The two-row LX 570 is eligible for additional options
Part of the third LX generation introduced for 2008
There aren’t a lot of choices with the Lexus LX 570. If you don’t need the third row of seats, get the two-row because you’ll get a larger cargo space and save a bit of money in the process. For the three-row LX 570, we suggest skipping the rear-seat entertainment system because its screens prevent the second-row seats from sliding all the way forward for rear-seat access.
Although SUVs are often associated with outdoor recreation and going off-road, the reality is that only a few of them are truly capable of bouncing over rocks and gullies. And of those, there are even fewer that can be considered luxurious. As such, the 2020 Lexus LX 570 is quite the rare beast. The LX 570 can conquer punishing terrain while surrounding occupants in a comfortable cocoon of leather and rich wood trim.
But there are some trade-offs for the LX’s all-terrain capabilities. It’s not as confident-handling on pavement as some of its main rivals, and it’s certainly not as pleasant as conventional SUVs that are intended for on-road use. Age is partially responsible for the LX 570’s drawbacks. The LX was last redesigned in 2008, which is positively ancient for a vehicle. In the 11 years since, other automakers have reworked their SUVs and given them newer technology that improves comfort, convenience, capability and efficiency.
Good examples include Land Rover’s Range Rover and Discovery. They deliver more of everything, save for Lexus’ reputation for reliability. And if you don’t need over-the-top off-road capability, the new Lincoln Navigator wins out with its fresher curbside appeal and lower price. The 2019 Lexus LX 570 is undoubtedly a capable and luxurious SUV, but we think it will be worth your time to shop around a little before making a decision.
2020 Lexus LX 570 configurations
The 2020 Toyota LX 570 is a luxury SUV offered in two configurations: a standard three-row version that seats eight or a two-row LX 570 that seats five.
Both come with a 5.7-liter V8 (383 horsepower, 403 pound-feet of torque) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel-drive system. An adaptive suspension that is height-adjustable and automatic load leveling are also standard. Other standard mechanical components include 20-inch wheels, Crawl Control (a low-speed off-road cruise control), Multi-Terrain Select (off-road vehicle settings) and hill start assist.
Standard exterior features include automatic LED exterior lighting, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, windshield wiper de-icers, running boards, a tow hitch and a power liftgate.
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Electronic driver aids include standard forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, lane departure warning, full-speed adaptive cruise control, a drowsy driver warning system, an automatic parking system, multiview parking cameras, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect emergency communications.
Interior comfort and convenience features include a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, four-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings and a 40/20/40-split second-row seat (folding, reclining, power-sliding and heated). The three-row LX 570 also has a power-operated 50/50-split third-row seat that folds up against the cargo area sides.
Infotainment features includes the Lexus Remote Touch interface (a 12.3-inch center display with center console mouselike controller), a navigation system, Bluetooth, a USB port, the Lexus Enform infotainment smartphone app suite, and a nine-speaker sound system.
The optional Luxury package adds heated and ventilated second-row seats and upgraded leather upholstery with contrasting stitching. You can also add 21-inch wheels and a heated steering wheel.
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Some options are exclusive to the three-row LX 570 and include a head-up display, a wireless smartphone charger, a refrigerated coolbox under the front center armrest, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and Lexus Enform Remote with smart-device vehicle controls. There’s also an optional rear-seat entertainment system that includes a pair of displays mounted to the front seatbacks.
The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Lexus LX 570 (5.7L V8 | 8-speed automatic | 4WD).