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The Luxurious LX570 Conquers Nearly All Terrain in Comfort
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05 September 2015  

The LX570 cocoons its inhabitants in quiet serenity.

2015 Lexus LX 570

Personality: A utility truck traversing the Sahara meets the CEO’s daily commuter.

Best Gizmo: The ability to drive over almost any terrain, with a heated steering wheel…

Most Annoying Feature: A three-way toss up between the price tag, the cost, and the sticker shock. Did I mention this thing is expensive? 

MPG (as tested): If you care, you shouldn’t even consider buying it.

Performance: More than adequate for a five-door, 6,000 lb vehicle. 

Cars we smoked at stoplights: Not very many, but we looked good in their rear view mirror.

0-60: 7.6 seconds (as tested)

How Fast Is That? Decent… especially for a car this heavy.

How Much? Base price is $82,930, but options can take you north of $90k quickly

What option should I splurge on? Intuitive Park Assist with Wide-view Front and Side Monitor. For $1,000 it will help you park at the mall with ease.

Serious Contenders? Cadillac Escalade, Range Rover, and the Infinity QX80.

Which luxury vehicle should a Fortune 500 CEO take on a jaunt through the mountains to relax at the remote family lodge? The Mercedes S550 won’t clear the terrain, and a typical SUV won’t include the amenities to which the 1% are accustomed. Fear not my friends within the 99%…the Lexus LX570 will chauffeur anyone with a decently thick wallet and a snow covered driveway.

Although it has been a whopping eight years since it’s last major refresh, the LX570 still stands tall as a technology packed, terrain conquering, wood-trimmed behemoth of opulence. Equipped with exterior cameras to easily guide you through the narrow Starbucks drive through, the LX570 cocoons it’s inhabitants in quiet serenity and, well, a ridiculous amount of leather.

With a heritage dating back to the days of Land Rover and early Jeeps, the folks at Toyota first responded to market demands with the Toyota Land Cruiser. Since 1951, the Land Cruiser has been synonymous with reliability and economy. Seeking to carry on the success of the Toyota brand to the luxury market, the Lexus LX was produced in 1996 and is now in it’s third generation of the body-on-frame SUV.

From the outside, the body lines and significant height make the Lexus nearly indistinguishable from it’s Toyota counterpart, save the giant L on the grill. With no recent updates to exterior styling, the LX is somewhat stuck in years past compared to the stiff competition of the Cadillac Escalade and Infinity QX80.

Sitting in the captain’s seat, all controls are within easy reach — no small feat of engineering for a vehicle of this size. With too many terrain modes and settings to list, the LX has an extra host of buttons and knobs to learn. The light steering and excellent engine response make guiding this 6,000-pound vehicle through tight spaces easier than one would think.

With gasoline costing almost $10,000 extra over the course of 5 years compared to a typical sedan, the LX570 burns petrol like a 1970’s Trans Am. Why does it matter? Consider this… if you are willing to spend almost six figures on a four-wheel, five-door transport device, by the law of common sense, you couldn’t care less about the cost to fill up the tank. Your AmEx will swipe just fine, and your bill will be handled by your business manager…end of story. In case you’re wondering, I am not speaking from experience. 

Here is the skinny on the side of the luxury SUV market… the LX570 doesn’t necessarily stand out as the most luxurious, nor the most modern in design or execution. What makes it amazing is it’s ability to conquer all but the most hostile terrain while still providing a heated steering wheel and a DVD for the kiddos.

If all you want in life is a warm rump over rough terrain, look no further than the LX.

 

 

John Kehlenbeck

Each month John Kehlenbeck tests a worthy car. From the mundane stats of zero-to-60 time all the way to the incredibly important aspects of a vehicle, like cup holder location and bluetooth integration, Kehlenbeck dissects the details to give you the information you actually care about.