2014 Lexus LX 570

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.

Though it can't match the space or handling refinement of some competitors, it's nevertheless plenty civilized in most driving situations while offering an even more coddling interior than the already opulent Land Cruiser.

Recent Changes
Lexus updated the LX 570 inside and out for the previous model year, adding freshened sheetmetal along with an upgraded interior. Following that overhaul, it essentially stands pat this year.

It's fair to say that they don't make them like the LX 570 any more. Most automakers have long since retired their trucklike, body-on-frame SUVs for car-based crossovers as buyers recognize they want improved fuel efficiency and handling more than towing ability and off-roading chops.

However, some folks still need those extreme capabilities, and want them in combination with big-time luxury. For them, the LX 570 is one of the best remaining choices.

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. Its standard Crawl Control system can even automatically control the throttle and brakes to help maintain a steady pace on steep declines or while maneuvering over rough, uneven surfaces.

The LX 570 boasts a 5.7-liter V8 that pairs with a six-speed automatic and produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. That's enough output to muscle the big SUV over precipitous hills or tow up to 7,000 lbs. Fuel economy is about what one would expect: 13 in the city and 18 on the highway, a product of the LX 570's big motor and bigger mass.

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.

With soft leather upholstery, handsome wood trim and excellent fit-and-finish, the cabin is an enjoyable place to spend time. Befitting the LX 570's price point, numerous desirable features are standard, with highlights including a navigation system, heated front seats, a sunroof and a power liftgate.

A standard touchscreen display integrates Lexus' Enform suite of apps, including Yelp, Pandora and iHeartRadio.

One downside to the interior is less space than one might expect given the SUV's size. Though the LX 570 technically has room for eight passengers, the third row is cramped and best left to children. Additionally, while cargo space is respectable - it measures 41 cubic feet behind the second row seats and 83 cubes with the second and third rows folded - some smaller models can match or better it. That's largely because the third-row seats power-fold to the sides of the interior, rather than folding flat into the floor.

Standard and Optional Features
The LX 570 is fitted as standard with leather upholstery, genuine wood trim, a navigation system, four-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a power-closing tailgate, heated front seats, a nine-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with AUX and USB inputs, Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio, auto on/off headlights, cruise control, full power accessories, power-adjustable first-, second- and third-row seats power-folding heated exterior mirrors, adaptive xenon headlights, LED taillights and 20-inch alloy wheels.

The optional Luxury Package brings a 19-speaker Mark Levinsom premium stereo, a cooled beverage box, semi-aniline leather-trimmed upholstery with new contrast stitching, a heated steering wheel, mahogany wood-trimmed door switch plates, a rear-center armrest cover, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats (outboard position only), a proximity key and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system.

Occupant Safety
All LX 570 models feature front, front side, front knee, second-row- side and full-length side-curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems.

A pre-collision braking system is available as an option. Bundled with dynamic radar cruise control, it can recognize potential accidents and apply the brakes to reduce the severity of a collision.

Key Competitors
Those looking for a full-size luxury 'ute like the LX 570 with real off-roading abilities should also research the Range Rover, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and the Infiniti QX56. If on-road performance is more of a priority, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Audi Q7 are good options in this segment.