2014 LX 570 New Car Test Drive
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 hefty loads, haul heavy cargo, and transport up to eight people and their gear across great distances in comfort.
The 2014 LX 570 carries over from 2013. The Lexus LX 570 got a new look for 2013, including a new grille, along with updated electronics and additional convenience features.
The Lexus LX 570 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.
The Lexus LX offers more technology and a higher level of luxury than what is found on the Land Cruiser. Among its technological advances are 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, though also highly capable, aims 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 vehicle will go just about anywhere. 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. Safety features are on a par with the best luxury sedans.
The Lexus LX 570 is relaxing to drive on long trips, gliding down the open highway with ease; but it's also equipped with a brace of thoughtful features to make around-town driving and parking more convenient.
The LX is by now well-established as a technology showcase for Lexus. It was the first Lexus to offer a wide-view front and side monitor system for hard-to-see areas. Cameras are located inside the grille and below the right-hand side-view mirror, and the radar antenna is positioned behind the Lexus emblem in the front grille. The LX also offers Adaptive Radar Cruise Control and a Pre-Collision System.
A tri-lingual navigation system first appeared in 2008. The latest hard-disc system incorporates Bluetooth, Lexus Enform with Safety Connect, Lexus Insider, music streaming, and of course the usual XM NavTraffic, NavWeather, Stocks and Sports. Also included are automatic phonebook download capability, fuel prices, and the Lexus Enform Application Suite.
Smart Access keyless entry unlocks all five doors when the driver touches a door or tailgate. So long as the key fob is somewhere on your person, Bluetooth proximity sensors unlock the car automatically.
All Lexus vehicles are assembled in Japan. Finished vehicles are inspected three times, testing for such qualities as quietness, steering wheel feel, color matching and door sound accuracy.
The Lexus LX 570 competes with the Cadillac Escalade, Land Rover Range Rover, and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. The Range Rover and GL-Class were all-new for 2013, whereas the Lexus LX was last redesigned for the 2008 model year.
The 2014 Lexus LX comes as one model: the LX 570 ($82,630). The standard package includes leather-trimmed upholstery; mahogany interior accents; 20-inch wheels; power rear door and tailgate; Class 4 towing hitch; moonroof; heated power-folding outside mirrors; roof rack; foglamps; 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 that 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, and a heated steering wheel. A DVD rear-seat entertainment system ($2,005) includes dual screens and wireless headphones. Also available are a 19-speaker, 450-watt Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio system ($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. Lexus offers three comprehensive LX 570 Packages ($5,750, $7,125, or $8,625), each of which includes a specific group of option items.
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.