2018 Lexus LX 570 Review
2018 Lexus LX 570 Review
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Edmunds ContributorJames Riswick is an automotive journalist at Edmunds.
- High off-road capability for a luxury SUV
- Beautifully crafted cabin
- Second and third rows lack space and versatility
- Tech interface is distracting to use
- Poor fuel economy, even for a luxury SUV
- New two-row version for this year
- Part of the third LX generation introduced for 2008
Mechanically, there's not much separating the 2018 Lexus LX 570 from Toyota's Land Cruiser. They share the same chassis design, powertrain and general interior layout. They both specialize in going places most other vehicles wouldn't dare, with the safety net of a reliability reputation that stretches back decades.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2018 Lexus LX 570 Two-Row 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 8A) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $4.32 per gallon for premium unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
$354/mo for LX 570 Two-Row
LX 570 Two-Row
Avg. Large SUV
Where do they diverge then? Well, think of the Land Cruiser as an outdoor adventurer going about his trek in a high-dollar shell jacket from REI. The LX 570 is wearing a high-dollar suit — it's still capable, but the fancy clothes do hold it back a bit.
You can tell just by looking at the LX 570's expressive Lexus styling that results in less ground clearance. The LX's big 20- or 21-inch wheels are also less conducive for venturing off the beaten path. Inside, the LX features higher-quality materials and ritzier design than its Toyota sibling.
Of course, the LX 570 also shares the Land Cruiser's inherent drawbacks. Its fuel economy is abysmal even by full-size SUV standards, and the third-row seat is cramped, difficult to reach and doesn't fold into the floor. Instead, it flips against the cargo area sides, which reduces utility.
For these reasons, another large luxury SUV would likely be a better choice if utility and family-hauling duty are priorities. But if you do like to venture off to places where pavement and traction are scarce, the LX 570 delivers capabilities that few other SUVs can match.
Edmunds' Expert Rating6.9 / 10
If you like to venture off to places where pavement and traction are scarce, the LX 570 delivers capabilities that few other SUVs can match. But another large luxury SUV would likely be a better choice if utility and family-hauling duty are priorities.
The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Lexus LX 570 (5.7L V8 | 8-speed automatic | 4WD).
|Overall||6.9 / 10|
The LX 570 can be driven aggressively, but there's no avoiding its bulk. This SUV prefers sedate operation. Many luxury SUVs offer better on-road handling, but few are comparable off-road.
The engine is responsive, and power builds steadily. But 6,200 pounds of curb weight ultimately make it feel lazy. The LX 570 uses the same V8 as the Toyota Land Cruiser, but its 300 extra pounds raise its 0-60 mph time by 0.2 second to 7.6 seconds.
The brakes are sized appropriately for the big LX; it stopped in 122 feet and exhibited virtually no fade in repeated panic-stop tests. But the pedal feels simultaneously squishy, grabby and numb, and there's significant brake dive. They may have power, but there's no finesse in everyday driving.
Driving straight roads is great, with good on-center feel and minimal effort required to keep it steady. But in corners, its self-centering instinct is almost too energetic. You'd think this would translate into good feedback, but it's actually hard to tell just how hard the tires are working.
The LX can feel downright floppy when you set the adjustable suspension to its Comfort mode. It's unsteady when the suspension is doing two things at once, such as cornering over a bumpy surface. The Sport and Sport+ settings offset this somewhat, but then you've got an uncomfortable ride.
For a luxury vehicle, the LX 570's drivetrain disappoints. It's punchy on flat terrain, but going up long grades or passing on two lanes can sometimes confuse the slow-reacting transmission.
The LX 570 features an excellent traction management system and an adjustable suspension that offers extreme articulation and the ability to get extra ground clearance in a pinch. Mechanically, the LX is a satisfying off-road platform, but its low bodywork and huge wheels are clear weaknesses.
The LX 570 is definitely comfortable. Exterior noise is nicely muted, and the seats are plush without being pillowy. It has a very effective climate control system despite lackluster front seat ventilation. But the ride isn't as smooth and steady as it should be.
Seat comfort is excellent. The driver's seat is supportive and highly adjustable. The passenger seats are nearly as accommodating. The outboard armrests are nicely padded, but the second-row middle armrest is far too low to be useful. The third row is too small for comfort.
With its adjustable suspension, the LX 570 offers four driver-selectable settings, and the changes are noticeable. At the extremes, you get a wallowy ride in Comfort and frenetic head toss in Sport+. The two middle settings are better, but even these lack the composure we expect.
Noise & vibration8.5
The separate body-on-frame construction limits the transfer of engine and road vibrations to the occupants. It's so quiet you can even hear the adaptive cruise control system subtly actuating the brakes and throttle.
Standard four-zone auto climate control is powerful. The front row has heated and cooled seats, while the middle row has heat. Many upper level features — such as rear zone adjustments — can be done from the front seat, but enabling zones is finicky due to the Remote Touch interface.
The Remote Touch interface makes it hard to make certain audio, navigation and climate adjustments. But there's a ton of room, and the large door openings, handholds, and wide running boards help people climb in and out. Visibility is generally good.
