.2, and the Mercedes-Benz GL450 in 5.9. It’s worth noting that the Mercedes (renamed and updated as the GLS for 2017) achieved that sprint with 362 horsepower, thanks to weighing 601 pounds less than the Lexus. The Cadillac, the Lincoln, and the Infiniti QX80 (6.5 seconds to 60 mph) also all weigh less than the LX570. There’s a message here.

Still, it can be argued that sprints won’t matter to the folks who sign up for this package, which brings 143 cubic feet of passenger volume and seating for eight. So how does the engine do when towing? Surely some LX owners are given to towing large boats, or perhaps horse trailers to and from equestrian events?

Not so fast. The LX is rated to tow up to 7000 pounds. But based on our experience hitching it to about 4600 pounds of trailer and race car, we’d have to say the LX has little enthusiasm for such tasks. Acceleration with the encumbered LX is sluggish compared with competitors, making overtaking on a two-lane highway an activity that requires careful planning.

Its three tons assert themselves in every area of vehicle dynamics. None of these seven- and eight-passenger utes is a ballerina, but regardless of which operating mode one selects (there are four, including Sport) the LX operates at the ponderous end of the class’s narrow spectrum, a trait magnified by power steering with unnaturally high effort, even at parking-lot speeds. Low-speed steering effort is often light and overassisted in big SUVs, but not in this case. Let’s not confuse effort with tactility, which is pretty much absent here.

Braking distance—183 feet from 70 mph—is typical of this segment, five feet better than the Cadillac and four feet longer than the Mercedes. But we also detected moderate fade in repeated hard stops, which isn’t typical.

Sumptuous Interior

What attracts people to the LX is its creamy ride quality (with adaptive suspension), the sublime 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system ($2350), and the luxe interior. There’s also standard leather, premium sound (superseded in this LX by the Levinson option), a choice of four real-wood trims, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable second-row seats, and power-folding third-row seats.

Connectivity and infotainment have been upgraded periodically over the LX570’s extended life cycle. The ute now features a big (12.3-inch) center touchscreen, navigation with voice command, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and the Lexus Enform App Suite. Driver-assisting technology includes adaptive cruise control with automated emergency braking, pedestrian detection, a 360-degree surround-view camera, a head-up display, and park assist. These are also available on the Land Cruiser, though, which weighs 280 pounds less and is rated to tow 8100 pounds.

Our test truck included a dual-screen DVD rear-seat entertainment system ($2005), always a good bet for family peacekeeping on long trips. One caveat applies: Rather than being flush-mounted, the DVD screens protrude from the front seatbacks, making it awkward to fold the center seats for maximum cargo capacity.

The exterior has been revised front and rear, most visibly with the addition of an even bigger rendition of the Lexus spindle grille that, whatever you think of it aesthetically, gives the LX an unmistakable curbside presence. We think it now makes the LX look like a corpulent Cylon.

The latest freshening gives the LX an interior that rivals the top players in the class. But the enhancements can’t entirely disguise that they’re largely just tacked-on features, struggling to keep this aged entry competitive in the full-size luxury-SUV derby with fresher contenders. The new eight-speed transmission helps, but the engine is on the tepid side for duty in a three-ton ute. Competing SUVs variously enjoy a weight advantage, pack more standard punch, or offer other engine options, including diesels. And most are rated to tow more. None of this keeps Lexus from demanding a premium price. The LX’s ambitious MSRP ladder starts where the Land Cruiser and many key competitors leave off, up where alternatives start to include the Land Rover Range Rover.

Last year Lexus sold just 3884 LX570s in the United States, down 168 from 2014. (Land Cruiser sales were even lower at 2687.) Cadillac sold 21,230 Escalades—and nearly another 15,000 of the extended ESV version with interior volume rivaling the LX570’s—while Land Rover found buyers for nearly 18,000 Range Rovers. In 2008, we observed that, despite its high price and ponderous dynamics, owners still swear by their LX570s. Will this refresh keep those loyalists happy?

