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2016 Lexus LX Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Lexus LX was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 7.7

The 2016 Lexus LX 570's V8 engine delivers rapid acceleration, according to many reviewers, though a few say some rivals are quicker. The LX gets very poor fuel economy estimates for a large luxury SUV. The LX is quite capable off road, test drivers report. Some say the LX feels composed and comfortable over rough pavement, but others note the steering feels numb and they report noticeable body roll around corners.

  • "The 2014 Lexus LX 570 is big in every way. Weighing more than a Cadillac Escalade, the LX nevertheless manages its weight with ease, remaining firmly planted when moving at high speeds and demonstrating surprising agility in the turns." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "Unlike many luxury crossovers with carlike unibody construction, the LX 570 utilizes traditional body-on-frame construction that's built for serious off-road use. The problem is, most SUVs these days never get more serious than a gravel driveway, so the hardcore hardware is overkill for the typical shopper." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 LX 570 comes standard with a 5.7-liter V8 that makes 383 horsepower and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates the LX will get up to 13/18 mpg city/highway, which is very low for the class.

Many reviewers say the V8 is powerful and delivers brisk acceleration. However, other test drivers report that some rivals feel quicker and are more fuel efficient.

  • "Unfortunately, the acceleration itself is underwhelming if you're familiar with competing models." -- Edmunds
  • As for power, the LX used to be a star with its beastly 5.7-liter V8, but now that the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, for example, offers quicker twin-turbo V8s that also get better fuel economy, the Lexus V8's luster has diminished. Nonetheless, this remains a strong and smooth engine that'll likely satisfy if you don't mind quenching its prodigious thirst." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "The LX 570 boasts a 5.7-liter V8 that … produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. That's enough output to muscle the big SUV over precipitous hills or tow up to 7,000 lbs." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The LX's 5.7-liter V8 can propel it to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds, which is an impressive feat in itself." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

Handling and Braking

Many auto writers say the 2016 Lexus LX is comfortable over rough roads and composed through turns. Still, a few report that there's significant body roll when turning, and the steering feels numb. For 2016, Lexus added a Drive Mode Select system that lets drivers choose between three different suspension settings: Comfort, Sport S and Sport S+.

  • "The 2016 Lexus LX 570 rides regally on all roads, shrugging off impacts like the softly sprung luxury liner it is." -- Edmunds
  • Despite its size, it's practically graceful in corners; not sporty, but confident and comfortable. True, there's a bit more rumble in the ride than you might expect in a Lexus, but there's a reason: This is a real SUV." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The handling is average at best, with lots of lean and body roll in the curves. The steering is light to the point of numbness, and the turning circle is epically wide." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "Despite its rough and tough strengths, the LX 570 also delivers a comfortable daily driving experience due in large part to its adaptive dampers, which provide a smooth ride while also mitigating body roll." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Off-Roading

The 2016 LX is equipped with crawl control, adjustable suspension, a locking center differential, a two-speed transfer case, full-time four-wheel drive and a terrain selection system that lets drivers adjust vehicle dynamics by choosing among five different terrain types: Rock, Rock and Dirt, Loose Rock, Mogul, and Mud and Sand. The LX is one of the most capable off-road SUVs in the class, critics report.

  • "Under the leather and wood is a truck-type body-on-frame chassis. This rugged structure combines with a sophisticated 3-mode independent suspension setup, giving the big LX 570 a brutal ability to tackle and conquer off-road trails with ease." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Much harder for any rival to match is the 2016 LX 570's competence once the pavement ends. Between its sophisticated suspension (with even more travel for 2016), cleverly engineered crawl-control system and rugged, Land Cruiser-based construction, this deluxe SUV has the capability to take you almost anywhere you might ever want to go." -- Edmunds
  • "The Lexus LX 570 is essentially a mildly restyled version of the Toyota Land Cruiser. That mean's it's an old-school, full-size SUV that can tow like a pickup and venture off the pavement to remote places where few other vehicles dare tread." -- Left Lane News (2015)

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