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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
truck suspension pitches and heaves constantly
self-adjusting shock absorbers do little to enhance ride quality
the 2010 Lexus LX 570 handles exceptionally well
Sharing its core underpinnings with the Toyota Land Cruiser, the LX 570 has body-on-frame construction for durability and off-road performance, plus a 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 engine that does the job on the highway and off. Passing and acceleration is a snap, but the nearly 6,000-pound weight is never far out of mind when maneuvering or braking. Visibility, while good forward, can be difficult to the sides or rear as with many large SUVs, particularly on city streets.
Cars.com points out that the the 2010 Lexus LX 570 is in fact "named after its 5.7-liter V-8 engine"-a worthy source for a name, as Automobile notes, "the big SUV has plenty of brute force."
A six-speed automatic transmission and Torsen limited-slip differential system deliver the power to the ground, helping the big Lexus tow up to 8,500 pounds. Despite the six-speed gearbox, the LX 570 returns what Automobile calls an "abysmal" 12 mpg city and 18 mpg highway, even though, as ConsumerGuide points out, "Lexus recommends premium-grade gas" for the big truck.
ConsumerGuide praises the Lexus LX 570's "smooth, responsive transmission," but Automobile finds the "driveline clunks" when taking off from a stop. Cars.com points out that the six-speed gearbox boosts "towing capacity for a total of 8,500 pounds."
Handling isn't a forte for the LX 570, says Automobile, because the "truck suspensions pitches and heaves constantly." ConsumerGuide agrees, noting that the "self-adjusting shock absorbers do little to enhance ride quality." Cars.com is the contrasting voice, pointing out the "air springs and adaptive shock absorbers."
For high-clearance capability without the attendant leg-hiking entry, Lexus offers active height control to lower the 2010 LX 570 by up to two inches. It can also raise it at slower speeds to aid ground clearance, and lower it at higher speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag. Crawl Control helps in low-speed maneuvers over boulder-strewn paths or scree-strewn hillsides.
Edmunds finds the 2010 Lexus LX 570's driving experience "a bit bland," but says it's only because of its "superb capabilities" taking away the fun. Stopping is a key requirement, especially when towing large loads, and ConsumerGuide says the LX 570 has "ample stopping control with progressive, well-weighted pedal action." Despite the brake praise, they do note that "the steering is too light for our tastes but is quick and has good feedback."
The 2010 Lexus LX 570 is a strong, capable vehicle but sometimes there's no escaping its sheer size and mass.