The $80k 8-passenger SUVs are so similar they could cancel each other out or make the argument to be one luxury utility vehicle.
by Tony West and Daryl Payne
Last fall, we reviewed the 2017/18 Toyota Land Cruiser and Editor Sommer fell in love with the brawny SUV’s decked-out cabin. Recently motorsports correspondent Daryl reviewed the 2018 Lexus LX 570, a muscled out iteration of the top-of-the-line SUV and declared the LX a better buy than the Land Cruiser. Hence a passionate debate ensued.
Reincarnated GX – no, but Fully Capable Utility Lineup – Yes
The big-body Toyota Land Cruiser at first glance look like the Sequoia which is no longer in production. Sommer was impressed by boldness of the tricked out utility truck, with a 112-inch wheelbase and full cargo volume of 81.7 cu.ft. It’s a big-body with sex appeal.
Exterior flair like LED lighting, metallic paint and color-keyed elements, aluminum running boards, chrome side molding, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a big grill are easy on the eyes and convey a sense of strength and potency. Other elements make the Land Cruiser ideal for work, recreation, off-road, travel, and as heavy-duty adventure vehicle like the roof rack, privacy glass, front and tow hooks, heavy mud guards and durable skid plates.
The versatile Land Cruiser is fun to drive and very sturdy. Performance features like its kinetic dynamic suspension system, crawl control, and multi-terrain select give the whip a tailored response in rough road conditions. Plus the interior is tricked out with leather and wood with a dope wireless entertainment suite.
The 2017 Lexus LX was completely redesigned, and most of the features of the new model carry over from last year. For 2018 Lexus made optional features like Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect free for first 10 years.
Daryl took quickly to the 2018 Lexus LX 570. As a renaissance man who loves fast cars and big toys, Daryl was attracted to the luxury look of the Lexus LX 570, with its big 112 inch wheelbase, 20 inch alloy wheels with Graphite finish, HID headlights, and LED daytime running lights, tail lights and fog lights. Daryl also complimented the raked windshield and the big power-folding side mirrors with LED turn signals.
The 2017/18 Lexus LX has a high-strength steel frame that makes for tougher defense and less agility. An active height control system can lower the chassis about two inches for the driver to enter, and raises automatically when pulling off. The LX offers a more refined drivetrain than the Land Cruiser with a meticulous 8-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift and adaptive variable suspension.