Lexus is synonymous with elegance, style, and performance. The luxury division of carmaker Toyota is legendary for producing cars and SUVs that are truly a joy to drive — and when we were invited to drive the 2017 Lexus LX 570 we knew exactly where — NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas. Driving 300 plus miles from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, we got the full Lexus experience.
The Ride of a Lifetime
The Lexus LX 570 is no slouch when it comes to luxury. Thanks to its advanced suspension control, our drive was comfortable, and the 383-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 under the hood rocketed us across the desert. With more than 38 inches of headroom and 42 inches of legroom in the front, sitting in the cabin of the LX 570 was roomy and comfy even with all that power roaring under the hood. The driver’s seat alone had 14-way power adjustments. The four-zone climate control and 28 cabin vents kept us cool, and the illuminated console provided us all the info we needed on our trek to Champion’s Week.
Road Tripping for Fun, Not Profit
The Lexus LX 570 certainly provided the ultimate in performance, and with ample passenger space, it’s great for road tripping with family and friends. Its 7,000-lb. towing capacity and roomy cargo area mean you can bring pretty much anything and everything you like along for the ride without breaking a sweat.
If there was one downside, it was the trade-off between power and fuel economy. The LX 570 has a massive 24.6-gallon fuel tank – it needs it, as it only clocks in at 13 mpg city or 18 mpg highway. That’s still well over a 300-mile range on a single tank, which is nothing to sneeze at, but you’re still going to be spending your fair share of time parked at the pump with this beast of an SUV.
Beautiful, Comfortable, and a Joy to Drive
In the end, the LX 570’s low-end gas mileage isn’t as big a problem as you might think. Most SUVs aren’t known for their fuel economy after all, but the Lexus LX 570 so outpaces the average SUV with performance and comfort that there’s simply no comparison.
The truth is that the LX 570 offers a smooth ride. If you love big SUV’s, you’ll enjoy every minute behind the wheel or in the passenger seat of the Lexus LX 570.