Lexus first unveiled an all-new LX 570 for the 2008 model year, but now the rugged full-size SUV has received a thorough mid-cycle refresh for the latest model year. The LX 570 continues to be the most capable SUV in the Lexus lineup, offering real off-road chops for buyers still seeking luxurious appointments.
Closely related to the similarly refreshed Toyota Land Cruiser, the LX is pricier with the MSRP kicking in at just over $80,000. Like the Land Cruiser, the LX 570 gains a modestly restyled exterior and interior, as well as a few packaging changes for the latest model year.
The face of the LX 570 now sports the new Lexus spindle-style grille, along with new LED daytime running lamps, new and larger fog lamp bezels, a new bumper design and turn signals integrated into the side mirrors, above wider bodyside moldings. The new style continues to the rear with the newly-styled bumper, new LED taillamps, new rear license plate surround, a revised tow hitch cover that is further integrated and a rear bumper protector further enhanced with a stainless steel accent piece.
The interior gains the new Easy Access system, improved cooling for the front seats, a 120-volt power source for the middle row seats, a new design for the instrument panel, a new color display, a dark chrome finish for the center instrument cluster and front side air vents, a new chrome accent above the glove box, a new mahogany wood trim, as well as the replacement of parchment with Cashmere trim as a new interior leather color.
There are also two new exterior colors: Medium Nebula Gray Pearl and Satin Cashmere Metallic, replacing Twilight Gray Metallic and Golden Almond Metallic.
The LX 570 continues to use a potent 5.7-liter V8 that makes 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel the 5900-lb SUV from zero-to-sixty in the mid six-second range. The muscular engine also enables the SUV to tow a substantial 8,500 pounds. A six-speed automatic transmission provides silken shifts and offers a wide spread of gears to maximize efficiency, though fuel economy is about what one might expect: 13 in the city and 18 on the highway, a product of the LX 570's big motor and bigger mass.
The LX offers an optional Luxury Package that includes a cool box for beverages, semi-aniline leather-trimmed upholstery with new contrast stitching, a heated steering wheel, new mahogany wood-trimmed door switch plates, a rear-center armrest cover, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats (outboard position only) and Smart Access card key.
If the Luxury Package doesn't cut it for you, buyers can plunk down some more cash for a dual screen rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones and three-prong electrical outlet. This will be sure to keep the kids busy with movies or video games, each with their own screen and unique signal source.
Other features remain mostly unchanged from the previous model year, ranging from standard 20-inch wheels to an available 19-speaker, 450-watt, 15-channel Mark Levinson Reference sound system.
The new LX features ten standard airbags including driver- and front-passenger knee airbags, second-row seat-mounted side airbags and third-row curtains. Among the many safety features on the new LX are Active Front Headrests, a first for a Lexus utility vehicle, second-row seat belt pretensioners, and a direct tire pressure monitor system.
Pricing for the Lexus LX 570 starts roughly $10,000 higher than the previous generation, with a sticker base price of around $80,000.
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 class.