The LX line entered the market in 1996, and the LX 570 is a third-generation model, the first to feature a V-8 engine. The LX 570 is Lexus' top-of-the-line luxury SUV: a midsize vehicle that seats up to 8 people. It features a highly identifiable profile and combines off-road performance capabilities with a fully featured interior. It's a stablemate of the Toyota Land Cruiser, and its main competitors are the Land Rover Range Rover and the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. The 2011 LX 570 is a carryover from the previous year.
The 2011 Lexus LX 570's single trim level features 20-inch alloy wheels, electronically controlled suspension, sunroof, leather upholstery, a long menu of power functions (including liftgate and power-folding third-row seats), Bluetooth connectivity, an improved voice-activated navigation system, and an integrated tow hitch. A Luxury package of options includes upgraded wheels and trim, heated seats (ventilated in front), keyless entry, and keyless ignition. Other options are offered as stand-alones, including adaptive cruise control, rear entertainment system, and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system.
Properly equipped, the 2011 LX 570 can tow up to 8500 pounds, according to Lexus. With the third-row seats folded to the side, 41 cubic feet of cargo space is available; with the second-row seats folded, total cargo space increases to 83 cubic feet.
The powertrain in the 2011 Lexus LX 570 consists of a 383-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine that produces 403 lb.-ft. of torque, a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control, and all-wheel drive. According to the EPA, the LX 570 delivers 12 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
Standard safety features on the 2011 Lexus LX 570 include the Safety Connect emergency communications system, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, stability control, traction control, front and second-row side air bags, side curtain air bags, and front knee air bags. An optional system braces both the vehicle and passengers if impact is inevitable.
Starting MSRP for the 2011 Lexus LX 570 was $79,455.