2015 Lexus LX

Starting MSRP: $83,180

Estimated MPG: 12 city / 17 hwy

2015 Lexus LX Review

The 2015 Lexus LX 570 will get you through some of the most remote places on the planet, while coddling you and your passengers. But be warned, this body-on-frame SUV will drink a lot of gas to get you there.

By William Maley
Last Updated 05/03/2016

The 2015 Lexus LX 570 was built to take a group of people and their cargo across some of most remote terrain the Earth has to offer, while proving enough luxuries to make anyone feel that you’re just running out doing a quick errand. With the LX and the smaller GX 460, Lexus offers two different sizes of capable, body-on-frame SUVs.

Exterior

Exterior
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Compared with its contemporaries, the 2015 LX 570 looks like it is ready to tackle an off-road trail. A boxy shape is accentuated with flared out fenders, 20-inch wheels wrapped in meaty Mud and Snow tires and a set of running boards. The rear boasts a split-opening tailgate.

The one point of contention on the Lexus LX’s design is up front. A couple of years ago, Lexus did a refresh of the LX, which included the brand’s Spindle grille. The new grille doesn’t look it belongs on the vehicle, which caused some people to give odd looks.

Interior

Interior
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Despite the Lexus LX 570 being the sister model to the Toyota Land Cruiser, Lexus designers made the interior look and feel a bit different. Step inside and you’ll see premium materials such as leather and real wood used throughout. You’ll also notice a number of switches and buttons for various off-road systems such as ride height and hill descent control.

The driver and passenger get power adjustable seats with heat. My LX tester was fitted with an optional package that added cooled seats and a heated steering wheel, the latter being a nice feature during the cold weather.

Second-row passengers will find an abundance of head- and legroom, along with a set of climate controls. There is a third row, but that should be only used for emergencies, as there is barely any legroom for anyone to sit back there. Also with the third-row up, cargo space is small at 15.5 cubic feet. Fold the seats against the cargo walls, and space expands to 45 cubic feet. But with the seats against the walls, there’s a limit to the amount of cargo you can put inside.

Performance

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The 2015 LX 570 uses a 5.7-liter V8 engine with 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. This comes paired up to a full-time four-wheel drive system and six-speed automatic transmission. The LX 570 also features a number of systems to augment the four-wheel drive system. These include hill-start assist, turn assist that brakes the outside wheel to provide a tighter turning radius and crawl control, which automatically adjusts throttle and braking when driving through rough terrain.

For an SUV that tips the scales around 6,000 pounds, the V8 and six-speed do an amicable job of getting the vehicle moving at a decent clip.

Also, it should be noted that the engine is quiet when getting up to speed, only making a slight murmur when climbing higher up in the rev range.

A disappointment for the LX 570 is fuel economy. The SUV is rated at 12/17 mpg city/highway, or 14 mpg combined. In my week of driving the LX, I got an average of 13 mpg.

Driving on the expressway or around town, the LX 570 feels very composed. Bumps and imperfections are dealt with, and there are no signs of either entering the cabin. Out of the curves, the LX reveals how ponderous it is with a fair amount of body lean, even with the adjustable suspension in its lowest setting.

But how does it fare in the muck? Well mother nature was happy to oblige by dropping of a few inches of snow during my time with LX. Driving through a half-foot of snow proved to be no problem as the four-wheel drive system kept the vehicle moving, while the adjustable suspension kept the LX 570 above the unplowed snow.

Technology

Technology
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Lexus fits their latest version of their Enform infotainment system into the LX. You won’t find the mouse controller used in other Lexus vehicles; instead the LX is controlled by a touch screen and a set of buttons. It takes a few moments to wrap your head around where everything is and how to navigate it. But once you get the hang of it, the system is quite easy to use. One downside is that you have to use touch screen to change the fan-speed for the climate control. Also compared with what competitors offer, Lexus Enform is beginning to look somewhat dated. This is particularly noticeable with the navigation system.

Safety

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Due to the small number of LX 570s sold in the U.S., it hasn’t been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Standard equipment for LX includes a full suite of air bags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, radar cruise control, a pre-collision warning system and a set of cameras around the vehicle to help with backing-up and parking in tight spots.

Cost-Effectiveness

Cost-Effectiveness
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Trying to figure out the cost-effectiveness of the 2015 Lexus LX 570 really comes down to what your needs and wants are. If you want a capable SUV with a fair number of luxuries, then LX 570 should be on your list. However if you’re planning to stick to the asphalt jungle, then you should place the LX a bit lower on the list.

Overall

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The Lexus LX 570 is built for specific audience in mind: One that wants the finer things in life, enjoys traversing remote areas and can afford the gas. But if you want a full-size luxury SUV to cruise around and to tow with, you should also check out the competition, which includes SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, Land Rover Range Rover and Lincoln Navigator.