The 2013 Lexus LX570 is Lexus’s largest and most expensive sport-utility vehicle, and is up against some of the heavyweights of the sport-utility world. While being large and luxurious, it runs in to some difficulties in the market place. The LX570 is essentially a Toyota Land Cruiser with bells and whistles, but Toyota’s efforts in upgrading the Land Cruiser has made the two vehicles nearly identical save for the badging and grilles, with the Toyota fully loaded costing less than the base Lexus. The Lexus is adequate both on the road and off of it, and it is decked out quite nicely inside. The problem with the LX570 is that, while providing slightly above-average performance and luxury, Lexus is demanding a price that is in the same range as European models that provide top-notch performance and greater luxury – the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is cheaper and performs better, while having a similar level of luxury, and the BMX X5 M destroys the LX570 in all categories while having a price tag only a few thousand dollars higher.
New For 2013
The 2013 Lexus LX570 gets very minor upgrades, the only major one being an updated front end with the new Lexus spindle grille that is slowly being introduced across all models of Lexus. Next to that, there are new front and rear bumpers. The other small updates inside and out include:
- New headlamps with LED daytime running lights
- 20-inch wheels
- Side mirrors with integrated turn signals
- Easy-entry driver’s seat
- Multi-Terrain Select automatic powertrain setting system
- New Enform application suite including Pandora internet radio
- New bumper with different license plate surround and an integrated trailer hitch cover
The outside of the Lexus LX570 was not particularly well-received by the public, and the addition of Lexus’s new spindle grille is unlikely to make the exterior of the 2013 Lexus LX570 any more likeable. The bodywork around the grille gives it the shape of an hourglass. Behind the grille and underneath the chrome trimmings and fender flares, the relationship to the Land Cruiser is easy to see, as the Lexus has slab-sided look with minimal curves. The rear end is also differentiated from the Land Cruiser with an updated bumper and trailer hitch. Overall, the Lexus LX570 presents an attractive yet average outward appearance.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Lexus LX570 is stylish, roomy, and luxurious. There is plenty of head and leg room in all forward seating positions, with the seats themselves being covered in supple leather and accented with wood trim. The last row is somewhat lacking in room, and is only adequate for children or small adults. Cargo room is adequate, although the third row folds towards the sides of the vehicle instead of straight forward, and they take away from some of the available cargo space that should be there when they’re down.
In terms of options and creature comforts, the Lexus has some quality features. Every feature that can be powered electronically receives it, including a power lift gate, a power sliding second row and a power folding third row. The front seats are also power adjustable in eight ways for the passenger and ten ways for the driver, and are heated. A major feature of the LX570 is the Lexus Enform system, a multimedia system that connects with applications such as navigation, Pandora internet radio and OpenTable restaurant reviews and reservations. Bluetooth phone connectivity is also standard with the Enform system. In addition, there is four-zone climate control and available heated second rows and steering wheel.
The 2013 Lexus LX570 comes with the usual safety equipment, including front and side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags for all three rows, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for second-row passengers, and knee airbags for front passengers. Additional safety comes from the Lexus Pre-Collision System which uses active head restraints for all passengers, seatbelt pre-tensioning and braking assist. Crash avoidance features include an electronic stability system, traction control, and anti-lock brakes.
The full-time four-wheel drive 2013 Lexus LX570 comes with a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine that produces 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft. of torque. The high output, complimented by a six-speed automatic transmission, allows the 6000 pound beast to reach sixty miles per hour from a standing start in only 7.5 seconds, and also gives the LX570 a towing capacity of 7000 pounds. The LX570 actually surprises at the ease at which it handles loads, given the luxury trimmings, but this is due to Lexus’s built-in trailer-sway control. The LX570 cruises well on the highway, with a suspension that is capable both on and off of the road. It smoothens out the minor bumps and divots on the road quite well, and even compensates well for rougher off-road terrain. This suspension also provides good handling, although the turning radius is not great. The braking is near the top of the class, bringing the heavy sport utility to a stop from sixty miles per hour in only 119 feet.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Lexus LX570
- Land Rover LR4
- Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
- BMW X5 M