In 2008, Lexus unveiled the third-generation LX, which was a luxury-based version of the Toyota Land Cruiser SUV. The 2008 LX came with a new body, a new frame and a new engine. Two years later, Lexus is bumping up the 2010 LX 570 with new technological enhancements.

The Lexus LX 570 is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 that delivers a total of 383 hp at 5,600 rpm and peak torque of 403 lb.-ft at 3,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a clocked 0 to 60 mph time of 7.4 seconds and a top speed that is electronically-limited to 137 mph.

The LX 570 is equipped with 10 standard airbags, including driver- and front-passenger knee airbags, front and second-row seat-mounted side airbags, Active Front Headrests, dual-swivel Adaptive Front lighting System and Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Updates to navigation, audio, safety and entertainment systems keep the eight-passenger LX 570 premium luxury utility vehicle at the top of its segment with technology enhancements for 2010.

To further enhance the driving experience, the LX’s standard Lexus Navigation System has been updated and includes Lexus Enform™, Voice Command casual-language voice recognition and Bluetooth® phonebook download. The optional Wide-view Front and Side Monitor screen has also been revised. Lexus Navigation system comes available with XM® NAVTraffic®/Weather™/Sports/Stocks functionality (complimentary 90-day trial subscription included).

The Lexus Premium Sound System adds an integrated satellite radio receiver, iPod®/USB connectivity and streaming music via Bluetooth®. Safety Connect™ which includes automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location and emergency and roadside assistance is standard with a complimentary one-year trial subscription on the 2010 LX.

The optional Rear Seat Entertainment adds 3D icons and LED backlight to enhance display and layout.


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The LX 570’s 5.7-liter V8 delivers the punch and towing power demanded in this segment. The powerplant produces 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and peak torque of 403 lb.-ft at 3,600 rpm. Crucial to LX customers who tow with their vehicles, 90 percent of peak torque is available at just 2,200 RPM.

The V8’s advanced Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) system controls valve timing and overlap on both the intake and exhaust valves, which helps to optimize power, fuel efficiency and emissions. The Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) switches the length of the intake tract in two stages, based on RPM and throttle angle, to improve torque across the engine speed range. Tubular stainless steel headers flow into a full stainless steel exhaust system.

The LX 570’s six-speed automatic transmission is designed to handle high torque while performing with Lexus quietness and smoothness. The electronically-controlled transmission’s control unit estimates road conditions and predicts the driver’s intention to select the appropriate gear ratio for the vehicle’s speed and the driving conditions. A sequential shift mode allows the driver to select gears manually. Even at very low speeds, such as trail driving, the transmission operates smoothly and imperceptibly.

The LX 570’s transfer case provides full-time four-wheel drive that is equally adept at handling the rigors of slippery winter weather or deep mud or snow. A 2.618:1 low-range ratio is available for challenging driving surfaces. The system uses a TORSEN® limited-slip locking center differential to distribute power 40:60 front-to-rear, directing more power to the wheels with the best grip should slippage occur. Four-wheel Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) employs both brake and throttle intervention to help control wheel spin. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) helps maintain directional control during cornering and can be disengaged via the “TRAC off” switch.

The Crawl Control feature provides improved throttle modulation when maneuvering over rough, uneven or difficult surfaces. When the transmission is shifted into low range, Crawl Control regulates engine speed and output, along with braking force, to propel the vehicle forward or in reverse at one of three low-speed settings. Crawl Control also actuates a set of virtual locking differentials to help reduce tire slippage and optimize chassis behavior.

Without canceling Crawl Control mode, the driver can reduce vehicle speed by braking or adjust the crawling speed with a selector switch. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) helps provide additional control for off-road driving by helping to keep the vehicle from rolling back while starting on a steep incline or slippery surface.


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The LX 570’s highly capable chassis is equipped with an advanced suspension system. Body-on-frame construction provides ruggedness and durability in extreme driving conditions, plus impressive towing capability and ride isolation characteristics. Towing capacity is 8,500 pounds. An electro-hydraulic system with four-wheel Active Height Control (AHC) and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) reacts more quickly and allows for a greater range of adjustment than the system used in the previous LX model.

