Is the 2017 Lexus LX 570 As Capable an Off-roader as the Land Cruiser


The 2017 Lexus LX570 has been significantly upgraded over 2016.  How does it compare off-road to it’s cousin, the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser?

In light of the popularity of the Range Rover, I have always wondered why the Lexus LX570 was not a more popular premium SUV. It is just as stylish and luxurious than the Range Rover and a whole lot more reliable. Additionally, the Lexus holds its resale value better than a Range Rover.

The Range Rover has a long and storied off-road legacy through the Land Rover brand. In contrast, the Lexus LX 570 shares the same mechanicals with the Toyota Land Cruiser, an equally revered but much more reliable competitor.

Designed as a premium luxury SUV, the question is just how capable of an off-road vehicle is the Lexus LX 570. It turns out that the answer to that question is quite capable.

The LX 570 is a massive vehicle weighing in at close to 3 tons. Its body-on-frame construction provides comfort to the driver and passengers when transversing the most challenging of off-road environments, whether it be a pile of rocks, deep mud or sand at the bottom of a canyon.

As a premium luxury SUV, you can imagine that the vehicle is bathed in hiqh quality leathers and wood accents. It is also fitted with the latest premium bells and whistles including many systems to navigate through treacherous terrain.

The 2017 Lexus LX 570 has been considerably updated over the 2016 model year. The exterior of the vehicle has been significantly redesigned starting with the integration of the signature Lexus grille and headlights. While the 383 horsepower 5.7-liter V8 gasoline engine is carried over, the LX 570 has a new, more modern eight-speed automatic transmission. While Lexus says that the upgrade to 8-speed transmission was done in part to improve the fuel efficiency, the tester did not notice a change in fuel efficiency while traveling between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

To see just how capable an off-road vehicle is and whether or not the price is worth it, watch the video below.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BNyFYsXyJw

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