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2015 Lexus LX 570

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/29/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Lexus LX 570 gains Siri Eyes Free and an upgraded Lexus Enform App Suite, which now inclues iHeartRadio 4.0 and Slacker.


Vehicle Summary

Based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, the 2015 Lexus LX 570 is a four-wheel-drive, three-row luxury SUV with seating for up to eight passengers. Its only engine, a 5.7-liter V-8 making 383 hp and 403 lb-ft of torque, is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy at 12/17 mpg city/highway isn't impressive due to the car's size and dated powertrain, but towing capacity is generous at 7,000 pounds. Like the Toyota Land Cruiser, the Lexus LX is sold as a single fully loaded model with plenty of standard features included in the car's $84,105 base price including destination.


Thanks to its body-on-frame construction, the 2015 LX 570 is a capable off-road vehicle but doesn't sacrifice on-road comfort like the Toyota Land Cruiser, which is what it's based on. Its full-time four-wheel-drive system enables it to traverse rough trails and go through roads that would cause car-based crossovers to struggle or get stranded.

Inside, the 2015 LX is well-appointed, just like the Land Cruiser, with plenty of high-grade materials and soft leather and plastics used throughout the cabin. Space for passengers is generous even in the third row, which has seatbelts for three occupants. Cargo volume is also plenty with up to 83 cubic feet of space when the second and third rows are folded down.

One available option is the Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which detects imminent frontal collisions and prepares the brakes for maximum pressure. Additionally, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control allows the SUV to reduce the throttle and brake automatically when it gets too close to the vehicle in front.

What We Think

Although we didn't test a 2015 Lexus LX 570, the SUV is virtually identical to the Toyota Land Cruiser. In a 2010 First Drive review of the Toyota, we said that in addition to its impressive off-road capability, it remains a good on-road performer with a smooth ride for a body-on-frame SUV. Additionally, the interior is well-appointed and has "a rich array of luxury and opulence, with very nice, soft leather swathing the cabin."

You'll Like

  • Good balance of on- and off-road capability
  • Roomy interior
  • Well-appointed cabin

You Won't Like

  • Too similar to the Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Dated powertrain

Key Competitors

  • Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • Land Rover Range Rover
  • Infiniti QX80
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Cadillac Escalade


3 star


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