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Lexus LX 570: All-Terrain Luxury

By Arv Voss, March 16th, 2019

In 1996, Lexus introduced the first full-capability, three-row luxury utility vehicle with its premium LX. Today the 2019 LX 570 continues that heritage, now offering a two-row version, with seating for up to five.

Manufacturer photo: The Lexus LX 570 conquers any type of terrain in comfort, whether on rocky country roads or rugged city streets
Manufacturer photo: The Lexus LX 570 conquers any type of terrain in comfort, whether on rocky country roads or rugged city streets

-- OVERVIEW

New for 2019 are optional outside puddle lamps that project the "Lexus" logo, a digital clock now appears in the Multi Information Display, and Lexus Enform Remote includes smart watch and Amazon Alexa skill integration. Optional for the two-row model are 21-inch wheels and a heated wood and leather steering wheel.

-- POWER

The luxurious Lexus LX 570 transports the family to on- or off-road adventures, including towing the camper along, thanks to its standard 7,000-pound towing capability. Its 5.7-liter V-8 engine cranks out 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 403 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,800 rpm.

Manufacturer photo: The Lexus LX 570 conquers any type of terrain in comfort, whether on rocky country roads or rugged city streets

-- OFF ROAD READY

The Lexus LX 570's full-time four-wheel drive system employs a Torsen limited-slip locking center differential that splits power 40:60 (front:rear), with the rearward power bias contributing to on-road agility.

A four-wheel active traction control system works with the four-wheel-drive system. The Multi-Terrain Select system allows the driver to choose from Rock, Rock & Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock, or Mud & Sand. A driver-selectable low range provides low-speed crawling capability, and shifting into low range engages Active Height Control increasing ground clearance by 2 inches.

Low-range capability is further augmented by Crawl Control with Turn Assist and Hill-start Assist Control. Crawl Control manipulates the throttle and brake functions, while the Hill-Start Assist Control prevents the LX 570 from rolling backward when moving from a stop on an incline.

The LX 570's Adaptive Variable Suspension continually adjusts shock absorber damping rates. Selectable Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes allow the driver to tailor the system's ride firmness and comfort to their preference.

Manufacturer photo: The Lexus LX 570 conquers any type of terrain in comfort, whether on rocky country roads or rugged city streets

-- COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

The Lexus LX 570 comes standard with a driver's 14-way power adjustable front seat, four-zone climate control, and front power-seat cushion extenders.

Standard equipment includes a navigation system, a rear back-up camera, a power-sliding second-row seat, and power-folding and retractable third-row seat. Getting in and out of the vehicle is easier with the Easy Access system that lowers the LX 570 by nearly two inches to assist entry or exit; normal height resumes automatically when the vehicle begins to accelerate.

-- SAFETY AND CONNECTIVITY

A host of safety touches includes ABS and electronic brake-force distribution, plenty of air bags, and a rear backup camera with navigation screen projection to name just a few.

Manufacturer photo: The Lexus LX 570 conquers any type of terrain in comfort, whether on rocky country roads or rugged city streets

State-of-the-art multimedia includes Lexus Enform, capable of making a compatible Bluetooth smartphone even smarter. Lexus Enform with Safety Connect is available.

My test 2019 Lexus LX 570 came with the exterior finished in a Nebula Gray Pearl metallic, and an Ebony Charcoal interior featuring polished Dark Brown Walnut trim accents. The base price was $85,830, with the final tally totaling $87,915 with options and the delivery, processing, and handling fee.

-- PERFORMANCE

The Lexus LX 570 is an exemplary mode of transportation for on- or off-pavement exercises. It's also attractive considering its bulk and 3-ton mass.

Acceleration is stellar, as are the smooth transmission gear transitions. The ride quality is comfortable -- never harsh, and handling characteristics reflect agility with minimal effort. The LX 570 delivers versatile and sumptuous interior appointments, sure-footedness on and off pavement, and an impressive level of technology.

-- CONCLUSION

There's limited competition at this level in a full-size luxury SUV, and if you're not looking to go rock crawling then the Lexus fills the bill at a lower price than a legendary and well-known British marque.

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