Applying advanced computer aided engineering and lightweight components, engineers developed a frame structure that uses lightweight, high-strength steel. The frame was tested over some of the worst roads in Australia, plus desert areas of the U.S. and other parts of the world in conditions where other SUVs could not go. The body utilizes welded high-strength sheet steel, especially in the A-, B-, C- and D-pillars and in the rocker area to reduce weight and increase rigidity.

The high-mount, independent double-wishbone front suspension allows for nine inches of total front wheel travel – four on the jounce stroke and five on rebound – for outstanding articulation over rough roads and obstacles. The power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering uses a variable gear ratio that requires just 2.4 turns to go from lock-to-lock.

The four-link trailing-arm rear suspension retains the solid-axle configuration for strength and durability. Suspension geometry helps promote control, and spring and damper rates are optimized for ride smoothness. The new-generation Lexus LX 570 introduced a vehicle "posture control" system with Lexus advanced technology, including Four-Wheel AHC + AVS (Active Height Control + Adaptive Variable Suspension).

The LX 570 suspension system helps enhance on-road handling by reducing body sway by more than 30 percent and by suppressing dive and squat during cornering, braking or acceleration. The compression chambers of the shock absorbers are diagonally linked (front left shock linked to rear right, and front right linked to rear left) by a center-control valve. Passing small body motions from front-to-rear increases overall vertical suspension damping. A spring-rate switch control in the front shock absorbers stiffens or loosens the air spring rate in two steps. When cruising on the highway, for example, the spring rate is loosened for better ride comfort.

Safety/Security Features

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The front of the LX 570 frame integrates a three-stage crush structure to help reduce frame damage to other areas of the vehicle in a frontal impact. The patented design can disperse collision force from the main side members to the floor frame members, helping to reduce deformation in the passenger compartment.

The LX 570 is equipped with 10 standard airbags, including driver- and front-passenger knee airbags, front and second-row seat-mounted side airbags in the outboard seating positions, and side curtain airbags for all three rows. All eight seating positions feature three-point seatbelts. The second-row seatbelts integrate pre-tensioners for the outboard seats and an ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor) seatbelt for the center seat.

The LX 570 is the first vehicle in its class to use Active Front Headrests which move up and forward almost instantly in the event of certain rear-end collisions when the force of the occupant’s body is applied to the seat back. The standard dual-swivel Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) helps to illuminate a turn or curve as the driver steers into it.

The LX 570 is also the first in its class to offer a Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. In addition, LX 570 is the first Lexus to offer the optional Wide-view Front and Side Monitor feature designed for use in tight settings, such as parking garages. With cameras located within the front grille and under the passenger outside mirror, the driver can check hard-to-view areas by simply pressing a button on the dashboard and viewing the camera images on the standard navigation system screen. The Wide-view Front and Side Monitor functions up to a vehicle speed of about 7.5 mph and displays the front and side views simultaneously in split-screen mode.


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The standard power rear door, Smart Access keyless entry system with push-button start, headlamp washers and a front windshield wiper de-icer provide all-weather convenience. A full array of standard luxury amenities includes, four-zone independent climate control, updated Lexus Navigation System, nine-speaker Lexus Premium Sound system with iPod/USB connectivity, front-seat power-seat cushion extenders, and a rear back-up camera.

With 28 total air vents, the climate control system is designed to bathe occupants in comfortable air, even during extreme heat, rather than simply project streams of cool air at them. For colder weather, the LX 570 is equipped with an auxiliary Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heater. The PTC heater warms air by passing it over an electrically heated ceramic element.

Luxury Options

The LX 570 offers an optional Luxury Package that includes a cool box for beverages; semi-aniline leather-trimmed upholstery; African Bubinga wood trimmed steering wheel, shift knob and rear center console lid; heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats; Smart Access and Liquid Graphite finished wheels.

