KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 4/11/2011
Despite staring straight down the barrel of ever-steeper fuel prices, the luxury SUV segment is far from finished. The 2011 Lexus LX 570 can hold its fascia high among a crowd that includes vehicles from Cadillac's Escalade to the sophisticated Audi Q7. With an excellent interior and an impeccable reputation for quality and reliability, it can be argued that the LX 570 stands at the front of the pack. That's not to mention the strong 5.7-liter V8 or the six-speed transmission, either. For 2011, Lexus has built in additional safety features and interior options to keep the platform sharp.
You'll Like This Car If...
Despite its high-society exterior, the LX 570 is more than capable off-road. Its powerful V8 engine, real four-wheel-drive system and substantial towing capacity quietly underscore the "utility" in SUV. Additionally, flexible seating and cargo configurations make the interior very adaptable.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Consumer consciousness is continuing to turn against symbols of conspicuous wealth and consumption, and the LX 570 is nothing if not the poster child for both. If you're concerned about how your vehicle reflects on your lifestyle choices, this luxury SUV may not be for you.
What's Significant About This Car?
In the wake of concerns over unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles, the 2011 LX 570 now comes with a brake override system as standard equipment. Lexus calls its system Smart Stop Technology and, under certain conditions, if both the accelerator and the brake are depressed at the same time the vehicle will automatically cut power to the engine to reduce the likelihood of an accident. There are also some changes to the optional Luxury Package and some new interior colors.
Though large in size, the 2011 Lexus LX 570 is stable at freeway speeds and on curvy roads. It's equally as comfortable off-road as well. The driver can choose "Comfort," "Sport" or a default ride setting that offers the best of both worlds. We found the Sport setting to be stiff enough to handle spirited driving, though the default setting resides on the firmer side of the spectrum as well. The Comfort setting is perfect for everyday driving while still providing a stable ride. In the off-road environment, the Crawl Control feature made tackling steep grades as simple as setting the cruise control. There isn't even a need to touch the throttle or the brake.
Should drivers decide to head off the beaten path, Lexus includes Crawl Control as standard equipment on the 2011 LX 570. When activated, the driver can select a speed between one and three miles per hour and the SUV handles crawling up or down uneven terrain without requiring any throttle or brake inputs from the driver.
Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound System
If beating through the underbrush isn't on your to-do list, the LX 570 is available with an excellent Mark Levinson Reference sound system. With 19 speakers and 450 watts of power, the stereo delivers a harmonious balance of mid-range, high-pitch and deep-bass sounds that are crisp no matter what the volume setting.
Lexus has carried over a number of interior conveniences from the 2010 LX 570, including the segment's first power-reclining rear seats and a third row that retracts with the push of a button to allow for greater cargo versatility. With the third row configured for passengers, the luxury SUV delivers seating for up to eight individuals and, thanks to a clever cabin design and an additional four inches of wheelbase, occupants enjoy plenty of legroom.
Lexus worked to toe the line between finesse and brawn with the exterior design of the LX 570. A wide stance and accentuated fender arches help convey the impression of muscular capability. Meanwhile, the company's "arrowhead" grille and splashes of chrome throughout the cabin do much to relate the big SUV with its more svelte family members. Running boards tucked close to the LX 570 body and large wheel and tire choices give the vehicle an athletic look, despite its size.
Notable Standard Equipment
Befitting a vehicle of this price point, the 2011 LX 570 arrives with a veritable laundry list of standard equipment. Buyers can expect to find 20-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive front lighting system, a power-folding third-row seat, navigation system with back-up camera, four-zone climate control, active height control for easy ingress and egress, an adaptive variable suspension that adjusts the shock absorbers for optimal handling, full-time four-wheel drive for slippery situations and Crawl Control.
Notable Optional Equipment
Don't expect too many changes to show up on the option sheet for 2011. Lexus continues to offer climate-controlled front seats with a heated second row, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson Reference Sound System, Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, a rear-seat entertainment system that includes a nine-inch screen and headphones and Intuitive Parking Assist. This parking system incorporates a wide-view front and side monitor that draws from cameras in the front grille and under the passenger-side mirror to help the driver see unseen objects or obstacles, a benefit when parking or maneuvering in tight spaces.
Under the Hood
The LX 570 is powered by a refined 5.7-liter V8 touting 383 horsepower and an impressive 403 pound-feet of torque, which is instrumental in providing the vehicle's 8,500-pound tow rating. A six-speed automatic transmission handles shifting duties and a Torsen limited-slip center differential provides full-time all-wheel drive with a 40:60 power split (front/rear, respectively). The transfer case allows for an impressively-low 2.62:1 gear ratio for tackling off-road obstacles.
383 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
403 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/18
The 2011 Lexus LX 570 starts a little over $79,000, and a fully-loaded version can easily pass the $90,000 mark, which is just under a Land Rover Range Rover and a little more than an equivalently-loaded Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI. Over time, we expect the LX 570 to have residual values that best both the Land Rover Range Rover and Audi Q7, but that are not as high as those of the mid-size Lexus GX 470. To see what consumers in your area are currently paying for the LX 570, be sure to check out the New Car Blue Book Values before going to the dealership.