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2019 Lexus LX Performance Review

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Performance: 7.6

The 2019 Lexus LX 570 isn't as fast or agile as many of its rivals. It also gets poor gas mileage, even for this class. Still, its engine delivers plenty of power, and few other large SUVs can match the LX’s off-road ability.

  • The LX 570 can be driven aggressively, but there's no avoiding its bulk. This SUV prefers sedate operation. Many luxury SUVs offer better on-road handling, but few are comparable off-road." -- Edmunds
  • "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. The engine is certainly powerful and responsive, but it struggles to move this big vehicle with any alacrity. Many rivals have quicker acceleration. When properly equipped, the LX can tow up to 7,000 pounds – less than many rivals.

According to EPA estimates, the LX 570 gets 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. Those are among the lowest ratings in the class.

  • "The engine is responsive, and power builds steadily. But 6,200 pounds of curb weight ultimately make it feel lazy. The LX 570 uses the same V8 as the Toyota Land Cruiser, but its 300 extra pounds raise its 0-60 mph time by 0.2 second to 7.6 seconds." -- 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)

Handling and Braking

The LX leans a lot around curves and feels more like a plodder than an athlete on winding roads. It also doesn't have the plush ride that you get in some rivals. Four-wheel drive comes standard, as does a Drive Mode Select system that lets you choose between three suspension settings: Comfort, Sport S, and Sport S+.

  • "But there are some trade-offs for the LX's all-terrain capabilities. It's not as confident-handling on pavement as some of its main rivals, and it's certainly not as pleasant as conventional SUVs that are intended for on-road use." -- 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 (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

The LX can hold its own when the pavement ends, and it's one of the most capable off-road SUVs in the class. 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.

  • "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 (2018)
  • "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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