KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 11/13/2013
As the largest and most powerful luxury SUV in the Lexus stable, the 2014 LX 570 has to live up to some pretty big responsibilities. Although based on the same platform as the Toyota Land Cruiser, the LX carries a longer list of standard luxury equipment. Offering both refinement and brute force, the LX can comfortably shuttle its passengers while simultaneously getting down and dirty. The LX 570's advanced terrain-response system allows it to tackle all manner of off-road obstacles, while its 7,000-pound tow rating should be able to handle most needs. Of course, the LX 570 doesn't come cheap, and its big V8 engine returns some pretty anemic fuel-economy figures promising a hefty monthly fuel bill.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a big, capable luxury SUV that is also legendary for its reliability and longevity, the 2014 Lexus LX 570 tops a very short list.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Most luxury-SUV owners rarely venture into lesser neighborhoods, let alone go off-road. If you fall into this category and you don't require seating for eight, a more reasonably sized SUV, such as the Audi Q7 or Mercedes-Benz GL, makes a much better choice.
What's New for 2014
After receiving a major freshening last year, the 2014 Lexus LX 570 sees no major changes.
The 2014 Lexus LX 570 is big in every way. Weighing more than a Cadillac Escalade, the LX nevertheless manages its weight with ease, remaining firmly planted when moving at high speeds and demonstrating surprising agility in the turns. The LX's body-on-frame construction adds to the weight issue, but is also the impetus for the big Lexus' strength. And, while the LX's ride isn't as smooth or compliant as a unit-body design, Lexus' 3-mode Adaptive Variable Suspension (Comfort, Normal or Sport) does a good job mitigating harshness. The LX's 5.7-liter V8 can propel it to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds, which is an impressive feat in itself. Off-road, the LX 570 is truly at home, with a 2-speed transfer case, a locking center differential and five terrain settings (rock, rock & dirt, mogul, loose rock or mud & sand) to tackle nearly every off-road eventuality.
EASY ACCESS SYSTEM
By automatically retracting the steering wheel and driver's seat upon entry, the LX 570's Easy Access System makes it easier to climb in and out of the driver's seat without first forcing a series of awkward body contortions.
For those daring enough to take an $80,000 SUV off-road, the LX 570's Crawl Control mode brings an added measure of reassurance. Controlling the throttle and brakes, Crawl Control can inch the LX down steep slopes at a snail's pace, freeing the driver to fully concentrate on the job of navigation and obstacle avoidance. Think of it as cruise control for Moab.
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