2008 Lexus LX vs. Its Competition

2008 Lexus LX 570
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Even though the 2008 Lexus LX 570 is heavily based on the Toyota Land Cruiser--which costs $10,000 less--LX 570 buyers are far less likely to actually take their vehicles off-road.

But it's there when you need it--more so than for the Mercedes GL-Class and Cadillac Escalade.

Rather, LX 570 buyers are looking for a flashy appearance and street cred; as far as that goes, the Range Rover and Escalade have it beat.

Inside, however, the LX 570 runs with the best, bearing plenty of attractive, plush materials and standout features.

The QX56, which is soon to be discontinued, is a little more trucklike and doesn't have the refinement of the others.

For towing, the LX remains one of the top choices, with its tremendously torquey engine, good highway stability, and tow rating of up to 8,500 pounds.

For those who can't stomach the LX 570's gas-guzzling ways, there's also the diesel Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI, which gets an impressive (for the class) 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Lexus LX 570 comes loaded with worthwhile technology, but it's not as distinctive as a Range Rover or an Escalade.
The 2009 Escalade Hybrid sacrifices no performance, capability, or luxury, yet it uses a fraction of the fuel.
The 2008 Infiniti QX56 misses the mark for a lot of practical reasons, but it can tow a Chris Craft in high style.
The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover remains the ultimate luxury sport-utility vehicle, a well-heeled performer for those well-heeled enough to own one.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a superior sport-ute with lots of room and power.
The 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser builds on a world-class reputation for hardy off-road performance and greatly improves its on-road performance, but don’t expect a plush ride or posh interior.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Diesel V6Gas V8
EPA Class     
4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
4WD 4-Door2WD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door4WD 4-Door HSE4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI4-Door 4WD (GS)
4-Wheel Drive2WDRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door4 Door4 DoorSport Utility
AutomaticHD Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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