2018 Lexus LX570
LEXUS LX 570;2018 LEXUS LX 570’s dashboard is a 12.3-inch multimedia screen. Its generous size and high-res display offer a stark contrast to the analog clock sitting directly below, tucked between HVAC vents and above a slew of physical buttons and dials. The dash is a blend of old and new, analog and digital, modern and classic, much like the LX570 as a whole.
Although the LX nameplate has been around since only the late 1990s, the vehicle is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, an off-road icon. The Land Cruiser is the Toyota brand’s most expensive product—by more than $30,000—with a base price of $85,860, while the three-row LX570 starts at $91,825. With a long list of standard luxury features, our eight-passenger test rig did not have a lot of add-ons. Only two items upped the final cost: a $170 cooler in the center console and a second-row dual-screen entertainment system for $2005, bringing the total to an even $94,000.
In car terms, the LX is a dinosaur when considering the age of its underpinnings and powertrain. The current-generation Land Cruiser/LX570 debuted in 2007 for the 2008 model year. Since then, the big Lexus has undergone three facelifts, the most recent of which arrived for 2016, which also is the last time we tested an LX.
Part of that 2016 update included swapping out the previous six-speed automatic transmission for an eight-speed unit. That transmission is paired with a port-injected, naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V-8 that is essentially unchanged from when it was first introduced a decade ago. It makes 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, big numbers that are necessary to move the LX570, which punished our scales to the tune of 6176 pounds (a slightly lighter, two-row version is newly available for 2018).LEXUS LX 570