Since 1995, the Lexus LX has existed as little more than a gussied-up version of the Toyota Land Cruiser. To compete with most luxury automakers in the 1990s, Lexus created its own version of the rugged Land Cruiser by adding some minor styling changes, new badges and a fancier interior, and while this formula held steady for the next 20 years, the 2016 model year finally brings some much-need attention to Lexus’ flagship SUV.

Unveiled at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance alongside the restyled 2016 Lexus GS sedan, the 2016 Lexus LX 570 not only receives a distinctive exterior to set it apart from its Toyota sibling but it also gets a new look to tie it in with the Lexus brand image. Standing as the second design update for the third-gen LX, the 2016 model year might be the most important yet as the makeover includes styling, drivetrain, interior and technology upgrades that finally makes this full-size SUV worthy of sitting in a Lexus showroom.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Lexus LX 570.

  • 2016 Lexus LX 570
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
  • Torque @ RPM:
    403 @ 3600
  • Displacement:
    5.7 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    85000 (Est.)
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More than just a minor facelift, the 2016 LX gets almost completely new sheet metal, with only the door skins carried over from 2015. Lexus’ signature spindle grille design is at its most polarizing ever on the nose of the big LX, but it’s hard to argue that this design is now one of the boldest in the full-size luxury SUV market. The grille is flanked by LED headlights with stylish daytime running lights, and the lower fascia gets angular fog light bezels to match the rest of the front end.

More than anything, it’s pretty amazing what the new shape of the side rear windows accomplishes in terms of the overall design. The D-pillar doesn’t appear to have changed at all, but the profile of the 2016 Lexus LX 570 is far less boxy looking than the previous generations. Adding to the style, the LX gets redesigned 20-inch wheels as standard equipment, while 21-inch rollers are now optional. The rear end was also given an overhaul, with horizontal, L-shaped LED taillights bringing some attitude to the LX’s rump, and Lexus kept the split liftgate, which has a top portion that lifts up like a conventional SUV liftgate and a bottom part folds town like a pickup truck tailgate.

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The eight-passenger cabin has been completely overhauled, but it’s the new tech that will surely draw the most attention. For starters, there’s the new 12.3-inch display mounted front and center in the instrument panel, which is controlled by the mouse-like Remote Touch Interface mounted on the center console. The redesigned gauge cluster gets a bigger, 4.2-inch multi-information display, while the back-seat passengers can now enjoy massive 11.6-inch screens with the optional rear-seat entertainment system. These laptop-sized screens replace the 7-inch screens currently available in the LX. Topping off the new tech, there’s also an optional head-up display.

Finally looking the part of a true luxury flagship, the 2016 Lexus LX gets a cleaner cabin design with fewer buttons on the center stack. The three-spoke steering wheel looks much better than the current Toyota-based four-spoke wheel, and the new wood trim options – including a matte walnut trim – finish off the big changes. There is plenty of room for second-row passengers, who can enjoy the same heated and ventilated seats as the front occupants. The third row is still a little quirky, with a pair of seats that fold up to the sides of the cargo area rather than folding flat into the cargo floor. This creates a lower and flatter load floor, but also makes it narrower.


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As much attention as Lexus paid to updating the exterior and interior of the 2016 LX, the big SUV’s drivetrain received some upgrades as well. Still wearing the LX 570 designation, the 2016 LX is powered by the same 5.7-liter V-8, but it now replaces the old six-speed automatic with a newer eight-speed unit. Not surprisingly, power output carries over with a rating of 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. Lexus has not announced fuel economy figures, but the upgraded transmission should bump fuel economy slightly from its current ratings of 12 mpg city and 17 mpg highway. Full-time four-wheel drive continues to be standard, and the tow rating of 7,000 pounds remains unchanged.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 5.7-liter V8
Output 383 HP
Torque 403 LB-FT @ 3,600 RPM


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The 2016 Lexus LX comes packed with new safety features, including the standard Lexus Safety System+. This suite of safety technology includes Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Intelligent High Beam (IHB) and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. On top of that, the LX adds standard panoramic view camera, Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Siri Eyes Free, 10 standard airbags and active front headrests. Of course, if after all of these safety devices, the driver still gets into some trouble, the Lexus Enform Safety Connect (complimentary for one year) automatically dials an emergency operator.


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Lexus has yet to reveal when the 2016 LX will go on sale or how much it will cost, but it shouldn’t vary too much from the current model. For 2015, the LX 570 has a starting MSRP of $83,180, which can quickly climb to a max price of $92,485 by checking all of the option boxes.