The previous-generation Land Cruiser/LX570 platform stayed in service for a decade, so it could be at least two more years before we see an all-new one. Toyota almost certainly will develop a new Land Cruiser because of global demand for its combination of size and all-terrain capability, but we have to wonder about the business case for the incremental sales the Lexus version adds. Perhaps that depends on the profit margins, which must be as hefty as the LX570 itself.

Specifications

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy : MPG 18
Cruising Range – City : mi 319.80
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City : MPG 13
Fuel Economy Est-Combined : MPG 15
Cruising Range – Hwy : mi 442.80

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : gal 24.6
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : gal N/A
Fuel Tank Location : Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Location : Midship

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 : in N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 : in N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 : in N/A
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear : in N/A
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline : in N/A
Cargo Box Width @ Floor : in N/A
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings : in N/A
Cargo Box (Area) Height : in N/A
Tailgate Width : in N/A
Cargo Volume : ft³ N/A
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 : ft³ 83.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 : ft³ 41
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 : ft³ 15.5
Ext’d Cab Cargo Volume : ft³ N/A

Brakes

Brake Type : N/A
Brake ABS System : 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) : 4-Wheel
Disc – Front (Yes or ) : Yes
Disc – Rear (Yes or ) : Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness : in 13.9
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness : in 13.6
Drum – Rear (Yes or ) :
Rear Drum Diam x Width : in

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year : 11.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score : N/A

Transmission

Drivetrain : Four Wheel Drive
Trans Order Code :
Trans Type : 8
Trans Description Cont. : Automatic w/OD
Trans Description Cont. Again :
First Gear Ratio (:1) : 4.79
Second Gear Ratio (:1) : 2.81
Third Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.84
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.43
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.21
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.00
Reverse Ratio (:1) : 3.79
Clutch Size : in N/A
Trans Power Take Off : N/A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) : N/A
Transfer Case Model : N/A
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High : N/A
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low : N/A
Transfer Case Power Take Off : No
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.82
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.67

Vehicle

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Capacity : 8
Front Head Room : in 38.3
Front Leg Room : in 42.9
Front Shoulder Room : in 61
Front Hip Room : in 58.8
Second Head Room : in 38.9
Second Leg Room : in 34.4
Second Shoulder Room : in 61.4
Second Hip Room : in 58.5
Third Head Room : in 35.8
Third Leg Room : in 28.3
Third Shoulder Room : in 62.3
Third Hip Room : in 56.6

Weight Information

Trim Curb Weight : lbs N/A
Standard Weight – Front : lbs 0
Standard Weight – Rear : lbs 0
Base Trim Weight – Front : lbs N/A
Base Trim Weight – Rear : lbs N/A
Gross Axle Wt Rating – Front : lbs N/A
Gross Axle Wt Rating – Rear : lbs N/A
Curb Weight – Front : lbs N/A
Curb Weight – Rear : lbs N/A
Option Weight – Front : lbs 0.00
Option Weight – Rear : lbs 0.00
Reserve Axle Capacity – Front : lbs N/A
Reserve Axle Capacity – Rear : lbs N/A
As Spec’d Curb Weight : lbs N/A
As Spec’d Payload : lbs N/A
Maximum Payload Capacity : lbs N/A
Gross Combined Wt Rating : lbs N/A
Gross Axle Weight Rating : lbs N/A
Curb Weight : lbs N/A
Reserve Axle Capacity : lbs N/A
Total Option Weight : lbs 0.00
Payload Weight Front : lbs 0
Payload Weight Rear : lbs 0
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating : lbs 7385.00

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. : lbs 7000
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. : lbs 700
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. : lbs 7000
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. : lbs 700
Maximum Trailering Capacity : lbs 7000

