The 2018 Lexus LX 570 mixes comfort, capability, space and reliability in its own special way.
Built from the same sturdy bones that support the Toyota Land Cruiser, the 2018 Lexus LX 570 takes an already luxurious platform and elevates it to world-class status. With its powerful V8 engine and stout off-road abilities, the LX 570 can easily challenge newer luxury SUVs like the Land Rover Range Rover, yet it retains a record of reliability and resale few others can touch. Lexus’ 3-row luxury SUV is also saturated with the latest infotainment and safety assists, leaving almost nothing to be desired. And, while we know most LX 570s rarely encounter unpaved terrain outside a gravel driveway, it’s nice to know the LX 570’s multiple AWD settings, locking differential and low-range gearing can tackle the toughest off-road challenge
If you’re looking for a high-end, 3-row luxury SUV that isn’t afraid to tackle nasty off-road situations and come out none the worse for wear, the 2018 Lexus LX 570 might be exactly what you’re looking for. The LX’s impeccable reputation for quality and reliability also doesn’t hurt. For all its luxury trappings, underneath that sexy sheetmetal and copious acreage of leather and real wood beats the heart of a true off-road-capable SUV.
Standard Features & Options
The 2018 Lexus LX 570 comes with two rows of seating ($86,575) or three ($91,575). Other than that, equipment levels are the same. Standard features include 20-inch wheels, adjustable-height suspension with adaptive dampers, adaptive xenon headlights, LED headlights and tail lights, fog lights, power tailgate, various off-road-ready technologies (including Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select), Class 4 towing hitch receiver, power-folding heated mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a roof rack and illuminated running boards.
The interior sports a power moonroof, keyless entry/ignition, leather upholstery, mahogany wood trim, 14-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, 12-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, quad-zone automatic climate control, a power-sliding second-row seat and a power-folding third-row seat.
Tech-wise, we’re looking at Bluetooth, Lexus Enform mobile app integration, Siri Eyes Free technology (enabling voice-activated features for compatible Apple devices), a 12.3-in touchscreen display (along with a 4.2-in driver’s TFT color display), Remote Touch interface, navigation, 9-speaker audio system with CD/DVD changer, iPod/USB connectivity, plus HD and satellite radio.
Options include 21-in wheels, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated and ventilated second-row outboard seats, a head-up display, upgraded semi-aniline leather, a rear entertainment system (with 11.6-in dual screens), wireless smartphone charging and a 19-speaker/450-watt Mark Levinson audio system (highly recommended).
In the 2-row version, cargo space runs to 32.1 cu ft. behind the rear seats and 50.5 cu ft. when they’re folded down.
The 3-row version has 9.1 cuc ft. behind the third-row seat, 24.8 cu ft. behind the second and 45 cu ft. with both rows folded down. The competition fares just as well, and sometimes better. Part of the issue is that the third row has a 50/50 split and then folds up to the sides rather than into the floor.
A standard array of functions under the umbrella of “Lexus Safety System Plus” includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and the ability to apply the brakes if necessary, radar-based adaptive cruise control, intelligent high beams and lane-departure warning. Also included are blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, “intuitive” park assist and a 360-degree camera system.
Active front headrests, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (with multi-terrain capability), stability control, trailer sway control and 10 airbags (front, front-side, front-knee, second row-side, and full-length side curtain) are all standard. Lexus offers Safety Connect telematics with accident notification, stolen vehicle location and emergency roadside assistance with a panic button.