A Nicer Land Cruiser
New for 2016/2017
The refreshed 2016 Lexus LX 570 gains a refreshed exterior design featuring a one-piece Spindle grille, a new eight-speed automatic transmission, the available Lexus Safety System+ suite of safety features, and a larger 12.3-inch multimedia screen. Additional standard features include a 360-degree view camera system and climate concierge, while the head-up display and Lexus Enform Service Connect. Two new exterior colors have been added, Atomic Silver and Nightfall Mica.
The 2016 Lexus LX 570 is a large, four-wheel-drive luxury SUV that slots above the smaller GX 460 and has seating for up to eight passengers.
One engine is offered in the 2016 LX 570, a 5.7-liter V-8 rated at 383 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque that’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. When properly equipped, the LX 570 can tow up to 7,000 pounds of payload. With all seats in place there’s 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space that can be expanded to 45 cubic feet with the split-folding third row down and 83 cubic feet with the second row folded.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 LX 570 comes with knee airbags for front occupants and side airbags for rear passengers. The Lexus Safety System + adds adaptive cruise control, intelligent high beam, lane departure alert, pedestrian detection, and the Pre-Collision System, which combines automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard features include power front seats, four-zone climate control, navigation, a rearview camera, power sliding 40/20/40 split-folding second row, a power retractable 50/50 split-folding third row, a split rear tailgate with a powered upper portion, 20-inch alloy wheels, blind spot warning, front and rear parking sensors, full LED headlights, Lexus premium audio, and a drive mode selector. Optional equipment include 21-inch alloy wheels, a head-up display, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, Lexus Enform Remote, Lexus Enform Service Connect, Qi wireless charging, heated and ventilated front and second row seats, a heated steering wheel, and a rear seat entertainment system with two 11.6-inch screens and headphones.
What We Think
Despite its age, the pre-refresh Lexus LX 570 placed third in a comparison test that also included the Land Rover Range Rover, Infiniti QX80, Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade, and Mercedes-Benz GL450. We noted that the SUV rode well, making it a great road trip vehicle. Additionally, its off-road capability is commendable, making it a great all-around SUV that’s at home on- and off-road. In a 2015 First Test review, we said that the LX 570 is essentially a car you take to the ends of the Earth thank to its durability and capability. However, the SUV’s cargo carrying capability is compromised because the second and third row cut into the space you put your gear in.
Comfortable and spacious interior
Feels like a tank
Highly capable on- and off-road
You Won’t Like:
Second and third row seats cut into the cargo space
Polarizing new exterior styling is a love it or hate it affair
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