2015 Cadillac Escalade

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When it comes to three-row luxury SUVs, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is still the leader of the pack. All new for 2015, the $72,970 Cadillac Escalade is one of the most eye-catching luxury SUVs or crossovers currently available, with a new look that makes it completely distinct from other GM SUVs. Like the LX, the sole downside of the Escalade might be that it only offers a single powertrain, but the big Caddy packs an advanced 6.2-liter direct-injected V-8 that delivers 420 horsepower and affords a class-leading 8,300-pound towing capacity.

Read our full review of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade here.

2015 Range Rover

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One of the key attributes of the Lexus LX 570 is its off-road prowess, but the all-new Range Rover is still the leader in this regard. The go-anywhere-in-ultimate-style Range Rover is priced starting at $84,950, and it offers the broadest engine lineup in the luxury SUV segment, ranging from the base 3.0-liter diesel up to the 550-horspower supercharged V-8. Of course, nothing can touch the Range Rover’s luxury potential, considering the all-new Range Rover SVAutobiography earns its $199,465 with as much luxury as a Bentley.

Read our full review of the 2015 Range Rover here.


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As more luxury automakers shy away from body-on-frame SUVs in favor of more-efficient crossovers, big luxo barges like the 2016 Lexus LX 570 are getting to be a niche segment. After years of being an also-ran in the luxury SUV market, Lexus has finally stepped up to the plate to deliver an LX that should look and feel more like a beefed-up version of the high-lux Lexus LS sedan, rather than a slightly modified version of the Toyota Land Cruiser.

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Press Release

Pebble Beach might be known for golf 51 weeks out of the year, but for one week each August, the cars take over. The Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, which anchors Monterey Car Week, hosts some the world’s most beautiful classic automobiles and is also the ideal venue to introduce a flagship premier luxury sport-utility, the 2016 Lexus LX 570. With a powerful V8, sophisticated 4WD chassis and seating for eight, the Lexus LX 570 remains one of the few luxury utility vehicles that combines sumptuous luxury with true off-road capability.

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Lexus left barely any surface of the LX 570 untouched in a sweeping upgrade for 2016, with only door panels carried over from 2015. The restyled front end wears an even bolder rendition of the Lexus signature spindle grille, framed by elegant satin chrome trim and complemented by distinctive new standard LED headlights, turn signals and fog lights. The LX 570 design makeover gives it new 20-inch split 10-spoke wheels, and new available 21-inch 10-spoke wheels. The taillights and rear bumper also get a new look.

The upgrades for 2016 go beyond skin-deep. An eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the former six-speed for enhanced performance and efficiency. New Drive Mode Select, as used in other Lexus vehicles, allows the LX 570 driver to tailor powertrain and suspension responses by using a dial on the console. The system also controls responses of the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), which continually adjusts shock absorber damping rates while driving, helping to ensure optimal comfort even as the road surface changes.

Modes include ECO, which adjusts powertrain responses and air conditioning to prioritize fuel-efficient driving; COMFORT mode optimizes AVS damping to help deliver the smoothest ride possible; SPORT S mode dials up powertrain response and dials down power steering assist to yield a sportier driving feel, and, to that, SPORT S+ mode adds firmer damping control from AVS to prioritize handling agility.

The formidable 5.7-liter V8 engine produces 383 horsepower and delivers 90-percent of its 403 lb.-ft. peak torque at just 3,600 rpm. Coupled with a 7,000-pound towing capacity, that output makes the Lexus LX 570 an outstanding vehicle for trailering a classic automobile bought at a Pebble Beach auction.

A new standard feature for 2016, the panoramic view camera is an invaluable aid when hitching and maneuvering a trailer, viewing the surround terrain when off-roading, and helping view the area around the vehicle (sides, front and rear) when maneuvering tight spaces. The new, larger 12.3-inch navigation screen can show several view combinations (panoramic/driver’s side, panoramic/passenger’s side, panoramic/rear, panoramic/front, side/side, rear, front/side/side, underfloor/side/side, rear/side/side) to help aid the driver.

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The LX also adds standard several safety features, new multimedia with Remote Touch Interface and substantial dual screens for the available Rear Seat Entertainment System to help captivate passengers.

New Standard Lexus Safety System +
With room for eight comes safety for eight. Ten standard airbags are among the comprehensive occupant protection measures in the LX 570, and a wide array of driver-assist technologies help the driver to avoid hazards. New and standard for 2016, Lexus Safety System + combines Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Intelligent High Beam (IHB) and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control works at a range of speeds. It tracks the speed of the vehicle traveling ahead and can adjust the speed setting accordingly to help maintain a preset distance. It’s sophisticated enough to smoothly adjust acceleration and deceleration when a vehicle enters or exits the lane or highway ahead.

