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2018 Lexus LX Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 7.7

The 2018 Lexus LX 570's V8 engine delivers plenty of power, though some competitors are quicker. The LX is one of the most capable large luxury SUVs for off-roading, but it gets poor fuel economy estimates for the class. The LX feels relatively composed and comfortable, but expect some body roll through quicker turns.

  • "Around town, the 2017 Lexus LX 570 is divine. It shrugs off potholes and bumpy roads with ease. It's like a luxury cruise ship riding over choppy waters without the slightest hint of a disturbance." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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 LX 570 features a 5.7-liter V8 engine that generates 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. While overall power is good, and the engine moves this big SUV with relative ease, class rivals deliver faster acceleration. Despite its ample power and torque, the LX only tows up to 7,000 pounds – a lower towing capacity than most of its rivals.

You probably aren’t buying a large SUV expecting excellent gas mileage, but even for this class, the LX earns low ratings: It gets an EPA-estimated 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

  • "The LX isn't as fast as most of its rivals." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • 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)

Handling and Braking

You expect a luxury vehicle to ride smoothly, and the Lexus LX delivers. Handling is another story, however. The steering feels a little vague, and while the LX is poised around turns, there is noticeable body lean if you take them at speed. A Drive Mode Select system comes standard, letting you choose between three suspension settings: Comfort, Sport S, and Sport S+.

  • Around turns, the LX is a bit ponderous, though the same can be said for most vehicles in this class." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • 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 (2017)
  • "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)

Off-Roading

People don’t normally think of a Lexus when they’re looking for a capable off-road SUV, but don’t dismiss this LX. It comes equipped with crawl control, an adjustable suspension, a locking center differential, a two-speed transfer case, and full-time four-wheel drive. It also comes with a terrain selection system, which allows you to adjust the SUV's traction control between five 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.

  • "Challenge an Audi Q7 or a Cadillac Escalade to follow the LX 570 into the bush and you'll soon have both calling AAA for assistance." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Going off-road is where the LX 570 shines brightest. Forget dirt roads and all-weather conditions – this thing can plow over obstacles and through murky depths you wouldn't consider passable in most other vehicles. With its sophisticated suspension, cleverly engineered crawl-control system and rugged construction, this deluxe SUV has the capability to take you almost anywhere you might ever want to go." -- Edmunds (2017)

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