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2013 Lexus LX Review

This review was written when the 2013 Lexus LX was new.

With a smooth highway ride, great off-road capability and an opulent interior, test drivers agree that the 2013 Lexus LX 570 is a notch above other luxury SUVs.

The LX is powered by a V8 engine that reviewers say offers plenty of power to get the heavy LX moving quickly. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that auto writers say shifts quickly and smoothly. At an EPA-estimated 12/17 mpg city/highway, the 2013 Lexus LX gets poor fuel economy for the class. The LX is praised by auto critics for its great capability in tackling tough terrain off-road. On the pavement, most auto writers say that the LX exhibits a smooth ride and feels sure-footed, although some note that due to its large size and truck-based construction, body roll is noticeable in turns.

Automotive journalists like the Lexus LX's cabin design, noting great build quality and an abundance of high-end materials. The front and middle row of the 2013 LX are praised for their spaciousness and comfort, while reviewers say the third row is best left to kids. Some critics note that despite its large dimensions, the LX's cargo area isn't especially cavernous, in part due to the design of its third-row seats, which collapse and move to the side of the cargo hold, rather than folding into the floor as they do in many rivals. The LX comes standard with four-zone climate control, power-adjustable heated front seats, navigation, a USB port, Bluetooth and a backup camera. Reviewers note that the LX 570’s tech features are easily operated through a touch-screen display. There are a few notable options, including a rear-seat entertainment system, adaptive cruise control and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system that earns praise for its great sound quality. 

  • "I like the Lexus LX 570 on paper, but I'm going to pass on it. For my $89,000, I'll take the Mercedes-Benz GL450, which can take a corner and hold a lane much better than the LX 570 on the road (which is, let's face it, where these trucks will live). And why does it handle and ride better? Because it's a unibody-style crossover. Perhaps my love doesn't run that deep after all." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "In other words, the LX 570 isn't the most sensible vehicular choice. A large crossover like the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is cheaper, more efficient, handles better and has a more spacious third-row seat. Yet we'd be the first to admit that being sensible isn't a priority for everyone." -- Edmunds
  • "I have often sung the praises of big SUVs. When you need one, you need one, and every other vehicle is a compromise. LX remains among the best seven passenger luxury SUVs on the market. However - you knew there would be a however, didn't you? - however, the question remains whether or not there are more responsible, more efficient ways to move seven people around in style." -- Forbes
  • "A favorite of oil sheikhs the world over, the Lexus LX 570 is something of an anachronism in today's world of streamlined crossovers. Riding on a rigid ladder frame instead of the de rigueur unibody platforms adopted by most rivals, the LX 570 is undeniably a throwback to an era when SUVs were kings, regardless of how much fuel they sipped. But, as we quickly learned after climbing aboard this big bruiser, the LX 570 is still highly sophisticated and immensely desirable - assuming its suite of attributes is in line with your perceived needs and expectations. " -- Left Lane News

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class earns reviewer praise for its refined ride and sumptuous interior. Test drivers are also pleased with its range of engine choices, including a fuel-efficient diesel engine.

The Land Rover Range Rover only seats five, but is regarded as one of the best off-roading SUVs in the segment. Additionally, the Range Rover is praised for its refined handling on paved roads, as well as its upscale cabin.

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Details: 2013 Lexus LX

The 2013 Lexus LX 570 seats eight and has standard four-wheel drive. A 5.7-liter V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard. The LX 570 comes in one well-equipped trim level, and additional features are available as options. The LX is refreshed for 2013, but has been largely unchanged since 2008. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2008 to 2013 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/21/14

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