2020 Lexus LX570 – On and Off-Road Luxury
It seems like the current generation of the Lexus flagship SUV, the LX, has been out forever. To be exact, it was 2007 when Toyota’s luxury division, unveiled the third-generation LX, the LX570, and while it has gone through some slight changes over the years, today’s LX570 is basically the same vehicle that debuted 13 years ago.
For those unfamiliar with the LX570, it’s mechanically very much related to the almighty Toyota Land Cruiser – but with some added sophisticated technology and extra creature comfort features – making it one of the most luxurious vehicles ever made to be taken where roads don’t exist.
In an attempt to add some spice to the LX570, for 2020 Lexus is offering a new trim package called simply the Sport Package. Not to be confused with an F Sport model that Lexus uses on other vehicles, the Sport Packages adds a revised front fascia by implementing a new take on its massive spindle grille that looks just about as bold as grilles get. Other changes include a different lower rear valence and chrome accents added to the body-colored side mirrors. Rounding out the package are unique 21-inch wheels featuring a 10-spoke design. One look at the 2020 LX570 with the Sport Package reveals that Lexus set out what it meant to – make the LX look sportier.
Inside, occupants will know they are in the Sport Package with the special semi-aniline, leather-trimmed seats and a black headliner.
Checking the Sport Package option box means also getting the Luxury Package, which adds heated/ventilated front/rear seats, four-zone climate control, a Mark Levinson 19-speaker surround sound audio system, heated linear espresso wood steering wheel, head up display and a wireless charging pad. While the LX570 is available in both 2-row or 3-row configurations, the Sport Package is only available in the 3-row model.
As the name implies, the LX570 is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine – the same one found in the Toyota Land Cruiser and Toyota Tundra – an engine that journalists and Toyota lovers have been ranting and raving about for years. It cranks out an impressive 383 horsepower and over 400 ft-lbs of torque – all going through an eight-speed transmission and a four-wheel drive system.
With all the luxury amenities in this large Lexus, it’s really hard to grasp the idea that the LX570 is really meant to be driven off-road and is fitted with enough gadgets and aids to make Land Rover and Jeep raise an eyebrow or two. This off-road Lexus sports skid plates, tow hooks, a full-time transfer case and a lockable Torsen limited-slip center differential. To set off-road settings, there is a Mult-Terrain Selector. Then there is CRAWL control, or as I like to put it, off-road cruise control. With CRAWL engaged, the Lexus will maintain a fixed ultra-slow speed on off-road terrain without any driver input except steering. Stay off the gas and brake and just point and steer.
The 2020 LX570 that I was recently in was dressed in beautiful Nebula Gray Pearl with a two-tone interior. While I didn’t take it off-road, I did take this luxury liner on a long road trip. When the weather turned nasty, I sure was glad I was in a vehicle that I knew could handle almost anything thrown our way. The cold rain and little snow was no match for the LX – it just marched right on. On the open clear road, the big Lexus cruised along confidently at 75 mph will achieving just under the 16 mpg the EPA rates it at.
Over the recent years, the price of the LX has entered the if-you-have-to-ask-you-probably-can’t-afford-it category. But for us curious folks, the 2020 LX570 starts at $86,380 for the 2-row model, followed by the 3-row model at $91,380. The 3-row-only Sport Package raises it to $99,300. The test vehicle has a total MSRP of $103,330.
Which always gets me thinking – at this price point, I would be afraid to take this machine off-road. Not because I would be worried about getting it stuck (because I know I wouldn’t), but because I would be afraid to scratch the paint on a vehicle with such a hefty price tag. Maybe that’s why Lexus only plans to sell about 5,000 LX570s a year. And I wonder, of those buyers, how many will actually take it off road. Very few, I suppose – but it’s the idea knowing that they can that is reassuring to those lucky few.
— Christopher A. Randazzo
By The Numbers:
2020 Lexus LX570
Base Price: $91,380.00
Price as Tested: $103,330.00
Layout: front-engine / full-time four-wheel drive
Engine: 5.7-liter V8
Transmission: 8 – speed automatic
Horsepower: 383 hp
Torque: 403 lb-ft
EPA Fuel Economy: 12 city / 16 highway mpg
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