2015 LX 570 New Car Test Drive
The Lexus LX 570 is a full-size luxury sport-utility vehicle that's relaxing to drive on long trips as it glides down the highway with style and ease. It can transport up to eight people and haul their gear across great distances in comfort, as well as tow hefty loads. It has strong acceleration performance and excellent handling response for a large SUV.
The 2015 Lexus LX 570 competes with the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, INFINITI QX80, Audi Q7, Land Rover Range Rover, and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. Escalade is all new for 2015, while Navigator is updated; Range Rover and GL-Class were all new for 2013, while the Lexus got a facelift on its chassis that was last redesigned for 2008.
The LX 570 is EPA-rated at 12/17 mpg City/Highway. We got 13.4 mpg in hilly city and 72-mph highway driving for a week.
For 2015, LX 570 gets the full-tilt multimedia capability, with standard Siri Eyes Free Mode which uses the latest iPhone models to enable you to call contacts, play iTunes, get navigation commands and more. There's also the Lexus Enform App Suite which basically turns your phone into a super remote that can do just about everything but drive your kids to school. This Suite is upgraded for 2015 to include iHeartRadio 4.0 and Slacker.
The Lexus LX 570 uses the same heavy-duty frame and stout powertrain as the Toyota Land Cruiser, and like the Land Cruiser, the Lexus is designed for extraordinary versatility, a rare combination of utility and luxury. But luxury and technology come first with the Lexus, from its active suspension and adaptive headlamps to its Mark Levinson audio system and high quality interior. The Land Cruiser is better equipped for rigorous off-road use, while the Lexus is more for the family who wants to travel in style and safety to a snowy ski resort, a ranch house down a long dirt road, or a mountain fishing lodge. Still, the Lexus has 4×4 chops.
The Land Cruiser is rated to tow a mega 8500 pounds, while the Lexus can tow 7000 pounds, which is like a NASCAR stock car in a 22-foot trailer with tools. Trailer Sway Control is standard. We towed a 16-foot flatbed trailer carrying a puny sports car, and the big SUV's rugged chassis and V8 engine (with 403 pound-feet of torque) barely felt it, at 70 mph. So we upped the load to a 24-foot travel trailer, and the LX 570 still never broke a sweat. Later we hit the full 7000-pound load, see our Driving Impressions.
A tri-lingual navigation hard-disc system incorporates Bluetooth, Lexus Enform with Safety Connect, Lexus Insider, music streaming, and XM NavTraffic, NavWeather, Stocks and Sports. Smart Access keyless entry unlocks all five doors when the driver touches a door or tailgate. Available but not standard are a pre-collision system with adaptive radar cruise control, and a front and side monitor system with cameras inside the grille and below the passenger sideview mirror.
The 2015 Lexus LX 570 is the only model ($83,180). 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; heated front seats; and Siri Eyes Free.
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, Slacker, 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.