2018 Lexus LX 570

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$85,630–$90,630 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2018 Lexus LX 570. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Very comfortable front seats
  • Smooth power delivery
  • Standard advanced safety features
  • Whisper-quiet interior
  • Off-road capability
  • Full-speed adaptive cruise control

The Bad

  • Limited smartphone connectivity (no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay)
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Floor too high for rear passengers
  • Multimedia system controller hard to use
  • High step-in height even with air suspension
  • Not many USB charge ports

Notable Features of the 2018 Lexus LX 570

  • Cheaper two-row version available for 2018
  • 5.7-liter V-8 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Towing capacity of 7,000 pounds
  • Full-time four-wheel drive
  • Multi-Terrain Select and crawl control standard

2018 Lexus LX 570 Road Test

Brian Wong
The Verdict:

The LX 570 is old-school in good ways and bad ways, with a luxurious interior and real SUV capability, but it needs cabin and technology updates.

Versus The Competition:

The LX 570’s off-road chops give it some distinction, but competitors feature better technology and more comfortable second-row seats.

Their modern designs make it easy to overlook the fact that Lexus and parent company Toyota make some of the most old-school vehicles around, including the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser and its luxurious counterpart, the Lexus LX 570.

While most modern SUVs trend toward urban performance with car-based platforms and low-slung profiles, the Lexus LX 570 is a dinosaur from a different era. It has body-on-frame construction, high sides and upright styling that has little regard for aerodynamics, and it drives off-road with aplomb. That's why it's hard to find direct competitors for the LX 570 outside of Toyota's Land Cruiser. The Land Rover Range Rover is one exception; it's priced close to the LX and can go virtually anywhere despite having unibody construction.

Other models that compete on size and/or price include the Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80 and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. Compare the LX 570 with those vehicles here.

As good as it may be on a trail, however, I don't think that's how most Lexus LX 570 buyers will end up using their big ute, so I set out to see if the old dog had any tricks on the highways and byways of Los Angeles.

New for 2018: Two-Row Version

For 2018, the one major change for the LX 570 is the addition of a two-row, five-seat version aimed at those who don't need a third row and want to gain some cargo room. In the traditional Lexus LX 570, the third-row seats are more of an obstruction when stowed than in many vehi...

Their modern designs make it easy to overlook the fact that Lexus and parent company Toyota make some of the most old-school vehicles around, including the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser and its luxurious counterpart, the Lexus LX 570.

While most modern SUVs trend toward urban performance with car-based platforms and low-slung profiles, the Lexus LX 570 is a dinosaur from a different era. It has body-on-frame construction, high sides and upright styling that has little regard for aerodynamics, and it drives off-road with aplomb. That's why it's hard to find direct competitors for the LX 570 outside of Toyota's Land Cruiser. The Land Rover Range Rover is one exception; it's priced close to the LX and can go virtually anywhere despite having unibody construction.

Other models that compete on size and/or price include the Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80 and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. Compare the LX 570 with those vehicles here.

As good as it may be on a trail, however, I don't think that's how most Lexus LX 570 buyers will end up using their big ute, so I set out to see if the old dog had any tricks on the highways and byways of Los Angeles.

New for 2018: Two-Row Version

For 2018, the one major change for the LX 570 is the addition of a two-row, five-seat version aimed at those who don't need a third row and want to gain some cargo room. In the traditional Lexus LX 570, the third-row seats are more of an obstruction when stowed than in many vehicles because they fold up to the sides rather than down into the floor. That LX has eight seats in three rows, but only 44.7 cubic feet of cargo volume behind its second row. The two-row jumps up to 50.5 cubic feet, a 13 percent increase.

There's more good news: The two-row version comes with a $5,000 price decrease and starts at $86,575, but it's mono-spec, meaning there are no trim packages available for it. While the three-row is comparably equipped to start, you can add a luxury package (including perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front- and second-row seats, and a four-zone climate control system) and a rear-seat entertainment system that brings a pair of 11.6-inch screens.

Compare the 2018 LX 570 with the 2017 model here.

Powertrain

The Lexus LX 570 comes with an old-fashioned 5.7-liter V-8 that makes 383 horsepower and 403 pounds-feet of torque. It's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive that offers an additional low gear via a switch in the center console. Next to that is a control for Lexus' impressive crawl-control system, which can be set to maintain a slow pace over rough terrain without the driver having to manipulate the pedals. This system is standard, along with an air suspension that offers a variety of ride heights. I'd recommend letting the suspension automatically do its own thing on the road; raising it too high on your own can negatively impact ride quality.

