The 2014 Lexus LX570 SUV is a big fella, with room for eight in a luxurious cabin and all-terrain mobility. It’s plenty rugged, being based on the durable, upscale, go-anywhere Toyota Land Cruiser.
Car-based crossover vehicles are capturing much of the old traditional SUV market, but the big, handsome four-wheel-drive LX570 is a reminder that some folks want–or need–a big vehicle with lots of room. With this Lexus, they get 8-passenger seating and typical Lexus luxury.
|STATS||Starting Retail Price||As Tested Price||HP / Lb-Ft|
|2014 Lexus LX570||$81,780||$81,780||383 / 403|
|EPA Rating MPG||As Tested MPG||Curb Lbs|
|Rating: BUY IT!
||12 / 17||NA||6,000|
A large SUV such as the four-door LX570 lets occupants sit high, with good all-around driver visibility, helped by large outside rearview mirrors. But the step-in is quite high. The illuminated running boards, which would help out here, are too narrow to be of much use unless you have small feet and are wearing ballet slippers.
The quiet interior is nicely designed, although the main gauges are hard to read in sunlight. Getting into the third-row seat, which has power folding backrests for more cargo room, calls for adroit maneuvering. That row is best left to kids or shorter adults. Safety features include roll-sensing curtain air bags.
The floor of the large cargo area is too high for fast, easy loading, and the small bottom section of the two-piece tailgate gets in the way of putting cargo in or removing it when it’s either in its normal position or flipped down.
On the plus side, the tailgate has a power feature, and the large cargo area is impressively spacious with the rear seatbacks folded out of the way.
The LX570 stickers at $81,780 without a $910 freight charge or options. But it has virtually all the comfort, convenience and safety features you would expect from Lexus, including a leather and genuine wood-trimmed interior.
Still, there are several costly options. The Mark Levinson audio system with no less than 19 speakers will set you back $2,350. And the dual-screen DVD rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones is $2,005.
The LX570 is quick off the line and a happy long-distance cruiser, with its smooth 5.75 liter V-8 generating 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. Power is transmitted through an 8-speed automatic transmission with an easily used manual-shift feature. The engine seems to be barely ticking over at 1,500 r.p.m. at 70 m.p.h.
However, the price you pay for such punch is low fuel economy. It’s an estimated 12 miles per gallon in the city and 17 on highways.
The LX570 weighs approximately 6,000 pounds, so one might think that it would feel like maneuvering an elephant in traffic. Not so, this SUV is agile, although its 197-inch length and considerable width must be kept in mind.
The power rack-and-pinion variable ratio steering helps provide good control, as does a well-designed adjustable suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers and stabilizer bars. The ride is smooth ride, and roadability is good.
The power ventilated disc brakes work well, with electronic brake force distribution, and have a good linear pedal feel.
The LX570 can tow up to 7,000 pounds and a wilderness trailhead or deep, snowy roads don’t faze it. The anti-lock brakes even have a multi-terrain feature.
Helping keep this high, heavy vehicle safe are features including vehicle stability and traction control. There’s a height-adjustable suspension for traversing off-road terrain, and also a “crawl control” feature when off-road motoring gets rough.
But those features are to be expected. This is a genuine SUV, not a half-baked or phony SUV you wouldn’t want to take into tough off-road terrain.
The question is, would you want to risk scratching the refined, expensive Lexus LX570 during off-road excursions?
On the TFLcar scale of:
- Buy it!
- Lease it!
- Rent it!
- … or Forget it!
I give the 2014 Lexus LX570 a Buy It!
Take a look at this popular TFLcar video as the 2014 Lexus LX570 attacks a Colorado blizzard high in the Rockies over Loveland Pass.
And here is the Lexus exercising its V8 in a 0-60 mph towing test.
Dan Jedlicka joined the Chicago Sun-Times in February 1968 as a business news reporter and was named auto editor later that year. He has reviewed more than 4,000 new vehicles for the Sun-Times–far more than any newspaper auto writer in the country. Jedlicka also reviewed vehicles for Microsoft Corp.’s MSN Autos Internet site from January, 1996, to June, 2008. For more of Dan’s thoughtful and insightful reviews please visit his web site HERE.