2017 Lexus LS 570 Review

2017 Lexus LS 570 - The 2017 Lexus LX570 is for those who want a king-size luxury SUV.


 Price: $89,380

The sheer size of the 2017 Lexus LX 570 may intimidate some, but it drives much like a somewhat older-style big luxury car, probably even better.

The 200-inch-long LX 570 four-door hatchback weighs fully 6,000 pounds, but its smooth 5.7-liter dual-overhead-camshaft, 32-valve V8 generates 383 horsepower and a whopping 403 pound/feet of torque. It thus does 0-60 m.p.h. in a brisk 7.3 seconds and allows fast 65-80 m.p.h. highway passing. It shines as a long-distance cruiser but is easy to handle in town.

Lexus says the eight-passenger, four-wheel-drive LX 570 tops out at 137 m.p.h., which is when aerodynamic drag on this high, wide and handsome SUV's body must fight it from going much faster. I don't know what the wind noise would be at that speed, but found the LX 570 to be very quiet at 75 m.p.h. Cabin quietness, after all, is expected of a luxury vehicle.

This is no gas/electric hybrid, so one pays the price for such bulk and performance in gasoline bills. The EPA figures are 13 miles per gallon in the city and 18 on highways. Lexus says 91-octane fuel is needed for the best performance.

On the other hand, this Lexus has a 24.6-gallon fuel tank, so if you accelerate sensibly, the smooth eight-speed automatic transmission, which has handy paddle shifters, will do its best to keep you close to the EPA estimates.

I found the hydraulic power steering to be precise, but it was heavy and I couldn't find anything in the owner's manual that told me how to lighten it. However, the steering is precise and the LX 570 is easy to maneuver, with a 38.7-foot turning circle.

Handling is good, thanks partly to vehicle stability and traction control systems, and a driver can use a console control to switch from "comfort/eco" to "sport" mode for more aggressive street driving or to handle such things as mountain roads. The comfort/eco mode is the most suitable during city/suburban driving.

The ride is smooth, but occasionally-and surprisingly-gets a little floaty in comfort/eco suspension mode. The brakes are powerful and have a brake-assist feature for surer stops.

Thank goodness there's at least moderately sized illuminated running boards because even a long-legged driver, such as myself, requires extra effort to get aboard. And the two power side-folding third-row seats are hard to reach, although the second-row seat powers forward to allow easier entry.

Occupants sit high in the classy interior, with its genuine wood trim and nifty leather seat stitching. Front seats feel as if they provide good support during long journeys.

It's easy to load cargo into the big two-piece tailgate.

The LX 570 has an active height-control system and an off-road crawl mode for for rough terrain. I don't know how many LX 570 owners will want to subject this posh SUV to such terrain-they might be best off getting a Toyota Land Cruiser, on which the LX 570 is based.  

The console has 747-style controls, the dashboard has a pushbutton start, power steering wheel and easily used controls, although a few secondary ones are hidden to the left of the steering column. After all, there's only so much room to put lots of controls, even in a big guy like the LX 570.

A large dashboard screen contains all sorts of information to which you can scroll-the sound system and such. There are plenty of storage areas, including a "mile-deep" covered console bin. But the second-row headrests block rear vision when raised.

Safety items include side air bags, all-speed dynamic radar control, blind-spot monitor, lane departure alert and a pre-collision system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection.

The LX 570 has most, if not all, the  comfort and convenient features you'd find in a big luxury car, including a premium 9-speaker audio system. There thus aren't lots of options.

However, extras include heated and ventilated front and second row outboard seats, a Mark Levinson sound system with 19 speakers, heated wood steering wheel, rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens and wireless headphones, heads-up display and 21-inch (instead of the standard 20-inch) alloy wheels.

You pretty much know what you're getting with any Lexus model, so buyers of the LX 570 should have no disappointments.

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Dan Jedlicka joined the Chicago Sun-Times in February 1968 as a business news reporter and was named auto editor later that year. He has reviewed more than 4,000 new vehicles for the Sun-Times--far more than any newspaper auto writer in the country. Jedlicka also reviewed vehicles for Microsoft Corp.'s MSN Autos Internet site from January, 1996, to June, 2008.

Jedlicka remained auto editor at the Sun-Times until October, 2008, and continued writing for the newspaper's AutoTimes section, which he started in 1992, until February, 2009. While continuing his auto writings at the Sun-Times, he served as assistant financial editor of that newspaper from 1970 to 1973, when he began his automotive column.

He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including NBC's "Today," ABC's "20/20" and "The CBS Evening News." He was a host, consultant and writer for Fox-TV Channel 32's 1991 New Car Preview show and that Chicago-based station's 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 Chicago Auto Show Previews.

Jedlicka's auto articles have been printed in national magazines, including Esquire and Harper's. His auto columns have been reprinted in U.S. government publications and economic textbooks and he is profiled in the "World's Greatest Auto Show" history book about the Chicago Auto Show. In late 1975, Jedlicka was host and technical advisor for three one-hour television specials, "Auto Test 76," which aired nationally on PBS and were the first nationally televised auto road test shows.

In 1995, Jedlicka was the recipient of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Inc.'s Consumer Education Award, given annually to a person who has gained distinction in the field of consumer education. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Media category and inducted into the Legends of Motorsports Guild at the Carquest World of wheels custom car show in Chicago in January, 2006.

Jedlicka was a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year jury, composed of a select number of auto journalists from throughout the country, from 1995 until 2009. From 2010 to 2012, he was a member of Consumer Digest magazine's auto experts panel that gave Best Buy new vehicle recommendations.

He is a 1987 graduate of the Bob Bondurant Race Drivers School and later of the BMW "M" and Skip Barber Advanced Driving schools. He was a member of the U.S. team that participated in the 1987 1,000-mile Mille Miglia race/rally in Italy and has been a race winner at the Chicago area's Santa Fe Speedway.

Jedlicka has owned 25 classic cars, including 1950s and 1960s Ferraris and 1950s and 1960s Porsches, a 1965 Corvette, a 1967 Maserati and a 1957 Studebaker supercharged Golden Hawk. Jedlicka resides with his wife, Suzanne, in the Frank Lloyd Wright historic district of Oak Park. They have two children, James and Michele.

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