In addition to the Luxury Package, the LX 570’s option list includes climate-controlled front seats and heated second-row seats, and entertainment systems. The available rear-seat entertainment system plays DVDs and uses a nine-inch wide-format screen. For audiophiles, a 19-speaker Mark Levinson® Reference Surround Sound audio system is also available with 450-watts maximum power and 15 channels.

Exterior Design

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The LX 570 luxury utility vehicle adopts characteristics of the brand’s L-finesse design theme. A wide stance and muscular cabin proportions are accented with subtle character lines and luxury touches such as chrome-plated door handles and moldings. The wide grille, with its "arrowhead" corner treatment, character lines integrated into the bumper, and large projector headlights convey a distinctly purposeful look. Pronounced wheel arches add an element of ruggedness to the elegant profile. Standard running boards fit closely to the body for an integrated appearance.

Wide rear combination lights emphasize the large size of the sculpted rear door. They employ high-intensity LEDs and a specially designed diffusion pattern to project "radiance" and to give drivers following behind ample visibility of the LX 570. Tasteful chrome accents set off the lights and the license plate surround.

Interior Design

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The LX 570, while occupying the same footprint as the previous LX 470 model, provides ample front seat legroom. The result is an even more inviting and comfortable space for up to eight passengers and their cargo. Optitron® instrument gauges are a traditional and functional Lexus design feature.

The first-in-class standard power-sliding second-row seat slides forward and aft 4.1 inches for passenger comfort and cargo storage versatility. The second-row seatbacks provide a convenient 40/20/40 split. The second row seat is specially engineered to make tumbling it forward easy for anyone – with Lexus fluid smoothness. A power retractable third-row seat is standard. The split rear tailgate features a power upper door, while the bottom section raises and lowers with minimal effort.

Lexus EnformTM with Safety ConnectTM

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The Lexus LX 570 offers an all-new telematics system, Lexus Enform™ with Safety Connect™, available by subscription. A complimentary one-year trial subscription is included on the purchases of all new LX vehicles. Both the Lexus Enform and the Safety Connect response center operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—every day of the year.

Safety Connect, the cornerstone of the services, is available on the LX 570 and offers four safety and security features: Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), and Enhanced Roadside Assistance, which adds GPS data to the already included warranty-based Lexus roadside service.

Lexus Enform includes all of the Safety Connect features and builds upon them with the premium services of Destination Assist and eDestination. Destination Assist agents are available via the on-board cellular equipment and can help drivers find a specific address, a business by name, or a type of business (e.g., gas station, movie theater, etc.), and even Zagat®-rated restaurants, and then send the coordinates to the navigation system for routing. With eDestination, drivers can go online via to save and sort destinations in up to 20 folders, each holding as many as 10 destinations. Then drivers can send the locations—up to 200 at a time—to their vehicle, where they will be available for download into the navigation system. Online, drivers can create personalized location names (e.g., “Favorite sushi,” “1 PM Appt,” “Kids’ doc,” etc.) and even list notes about their saved locations, all helping them see exactly the information they choose in the vehicle.

Lexus Insider™, a complimentary, opt-in service is also available without a subscription on all Lexus Enform-equipped vehicles. This feature offers in-vehicle audio casts that provide owners access to useful vehicle tips and event information, and insights into exclusive owners’ benefits – all designed to further enhance the Lexus experience.

XM – Beyond Radio

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Lexus Enform vehicles are factory ready for subscriptions to a variety of innovative XM services. An integrated XM® satellite radio receiver is standard. Additionally, Lexus Enform vehicles feature XM NavTraffic® and XM NavWeather™ services. XM NavTraffic informs the driver of current traffic conditions with real-time traffic displays. When traffic problems are detected the navigation system alerts the driver so that the route can be adjusted. XM NavWeather provides near real-time weather conditions as well as spoken and nav-screen forecasts, both based on official National Weather Service data.

Lexus Enform also provides the platform for XM® Sports and Stocks, which features in-vehicle updates on sports and stocks so drivers can stay connected to their favorite teams and investment data while on the road. XM Sports provides game results and schedules for up to five personally selected national league sports teams while XM Stocks supplies data for up to 10 personally selected stocks. After inputting their selections, drivers can access the reports either by the navigation system, or by using the voice command system, adding a new level of flexibility.