Using a combination of millimeter-wave radar and a front-facing camera, PCS can detect vehicles, and, in some circumstances, pedestrians. PCS can warn the driver of a possible collision and can initiate automatic braking with Brake Assist if necessary.

LDA uses a camera to monitor visible lane markings, and if it senses the vehicle is drifting from the lane, it will convey audio-visual alerts and vibrate the steering wheel to get the driver’s attention. IHB adjusts high- and low-beam illumination automatically when it detects oncoming traffic or the taillights of the vehicle traveling in front.

The LX 570 offers excellent all-around visibility, but drivers can appreciate the extra help from the standard Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). Also with the goal of helping keep the driver’s eyes on the road, the LX 570 puts more information directly in line of sight with the newly available Heads-up Display (HUD). The Heads-up Display shows information such as vehicle speed, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, warnings, information icons, LDA, PCS and Intuitive Park Assist.

Should an emergency arise, Lexus Enform Safety Connect (complimentary one-year trial subscription) – standard on all 2016 Lexus vehicles – provides emergency calling capability to Lexus Enform response centers 24/7/365.

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Full Capability, Defined
A robust body-on-frame structure gives the LX 570 the foundation to deliver a silky smooth ride on pavement, or to take a pounding off-road. A Torsen® limited-slip locking center differential provides full-time four-wheel drive, splitting torque 40:60 under normal driving conditions. The differential responds on the move to changing conditions, automatically adjusting the torque distribution as necessary. Off-road, the driver can lock the center differential for driving over challenging surface conditions.

The four-wheel Active Traction Control system (A-TRAC) helps to control wheel slip, and, using the Multi-Terrain Select system, the driver can match A-TRAC’s performance to the prevailing conditions. Selectable modes include Rock, Rock and Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock, and Mud and Sand. The transmission’s driver-selectable low range provides low-speed crawling capability for handling steep off-road hills and uneven terrain. Low-range capability gets support from Crawl Control with Turn Assist, Hill-start Assist Control and Variable Gear Ratio Steering.

With LX 570 Luxury, More is More
Lexus went dashboard-to-tailgate inside the LX 570, expanding its already lengthy list of amenities and upgrading multimedia capability. New wood trim selections include Matte Walnut, Linear Dark Mocha, Linear Espresso and Dark Brown Walnut. A new three-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel is another classic touch. The modern meets the timeless in the new analog clock, which sits in a housing is carved from a single ingot of aluminum and features LED indicators. GPS functionality adjusts the time zone.

In changeable weather, much like the Monterey Peninsula, the addition of heated/ventilated middle row seats to the available Luxury Package ensures consistent comfort (front ventilated seats were already part of the package). The center console cool box, formerly part of the Luxury Package, is now a standalone option. Speaking of keeping cool, the new standard Climate Concierge feature automatically monitors the temperature of the four separate climate zones and adjusts not only the fans, but also the temperature of the seats and steering wheel individually.

The 2016 LX 570 aims to please passengers. The available dual screen Rear Seat Entertainment System now uses dual 11.6-inch screens in place of the former 7.0-inch screens. Also new, the second-row provides USB ports and the armrest features controls for the air conditioning and audio.

New details throughout the LX 570 underscore its premier position among luxury utility vehicles. There’s new LED ambient lighting in the cabin and cargo area, and the overhead console lighting now operates via touch sensor.

Formerly optional, Intuitive Park Assist and SmartAccess System with card key are now standard. About the size of a credit card, the SmartAccess card key offers all the functions of the SmartAccess key fob but fits easily into a wallet.

Multimedia and Enform Connectivity
The LX 570 is an ideal vehicle for getting away from it all while still staying informed, entertained and connected. A new 12.3-inch display with Remote Touch Interface (RTI) heads a list of multimedia and connectivity upgrades that keep the LX 570 on the cutting edge of user tech. With the 12.3-inch screen, Navigation gains full-screen map capability. There are menu shortcut buttons on the side of the screen. The screen can be split into three sections to show different functions, such as navigation, audio and climate control information. The new Remote Touch Interface controller makes it even easier to use to operate climate control, audio, phone, navigation and more.

Have an iPhone®? In the LX 570, Siri® Eyes Free Mode lets you select songs from iTunes®, get turn-by-turn navigation through Apple Maps, and much more — all by asking Siri.

