Luxurious SUV class is certainly interesting and there is a large number of U.S. drivers that really appreciate this segment. In case that you are looking for a vehicle that brings all those features than you should check out 2014 Lexus LX 570 and 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser for which we are delivering comparison.
From the 2014 Lexus LX 570 we are getting changes on the front end that now brings it closer to the rest of the Lexus lineup and also improvements to the interior where we have more luxury touches in combination with new high tech features. With its body on frame construction it still represents more traditional way of build that should bring better off-road capabilities, more interior space, comfort and slightly better fuel economy.
2014 Lexus LX 570
Last time we were able to see changes for the LX lineup it was for 2011th model year when we received this model with 5.7 liter V8 unit. Same engine comes for the 2014 Lexus LX 570 and produces impressive 383 hp that are transferred through a six speed automatic transmission while the 4×4 drive sends it to road. Since pretty much complete drivetrain is also shared with Toyota Land Cruiser we can be sure that it will be able to return great performances and off-road capabilities when needed.
Amount of power that is delivered with this engine will be more than enough for most drivers and it will react adequately when the power is needed allowing you to pass vehicles in a breeze. It also manages to merge on highways with ease and rarely there will be need for you to push the pedal to the metal. Among the things that we do not like is the fact that it will not be so good in corners with a lot of body roll but cornering is not something that you can expect this car to do flawlessly. Since it is big it is pretty hard to maneuver, especially in the city where it can return 12 mpg and on highway you can expect to see 17 mpg.
We must admit that we expected more in the interior of the 2014 Lexus LX 570. It should offer slightly more room for both third and second rows, and even those will be enough for most passengers seats are not that nicely designed. Front seats are good but you will notice that you are siting quite high and we did not mind that. Cargo are is of decent size can be expanded when third row seats are flipped and rotated to the side while the second row seats can be folded. This means that the third row seats can’t be removed giving you narrower payload segment. It is great as a SUV that can transport more than just five people and two up to 7,000 pounds but still it could offer even more.
2014 Lexus LX 570 Vs 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser
With the 2014 Lexus LX 570 you can be sure that you will be getting almost everything in the infotainment and luxury segment. You will not need more even with the base version but you can always opt for something more. Upgraded Entune system will allow you to connect you cell phone and stream Pandora, also you can access Facebook if you need something like that. With a starting price of $82,630 you are getting one quite pricey model.
As we mentioned before, one of the main competitors to the Lexus LX 570 is the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser. This is new model that brings few nice changes to the exterior design making it more attractive but also offers great off-road capabilities like it was the case with previous versions. One of the problems that have not been solved is related to fuel consumption but that is not strange since this is one large vehicle. We are able to see most vehicles from this car maker to be delivered with high respect to fuel economy but this one certainly does not fit few other models.
2014 Toyota Land Cruiser
Even Toyota delivered full size SUV for U.S. market, the Sequoia we are still getting great reviews for Land Cruiser. It will be able to go on terrains where others are not managing and also to conquer off-road courses on which most will get stuck. Similarly to LX 570 the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser has pretty high price and if you want to buy this vehicle you will need to spend about $78,000. This makes it quite unique vehicle in entire Toyota lineup where most vehicles do not come even at a half of that price.
Again we have tested and proven 5.7 liter V8 engine that pumps out 381 hp and when combined with all-wheel drive, locking differential and heavy duty suspension it is ready for some serious off-road excursions. Body on frame construction, promise to offer fantastic level of capability on all terrains. With this setup you get to tow loads of up to 5,700 pounds and even when you tow that amount of weight you will be easily getting to highway speeds.
When one car company creates quite great vehicle for the off-road excursions like it is the case with the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser it is pretty hard to deliver great on-road features. When you are not fully loaded you will notice that is not the most stable option on the market while the handling is better with few other competitors but you need to know that this is not the area in which Land Cruiser will dominate. Few electronic components allow it to be better in both segments while the optimal tightness is achieved with hydraulic suspension.
In attempt to attract even more buyers to this model and entire lineup the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser comes with many safety and other features that were delivered as paid optional. Things like natural leather, pushbutton start, heated front and rear seats, Bluetooth, navigation, HD audio, Entune, power moonroof, rear seat DVD entertainment system, ten airbags are offered as a standard.
Over the last few years we could notice significant drop in sale results for large luxury SUV’s like 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser and 2014 Lexus LX 570. Price is pretty high, fuel economy is at really low level and all this makes these models quite rare on streets but still there is a decent number of people that want to buy them.