First Drive: 2016 Lexus LX570
What happens when you combine posh luxury with the ultimate utility? You get Dwayne Johnson in a furr coat – although, we’ve seen stranger things. The Lexus LX570 is actually kind of similar, sure, Dwayne looked funny in a tutu in his Disney days, yet we’ve moved onto more serious roles, much like This particular SUV in which once served a purposed over the last decade for those in which needed to get to a dinner party, from the woods, during a snow storm. today, all the behemoth luxo SUV’s have become more of road warriors than the back woods predators, which starts to leave the LX570 nearing retirement age – lets see if This particular refresh rejuvenates some life into its This particular fiscal year’s sales margin.
There are two major important updates the LX570 has received for 2016 since its last mild refresh in 2012. The first one is actually obviously clear – This particular has been heavily restyled with all completely new sheet metal to match Lexus’ completely new corporate look. We won’t talk much about the enormous grille in which could swallow little children though, in which’s up to the buyer’s discretion. Notably This particular LX570 gets all the latest in Lexus luxury gizmos by the triple beam executive LED headlights to the crisp signature LED taillights. We also felt like laying down an extra $745 bucks on top of our samplers starting $88,880 cost tag for some large 21-inch wheels – seems fitting doesn’t This particular?
Inside is actually where the true luxo, plush formation takes place having a fully revamped Indoor. Loaded with wood along with also leather, This particular is actually about as plush as you can get without getting into something over six-figures… not to say This particular one isn’t close. There is actually problem however – with our sampler reaching close to in which 100-grand range, we were expecting something a bit more distinctive. This particular $97,405 sampled LX570 felt very… uhmm… Lexus’. Sure every surface is actually layered in soft touch materials along with also loaded with so much tech you’ll need to be schooled, yet so is actually the smaller, 60k RX350. To top This particular off, our tester is actually starting to become a high milager at 11,000 miles along with also in which meant after being used by several journalist, its wear was starting to showing through, which left us concern about This particular longevity life span.
The place to be however is actually from the back – the comfort levels are just as Great as the front, if not better. There’s a 4-zone climate control system so each passenger is actually at their highest comfortable level, all four seats get heated along with also ventilation features, rear window sunshades along with also check out those huge TV’s from the back, for a mere $2005 more. The place not to be in is actually in which third row – the punishment row.
The second piece of completely new technology in which’s been fitted for 2016 is actually the completely new 8-speed automatic transmission in which hustle its 5.7-liter V-8 to 60 mph in just over 7-seconds. 383-horsepower out of in which naturally aspirated V-8 isn’t much power these days as the Mercedes GL550 hits 449-horsepower, the Cadillac Escalade’s 420-horsepower along with also the Infiniti QX80’s at 400-horsepower. In a SUV in which weights over 6000lbs, having sporting attributes is actually a tad redundant, yet hey, there’s a SPORT + mode in which manages the 8-speed more briskly. There’s even steering wheel mounted paddle shifter – not in which they’ll be used anyways. Left in normal mode the transmission has its moments of clarity along with also can be creamy smooth – put your foot down along with also we discovered This particular no longer understands what This particular does along with also takes several moments to think before This particular speaks.
With the Centeng built to the frame of the chassis, This particular makes the LX570 a fossil from the SUV world – This particular also makes the LX570 more rugged along with also capable along with also judging by all the switches along with also buttons of off-road technology, adjustable air suspension, two mode traction control, along with also locking central differential, we’d have to agree. If all of This particular also sounds familiar, This particular should – This particular’s the same technology in which’s from the Land Cruiser in which This particular LX570 shares everything yet This particular’s skin with. This particular of course however effects its driving dynamics – not only does This particular make This particular the slowest in its class, yet the heaviest which effects fuel economy, well in which, along with also its permanent all-time four-wheel drive. The EPA is actually a little far off on This particular one we averaged 11 miles to the gallon – ELEVEN! along with also with 250 miles of range on premium octane, we saw the pump more times than we saw our driveway.
This particular also makes the LX570 a little hard to drive – This particular feels along with also drives like an elephant – the steering is actually not only vague, yet extremely heavy – putting the drive mode into comfort can help lighten the steering’s mobility. The suspension at least absorbs the entire world so This particular feels like you’re floating on air. along with also the cabin is actually so isolating you could care less about what is actually happening outside as your cocooned in your own serenity along with also listening to music through the 19-speark Mark Levinson surround sound system – which by the way is actually $2350 option.
The biggest fear Lexus faces with the LX570 is actually the fact This particular’s hitting a market in which no longer exist. There is actually no need for a large luxo-SUV in which can climb to the top of Mount Everest. With Range Rover along with also Mercedes-Benz development intelligent all-wheel drive system in which are just as capable – the LX570 is actually becoming obsolete. yet if you feel like fueling up 3 times a week, along with also want to be on top of the entire world, by all means, the Lexus LX570 is actually your best option… next to a pre-owned Hummer.
|cost (As Tested):|
|2016 Lexus LX570:||$88,880|
|5.7-liter V-8- 383-horsepower/403lb-ft of torque – 0-60MPH: ±7.0 seconds|
|EPA MPG: 13/18/15 (city/highway/combined) – SSB Average: 11 MPG’s – Fuel Range: 250 Miles|
|Wireless Charging Station:||$75|
|Heated Dark Walnut Wood Steering Wheel:||$150|
|Refrigerated Center Cool Box:||$170|
|21-inch Alloy Wheels:||$745|
|Dual-Screen Rear DVD Entertainment System:||$2,005|
|Mark Levinson Audio System:||$2,350|