Written by Tim Marsh:
Along with the smooth ride and refined interior Lexus is known for, the 2014 LX 570 adds an impressive off-road package, making it an SUV that handles well whether on the road or navigating rough terrain. Of course, this new SUV isn’t right for everyone, so read our full 2014 Lexus LX570 review below to find out more details and how it stacks up to the competition.The Line-Up
This Lexus has just one badge to choose from—LX 570.
- 383 horsepower
- 5.7-liter V8
- 7,000-lb towing capacity
- Full-time 4WD with CRAWL Control
- Available Wide-view Front and Side Monitor
Exterior and Styling
The body of the 2014 LX 570 is unchanged from 2013. At about 5 meters wide and 2 meters high, this is a hefty SUV; however, smooth lines make for a less bulky appearance, while the chrome grill, door handles, and fog lamp surrounds give that attractive, high-end look. Extra-dark tinted windows and 20″ alloy wheels may just make you want to seal the deal when you find a Lexus LX570 for sale.
Interior and Comfort
Although not quite as lavish as some other luxury vehicles, this SUV has high-quality features like a woodgrain dash, centre console, and door inserts in addition to the leather trim. The seats are comfortable, multi-zone climate control and electric seats add to the comfort. However, while there is plenty of legroom in the first two rows of seating, the last row’s legroom is very limited and can therefore be uncomfortable for adults or bigger kids.
On the technology side, the 570 has voice recognition, GPS, a DVD player, and a digital stereo system that has 19 speakers to give you completely immersive sound.
Under the Bonnet
The V8 engine in the LX 570 has 270kw of power, giving you a decent 0-100 acceleration time of 7.8 seconds. Shifting is incredibly smooth with the 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is not very good, however, as it consumes 14.8 L per 100 km.
On the Road
The 570 utilises advanced automatic gear-shifting technology to give you the optimal engine performance whether going downhill or uphill. Auto-leveling suspension means that your ride height won’t change even when you’re towing a heavy load, and active off-road suspension adjusts to changing terrain to make driving off the beaten path a more enjoyable experience.
This SUV gets good marks for safety because of its sheer size and 9 airbags throughout, but the 3rd row doesn’t have side airbags like the other rows. Rear, front, and side cameras increase the safety as well.
Value for Money
The LX 570 price tag of $140,045 may be worth it to you if you’re looking for a car with an advanced suspension system that handles well no matter where you take it. You certainly won’t get short-changed on interior luxury and comfort either. However, the fairly poor fuel economy will cost you more in petrol.
The cheaper options in this class include the Toyota LandCruiser 200 and Audi Q7 V12. The LC 200 is just over $60,000 cheaper than the LX 570 but doesn’t offer quite the same level of luxury, while the Q7 ranges from $90,500 to $129,300 and has a slightly smaller body but a more powerful engine than the Lexus. The BMW X5 M50 is about $7,000 more than the LX 570 and offers much better fuel economy and more power as well, although it only seats up to five people.
The Lexus LX 570 seats 8, looks great inside and out, handles well, and offers comfort and convenience. If fuel economy is important to you or you don’t like the limited leg room on the 3rd row, however, there may be another luxury SUV out there that suits you better.
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