2013 Lexus LX Preview

Jeff Youngs | May 16, 2013
FAST FACTS
  • Large, powerful SUV built for off-road capability
  • 2013 model features Lexus' updated grille
  • Interior styling changes include more colorful displays
  • Several option packages add safety, styling features
  • 4-wheel drive teams with 383-horsepower V-8 engine

Introduction

The Lexus LX 570 is the automaker's largest SUV, a more upscale version of the Toyota Land Cruiser. The 2013 model carries over from 2012 with only a few changes, mainly cosmetic--most notably the front grille. The Lexus LX 570 is available in a single trim level, with several option packages and individual accessories. It's an 8-passenger body-on-frame vehicle known for its off-road capabilities, thanks in large part to its powerful V-8 engine and full-time 4-wheel drive (4WD). The engineering also includes an adaptive suspension and automatic load leveling. The LX 570 competes with large luxury SUVs such as the Land Rover Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, and Infiniti QX56.

Exterior Features

The 2013 Lexus LX 570 is available in six exterior colors. Standard exterior features include 20-inch wheels, adaptive automatic xenon headlights, power-folding and auto-dimming heated mirrors, power liftgate, sunroof, running boards, and keyless entry and ignition. The standard Lexus trailer ball includes built-in wrench flats for easy installation and meets or exceeds all industry towing standards, Lexus says.

Interior Features

Leather upholstery in light tan or black is standard; so are mahogany woodgrain accents. Other standard features include cruise control, 4-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat and 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat (both heated), second-row seat with power recline and back-and-forth, and power-fold-down third-row seat. A 9-speaker sound system is standard; the electronics setup includes the Lexus Enform package of app-based services, navigation system, rearview camera, weather and traffic information in real time, and a touch-screen interface. The Lexus LX 570 offers 41 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats, and 83 cubic feet with all rear seats folded.

Optional Features

The Climate Comfort package in the 2013 Lexus LX adds heat/cool knobs to the front seats, intuitive parking assist, and remote engine starter. The Luxury package adds semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, second-row heated seats, heated steering wheel, center-console-mounted cool box, SmartAccess card key, and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system, and a dual-screen rear entertainment system with power 9-inch screen. The package can be adjusted to include a pre-collision system and dynamic radar cruise control. Available accessories include paint protection film, all-weather cargo mat, cargo net, remote engine starter, wireless headphones, glass-breakage sensor, floor mats, and wheel locks.

Under the Hood

The Lexus LX 570 is powered by a 5.7-liter, 383-horsepower V-8 engine that produces 403 lb.-ft. of torque. It works with a 6-speed automatic transmission and full-time 4WD.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Lexus LX 570 are 12/17/14 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Safety

All Lexus LX 570s feature front and rear side air bags, side curtain air bags, front knee air bags, anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, and traction control. Smart Stop technology reduces engine power under certain specific circumstances when the brake pedal is firmly applied, even if the accelerator pedal is fully pressed down. The Safety Connect system allows emergency communications even if there's no mobile phone in the car.

As of this date, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not yet released their safety ratings for the 2013 Lexus LX 570.

Technology

The driver can select a degree of traction control that best adapts to several terrains--Rock, Rock & Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock, or Mud & Sand--to optimize the performance of the LX. Push-button Crawl Control is designed to automatically maintain the most advantageous pace, depending on the terrain. A new Turn Assist feature can also tighten the turning circle by adding brake force to the inside rear wheel.
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