The 2019 Lexus LX 570 is a luxury SUV offered in two configurations: a standard three-row version that seats eight or a 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 automatic load leveling are 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 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, a drowsy driver warning system, 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 power-operated 50/50-split third-row seat that folds up against the cargo area sides.
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, the Lexus Enform infotainment smartphone app suite, and a nine-speaker sound system.
The optional Luxury package adds heated and ventilated second-row seats and upgraded leather upholstery with contrasting stitching. You can also add 21-inch wheels and a heated steering wheel.
Some options are exclusive to the three-row LX 570 and include a head-up display, a wireless smartphone charger, a refrigerated coolbox under the front center armrest, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and Lexus Enform Remote with smart-device vehicle controls. There’s also an optional rear-seat entertainment system that includes a pair of displays mounted to the front seatbacks.
In spite of its more on-road-friendly persona relative to the Land Cruiser, the LX 570 still remains a seriously capable off-road vehicle. Accompanying the body-on-frame SUV’s 8.9 inches of ground clearance is standard kit such as an adjustable electro-hydraulic suspension system, a permanent four-wheel-drive system with dedicated low-range gearing, and five different off-road driving modes: Rock, Rock and Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock and Mud, and Sand. Additionally, the LX features Crawl Control, a sort of cruise control for low-speed off-road driving, and Turn Assist, which, in conjunction with Crawl Control, can brake the inside rear wheel to reduce the SUV’s turning radius.
Admittedly, the LX’s off-road features are overkill for driving through the urban jungle. Still, consumers who want to meander about the actual jungle in style will find only the Land Rover Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz G-Class offer a similar combination of capability and opulence. Of course, buyers will want to ditch our tester’s $785 worth of optional 21-inch wheels and all-season rubber for the standard 20-inch wheels and a set of – aftermarket – all-terrain tires.
The LX 570’s interior looks and feels the part of an SUV with an $86,230 starting price. Leather lines the seats and door panels, while every switch and button moves with a weight that imbues a feeling of quality. Gloss wood trim comes standard, however, our tester features an open-pore Walnut finish that’s available with the $1,190 Luxury package. That pack also includes items such as heated and ventilated first and second-row outboard seats, Lexus’s Climate Concierge (essentially automatic climate control that works with the likes of the heated and cooled seats to better improve driver and passenger comfort), and higher quality leather with contrast stitching. Opting for the Luxury package also requires dropping $150 on a heated steering wheel.
Further adding to our LX’s in-cabin experience are features such as a pair of 11.6-inch displays for second-row passengers as part of the $2,005 rear-seat entertainment system, a $170 cool-box below the center console armrest, and a $75 wireless charger. In conjunction with standard luxuries such as a proximity key with push-button start, a 14-way power driver’s seat and a 12-way power passenger’s seat, and a four-zone climate control system.