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2011 Lexus LX Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2011 Lexus LX was new.

The Lexus LX 570 impresses reviewers with its rugged capability and relatively comfortable ride. Some even mention that it’s fairly maneuverable, a rare quality among large SUVs. The LX comes standard with a 5.7-liter V8 engine, the only option. This V8 puts 383 horsepower and 403 pound feet of torque to the ground, and achieves EPA fuel economy ratings of 12 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

  • "LX 570 maintains Lexus' library-quiet reputation. Highway wind rush is impressively low, but coarse-surface tire thrum is noticeable. So, too, is the V8's classy-sounding growl at full throttle." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The LX 570 tips the scales at 5,995 pounds, and hits zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, which is absolutely rip-roaring for the gross tonnage it has to motivate." -- Left Lane News

Acceleration and Power

The 2011 Lexus LX’s namesake 5.7 liter V8 engine delivers loads of power, which reviewers especially appreciate in such a large vehicle. The 570’s V8 engine makes 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

  • "Lexus says 0-60 mph takes 7.2 seconds, which seems right to us. LX 570's muscular V8 and smooth, responsive transmission deliver good highway-speed passing punch." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Even with three tons to motivate, this engine is more than up to the task, and never sounds strained. The six-speed automatic isn’t quite as smooth as Lexus’s newer eight-speed, but it’s still slicker than most." -- The Truth About Cars

Handling and Braking

Overall, reviewers say that the Lexus LX 570’s ride is comfortable for such a large, truck-based SUV. However, some complain of light steering and significant body lean. A standard adjustable suspension lets drivers choose between comfort, sport, and in-between ride settings.

  • "For a beast, it rides extraordinarily well, quelling the roughest pavement we could find." -- Left Lane News
  • "The steering is too light for our tastes but is quick and has good feedback. Fairly tight turn radius aids maneuverability. This SUV exhibits stable highway feel and fairly modest cornering lean, but high build and hefty weight demand lots of slowing for tighter bends. The brakes have ample stopping control with progressive, well-weighted pedal action." -- Consumer Guide
  • “The LX 570 doesn't drive like a truck or a bus, which is what I expected. While there's virtually no road feel, there's also little roly-poly heaviness in the turns. I was comfortable tackling twisty roads and poorly maintained highways in this full-size SUV. The only place I didn't enjoy driving the LX was in tight parking lots because of its gigantic size.” – Cars.com
  • "On pavement the electronics work surprisingly unwell. Despite the cross-linked adaptive shocks the LX 570 bounces and bobbles in a very un-Lexus-like manner over all but the smoothest pavement. Even my kids found this misbehavior irritating, and none of the settings do much to reduce it." -- The Truth About Cars

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