"This is your big luxury SUV.I mean Luxury!! This is the best automobile I have ever owned. This happens to be my third Lexus. I have owned other automobiles, Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac and Mercedes. The workmanship and ride of the Lexus Brand is far superior. The only negative is gas mileage. But you do not expect great gas mileage from such a large automobile. This Lexus retains it's value better than all in it's class!! I should know as mentioned, this is my SECOND one!!"
Pros: "Reliable, incredible quality, low service costs"
Cons: "Gas mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We have owned one LX570 (45,000 miles currently) and two LX470s (180k miles on our current one!). The LX570 is a fine continuation of the LX470 model,however I preferred the slightly narrower wheel base/size of the LX470 which makes it more maneuverable and those incredible lighted running boards had us standing and staring at it, with our jaws dropped, in the garage after we brought our first 470 home. I consider the LX470 a collectors item - was perfect for taking my son and friends to overnight soccer games (Lexus has THE BEST Navigation - much better than our BMWs, Ford truck), good for pulling a horse, like a rolling house! The LX570 takes that tradition farther by having the built-in refrigerator in front arm rest and we have DVD w this one (but rarely use - don't lose remote control as necessary to operate it!)
But as an engineer, what really sold me on the Lexus SUVs when first driving them in comparison to Lincoln, Infinity, and other brands is their Engineering! I personally like the engine timing better on the LX470 than my husbands BMW645i (I know that is blasphemous) but the 470 just runs so smoothly. Became loyal Lexus buyers because almost NOTHING HAS BROKEN on 4 Lexus cars we have had aside from brake changes (I made to 80,000 highway miles on the RX450h we own and that my daughter now drives), the LX470/570s typically go ~65k for brakes with me driving. We do the minimally recommended maintenance and my husband changes the oil!! Our dealer service (very reasonable . . gives labor discounts & much cheaper overall than the BMW service) states he has 470s with 300k miles still running perfectly. All the electronics, engine, etc. are incredibly well engineered.
The RELIABILITY of these cars is phenomenonall! The gas mileage is NOT!! I picked up the 570 last year right after the tsunami out of concern they might become scarce and we wanted to have one for when the 470 wears out, also hoping the larger engin might be better for pulling 26ft boat. Still, wish they had kept the LX470 body, however, until such large SUVs get phased out as fuel standards increase, these are too useful to be without. Truly great SUVs, I cannot imagine any European or American brands measuring up to these."
"I purchased my 2010 Lexus LX 570 in mid December 2009. At first I was delighted then after 3 to 4 months I began to notice the wear on my seats and the severe back pain that I was getting. I tried to increase the lumbar suppport but it was maxed out. I then relaised that my seat was too high and that the center console arm rest was too low but the seat was at the lowest setting. Now I have to drive with both my arms stretched out in front of me which gets tiring after about 100 miles! My dealer told me that they could redo the foam in the seats but could not get my seat any lower. The air venting in the seats is also very weak and not what I expected. The other problem that I am having is that my LX drinks gas. Without the power shifting on it was getting less than 10mpg and now with it on I am lucky to average 14.5mpg and I have to fill up several times a week. Not having the 3rd row rear seats folding flat is also unfortunate. The rest of the vehicle is superb, the phone works seamlessly unlike my old LX 470 and the sound system is amazing. I am trading it in this week for a Mercedes GL 350 turbo diesel which will get close to double the miles per gallon in the city, I think and my back pain will be gone! If you are tall with a thinner body type (I am 5ft 9in female) don't even think about the LX 570! Also my real estate clients say they are uncomfortable in the back seat too!"
Cons: "Poor winter performance, acceleration and mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"The tires on the LX are great for the Spring, Summer and Fall. They are downright scary in the winter. I have owned many different SUVs over the years and this one far and away leads the pack in poor winter driving with its stock tires. Unfortunately, the stock tires are the ONLY tires available for the stock size. They will not stop this heavy vehicle in the snow or on ice. The odd 21" tire size makes trying to find all season tires impossible. (Lexus throws salt in this wound by calling the 21" wheel an "option" but then not selling the vehicle in the US with anything but this size!)
This is a truly unfortunate (and ultimately unacceptable) problem with what would otherwise be a very pleasant vehicle. Even though it is appreciably slower and gets much worse gas mileage that its competitors, it make up for that in comfort, quiet, and refinement. No SUV I have driven is as pleasant inside or as comfortable. None can hold a candle to the Mark Levinson stereo or its technology. But you cannot safely drive it in the snow. Too bad."
Pros: "Smooth ride, comfortable, lots of cargo space!"
Cons: "Needs more space for putting personal items."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love my Lexus SUV and I am in the market for trading it in, but not because it's giving me problems. This vehicle has been carefree and all I expected it would be. I bought the Lexus after having 2 Range Rovers which they spent more time in the service department than on the road! I do not like the new front end of the Lexus so I will be looking for something else this time around."