Motor Trend Comparison: Lexus LX 570 vs. Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Infiniti QX80, MB GL450 & RR Sport

Lexus LX Motor Trend Comparison Test

The Lexus LX 570 may be eight years old, but it still manages to place mid-pack in a huge Motor Trend comparison test with the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes GL450, Range Rover Sport HSE, Lincoln Navigator, and Infiniti QX80:

The Lexus is the oldest vehicle here by some margin, first introduced in 2007. It’s also the worst-selling by quite a bit, moving around 4,000 units last year, which puts it at just over 3 percent of the segment…Look, if you need to pre-run the Baja 1000 or compete in the Paris-Dakar Rally, the LX 570 is the obvious choice. But for pulling up to South Coast Plaza in gilded luxury? Not so much.

“The leather isn’t that great, the cabin materials are meh, the infotainment system is ancient — the Lexus is just plain old,” Seabaugh says. “Yet at the same time, there’s something incredibly luxurious about the capability the LX 570 brings to the table. It’ll fit in just as seamlessly at the valet stand in Manhattan as it would in a war zone in Mogadishu. Now that’s luxury.” I couldn’t agree more.

Despite its age, the LX has a unique place in the industry — it’s difficult to find another vehicle that balances off-road capability with high-end luxury.

(I won’t reveal which vehicle wins the comparison, but I’m sure anyone that follows this segment won’t be surprised by the result.)

Read the full Motor Trend Large Luxury SUV Test