Pre-Owned: 2008 to 2017 Lexus LX 570
Buy a brand-new Lexus LX 570 if you really want. But stop and think about it for a minute. This generation of LX has been around for quite some time. So even though there have been a few little improvements as the model years click around, a pre-owned example is going to be pretty much as good as a new one, especially since Lexus build quality is absolutely top-notch, the cabin materials are excellent, and the whole vehicle is made to last. It’s also a way of getting into a high-class ride without spending Rockefeller money.
This is the largest SUV made by Lexus, and it’s based on the evergreen Toyota Land Cruiser, one of the most capable machines on the planet. Because it’s a Lexus, it then becomes one of the most capable and one of the most luxurious. Construction is good, ol’ body-on-frame (resulting in a useful towing capacity of 7,000 pounds), complemented by permanent all-wheel drive and a smooth 5.7L V-8 that runs as dependably as the solar system.
There’s only one trim level, and if it had a name, it might as well be called “The Works.” The amount of standard equipment is comprehensive: 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension, powered moonroof, powered tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, heated/power-folding mirrors, Bluetooth, and off-road tech like a terrain-response system with various modes, locking center differential, and a low-speed/multi-surface cruise control.
Among the options are 21-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats and second-row outboard seats, heated steering wheel, head-up display, nicer leather, dual-screen rear entertainment system, chiller compartment in the center console, and a great-sounding Mark Levinson 19-speaker/450-watt audio system.
The LX 570 has seating for up to eight occupants. Fold the second and third rows away and maximum cargo space is 83.1 cubic feet. There are, however, a few downsides.
The third row is only bearable for kids and those seats fold up to the sides, making for a load space that’s not as practical as it could be. Fuel consumption is high, averaging around 14 mpg, yet acceleration is on the sedate side: 383 hp and 403 lb-ft of torque is merely adequate in a vehicle weighing 6,000 pounds. And using the infotainment system is not exactly intuitive.
Even so, this mix of equipment, build, reliability, and luxury is still appealing. The ride, in particular, has a forgiving quality that’s most welcome when potholes or rocks are encountered. For getting a family back home safely through the harshest of conditions, while keeping them supremely comfortable, the LX 570 is a champ.
The company’s kind-of-controversial spindle grille started gracing the LX 570’s nose in ’13. Two years later, Siri Eyes-Free brought voice commands to linked-up iPhones, plus another styling revision. Then ’16 brought a new eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the older six-speed unit and improving fuel consumption by about 1 mpg. This model year also entailed a little body stretching, improving second-row legroom by 1.6 inches.
The ’17 version received Lexus Safety System Plus as standard. It’s an array of driver aids that includes forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, radar-based adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, and automatic high beams.
The few recalls involve the Takata airbag troubles and the Toyota/Lexus stuck accelerator problem (which was more user error than a poor design). Lexus owners are either extremely stoic and don’t like to complain or they haven’t found anything to upset them. We’d put money on the second option. During our research, for any one LX buyer with a gripe, there were probably another 99 completely happy campers.
We’re using ’17 as our stopping point, since that gives us 10 years of pre-owned LX SUVs (although it seems to have skipped the ’12 model year). Looking at a ’13 version with no options, about 82,500 miles on the odometer, in good condition, and purchased from a private seller, we can expect a value of around $33,432. A similar Infiniti QX56 (based on the excellent Nissan Patrol) would be roughly $24,387, while a comparable Mercedes-Benz GL 450 4Matic might go for $23,523. This exercise illustrates the other Lexus “superpower” of high resale values.
2008-2017 Lexus LX 570Body type: 4-door, large SUV
Drivetrain: Front engine, AWD
Airbags: Driver, front passenger, front side, second-row side (outboard), side curtain (covering three rows)
Engine: 5.7/383hp DOHC V-8
Brakes, f/r: Disc, disc, ABS
Price range, whlsl/retail (KBB): $19,020/$$23,755 (2008, AWD, 5.7 V-8), $68,511/$73,795 (2017, AWD, 5.7 V-8)
NHTSA frontal impact rating, driver/fr pass: Not tested