The 2019 Lexus LX 570 is type of an odd proposition for consumers, even in at this time’s SUV-crazy market. It checks a number of the proper packing containers: huge energy, tons of facilities, loads of room for passengers. It even impresses with surprisingly succesful off-road means.

However taken as a complete, the LX 570 is a tricky promote in opposition to extra well-rounded, trendy competitors. There are some vivid spots to the LX package deal, to make sure. However greater than something, Lexus’ huge LX is admittedly exhibiting its age.

Good energy, unhealthy poise

Strolling out to the storage within the morning, the very first thing that strikes you concerning the LX 570 is simply how damned huge it appears, with that massive, imposing (and never very handsome) spindle grille. In actuality, although, the LX is not any larger than its full-size SUV rivals. It is is a little bit beneath 16.5 toes lengthy, t’s only a hair over 6 toes tall in its regular experience peak mode and 6.four toes vast. The LX 570 is, because the web would say, “chonky.”

A giant SUV wants a giant engine, and Lexus solely provides one choice: Toyota’s venerable 5.7-liter V8. It is mechanically strong, and makes ample energy and torque, regardless of any turbocharged or supercharged help. With 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque on provide, the LX 570 is definitely a bit extra highly effective than the Toyota Land Cruiser on which it is based mostly.

This historic engine is mated to a comparatively trendy transmission: an eight-speed computerized, full with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters — type of hilarious on this huge SUV. This transmission is not precisely the final phrase in sophistication, with laggy, lazy shifts. However it works quietly and competently within the background more often than not, and actually, that is all you possibly can ask for.

The eight-speed additionally helps to curb the large LX’s seemingly insatiable thirst for premium gasoline. The EPA charges it at 13 miles per gallon within the metropolis, 18 on the freeway and 15 mpg mixed. Throughout my testing, which included a visit from Los Angeles to San Francisco and again, I by no means acquired near that 18-mpg mark, solely seeing about 16.5 mpg. However hey, it is higher than what I might’ve achieved if the LX had its older, six-speed computerized. Progress!

The large, spindle grille is imposing, however the LX 570 is definitely smaller than most of its fullsize rivals.

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Not like its Land Cruiser sibling, the LX 570 comes commonplace with a height-adjustable air suspension in any respect 4 corners (that is non-compulsory on the Toyota). This implies the tall LX can hunker down for simpler ingress and egress, in addition to for loading cargo. The suspension additionally helps with towing, robotically leveling the SUV when weight is positioned on the hitch. It’s going to tow as a lot as 7,000 kilos, too, which is lots for an average-size boat or camper.

Trip high quality is great in regular and luxury modes, although in the case of dealing with, the LX570 is not the sharpest factor in its class. It is a lumbering, body-on-frame SUV, with no subtle chassis tech like what’s discovered within the Cadillac Escalade or Lincoln Navigator. The steering is mild and obscure, one other trait of the LX’s older underpinnings. In the event you’re in search of one thing strong and steady to drive, one of many Lexus’ extra trendy rivals might be for you.

That mentioned, the place the LX actually shines is off-road. Options like a locking middle Torsen differential, Toyota’s Crawl Management and multi-terrain selectable traction management take a ton of guesswork out of piloting one thing so huge off the tarmac. In comparison with the Land Cruiser, the LX suffers by way of strategy and departure angles due to the extra aggressive, Lexus-specific physique work. Its 20-inch wheels and low-profile tires aren’t superb, both, the Land Cruiser’s extra affordable 18-inch wheels are fitter to goal.

Every part within the cabin is correct Lexus stuff: top quality, with very good match and end. That infotainment, however…

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Lexus consolation, however severely small inside

The inside of the LX570 is a very nice place to spend time. The supplies are all typical Lexus, which is to say the leather-based is buttery delicate, the switchgear feels strong, and every little thing appears prefer it belongs in a automobile that prices $85,000 earlier than choices. The entrance seats are multi-way energy adjustable and, in my considerably modestly geared up take a look at automobile, heated however not cooled.

At 6 toes, four inches tall, I may use a little bit extra headroom up entrance, however I do not lack for room anyplace else. The second-row seats have energy sliding performance and have adjustable backrests. They’re extraordinarily snug, as effectively, although surprisingly troublesome to fold ahead for extra cargo house.

This two-row LX 570 — a brand new seating configuration launched for 2018 — has 34.6 cubic toes of house with the second row in place. After struggling to get ’em folded, you will discover 50.5 cubic toes of house, which pales compared to every little thing else on this class. Fold all three rows of seats in a Lincoln Navigator and you will have 103 cubic toes of house. That is proper, double the house of the LX 570.

Folding the second-row seats is a ache, and even so, the Lexus is half as capacious as a few of its fullsize rivals.

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My take a look at automobile has the five-passenger seating configuration, however for an additional $5,000 you may get a 3rd row of seats that fold up and to the perimeters — decreasing cargo capability even additional. Different inside choices are restricted however embody an insulated entrance middle console bin, a heated wooden and leather-based steering wheel and a luxurious package deal which provides air flow to the aforementioned heated seats.

Lexus tends to lag behind the competitors by way of infotainment choices, and that is still true right here within the LX. You get an enormous, 12.Three-inch show for the Enform infotainment, however the display is not touch-responsive. As an alternative, you get to make use of Lexus’ actually terrible Distant Contact joystick on the shifter. Need Apple CarPlay or Android Auto? Neither can be found.

That mentioned, the LX is sort of plentifully filled with driver’s aids. Pre-collision warning, computerized emergency braking, adaptive cruise management, lane departure warning and computerized high-beams all come commonplace as a part of Lexus’ Security System+ suite.

The Lexus LX 570 is archaic but charming, and finally powerful to advocate.

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How I would spec it

I would spec my LX as the bottom, $85,830 (not together with $1,295 for vacation spot) two-row mannequin, and add the $1,190 Luxurious Package deal, which provides seat air flow for the primary and second rows in addition to upgraded leather-based. I would additionally add the $150 heated steering wheel choice as a result of that wooden wheel will get chilly fast. I would depart the one different choice — $745, 21-inch wheels — off the spec sheet. This represents solely a $1,340 enhance in worth over my completely option-less tester. That is one other good factor concerning the LX: rattling close to every little thing is commonplace.

Nonetheless, in the long run, it is laborious to advocate the LX 570. As a correct luxurious SUV, it falls behind the category in numerous essential areas, principally as a result of it is simply, effectively, previous. That is not to say that it is a unhealthy automobile — it is actually gratifying, and type of ruggedly charming. However contemplating the LX 570 basically the identical worth because the Land Cruiser on which it is based mostly and Toyota’s variant is healthier at doing all of the off-road stuff that units the LX other than its competitors, the argument solely will get weaker.

The slow-selling LX is similar because it ever was. Large, cumbersome and archaically charming, however a number of steps behind its extra trendy competitors.

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