Ease of use5.0
Lexus' Remote Touch system requires too much attention to use, and you have to use it all the time because some frequently used controls, such as certain audio and climate controls, are located deep in menus. Off-road functions are easily accessed, and most other switchgear feels great to operate.
Getting in/getting out8.0
The entry challenges typical of a tall SUV apply with the LX 570. You have to reach and step up to get in. Grab handles assist with this, as do running boards. The doors open wide, with big openings.
The comfortable leather seat has a large range of adjustability (including a power thigh extender for the driver). Most will find it easy to settle behind the wheel, but taller drivers may want some more seat travel and wheel telescoping.
Tons of headroom and elbow room. The sliding and reclining second-row seats mean passengers can really sprawl out, too. The third-row seats have good headroom but iffy width and legroom. Kids should be fine back there.
The large windshield and side windows give expansive outward views. That said, the LX 570's front corners can be difficult to judge. Thankfully, a surround-view camera is standard. The view to the rear is generally good, but it is partially blocked when the third-row seat is in place.
Typical for Lexus, build quality is excellent. Inside, it's hard to hard to find fault with the interior material choices and assembly quality. A clear upgrade over Land Cruiser.
The side-folding third row is a hindrance to capacity, but this is still a decent-size cargo area. Has good towing features even if ultimate capacity isn't tops in its class. The split liftgate-tailgate design is handy for tailgating and loading, but it can make accessing deep cargo difficult.
The door pockets are deep but narrow. The front cupholders are shallow; avoid top-heavy mugs. Our test car had the optional chill box under the center console armrest. Large-format phones won't fit in the built-in wireless charging pocket in front of the cupholders.
The third row splits 50/50 and hugs the sides; the middle row splits 40/20/40 and tumbles forward. The resulting load floor is flat but narrow. It has a combo liftgate and drop-down tailgate. It's useful, though a deployed tailgate can make for a longer reach inside.
Child safety seat accommodation7.0
LATCH points are easy to find, but they are deep underneath leather flaps. Outboard seats have easily accessed top tethers, but the middle-seat tether point is way down at the bottom of the seatback. A seating position with an installed seat will disable tumble-forward access to the third row on that side.
The LX 570's 7,000-pound tow rating is lower than competitors' ratings, but its self-leveling suspension is a bonus when adding tongue weight. It has standard hitch and trailer wiring sockets, and is prewired for an add-on trailer brake controller. Stability control system has trailer sway control.
The LX 570's tech score gets a lift from its standard active safety systems. The stereo system is straightforward and sounds outstanding. But other tech elements are compromised by the problematic Remote Touch interface.
Audio & navigation7.0
The optional Mark Levinson system is strong, and the analog knobs make it easy to make selections. Remote Touch is satisfactory for audio use but frustrating for navigation tasks, and its screen real estate is inefficient in displaying info.
Phones connect via Bluetooth or USB, and that provides basic functionality. But you need two apps for full integration: NaviBridge sends addresses to the car; Enform handles entertainment and searches. A small phone cubby houses a Qi wireless charge pad, but large-format phones may not fit.
Standard gear includes all-speed adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert, blind-spot detection, parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera system. Off-road gear includes four-wheel active traction control and crawl control. We like the optional head-up display, too.
Lexus' standard voice recognition system is acceptable as long as you're using the right commands in the correct sequence. Taking time to use the setup wizard helps, too. iPhone users can access a feature called Siri Eyes Free.
Which LX 570 does Edmunds recommend?
The LX 570 comes in two versions and offers just a few options. If you have kids, the three-row version makes more sense than the new two-row. You can also get the three-row with the sensational Mark Levinson sound system. But skip the rear-seat entertainment system as its screens prevent the second-row seats from fully sliding forward for third-row access.
2018 Lexus LX 570 models
The 2018 Toyota LX 570 is a luxury SUV offered in two configurations: a standard three-row version that seats eight or a new two-row LX 570 that seats five..
Both come with a 5.7-liter V8 (383 horsepower, 403 pound-feet of torque) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel-drive system. An adaptive suspension that is height adjustable and automatically levels the load is also standard.
Other standard mechanical components include 20-inch wheels, Crawl Control (a low-speed off-road cruise control), Multi-Terrain Select (off-road vehicle settings) and hill start assist.
Standard exterior features include automatic LED exterior lighting, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, windshield wiper de-icers, running boards, a tow hitch and a power-operated liftgate.
Electronic driver aids include standard forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, lane departure warning, full-speed adaptive cruise control, driver inattention warning, an automatic parking system, multiview parking cameras, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect emergency communications.
Interior comfort and convenience features include a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, four-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings and a 40/20/40-split second-row seat (folding, reclining, power-sliding and heated). The three-row LX 570 also has a 50/50-split third-row seat that folds up against the cargo area sides (power-operated).
Infotainment features includes the Lexus Remote Touch interface (a 12.3-inch center display with center console mouselike controller), a navigation system, Bluetooth, a USB port, Lexus Enform infotainment smartphone app suite, and a nine-speaker sound system.