Engine

Engine Order Code :
Engine Type : Premium Unleaded V-8
Displacement : 5.7 L/346
Fuel System : Sequential MPI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM : 383 @ 5600
SAE Net Torque @ RPM : 403 @ 3600
Engine Oil Cooler : None

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) : N/A
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) : N/A
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (3rd) : N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) : 100

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity : qts N/A

Suspension

Suspension Type – Front : Double Wishbone
Suspension Type – Rear : Multi-Link
Spring Capacity – Front : lbs N/A
Spring Capacity – Rear : lbs N/A
Axle Type – Front : Independent
Axle Type – Rear : Rigid Axle
Axle Capacity – Front : lbs N/A
Axle Capacity – Rear : lbs N/A
Axle Ratio (:1) – Front : 3.31
Axle Ratio (:1) – Rear : 3.31
Shock Absorber Diameter – Front : mm N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter – Rear : mm N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Front : in N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Rear : in N/A

Tires

Front Tire Order Code :
Rear Tire Order Code :
Spare Tire Order Code :
Front Tire Size : P285/50VR20
Rear Tire Size : P285/50VR20
Spare Tire Size : Full-Size
Front Tire Capacity : lbs N/A
Rear Tire Capacity : lbs N/A
Spare Tire Capacity : lbs N/A
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph – Front : N/A
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph – Rear : N/A
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph – Spare : N/A

Wheels

Front Wheel Size : in 20 X 8.5
Rear Wheel Size : in 20 X 8.5
Spare Wheel Size : in Full-Size
Front Wheel Material : Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material : Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material : Aluminum

Steering

Steering Type : Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall : N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center : N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock : N/A
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb : ft N/A
Turning Diameter – Wall to Wall : ft N/A

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase : in 112.2
Length, Overall : in 199.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors : in 78
Height, Overall : in 73.4
Track Width, Front : in 64.8
Track Width, Rear : in 64.6
Overhang, Front : in N/A
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper : in N/A
Front Bumper to Back of Cab : in N/A
Cab to Axle : in N/A
Cab to End of Frame : in N/A
Ground to Top of Load Floor : in N/A
Ground to Top of Frame : in N/A
Frame Width, Rear : in N/A
Ground Clearance, Front : in N/A
Ground Clearance, Rear : in N/A
Min Ground Clearance : in 8.9
Body Length : ft 0.00
Rear Door Opening Height : in N/A
Rear Door Opening Width : in N/A
Liftover Height : in N/A
Cab to Body : in N/A

Features

MECHANICAL

Engine: 5.7L V8 DOHC 32V w/Dual VVT-i
Transmission: 8-Speed Sequential-Shift Auto w/ECT
3.307 Axle Ratio
GVWR: 7,385 lbs
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Oil Cooler
Electronic Transfer Case
Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive
80-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery
100 Amp Alternator
Class IV Towing w/Harness and Hitch
2 Skid Plates
Air Shock Absorbers
4-Corner Auto-Leveling Suspension
Front And Rear Active Anti-Roll Bars
Automatic w/Driver Control Height Adjustable Automatic w/Driver Control Ride Control Adaptive Suspension
Hydraulic Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
24.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
Permanent Locking Hubs
Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Control

EXTERIOR

Wheels: 20″ x 8.5″ Split 10-Spoke Aluminum Alloy -inc: 2-tone machined gray finish
Tires: P285/50R20 All Season -inc: full-size spare
Aluminum Spare Wheel
Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
Clearcoat Paint
Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert and 2 Tow Hooks
Body-Colored Rear Step Bumper w/1 Tow Hook
Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
Chrome Door Handles
Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
Deep Tinted Glass
Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
Splash Guards
Lip Spoiler
Illuminated Running Boards
Metal-Look Grille w/Chrome Surround
Power Liftgate/Tailgate Rear Cargo Access
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Roof Rack
Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Washer and Delay-Off
Front Fog Lamps
Perimeter/Approach Lights
LED Brakelights
Laminated Glass