Smartphones get smarter in the 2016 LX 570 with expanded Lexus Enform features and services. With new Lexus Enform Service Connect, the LX 570 can convey its maintenance needs. Using the MyLexusandBeyond mobile app (for iOS devices) or the website, the customer can setup push reminders and alerts for maintenance and service issues. If you’ve got a Qi-compatible phone, the 2016 LX 570 can charge is wirelessly with the available charging tray.

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With Lexus Enform Remote (one-year trial subscription included), the customer can remotely view and control certain aspects of the vehicle using a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Use it to lock or unlock the LX 570’s doors, remote start or stop the engine or climate control, locate the vehicle in a parking lot, set up guest driver monitor and more.

tandard subscription-free Lexus Enform App Suite has voice-enabled apps. You can search the Internet through Destination Search, make restaurant reservations using OpenTable®, get movie tickets via™, listen to Internet radio, (including Pandora®, iHeartRadio and Slacker), search business reviews on Yelp® and check in on Facebook Places™.

No matter the music source or genre, it will sound powerful and clean played through the standard nine-speaker Lexus Premium Audio system. Play from CD, iPod®/USB connectivity, HD Radio™ with iTunes tagging, and streaming music via Bluetooth. The available 19-speaker, 450-watt Mark Levinson® Reference Surround Sound audio system turns the LX 570 into a mobile concert hall.

What’s New for 2016

Eight-speed automatic transmission replaces six-speed
Restyled front end with one-piece spindle grille
Drive Mode Select
LED headlights, turn signals and fog lights
Revised taillights and rear bumper
New 20- and 21-inch wheel designs
Standard Lexus Safety System +
Upgraded multimedia with 12.3-inch screen and Remote Touch Interface
Larger 4.2-inch multi-information display
Standard Panoramic View Camera
Available Heads-Up Display
Three-spoke wood-trimmed steering wheel
Luxury Package now includes ventilated/heated rear seats
LED ambient lighting in cabin and cargo area
Touch-sensor overhead lighting
Manual second-row sunshades
Available wireless charging tray for Qi-compatible phones
Larger 11.6-inch screens for available Rear Seat Entertainment System
Tire-specific tire pressure monitoring system
Standard Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Available Lexus Enform Remote
Available Lexus Enform Service Connect

Vehicle Details

5.7-liter V8 produces 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 403 lb.-ft. peak torque at 3,600 rpm.
Electronically controlled eight-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift technology.
Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) helps provide additional control for off-road driving by helping to keep the vehicle from rolling back when transitioning from the brake to the gas pedal on a steep incline or slippery surface.

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Body-on-frame construction provides ruggedness and durability in challenging driving conditions, along with impressive ride isolation characteristics and a 7,000-pound maximum towing capability.
Active Height Control (AHC) system lowers the chassis by about two inches for easy entry and exit and returns automatically to its normal height when the vehicle begins to accelerate.
Split five-spoke, 20-inch alloy wheels with Liquid Graphite finish and 285/50R20 tires.
The multi-terrain Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) determines road-surface conditions and automatically optimizes lock-up control, selecting the suitable ABS profile for on- and off-road driving surfaces.
Brake Assist (BA) provides auxiliary force to assist the driver during emergency braking.
Crawl Control feature provides optimum throttle and brake modulation when maneuvering over rough, uneven or difficult terrain.
Turn Assist helps tighten the vehicle’s turning circle by adding more brake force to the inside rear wheel.

Safety/Security Features

10 standard airbags, including driver- and front-passenger knee airbags, front and second-row seat-mounted side airbags in the outboard seating positions, and roll-sensing side curtain airbags that cover all three rows.
Active Front Headrests move upward and forward in the event of certain low speed rear-end collisions when the force of the occupant’s body is applied to the seat back.


The 14-way power adjustable driver’s seat includes dual-function lumbar and cushion extender, while the 12-way power front passenger’s seat features lumbar adjustment.
Standard cabin amenities include four-zone independent climate control, Navigation, a rear back-up camera, a power-sliding second-row seat and power-retractable third-row seat.
The Easy Access system automatically retracts the steering wheel and moves the driver’s seat rearward when the ignition is switched off; both return to their preset memory positions the next time the driver is seated and starts the ignition.
The 40/20/40 split, power-sliding second-row seat slides forward and aft 3.5 inches for passenger comfort and cargo storage versatility.
The 50/50 split third row seat folds to provide 41 cu. ft. of carrying space. Folding the split middle row increases the space to 83 cu. ft. The clamshell-design tailgate, which features a power upper section, is more versatile than a one-piece hatch.
The split rear tailgate features a power upper door, while the bottom section raises and lowers with minimal effort.


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48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.

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