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Lexus LX570 remains an enviable large, luxury SUV




There are plenty of large sport utility vehicles on the road, so obviously some people still have a need for these rather large behemoths. Either that or people simply can't get rid of them at a reasonable price.

A down economy and the absurd fluctuation in gas prices have definitely hindered sales on this vehicle segment. The car business is cyclical and right now smaller, more economical SUVs are the way to go. Bigger is not always better.

With that said, it doesn't mean all car shoppers are turning toward crossover SUVs purchasing an affordable sedan, a hybrid of any kind, or a small truck. Heavy-duty SUVs are still a great way to go for people who require a maximum passenger vehicle or have major towing considerations.

2012 Lexus LX570

  • Performance: 5.7-liter, V8, 383 horsepower
  • Mileage estimate: 12-17 mpg
  • Price: $80,930
  • Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles; drivetrain 6 years/70,000 miles; corrosion 6 years/unlimited

When many people consider buying an SUV, they often give at least a cursory look at Toyota and Lexus. When it comes to SUVs of any size, the Toyota brand ranks high thanks to its many enviable qualities.

In the large, luxury SUV category, the Lexus LX570 is one of the typical standard bearers. It has the requisite three rows and seats eight people, provides considerable performance, can tow up to 7,000 pounds, handles well for a big vehicle, can play rough in any off-road excursion, and also can sit majestically in the driveway for the neighbors to admire.

Sure, it gets lousy gas mileage (12-17 mpg), but what large SUV doesn't? No one purchases a big vehicle with gas mileage as a major consideration. The cost for the 2012 Lexus LX570 is quite hefty as well at $80,930, a price many of its leading competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Infinity QX56 and Cadillac Escalade can beat.

While we're on the subject of beating the price, one of the LX570's leading competitors is ironically the Toyota Land Cruiser. The two vehicles share the same powerful 5.7-liter, V8 engine that produces 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque, and goes 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds.

Both the Land Cruiser and LX570 possess full-time, four-wheel drive and many other similarities, yet the Land Cruiser can typically be purchased for approximately $10,000 less! Note that both the LX570 and the Land Cruiser come in one trim model only.

The overall style and classy appearance, plus the more generous standard equipment features, are where the Lexus LX570 separates itself from the Land Cruiser. The LX570 cabin is definitely luxurious. If you are a bells and whistles person, the 49 switches and buttons will be a huge turn on. And the good news is they are easy to access and the learning curve is reasonable.

There are issues with the seating and cargo area of the LX570. The third row could use more leg and head room, and when folded down it goes to the side, not flat on the floor like one would hope.  With the three rows being utilized, the cargo space is only good for small loads.

Obviously there are plenty of things to consider when looking to purchase the 2012 LX570. High sticker price, some issues with the seating and storage are some definite drawbacks.



About Weidel on Wheels


Weidel on Wheels author Jeffrey Weidel is an award-winning writer from the Sacramento region who has reviewed automobiles for more than two decades. He can be reached at skiweidel@gmail.com




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