2013 LX 570 New Car Test Drive
The Lexus LX 570 has a new look for 2013, thanks mainly to the new spindle grille that has become the Lexus corporate hallmark. Other styling refinements, inside and out, distinguish the latest edition. The 2013 Lexus LX 570 also gets updated electronics, both for tackling tough terrain and in terms of information and entertainment features. New conveniences have been added to the 2013 LX 570, such as a steering wheel and driver seat that automatically retract for more graceful entries and exits.
The Lexus LX 570 is a true luxury vehicle, with advanced safety, comfort and quality features. It's also a big, heavy vehicle that can tow big loads, haul heavy cargo, and transport people and gear across great distances in comfort. It uses the same heavy-duty frame and stout powertrain as the Toyota Land Cruiser. Like the Land Cruiser, the Lexus LX 570 is designed for extraordinary versatility and an unusual combination of utility and luxury. But with the Lexus, luxury comes first.
Designed for a different kind of use, the Lexus LX offers a number of qualities and features that the Land Cruiser does not offer. These include technological advances such as wide-view parking monitors, adaptive front headlights, and an active damping suspension control system. A Mark Levinson audio system is also a Lexus exclusive, and the interior is built using a higher level of materials and finish.
The Land Cruiser is better equipped for rigorous off-road use; the LX 570, although also highly capable, is aimed more at the luxury car owner who occasionally needs guaranteed control on a snowy road leading to a ski resort, or safe traction on the graded dirt road leading to a ranch house or mountain fishing lodge. Either one of them will go just about anywhere. Safety features are on a par with the best luxury sedans. The ability to haul boats or horse trailers up to 7,000 pounds makes the LX 570 the most capable SUV offered by Lexus; while the Land Cruiser can tow up to 8,500 pounds.
The Lexus LX is relaxing to drive on long trips, gliding down the open highway with easy, but it's also equipped with a brace of thoughtful features to make around-town driving and parking more convenient.
The Lexus LX competes with the Cadillac Escalade, Land Rover Range Rover, and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. The Range Rover and GL-Class are all-new for 2013. The Lexus LX was last redesigned for the 2008 model year.
The 2013 Lexus LX comes as one model, the LX 570 ($80,930). The standard package includes leather upholstery; mahogany interior accents; 20-inch wheels; power rear door and tailgate; Class 4 towing hitch; moonroof; heated power outside mirrors; roof rack; fog lamps; HID headlamps; programmable garage door opener; 115V outlets in the second row and rear cargo area; power door locks with anti-lock-out feature; Smart Access keyless entry and starting; 10-way power driver seat with three-position memory and Easy Access feature; 8-way power front passenger seat; and heated front seats. The standard audio system is Lexus Premium Audio, a nine-speaker unit which includes AM/FM tuning, in-dash CD/DVD changer, Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL), Digital Sound Processing (DSP), HD Radio with iTunes tagging, MP3 and USB/iPod audio input plugs, integrated SiriusXM Satellite Radio with XM NavTraffic, NavWeather, Sports, Stocks, and Fuel Prices (90-day trial subscription included), and Lexus Enform Application Suite (Pandora, Bing, Yelp, iHeartRadio, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com) with one-year trial subscription included.
HDD voice-activated Navigation comes standard and includes Bluetooth hands free phone and automatic phonebook download capabilities; music streaming; Lexus Enform with Destination Assist, and eDestination with complimentary one-year trial subscription.
The Luxury Package ($1,510) upgrades to semi-aniline leather, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, more mahogany interior accents, a cool box for beverages, a heated steering wheel, and Smart Card keyless entry and starting. A DVD rear-seat entertainment system ($2,005) includes dual screens and wireless headphones. Also available is a 19-speaker, 450-watt Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio ($2,350); climate-controlled front seats with heated second-row seats ($640); Pre-Collision system with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control ($1,500); and Intuitive Park Assist ($1,000) that includes wide-view front and side monitors.
Safety features include 10 airbags, anti-rollover dynamics; tire pressure monitor system; active traction control (A-TRAC); vehicle stability control (VSC); rain-sensing wipers; adaptive front lighting (AFS); brake assist; hill-start assist control (HAC); multi-terrain anti-lock braking system (ABS); electronic brake-force distribution (EBD); Quick Brake Assist; Smart Stop, which automatically reduces engine power when the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal are applied simultaneously under certain driving conditions; Safety Connect with Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assist Button, and Enhanced Roadside Assistance (with complimentary one-year subscription); and trailer sway control. A rearview camera comes standard. The optional Pre-Collision System (PCS) is packaged with adaptive cruise control.