On the street, the LX 570 drives like a more refined version of a large truck. The ride is butter smooth over pavement, and though there's some extra body roll in the corners, the Lexus LX 570 doesn't feel sloppy; its suspension gets it back upright slowly rather than explosively. The V-8 gets the LX 570's 5,800 pounds moving easily and — most importantly — pulls hard between 40 and 70 mph, so passing is a breeze.

Road and tire noise are well-controlled — more so than in other vehicles that ride on truck-based platforms. Fuel economy is, predictably, not a strong point: 13/18/15 mpg city/highway/combined.

Interior Hits and Misses

Let's start with the positives: Materials and fit and finish are big highlights in the LX 570. It feels the part of a nearly $90,000 luxury SUV, and even though tan leather isn't particularly my style (I'd always be afraid of spills or stains), it was very impressive. The front seats are also exceptionally comfortable, and the Lexus LX 570 comes with a feature called Climate Concierge, which employs multiple sensors around the vehicle to control the ventilation system, heated and ventilated seats and heated steering wheel (if equipped) to either cool or warm the car more comfortably for occupants.

When it comes to misses, two big ones stem from Lexus' insistence on using a weird knoblike mouse controller for its infotainment systems and continuing to resist smartphone connectivity options (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay). Lexus is starting to change this in some newer vehicles, but those changes are too late to help the LX 570. It wouldn't be as much of a con if the built-in system were good, but its structure is confusing, the navigation map is a mess and it's uncomfortably difficult to use while driving.

There was also one weird quirk I found in the LX 570's backseat: The floor is quite high, which elevates passengers' knees and raises their thighs off the seat's lower cushioning — unfortunate, because that's some good Lexus-grade cushioning down there. You won't notice on a short trip, but it will affect passengers on the longer jaunts I think Lexus envisions owners taking in this vehicle.

Safety Technology Much Appreciated

I came to appreciate many of the Lexus LX 570's safety systems, which all worked flawlessly in my week with the SUV. I drove it in traffic and in cities, parallel parked it on city streets and somehow squeezed it into my apartment's compact parking space. Though visibility is pretty good thanks to large windows all around and a commanding seating position, negotiating tight spaces would be nerve-wracking without the standard 360-degree camera system and parking sensors, which were very helpful without being overbearing.

Rounding out the list of standard safety features are all-speed adaptive cruise control, automatic wipers, forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, blind spot monitors and lane keep assist.

Unashamedly Old-School

The 2018 LX 570 ended up being pretty much what I expected it to be: big and luxurious, with plenty of capability for adventuring (it can tow 7,000 pounds), but lacking in a few key areas around multimedia technology and drivability. I like the LX 570's trucklike feel, but some customers will be looking for an SUV that, to be frank, doesn't ride and drive like one.

That's why when my time with the LX 570 ended, I found myself a little sad. I would hate for this to be the last one I drive, but I can see the world changing around it to the point where it may not make sense for Lexus to keep it in production. Having the LX 570 in the lineup in lieu of a large three-row crossover — that would likely cost much less and get better fuel economy — doesn't really make sense. But for now, I'm glad it's holding on.

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What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

For a big beast it is smooth!

by Debscanada from Toronto, On on August 2, 2018

Love it, sharp look, very comfortable, great Tech, smooth ride and my kids love it. Lexus has thought of everything and I look forward to not having my car in the shop Read full review

(5.0)

Maybe the best vehicle ever built.

by Ralph D from Granby, Ct on July 8, 2018

Overall great vehicle. Tastefully designed, amazing options and versatility. Great safety features, amazing comfortable ride along with bullet proof reliability. Maybe the best car ever built. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Lexus LX 570 currently has 0 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Lexus LX 570 Two-Row

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
5 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lexus

Program Benefits

Every L/Certified vehicle now comes with an unlimited-mileage warranty up to 6 years, complimentary maintenance plan. Each L/Certified Pre-Owned Lexus must pass a rigorous inspection and be thoroughly reconditioned to meet the same high standards as a new Lexus. Exclusively at a Lexus dealership.

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Mileage Warranty Up To 6 Years

    Warranty is valid for a minimum of two years/unlimited mileage after the expiration of 4 yr/50,000 mile new vehicle Basic Warranty, or two years from L/Certified purchase or lease date, whichever occurs later.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 161 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The LX 570 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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