XM services require separate XM subscriptions. The XM Sports and Stocks service is included with an XM® radio subscription. All XM services offer complimentary 90-day trial subscriptions.

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  • Type 90o V8, aluminum block and heads
  • Displacement 5.7 liters (346 cubic inches)
  • Valvetrain Four cam, four valves per cylinder, with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)
  • Compression Ratio 10.2:1
  • Horsepower at RPM 383 hp @ 5,600
  • Torque at RPM 403 lb-ft @ 3,600
  • Emission Rating Certified Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV II)


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  • 0-60 MPH Acceleration 7.4 seconds
  • 1/4 Mile Acceleration 15.8 seconds
  • Top Track Speed (electronically limited) 137 mph
  • EPA Fuel Economy Ratings (city/highway/combined) 12/18/14 mpg
  • Aerodynamic Drag Coefficient 0.35
  • Turning Circle 38.7 ft


  • Type Full-time four-wheel drive with TORSEN® limited-slip center differential (with manual-locking feature)
  • Transmission Six-speed sequential-shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT)
  • Transfer Case Two-speed, 1.000:1/2.618:1
  • Final Drive Ratio 3.909:1 


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  • Suspension (front) Independent, double-wishbone with coil springs, electronically controlled shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
  • Suspension (rear) Four-link with coil springs, electronically controlled shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
  • Ajustable Suspension Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) with Active Height Control (X-AHC) and automatic load leveling
  • Steering Engine-speed-sensing, progressive power-assisted rack-and-pinion Variable Gear-Ratio Steering (VGRS). 3.1 turns, lock to lock
  • Brakes Four-wheel power-assisted discs, with four-sensor, four-channel Multi-terrain Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist and four-piston front calipers
  • Brake Size 13.4-in front, 13.6-in rear ventilated discs
  • Wheels and Tires 20 x 8.5-in 10-spoke alloy wheels with 285/50R20 mud- and snow-rated tires. Full-size spare with alloy wheel

Body / Dimensions

  • Type Eight-passenger luxury utility vehicle
  • Construction Welded-steel body on box-section ladder frame
  • Overall Length 196.5 in (4,991 mm)
  • Width 77.6 in (1,971 mm)
  • Height 75.6 in (1,920 mm) [9]
  • Wheelbase 112.2 in (2,850 mm)
  • Ground Clearance 8.9 in (226 mm)
  • Approach Angle 31o/29o (X-AHC High/X-AHC Normal)
  • Departure Angle 23o/20o (X-AHC High/X-AHC Normal)
  • Cargo Capacity 83.1 cu ft (2,353 L) (max) [10]
  • Max Payload 1,411 lb (640 kg) [11]
  • Curb Weight 5,995 lb (2,719 kg)
  • Tow Capacity 8,500 lb (3,856 kg) [12]
  • Fuel-Tank Capacity 24.6 gal (93 L)
  • Headroom 38.3/38.9/35.8 in (973/988/909 mm) (front/middle/third row)
  • Legroom 42.9/34.4/28.3 in (1,090/874/719 mm) (front/middle/third row)
  • Shoulder Room 61.0/61.4/62.3 in (1,549/1,560/1,582 mm) (front/middle/third row)
  • Hip Room 58.8/58.5/56.6 in (1,494/1,486/1,438 mm) (front/middle/third row)
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Prices and options

Model Trim Price
Lexus LX570 $76,905

Options and packages

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Luxury Package $2,090
F-Sport 22-in five-spoke forged alloy wheels $4,699
Wheel locks $81
Mark Levinson® with 19-speaker Reference Surround Sound Audio System, six-disc DVD/CD auto-changer featuring DVD-audio and DVD-video playback $2,850
Wide-view Front and Side Monitor System with Intuitive Parking Assist $1,000
Remote engine starter $559
DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System (RSES) $1,990
Climate-comfort driver’s and front passenger’s seats and heated middle-row seats $890
Wireless headphones $185
Pre-Collision System (PCS) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control $1,500
Glass-breakage sensor $205
Paint protection film $429
Cargo mat $95
All-weather cargo mat $255
Cargo net - envelope $59
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Competitors and press reviews

