What happens when you mix a luxurious Lexus LS with a go-anywhere Toyota Land Cruiser? You get the 2018 Lexus LX 570. The full-size LX was Lexus’ first-ever SUV when it debuted in 1995, and while the market for crossovers has grown immensely since then, this rough and rugged luxury SUV still plays an important role at the top of Lexus’ expansive CUV/SUV lineup that also includes the RX, GX, NX and the all-new UX.
The 2018 Lexus LX 570 is a perfect rival for plush SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator and Infiniti QX80, yet it still has the off-roading capability to go up against luxury off-roaders like the Range Rover or Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Since 1995, there have only been three generations of the LX and the current model dates back to the 2008 model year, so with the luxury market hotter than ever, we spent a week in the large and luxurious LX to see how it holds up against much newer rivals.
2018 Lexus LX 570 Exterior
With its most recent design refresh occurring just two years ago, the 2018 Lexus LX 570 fits in quite well with other current Lexus models. Large LED headlights and its massive spindle grille provide an imposing face, while the L-shaped LED taillights finish off the modern look. This tester was finished in Satin Cashmere Metallic, and it came equipped with the optional 21-inch alloy wheels; for only $745, these wheels add a bit of style to the LX with a two-tone, 10-spoke design.
Sharing its underpinnings with the venerable Toyota Land Cruiser, the 2018 Lexus LX 570 incorporates off-road elements into its design including 8.9 inches of ground clearance, 25 degrees of approach angle and 23 degrees of departure angle, and if it wasn’t for the standard running boards, the breakover angle would be equally impressive. Those running boards do come in handy, though, when it comes time to check out the cabin.
2018 Lexus LX 570 Interior
Once inside, you’ll see exactly why the 2018 Lexus LX 570 has a price premium over its Land Cruiser counterpart. This tester came with the $1,190 Luxury Package bringing semi-aniline leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated outboard second-row seats and unique projector puddle lamps. The light Parchment leather was contrasted by the dark mocha wood trim, and the optional ($150) heated wood steering wheel adds as much style to the cabin as it does luxury. The wide center console features an array of buttons, knobs and switches to control all the various off-road functions and drive modes.
All 2018 Lexus LX 570 models deliver peak luxury through a wide infotainment screen with standard navigation, a 14-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 12-way power front passenger’s seat, four-zone climate control, power-sliding second-row seat and power-retractable third-row seat, although unlike most other modern three-row SUVs, the rear row of seats doesn’t fold flat into the cargo floor, instead they fold up against the wheel wells. Another oddity in the LX’s design is the split liftgate, which unlike the Range Rover only offers a power upper portion and leaving the folding mini tailgate as a manual function. The big news for the 2018 Lexus LX 570 was the addition of a new two-row model that ditches the side-folding third row in place of added cargo space.
For those who want the most out of their LX 570, this SUV offers options such as the $2,350 Mark Levinson 19-speaker audio system, $900 head-up display and $75 wireless smartphone charger – all of which were added on to this tester.
2018 Lexus LX 570 Powertrain
Under the hood, the 2018 Lexus LX 570 is powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 rated at 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque. This engine pairs to an eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive, and this powertrain configuration returns EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway**. This powertrain also results in a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 7.3 seconds, which isn’t fast by any means but is still decent acceleration for a luxury off-roader weighing 6,000 pounds.
On the road, the big LX is surprisingly smooth (even with the big 21-inch wheels) and extremely easy to drive with great sight lines and complementing safety technology. When it comes to off-roading, the LX is even more at home with its Torsen limited-slip locking center differential that provides full-time four-wheel drive and a torque split of 40:60 under normal driving conditions, while the Crawl Control feature makes easy work of tough terrain. An adjustable-height suspension makes it easier to clear tall obstacles, and it can also lower down for easy ingress and egress for passengers.
2018 Lexus LX 570 Safety
The 2018 Lexus LX 570 has not yet been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but it does come standard with ten airbags and the Lexus Safety System+. This suite of safety features includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert and Intelligent High Beam.
2018 Lexus LX 570 Overall
With no shortage of full-size luxury SUVs still available for new-car shoppers, the 2018 Lexus LX 570 is a great choice for anyone looking to go off-roading with seating for eight. In fact, these traits alone put the LX in a class by itself! Such luxury – and exclusivity – do come at a steep price however as the three-row 2018 Lexus LX 570 is priced starting at $90,630*, although the LX’s new-for-2018 two-row model starts at $85,630. All in, the fully loaded LX 570 used for this review came with an as-tested price tag of $96,685.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Lexus dealership and test drive the 2018 Lexus LX 570 today!
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.