2021 Lexus LX 570 Reviews

2021 LX 570 New Car Test Drive

The following review is for a 2020 Model Year. There may be minor changes to current model you are looking at.


Brash, powerful, and untroubled by a prodigious thirst for fuel, the 2020 Lexus LX shuns subtlety in favor of making its presence known. Sharing its basic body-on-frame design with the Toyota Land Cruiser, the LX provides a plush yet calm and inviting space for passengers, along with a pampering ride ? quite a feat for a massive, truck-based SUV. 

A Sport package for the three-row model has been added for the 2020 model year, with distinctive exterior and interior styling. It includes an exclusive grille and front fascia, body-color mirrors with chrome accents, semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats in a choice of three colors, and a black headliner. A Cool Box has joined the option list. 

The LX comes in a single trim level, with either two or three rows of seats, for five- or eight-passenger capacity. 

Beneath the hood, a 5.7-liter V-8, shared with the related Land Cruiser, develops 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. 

Few cars guzzle more fuel than an LX, which is EPA-rated at a shocking 12 mpg city, 16 highway, and 14 combined. Unlike the Land Cruiser, the LX requires premium gasoline. 

Low-range provides for low-speed crawl control when off-roading, and the LX can tow as much as 7,000 pounds when properly equipped. A multi-terrain system provides modes for traversing Rock, Rock/Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock, and Mud/Sand. 

Suspensions differ between the LX and Land Cruiser. Both models employ an independent front suspension, with a solid axle and coil springs at the rear. Lexus turns to a height-adjustable electro-hydraulic system, which can raise or lower the body by tapping a button. An automatic load-leveling rear suspension copes with hefty loads and trailers. 

Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has crash-tested the hefty, three-ton LX. Lexus makes several valuable active safety features standard, including automatic emergency braking that can detect and stop for pedestrians. Also included are active lane control, lane-departure warnings, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control, and high-beam headlight assist. 


The Lexus LX is available in a single trim: LX 570. Prices include a $1,295 destination charge. 

The two-row LX 570 costs $87,675 to start. It comes with perforated leather interior trim, power-adjustable and heated front seats, a moonroof, a power rear door, illuminated running boards, adaptive variable suspension with active height control, memory for the driver's seat/mirrors/steering wheel, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, four-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, a panoramic-view camera, and 10-spoke, 20-inch wheels. 

The three-row LX 570 ($92,775) adds a third row of seats with power-folding, but is otherwise similar to the two-row model. 

Options include a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, 11.3-inch screens for second-row passengers, softer leather, open-pore wood trim, and 21-inch alloy wheels. 

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