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.
For 2016, Lexus has given its largest SUV a makeover to update some outdated technology and keep the LX 570 competitive in its class. While it isn’t a full redesign, enough changes have been made to the surface that only the door panels remain the same.
2016 Lexus LX 570 EXTERIOR
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.
2016 Lexus LX 570 INTERIOR
Additions to the LX’s already-luxe interior include four new wood-trim selections—Matte Walnut, Linear Dark Mocha, Linear Espresso, and Dark Brown Walnut—all complemented by the new wood-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel. A new analog clock rests in an aluminum surround and packs the requisite modern touches by featuring LED hands and markers as well as GPS-regulated time-change functionality.
2016 Lexus LX 570 Specifications
Under the hood, Lexus has left the same 5.7-liter V8 from the previous generation that makes 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. Power delivery and fuel economy should improve, though, with the inclusion of a new eight-speed automatic transmission that replaces the old six-speed one. Towing capacity has been improved, too, with the LX 570 now able to tow up to 7,000 pounds.
On the road, drivers will also appreciate the adjustable drive modes, with Comfort giving you the smoothest ride, Sport and Sport+ increasingly firming up the suspension and steering, while Eco does its best to maximize the thirsty V8’s fuel economy.
Price: $85000 – $90000