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2018 Lexus LX 570

2018 Lexus LX 570

July 4, 2018

If you don’t mind driving small moving vans and box trucks, you will absolutely love the LX 570. It is a huge, luxurious SUV with three rows of seating and plenty of power. Unfortunately, it has bulky handling, an infotainment system that is frustratingly tricky to use and less than stellar fuel efficiency. It’s a very nice luxury SUV, to be sure, it just isn’t as great as it could be. Here are the answers to questions you may have about this huge Lexus SUV.


Did Lexus make any changes to the LX 570 for 2018?


They added a two-row LX 570 model to the lineup. It seats five very comfortably with plenty of legroom and headroom for most adults. The two-row model is the same size as the three-row model.


How does the Lexus LX 570 handle?


The steering is not highly responsive and even feels sort of unresponsive when traveling straight down the road. The driver has to pay close attention to keep the huge SUV on course. It also feels bulky through the corners and has lots of body roll. The LX 570’s big engine is plenty powerful to move this behemoth from point A to point B without any struggle. It actually manages to get to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds.


What’s the best trim level for the 2018 LX 570?


There is only one trim for the LX 570, and most of the available features are already included. That eliminates all the pondering over which trim would be the best deal. There are a handful of packages you could consider, though, that aren’t included in the base price. Heated and ventilated seats cost $1,190. An entertainment system for the people in the back seat is available for $2,005. A head-up display feature is available for $900. A 19-speaker premium Mark Levinson stereo system can be included for $2,350. Wireless device charging adds $75 to the price, and a heated steering wheel adds $150.


How good is the infotainment system in the 2018 Lexus LX 570?


The LX 570 comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen split-screen display, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, HD Radio with iTunes Tagging, a voice-activated navigation system, and USB ports. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are not included. Siri Eyes Free is included, though, which allows you to connect with your compatible iPhone to send a text, stream music or access e-mail. Lexus Enform Destination Assist is also included. It provides 24-hour access to a help center that will locate a restaurant or business for you. Lexus includes infotainment system controls on the steering wheel. They also included a floating joystick controller in the center console. The joystick controller is difficult to use and really shouldn’t be attempted while driving. It’s not what anyone would call a precision controller. As a result, the intended selection is often passed over a few times before you finally land on the right one.


How much does a basic 2018 Lexus LX 570 cost?


MSRP for the three-row LX 570 is $90,380. The two-row model has a starting price of $85,380.


Is the LX 570 a good off-road SUV?


Yes, it really is. This is one of its better qualities. It isn’t as agile as some SUVs but it holds its own against the Land Rover models. The LX 570 still has the old-school underpinnings of a rugged truck with body-on-frame construction. It is a full-time four-wheel-drive SUV that comes equipped with a two-speed transfer case and locking center differential. It boasts six driving modes, too, and five terrain modes. This is a true luxury off-road SUV.


What kind of gas mileage does the LX 570 get?


The bad kind. This big 6,000-pound-plus hauler comes with a 383-hp 5.7-L V-8 that makes 403 lb-ft of torque. You just don’t get good mileage with this size SUV. The EPA says it gets 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.


Which safety features are standard in the 2018 LX 570?


The 2018 LX 570 is well-appointed with a good selection of active-assist safety features. Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, a 360-degree camera system, Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Front and Rear Parking Sensors and Adaptive Cruise Control are all standard.


Is there lots of room for cargo in the Lexus LX 570?


The LX 570 isn’t one of the roomiest SUVs on the market. The second and third rows of seats fold, but not flat. In fact, this SUV’s seats fold in a rather unusual way. The third row of seats has a 50/50 split. The seats fold out toward the sides of the cabin rather than down to the floor. The second row of seats fold forward, but they don’t fold flat into the floor. The two-row LX 570 offers the most cargo space with a total of 50 cubic feet when the second row is folded and 34.6 cubic feet behind the second row when it is in place. The three-row models have 9.1 cubic feet of room in the back with all seats in place, 27.3 cubic feet with the third row of seats folded to the sides and 44.7 cubic feet with the second row of seats folded forward.


Are there luxury SUVs that are a better deal than the 2018 LX 570?


The Lincoln Navigator and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class SUVs are slightly better SUVs but not by much. Their base trims start out at $72,555 and $69,550, respectively. The Navigator is slightly more fuel efficient with 16 mpg in the city and 21 to 23 mpg on the highway. It also has more than double the cargo space. The GLS-Class gets the same mileage as the LX 570 or slightly better with 13 to 17 mpg in the city and 18 to 22 mpg on the highway. It also has almost double the total cargo space. If you’re looking to save a bit of money on the LX 570 and aren’t interested in the two-row model, take a look at gently used 2016 and 2017 models. They are basically the same SUV.

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