Optional features on the three-row LX 570 include 21-inch wheels, a head-up display, Lexus Enform Remote (smartphone vehicle controls), a wireless smartphone charger, a refrigerated coolbox under the front center armrest and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. There's also an optional rear-seat entertainment system (includes a pair of displays mounted to the front seatbacks) and a Luxury package that adds heated and ventilated second-row seats and upgraded leather upholstery with contrasting stitching.
4.3 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
5 out of 5 stars
The LX 570 is a TANK wearing velvet gloves
R. C. Miller, 04/19/2016
2015 Lexus LX 570 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
When my mechanic and I went to change the oil for the first time, a normal 40 minute oil change became over an hour and 45 minutes with the required removal of 19 bolts of 3 different sizes and 4 underside skid/aero panels. So regular mechanics' bills for day-to-day stuff will be expensive. But this machine is screwed together better than the best GMC Suburban's (I've owned 2) and … Cadillacs (I've owned 6) out there and it is a really fine car. And if you can afford the purchase price, you can afford the mediocre gas mileage. If I have to be in a car during a severe crash, this is the car to be in. Strongly recommend this machine. (After almost 4 years of ownership and about 70,000 miles, i am still convinced that this LEXUS, the LX 570 and my 2 previous Lexus sedans -- a 2012 LS 460 all wheel drive and a 2006 LS 430 -- are the best built cars I have ever purchased. I have purchased over 20 NEW cars in my short happy life and at least 10 used cars, to include antiques, and these big Lexus V-8's are quality cars that drive and perform superbly. OF NOTE, my 16 MPG gas mileage has IMPROVED now that the engine is fully worn in and we often get 18-19 MPG at speeds of 70+ mph). UPDATE: Everything that I wrote in this review was still accurate after 5+ years and 80,000 miles when I traded my 2015 LX 570 for a 2021 LX 570. I did this to get a new one before they stopped making them, 2021 being the last year of production for this model. These are superior machines and well worth the money. The 2021 LX 570 is the best all around SUV that was available before Lexus stopped producing the V-8 powered machine, which is why I traded in my 2015 for a 2021. I did not want the 3.4 liter twin turbo V-6. The V-8 engine is an excellent one and I am convinced that I made the correct decision. I nade the same decision in replacing my 2012 Lexus LS 460 all wheel drive with a new 2019 GENESIS G-90 ULTIMATE All wheel drive sedan. Lexus stopped making the V-8 sedan, so I went to their competitor to get a similar car with V-8 power, AWD and lots of luxury at a reasonable price.
5 out of 5 stars
The only SUV that matters
2017 Lexus LX 570 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 8A)
I have a 2017 LX 570 and this is my third LX dating back to 2002. My previous vehicle was a 2006 LX; I absolutely love the upgrades both internally and externally. I would not comment on the mpg as a negative--especially considering this is a full-time four-wheeled drive vehicle that weighs over 7,000 lbs--poor mpg is to be expected. I considered purchasing a Mercedes G Wagon or a … Range Rover Autobiography...regardless of the curb appeal for those vehicles, none can compare to the LX's reliability and resale value. Having an attractive SUV that only looks good but cannot withstand the test of time (unreliable) is an oxymoron. I look forward to additional LX upgrades in time. The only SUV that matters.
5 out of 5 stars
6 years old and and still like new
2014 Lexus LX 570 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
Update 2020 another year with the vehicle - 8000 more miles and it is still quieter than some 2020 vehicles. Worth the investment - if your looking for a luxury SUV there is no better choice - you have a lot of luxury SUV vehicles on the road but only a couple that people will notice and that is a Lexus you can drive a 1,000 miles and get out of the car feeling great and not tired … great ride - quiet - smooth ride at 80 mph with plenty left under the hood UPDATE This 5 year old SUV rides better than a brand new competitor - it is still as quiet as a new one - other than new tires no repairs - no issues - divide the cost over 5 years look at the resale value and this car is actually less than many of its competitors - love the company -
5 out of 5 stars
remove 3rd row seats
W Schumacher, 02/07/2017
2014 Lexus LX 570 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
If you need to haul around 8 people, this is NOT for you. I'm guessing 90% of the buyers will never use the 3rd road seats, but would rather have the increased storage room. That's my only my only complaint. I removed the seats, stored them in my basement and expect they'll be there for the next 10 years. Otherwise, this is the best SUV you could ever ask for. What a delight to … drive.
We have a limited number of reviews for the 2018 Lexus LX 570, so we've included reviews for other years of the LX 570 since its last redesign.
2018 LX 570 Highlights
|Combined MPG||15 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$354/month|
|Cargo Capacity |
All Seats In Place
|Drivetrain||four wheel drive|
|Warranty||4 years / 50,000 miles|
Our experts like the LX 570 models:
- Forward Collision Warning
- Automatically detects cars and pedestrians ahead, warns you about them, and brakes automatically if necessary.
- Lane Departure Alert
- Warns when you've begun drifting out of your lane through visual and audible alerts.
- All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Automatically matches the speed of vehicles ahead when cruise control is activated. "All-speed" indicates it works in stop-and-go traffic.