ENTERTAINMENT

Radio: Lexus Premium Audio AM/FM/HD Single DVD -inc: 9-speakers, digital sound processor, Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL), MP3 and USB w/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth hands free phone w/automatic phonebook download capabilities and music streaming, iTunes tagging, SiriusXM satellite radio (complimentary 90-day trial subscription included), SiriusXM Data Service Package w/NavTraffic, NavWeather and TravelLink (complimentary 1-year trial subscription), Siri Eyes Free mode w/select and play music from iTunes, call contacts, hear and compose text messages and emails, hear sports scores, stock and weather information, use maps and get directions (turn-by-turn navigation can be requested through Siri and Apple maps) map displayed on phone screen, perform POI searches, requested search information read back to driver over vehicle audio system, read calendar and notification information, add reminders, calendar appointments and notes, Lexus Enform Destinations, Destination Assist and eDestination (1-year trial subscription included), Lexus Enform App Suite, Destination Search, Yelp, iHeartRadio, Facebook Places, Movietickets.com, OpenTable, Pandora, Slacker, Stocks, Fuel Prices, and Sports, Lexus Navigation System, 12.3″ screen, remote touch interface controller, 3D key buildings and landmarks, preset frequently used routes, ETA for routes w/calculations based on speed limit, current traffic and predictive traffic data based on Clear Channel Total Traffic Network in 15 minute increments, speed limit display on road traveled, traffic detour preview w/alternate route options, voice recognition w/1-shot address entry, steering wheel control of onboard/offboard voice recognition, voice recognition guidance volume level control and hint screens, radio cache for pausing live AM/FM radio and HD Radio, traffic and weather data provided via HD Radio
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and Radio Data System
312w Regular Amplifier
Window Grid And Fixed Diversity Antenna

INTERIOR

Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 14-way power driver seat, 12-way power front passenger seat and Lexus memory system for driver’s seat
40-20-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Tumble Forward Ventilated and Rear Seat w/Power Fore/Aft
Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Voltmeter, Oil Pressure, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Power Rear Windows, Fixed 3rd Row Windows and w/Manual Sun Blinds
Fixed 50-50 Split-Bench 3rd Row Seat Front, 3 Manual and Adjustable Head Restraints
Leather/Genuine Wood Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
Front Cupholder
Rear Cupholder
Front Cigar Lighter(s)
Ashtray
4 12V DC Power Outlets
Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
Valet Function
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Distance Pacing w/Traffic Stop-Go
Dual Zone Front And Rear Automatic Air Conditioning
Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Auxiliary Rear Heater, Headliner/Pillar Ducts and Console Ducts
Illuminated Locking Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Leather Seat Trim
Interior Trim -inc: Genuine Wood/Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Door Panel Insert, Genuine Wood/Metal-Look Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
Full Cloth Headliner
Leather Door Trim Insert
Leather/Genuine Wood Gear Shift Knob
Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage, 4 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
Front And Rear Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering
Carpet Floor Trim
Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
Cargo Area Concealed Storage
Cargo Space Lights
Memory Settings -inc: Door Mirrors and Steering Wheel
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
Tracker System
Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Systems Monitor
Trip Computer
Outside Temp Gauge
Analog Display
Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
Driver And Front Passenger Armrests and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
Perimeter Alarm
Engine Immobilizer
4 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
Air Filtration

SAFETY

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Safety Connect Emergency S.O.S
Intuitive Park Assist Front And Rear Parking Sensors
Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot Sensor
Pre-Collision System (pcs) Forward Collision
Lane Departure Warning
Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
Rear Child Safety Locks
First Aid Kit
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
Back-Up Camera
Front Camera
Left Side Camera
Right Side Camera

Amazingly refined, the Lexus LX 570 hides its

utilitarian roots exceptionally well.

With its decadent interior, the LX 570

is a wonderful place to guzzle fuel.

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