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.
2014 Lexus LX 570 returns with a much more luxurious interior, some brand-new tech gadgetry, and a front end brought into line with the rest of the most current Lexus lineup. It stays an SUV in the traditional mold in that’s it’s a body-on-frame vehicle, designed initially for off-road capability, 2nd for passenger comfort, finally for fuel economy.
2014 Lexus LX 570
Whether your demands line up with its safari-chic ethic or not, it’s worth noting some small changes for the 2014 model year. The LX was last seen in the 2011 model year with a 5.7-liter V-8, and that’s real this year, too. The 383-hp engine and its six-speed automatic and 4×4 are shared with the Toyota Land Cruiser, along with its frame construction, which means a high degree of rugged performance. It performs in a straight line well enough, with able passing power and acceleration, but the LX’s size and weight are never far out of mind when a corner comes up. It’s not maneuverable, feels frustrating on city streets, and has a lot of body roll to prevent quick driving. Gas mileage, at 12/17 mpg, is dismal, and there’s no diesel option.
It’s even more usable for the kind of weekend activity that encouraged the SUV craze in the 1990s in the first place. Towing is rated at 7000 pounds, and though Lexus doesn’t offer any specific off-road packages, the 2014 Lexus LX 570 does have high ground clearance, and an available height-adjustable suspension that lifts or lowers the vehicle 2 inches, to pass over obstacles– or better yet, to help entry and exit. Crawl Control also helps in low-speed maneuvers over scree-strewn hillsides or boulder-strewn paths.
Packaging is one of the 2014 Lexus LX 570 downfalls as a passenger-carrying device. The seating recommends space for seven, but it can feel quite cramped when more than four adults try to clamber inside the cabin. The front seats are fine, however sit rather high; the second-row bench powers to and fro for more leg room, but the seat itself feels flat. While the second rows fold and flip fully forward to expand cargo area, the third-row seats flip up and rotate to the side– permitting, more easily, a flat, continuous lots floor for longer payload items. The drawback to the setup is that the third-row seats can’t be completely gotten rid of, and they narrow the payload area.
The 2014 Lexus LX 570 comes filled with benefit, comfort, and home entertainment features, and there are even more luxury upgrades offered to gear up the 2014 Lexus LX 570 at the level of any other prestige-level SUV. This year, the 2014 Lexus LX 570 signs up with the connection era with an upgraded Enform system that permits mobile-phone variations of Pandora and Facebook to be managed through its audio system. It’s yet one more of the jarring incongruities of a car that feels out of touch in the Lexus brand.
2014 Toyota Land Cruiser rejoins the automaker’s lineup without much news to report. It’s still a huge SUV with a huge pricetag, big off-road talents and a huge appetite for fuel– character traits that put it in direct conflict with Toyota’s very carefully groomed, green-tinged interest mainstream car shoppers.
2014 Toyota Land Cruiser
The Land Cruiser’s back, and has actually stuck around, because it’s a unique part of the company’s heritage. It cut its teeth exploring the world, and despite the arrival of the expressly American-minded Sequoia full-size SUV, there’s still a location in the world (albeit a very low-volume one) for a vehicle that can do all the things, in all the locations, the Land Cruiser can reach easily.
The $78,000 Land Cruiser– actually, more than that– preserves classic SUV talents to validate all its clanging discontinuities with the rest of the Toyota lineup. Not too distinguished in looks from the Sequoia or especially its near-twin, the Lexus 2014 Lexus LX 570, the Land Cruiser sports the kind of body-on-frame construction, locking-differential four-wheel drive, and rugged suspension design that enables hardcore off-road capability. At the heart of the package: a 381-horsepower V-8 that’s strong enough to tug the 5,700-pound vehicle to highway speeds, and delicately tuned to slide and slip over slick rocks where no motorway exists.
The prodigious off-road talent baked into the chassis compromises its usefulness as an urban ute. The steering’s loose; the trip can be choppy unless it’s totally laden with up to eight passengers, three of whom will have to ride in third-row seats that fold to the sides of the cargo area– not into the floor like most modern crossovers, because that’s where the rear axle lives. In this land of compromise, the latest electronics keep the Land Cruiser happier both on and off the pavement, managing the way it trundles down and up hillsides, the way it goes across all kinds of surface, keeping its hydraulic suspension at the proper tightness.
To woo even more purchasers back for the 2014 model year, Toyota’s added all previously optional security and luxury choices. To go with its standard ten airbags, CD player, and natural leather upholstery, the Land Cruiser now gets pushbutton start; a power moonroof; heated front and rear seats; a rear-seat DVD entertainment system; Bluetooth; a rearview camera and parking sensors; a navigation system; HD radio; and Entune, the Toyota connectivity offering that enables mobile apps for use with its audio system, whether it’s streaming Pandora audio or on-the-go Facebook updates filed by voice commands.
The universe of mega-SUVs is reducing, for sure, which makes it surprising that Toyota’s troubled to bring the Land Cruiser back for an encore. It’s not the luxury icon that Land Rover has in the Range Rover, and it’s about $30,000 more than Toyota’s slightly more practical Sequoia.