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MSRP: $82,630 - $82,630
Invoice: $76,019 - $76,019
MPG: 12 City / 17 Hwy
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Reviewers agree that the 2014 Lexus LX 570 is a capable off-roader that’s also comfortable on paved roads. Some test drivers are unimpressed with the LX 570's handling, saying that there is a fair amount of undesired body lean through turns. The LX 570 accelerates quickly and has a smooth-shifting transmission, according to most auto journalists.

  • "The 2014 Lexus LX 570 is big in every way. Weighing more than a Cadillac Escalade, the LX nevertheless manages its weight with ease, remaining firmly planted when moving at high speeds and demonstrating surprising agility in the turns." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Unlike many luxury crossovers with carlike unibody construction, the LX 570 utilizes traditional body-on-frame construction that's built for serious off-road use. The problem is, most SUVs these days never get more serious than a gravel driveway, so the hardcore hardware is overkill for the typical shopper." -- AutoTrader
  • "The Lexus LX 570 is essentially a mildly restyled version of the Toyota Land Cruiser. That mean's it's an old-school, full-size SUV that can tow like a pickup and venture off the pavement to remote places where few other vehicles dare tread." -- Left Lane News
  • "Few luxury SUVs handle on-road duties as well as the off-road ones like the LX. Plenty of power to tow or just go really fast. Refined and quiet, the epitome of Lexus luxury." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The LX 570 is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 that produces 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 12/17 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for a V8-powered SUV in the class.

Most test drivers write that the LX 570 has ample power, and say it offers impressive acceleration for such a large vehicle. They mention that merging and passing maneuvers are easy, and that the engine is smooth and refined. Still, one critic mentions that more modern rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class offer turbocharged V8 engines that deliver more authoritative acceleration. Reviewers note that the LX 570's transmission delivers quick, smooth shifts.

  • "The LX's 5.7-liter V8 can propel it to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds, which is an impressive feat in itself." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As for power, the LX used to be a star with its beastly 5.7-liter V8. But now that the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, for example, offers quicker twin-turbo V8s that also get better fuel economy, the Lexus V8's luster has diminished. Nonetheless, this remains a strong and smooth engine that will likely satisfy if you don't mind quenching its prodigious thirst." -- AutoTrader
  • "The drivetrain is very smooth, the automatic gearbox cracking off silky shifts; the big V8 easily moved all 6,000-pounds of LX 570 around without breaking a sweat. Merging and passing are easily done with a little more pressure on the throttle for a downshift and then impressive thrust." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "Tipping the scales at about 6,000 lbs., the LX 570 is a gigantic vehicle, but the quick-shifting six-speed and torquey V8 propel it with more authority than one might expect. Moreover, the engine is absolutely silent at idle, rising to only a muffled growl as the tachometer tickles the upper reaches of the rev range." -- Left Lane News (2013)

Handling and Braking

The LX 570 comes standard with full-time four-wheel drive, as well as an Adaptive Variable Suspension, which automatically adjusts the shock absorbers to maximize ride comfort and allows the driver to dial in the firmness with Normal, Comfort and Sport drive modes. Reviewers agree that the LX has a comfortable ride, though not all agree about the LX 570's handling. Some say there is a fair amount of body lean through turns, while others write that the Adaptive Variable Suspension helps keep body lean in check. Due to its light steering, some test drivers say the LX 570 is fairly easy to maneuver at low speeds. Others counter that maneuverability is compromised by the LX 570's large turning circle. Some critics mention that the brakes aren't strong enough to bring the large LX 570 quickly to a stop.

  • "The handling is average at best, with lots of lean and body roll in the curves. The steering is light to the point of numbness, and the turning circle is epically wide." -- AutoTrader
  • "Despite its rough and tough strengths, the LX 570 also delivers a comfortable daily driving experience due in large part to its adaptive dampers, which provide a smooth ride while also mitigating body roll." -- Left Lane News
  • "Steering is lightly weighted to make it easy to maneuver around parking lots, and the adaptive variable suspension was nice to have. You can soften it for a comfortable ride, but it will mean a lot of lean around bends and turns, but you can stiffen it to make it a slightly tighter handler. Comfort and normal modes were both too soft for my tastes, which had me in sport for most of my time with the big ute. Even in sport mode, the ride was nowhere near firm." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "For such a big vehicle, LX is pleasantly sure-footed, with controlled body roll around curves and a nicely planted feel. It is possible to push this Lexus through the curves at a good clip without feeling like you're pushing the limits. I'm sure it's also possible to push too hard, so discretion is necessary, but fun is still on the list of possibilities without tragedy intervening." -- Forbes (2013)
  • "This big Bessie doesn't like to stop. Driving home during one of Michigan's mini blizzards, I found more confidence running my fingers across the LX's many drivetrain and suspension switches that sit below the shift lever than I did applying pressure to the brake pedal. I could climb out of a ditch with far less effort than I could manage to slow truck down as I approached an intersection thick with snow." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

Off-Roading

In addition to full-time four-wheel drive, the Lexus LX 570 comes standard with Crawl Control, a system that manages throttle and brakes automatically so the driver can focus on steering through tough terrain, as well as Multi-Terrain Select, which adjusts the LX 570's wheel traction for different types of terrain. Reviewers report that tackling tough trails is easy with the LX 570.

  • "With its rugged construction, electronically adjustable suspension and four-wheel-drive system with low-range gearing, the LX 570 is a true mountain goat on the trails." -- Left Lane News
  • "Off-road, the LX 570 is truly at home, with a 2-speed transfer case, a locking center differential and five terrain settings (rock, rock & dirt, mogul, loose rock or mud & sand) to tackle nearly every off-road eventuality." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "I love the fact that even though no sane person would off-road an $88,760 Lexus, there are enough switches, buttons, and dials for things like crawl control and 4-Low to conjure visions of scaling mountains and crossing deserts - which this truck will happily do." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
Review Last Updated: 2/7/14

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