If you happen to have the means, do yourself a favor.
Test drive and buy the luxurious 2019 Lexus LX 570 flagship sports utility with two-row package. You would be hard-pressed to do your family any bigger favor when traveling down the road.
Frankly, it doesn’t matter if it’s a rocky, dusty, country dirt road or a recently paved city street, the LX 570 conquers any type of terrain in comfort. Despite its large size, the LX 570 features a stylish exterior that leaves an enduring image of beauty and strength.
The design continues inside the LX, where Lexus master craftsmen utilize top-notch materials to create a lavish interior that benefits from meticulous attention to detail.
LX 570 is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 with 32-valves, DOHC engine with variable valve timing paired with an eight-speed, sequential shift, automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive.
The combination delivers 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to tow big-boy toys (up to 7,000 pounds) without breaking a sweat. The LX 570 seats five adults in living room comfort, with a rear cargo hold that will take your breath away. On the down side, I averaged 15 miles per gallon and went through almost two full tanks of gas in one week.
Low-range gearing provides slow-speed crawling capability for handling steep off-road hills and uneven terrain. Drivers also get additional support from the LX’s innovative Crawl Control system that is fortified with turn assist, hill-start assist control and variable gear ratio steering.
Exterior highlights include 21-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels with a black-machined finish, illuminated running boards, Nightfall Mica enamel and a power rear door with easy-close tailgate.
Interior goodies include semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats, heated, walnut steering wheel, Lexus premium audio with nine speakers, navigation with voice command, and heated/ventilated front and second-row seats. The Climate Concierge feature automatically monitors the temperature of four separate climate zones and adjusts not only the fans, but also the temperature of the seats and steering wheel.
I folded forward the second-row seats and fit a full-size entertainment armoire flat in the back on a trip to Value Village. Amazing.
Finally, let’s end with a few words about safety. The LX 570 has more features than you can count. The best of the bunch were pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert and intelligent auto high beams.
That just scratches the surface, but hopefully it’s enough to get you into a showroom for a test drive of your own.
Base Price: $86,855.
Price As Driven: $88,940