"The suspension remains independent up front, with a live axle in the rear located by five links and shouldering the body with coil springs. In the LX570, which is slightly longer, taller, and wider than its predecessor, a new electrohydraulic suspension automatically lowers the body at highway speeds and can raise it for deep-water fording, slick-rock crawling, and other Lexus-owner activities. Electronic shock-damping control cuts body roll by a third as well as the squat and dive naturally engendered by a vehicle weighing almost 6000 pounds." (CarAndDriver)

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"In fact, it seems to have been optimized for such bushwacking, with innovations like Crawl Control (think three-speed downhill-assist that also works uphill), Active Height Control (which can tip-toe three inches above or kneel camel-like 2.4 inches below normal ride height. "What percentage of your buyers go off-road?" a colleague asks. "Um, I don’t think we have numbers on that," the presenter dodges. Later we tackle ranch trails carved to showcase the LX’s 24-inch chassis articulation (the max one wheel can deflect without another leaving the ground) and are impressed." (MotorTrend)

"Comfort is the primary goal, and keeping with that mission our test model had four-zone climate control and heated seats at all four outboard positions. Overhead vents, like an aircraft, kept all three rows cool behind the factory tinted glass. The Lexus will seat five very comfortably, seven if necessary. You won’t put your best friends back there, but the hitchhikers you pick up will be sent to the rear military-inspired jump seats which automatically fold down from their stowed position against the walls. Thankfully, the seats face forward. It appears as if kids would be comfortable back there – ours were not. The floor isn’t recessed (it’s mostly flat), so third-row passengers find their knees uncomfortably high. In fact, the second row (and first row, for that matter) also lacks much of the foot well depth found on most modern unibody-type SUV platforms. The body-on-frame shortcoming is a sacrifice for off-road prowess, no doubt." (AutoBlog)


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Audi Q7

The 2010 Audi Q7 will be offered with a choice of three engines: 280 HP 3.6 Liter V6 and the 350 HP 4.2 Liter gas burning V8 as well as the 225 HP 3.0 Liter diesel V6. The 2010 Audi Q7 will be offered in three different trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige, with prices ranging from $46,900 to $61,000.

Cadillac Escalade

The Escalade lineup features integrated powertrain, chassis, safety and interior systems that deliver the most powerful, efficient luxury SUVs in the segment, led by a 6.2L all-aluminum V-8 engine with variable valve timing technology delivering 403 hp and 417 lb.-ft. of torque. The 6.2L engine has been revised to run using renewable E85 ethanol, making it a flex-fuel vehicle for the first time. Prices start at $62,495.

Mercedes-Benz GL-class

In the US market the GL-Class is offered in three trim levels: GL350 BlueTEC powered by a 3,0 liter V6 engine rated at 210 hp; GL450 powered by a 4,6 liter V8 engine with an output of 335 hp and GL550 powered by a 5,5 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 382 hp. Price start $59,950.


The lexus LX is Lexus’ flagship SUV, but it has always been overshadowed by the best-selling RX. Why? Easy: it is not a fun to drive SUV. It offers comfort, luxury and offers all the entertainment a passenger might need, but that’s pretty much it! Driver will not feel the same pleasure behind the wheel as he might have in a Cadillac Escalade or a Land Rover range Rover for example.

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  (1332) posted on 03.21.2010

At least you have a slight understanding why it doesn’t go with the kind of treatment in RX. Rx is much easier to operate and you’ll have fun driving it.

  (504) posted on 03.19.2010

Kinda looks like a Land Cruiser from Toyota or something but it doesn’t look like a complete imitation. Just a matter of preferred SUV I guess. Would it be a Toyota, a manufacturer that had a lot of issues for this year or would it be Lexus who had their fair share of problems as well...

  (461) posted on 03.18.2010

Well lexus is quite a good SUV, so much like the LandCrusiser 100 but stil,l my eyes is on the Nissan Patrol.

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