When Toyota Chairman và Lexus Chief Branding Officer Akio Toyoda took to the stage to unveil the LC500 at the North American International tự động hóa Show in Detroit last month, he said he was determined lớn make sure people didn’t use the words “Boring” và “Lexus” in the same sentence anymore. He must not have driven his company’s LX570 recently.

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Now khổng lồ be fair, the LX570 competes in a category where excitement really isn’t the point. Full-size SUVs are built around comfort, capacity và capability. You don’t buy one of these modern land yachts (think Escalade, Navigator, QX80, Range Rover or GL550) khổng lồ set a lap record at the Nürburgring. They’re built to lớn haul a boat, transport your family lớn the mountains for a week of skiing, or carry you and your co-workers in comfort as you visit clients across town or the state.


And this is where things get tricky. Mr. Toyoda wants Lexus lớn be a more exciting and youthful brand. So features that signify that shift are creeping their way into all Lexus vehicles even if they don’t make much sense. Case in point, the LS570 offers drive mode select which allows you to lớn toggle from ECO to lớn Comfort to sport and Sport+ modes, the last two of which Lexus describes in this manner: “SPORT mode dials up powertrain response và dials down nguồn steering assist khổng lồ yield a sportier driving feel, and, to lớn that, sport S+ mode adds firmer damping control from AVS to lớn prioritize handling agility.”

Let me tell you, even in Sport+ mode, agile this thing ain’t.

The LX570 is not an RC F. It’s a big, body-on-frame truck that weighs three tons và has a high center of gravity. It doesn’t need thể thao mode, much less Sport+. These mix an expectation this vehicle can’t deliver. What it should offer are just three modes, ECO, Touring và Towing. Leave the sporting intentions khổng lồ its smaller, more nimble sibling the RX as well as the coupes và sedans bearing the spindle grille.

So let’s acknowledge the true mission of the LX570 và talk about all that’s good here.

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First of all, this thing is comfortable, especially in the first & second row. Loaded up as my LX was, even rear seat passengers get heated seats that are adjustable fore và aft as well as reclining. Up front, the driver và passenger seats are heated and ventilated, & the heated steering wheel was a welcome feature on these cold midwestern mornings. Load up 5 people in the first & second rows & there’s not a whole lot to complain about. The semi-aniline leather seating and wood trim are first rate, better than you’ll find in the Escalade and right up there with the Infiniti. The Climate Concierge automatically monitors the temperature of the four climate zones in the LX570 và adjusts the fans as well as the temperature of the seats and steering wheel independently. If, however, you are relegated khổng lồ the third row, I hope for your sake the trip is a short one. The seats are comfortable enough, but legroom in the way back is at a premium.


Next, there’s capacity and with the third row down, there’s plenty of it. Even with five people on your journey, you’ll be able to carry all the luggage và gear you’ll need for a week or two on the road. Fold down the second row và this luxury transporter becomes a utilitarian marvel. It had no problems swallowing a two-piece, six-foot tall midcentury modern shelving unit we scored at the Treasure Mart. With people in the third row, however, space is limited to lớn just 9.1 cubic feet of cargo space. That’ll get you a few bags of groceries or a couple of overnight bags, but if you plan on traveling with more than 5 people for any length of time, you’re going khổng lồ need a roof-top carrier for luggage.


Driving the LX570 is as you would expect. Visibility is excellent from the high seating position and the ride is both smooth and quiet. It’s packed full of driver assist và safety technologies lượt thích adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot warning monitors, a new, massive 12.3-inch display screen & remote cảm ứng interface, & there’s a new, smooth shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. Khổng lồ say this thing is loaded is lượt thích saying, Meryl Streep has a few awards. Power from the 5.7L V8 is ample, though at 6,000 pounds and with 383 horsepower, the LX570 has one of the lowest power lớn weight ratios in the class. It can tow up to lớn 7,000 pounds which again is adequate but but significantly less than the towing capacity of the the Escalade, Navigator and QX80.

If you’re inclined lớn take a nearly $97,000 truck off-roading, you’d be hard-pressed lớn find a better choice. The LX570 is basically a deluxe version of the Toyota Land Cruiser và as such, its capabilities when the wheels leave the pavement are first rate. It offers crawl control with terrain mode select and power height adjustment so you can raise the vehicle if you need an extra few inches of ground clearance. Whether you’re traversing a muddy bog, a sandy desert or a rocky mountain pass, the LX has the chops to lớn get you through it.

The bottom line here is the Lexus LX570 is a capable full-size SUV that can carry all the people an most of the stuff you want in supreme comfort. It’s the ultimate suburban assault vehicle – perfect for families running errands around town who might want khổng lồ play in the mud every once in a while. If you’re towing a big boat or camper, or taking longer trips with five or more people, there are better options out there for you.


Lexus LX570Full-Size AWD 8-Passenger SUVBase Price: $88,880Price as tested: $96,905

Drivetrain5.7L V8383 horsepower403 lb.-ft. Of torqueFull-time 4-wheel drive8-speed automatic transmission

HandlingIndependent double wishbone front suspensionElectronically controlled shock absorbers with front và rear stabilizer barsPower-assisted rack và pinion steering with variable gear ratio4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS20-inch wheels with Mud and Snow tiresDrive mode select w/eco, sport

SafetyFull complement of airbags for front and rear passengersFront seatbelt pre-tensionersPre-collision system includes automatic braking system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alertBlind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alertHID headlamps with automatic high beam dimmerIntegrated LED fog lamps và daytime running lampsRain sensing intermittent wipers

Comfort & ConvenienceSemi-aniline leather with contrast stitching và wood trimmed interiorHeated & ventilated power front seatsHeated leather & wood steering wheelHeated power second row seatsPower folding third row seatNavigation system with voice activation systemLexus Enform destinations and app suiteMark Levinson 19-speaker surround sound audio system with DVD playerDual screen DVD rear-seat entertainment systemFront & rear cameras with 360-degree overhead view

CompetitorsCadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Infiniti QX80, Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GL550