The 2013 Lexus LX 570 is an eight-passenger luxury full-size body-on-frame SUV. The 2012 model year was skipped in favor of redesigning the LX 570, which just hit showroom floors this season. Elegant luxury and plush on-road handling belie the excellent off-road capability.
One trim level is offered with an MSRP of $80,930.
Under the hood lies a 383-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine that hauls up to 7,000 pounds. This is paired with a six-speed sequential-shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission and full-time four-wheel drive with limited-slip center differential.
An independent, double-wishbone suspension is used in the front and a four-link suspension in the back. The entire suspension system adjusts shock-absorber damping rates to optimize ride comfort and handling precision based on driving conditions; this can also be modified according to driver selection.
In addition, Active Height Control tweaks the vehicle’s ride height and damping in response to speed and terrain in order to maximize performance.
Standard features include 20-inch alloy wheels, power moonroof, a power liftgate, power auto-dimming side mirrors with memory, automatic swiveling headlamps, automatic on/off headlamps with washers, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers with de-icer, water-repellent front-door glass, fog lamps, SmartAccess keyless remote entry with push-button start, remote access for opening windows and moonroof, running boards, roof rack with rails, rear spoiler, integrated tow hitch and cover, and privacy glass.
A SmartAccess card key, glass breakage sensor, remote starter, and wide-view front and side monitor system with Intuitive Parking Assist are optional.
The LX 570 comes with four-zone automatic climate control with smog sensor, power tilt/telescopic steering column with automatic tilt-away, power driver seat with memory, a power front passenger seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink, three-prong 120V AC power outlet, a middle-row power outlet, leather upholstery with mahogany wood trim, heated front seats, power-sliding split-folding second- and third-row seats, hard-drive navigation system with voice command and backup camera, Bluetooth, and Enform system with emergency communication and telematics.
Options include heated/ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, center-console cool box, and heated steering wheel.
The LX 570 features a nine-speaker premium sound system with HD radio, Automatic Sound Levelizer, Digital Sound Processor, in-dash CD player, SiriusXM satellite radio with traffic and weather, and a USB/iPod port.
This can be upgraded to a Mark Levinson 19-speaker Reference Surround Sound Audio System with a 450-watt amplifier, 15 channels, and CD/DVD player.
In addition, a dual-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones may be selected. The system can use two video sources at once, such as a DVD movie and a game console.
Safety devices consist of stability control, traction control, ABS, brake assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Smart Stop Technology, Crawl Control with Turn Assist, Hill-start Assist, trailer sway control, tire pressure monitoring, front airbags, front side and knee airbags, second-row side airbags, and three-row side curtain airbags.
Crash-test ratings are not available at this time.
While the exterior styling receives some updates, the revamped interior really shows off the upgrades. The spacious cabin sports more luxury features than before and changes in the accent trim provide a fresh look.
The LX 570 offers ruggedness and durability for off-road driving or challenging conditions while adjusting for a softer ride on-road.
As noted by reviewers, it’s a great blend for people who are serious about both luxury and off-road challenges.