2021 Lexus LX 570 review: An off-road champ, but tough to recommend

Hope you want grille.

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The Lexus LX 570 is actually a gussied-up Toyota Land Cruiser, so it has some nice off-road chops. However whereas the Land Cruiser has this intrinsic cool issue — much more so with 2020’s Heritage Edition — the LX 570 simply feels, nicely, outdated.


Table of Contents

  • Glorious off-road functionality
  • Excessive-quality inside
  • Plenty of commonplace options

Do not Like

  • Poor gas economic system
  • Horrible infotainment tech

The LX 570 competes within the crowded full-size SUV phase, and makes use of old-school, body-on-frame structure with full-time all-wheel drive. Just one powertrain is offered, consisting of a naturally aspirated, 5.7-liter V8 mated to an eight-speed computerized transmission.

Even with 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque on faucet, the LX 570 is not precisely fast. This can be a large, 6,100-pound SUV, and it takes 7.Three seconds to hit 60 mph. A full-size Mercedes-Benz GLS450, then again, has much less energy and torque, however due to turbocharging and mild-hybrid expertise, it could dash to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds all whereas returning higher gas effectivity.

On that observe, the EPA offers the 2021 LX 570 scores of 12 miles per gallon metropolis, 16 mpg freeway and 14 mpg mixed. The GLS450 returns 19 metropolis, 23 freeway and 21 mixed, and much more highly effective opponents just like the Land Rover Range Rover and Lincoln Navigator do barely higher, each returning 16 metropolis, 21 freeway and 18 mixed. Throughout per week of testing, my LX 570 is simply averaging 13.6 mpg.

The LX’s freeway journey is generally clean however it’s simply upset by bumpy pavement. Maybe probably the most disconcerting a part of the driving expertise is the steering, which feels heavy (yay!) however very numb (boo!). The shortage of on-center steering really feel means I am continually making small corrections simply to remain in a straight line.

The LX is offered with two or three rows of seats.

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I do know homeowners aren’t going to run the Lexus LX 570 by the canyons like they might in a sports activities automotive, however the firm offers its SUV Sport and Sport Plus modes to alter up the throttle and transmission parameters. Even when dialed into Sport Plus, the steering remains to be obscure and there’s a ton of physique movement. The excellent news is that the eight-speed transmission shifts properly within the background, not drawing any consideration to itself.

Fortunately, there are a number of commonplace driving aids, and the adaptive cruise management does a pleasant job of slowing the LX down as soon as I hit site visitors. Sadly, the low-speed modulation of the adaptive cruise management is terrible. The LX slams on the brakes and stops abruptly, to the purpose the place I would relatively simply drive with this tech off.

All issues thought of, the LX 570 is way worse to drive on-road than just about some other full-size luxurious SUV. But it surely at the least can excel off the overwhelmed path. I did not have an opportunity to off-road this tester, however I hit the dirt in an LX in 2016, and the 2021 mannequin is actually the identical. A lockable heart differential is commonplace as is a two-speed switch case and 5 totally different terrain modes. The air suspension may give the Lexus over 11 inches of floor clearance and there may be some nifty expertise that applies the brake to an inside wheel when the path will get tight. It is extra succesful within the tough stuff than something from BMW or Mercedes-Benz. It will completely stand toe-to-toe with a Vary Rover.

The inside is snug and the supplies are nice, however the infotainment tech is all types of terrible.

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Inside, the LX will be had with two or three rows of seats, and there is a most of 81.Three cubic toes of cargo area. Whereas there may be loads of room in that third row, it is not probably the most snug. My rear is decrease than my knees, making me really feel like I am sitting in a kindergarten chair, however the second row is supercomfy with accessible heated and cooled seats, separate local weather controls and an accessible dual-screen DVD system. Sadly, there is not a Wi-Fi hotspot, so your youngsters cannot stream Netflix or Hulu or something like that.

Whereas the cabin is stuffed with luxurious fashion and it is fairly nicely insulated from highway and engine noise, Lexus wants a full-blown overhaul of its infotainment system. The Enform expertise is housed on a 12.3-inch display screen, managed by a persnickety joystick that is troublesome and distracting to make use of. The graphics are outdated, the interface is not simple to know and the entire system is simply tougher than it must be. Living proof: When utilizing the in-dash navigation system there isn’t a mute button on the map. As a substitute I’ve to exit navigation, go to the overall setup menu, discover the voice settings and mute the instructions from there. It is simply not nicely thought out. Usually I’d simply say to make use of your telephone for navigation, however neither Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is obtainable. Ugh. At the very least the LX features Amazon Alexa integration for 2021.

Sadly, the LX is an SUV that is powerful to advocate.

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The LX 570 has two USB Sort-A ports, a wi-fi charging pad and a 12-volt outlet up entrance, however second-row passengers solely get one 12-volt plug and a 120-volt outlet. Need charging choices within the third row? Too dangerous.

The 2021 Lexus LX 570 begins at $87,605 together with a $1,025 vacation spot cost, and my tester simply crests the $100,000 mark. Which means the LX is priced according to different full-size luxurious contenders, however good as it’s inside, the Lexus presents far much less in the way in which of expertise and efficiency. Truthfully, should you’re married to this archaic sort of SUV and worth its off-road credibility, why not simply save $5,000 and get a Toyota Land Cruiser? In any case, it is primarily the identical factor.

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