Comparison: 2017 Lexus LX 570 vs 2017 Volvo XC90

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LX 570 vs 2017 Volvo XC90
Drivers in Los Angeles who are looking for a full-size SUV that can do it all – from taking the kids to school to climbing the terrain of the San Gabriel Mountains – have a few options at their disposal, so comparison shopping is a smart idea.

When deciding between the 2017 Lexus LX 570 and the 2017 Volvo XC90, drivers may want to look closely at off-road abilities and safety features if they want a truly well-rounded ute. Luckily, we’ve done the homework for you, and here’s our side-by-side comparison of these top-selling luxury SUVs:

Performance

Lexus LX 570

The 2017 LX 570 comes with just one powerful engine option: a 5.7-liter V8 with standard full-time all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, and can tow up to 7,000 pounds. If you’re planning on taking your SUV off the pavement, you’ll be glad to know the LX 570 has a locking center differential and a switch to turn on its low-speed transfer case. Additionally, all models come standard with Adaptive Variable Suspension, Active Height Control, and Crawl Control with Turn Assist.

Volvo XC90

The 2017 XC90 has two gasoline engine options: the T5 is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the T6 model has a 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged inline-4 that makes 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The T5 has optional all-wheel drive, and the T6 comes standard with AWD.

Safety and Tech

Lexus LX 570

Lexus equipped all models of the 2017 LX with the advanced Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and intelligent high beams. It’s also standard with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Panoramic View and Multi-Terrain Monitors, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. You’ll also have the option to add a Color Heads-Up Display for added driver awareness.

Volvo XC90

The 2017 XC90 comes standard with Volvo’s City Safety system, which includes low-speed collision avoidance support that detects pedestrians, cyclists, and large animals. It’s also standard with Run-off Road Protection, Run-off Road Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Road Sign Information System. With the optional Vision Package, you can also get a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Surround View Camera, auto-dimming mirrors, and retractable mirrors. The Convenience Package adds Pilot Assist, parking assistance, and Lane Keeping Aid.

Pricing

Lexus LX 570

Starting at $89,880 MSRP

Volvo XC90

Starting at $45,750 MSRP

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Review: 2017 Lexus LX 570

Review of the 2017 Lexus LX 570

For Angelenos who need a regular respite from the city to head to the mountains or the desert, a fully capable luxury SUV is in order. Some automakers equip their utes with surface-level features that make them seem like they can handle life off the pavement, but fall short once you look for must-haves like multi-mode suspension and standard four-wheel drive.

The 2017 Lexus LX 570 is no such vehicle. It has everything you want in a luxury SUV, plus everything you need to take it off road. Read on for our full review:

Performance

The 2017 LX 570 is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that churns out 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed sequential-shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission. The Lexus ute has an elegant feel behind the wheel, but don’t let that fool – this is a legitimate SUV with a truck-style body-on-frame chassis and three-mode independent suspension, capable of towing up to 7,000 pounds.

Additionally, its full-time four-wheel drive with TORSEN limited-slip center differential bolsters a suite of intelligent performance features. Crawl Control can be activated with the press of a button and automatically gives you a slow and steady pace over uncertain terrain, while the Multi-Terrain Select system lets you adjust traction and response, whether you’re traversing rock, dirt, gravel, mud, or sand. Further, Active Height Control lets you raise the vehicle by up to three inches, giving you better wheel articulation and allowing you to accommodate rough terrains.

Features

The LX 570 comes standard with a deluxe navigation system with 12.3-inch display, Siri Eyes Free, Remote Touch controls, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, subscription-free traffic and weather, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth-enabled voice command, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel-mounted controls, and SmartAccess key fob.

You can also opt for a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, color Heads Up Display, wireless phone charging pad, Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System, and Cool Box center console beverage cooler.

Interior

This seven-seat SUV has three rows of highly configurable, leather-lined seating. You can fold the second and third rows down for extra cargo space, while the third row can also fold to the sides for flat-floor storage behind the second row. It has a standard 14-way power adjustable driver’s seat and 12-way power adjustable passenger’s seat, and the option to add semi-aniline leather seating. Standard four-zone climate control, interior ambient lighting, and artisan crafted wood trim remind you that this is a luxury vehicle.

Safety

Lexus equipped the LX 570 with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps, and Lane Assist Technology. This system does not cost extra, which not many other automakers can tout. Additionally, all models have Lexus Enform Safety Connect, providing roadside assistance and emergency contact free for the first year.

Pricing

Starting at $89,380 MSRP

COMPARISON: 2017 Lexus LX 570 vs 2017 Infiniti QX80

Los Angeles Comparison Lexus LX570 vs Infiniti QX80

Los Angeles is a city that likes to draw attention, so what better ride for an Angeleno than a luxury SUV? Drivers who want a head-turner that’s more than a pretty face have a few options, but there’s only one that has an L.A. face with an off-road body.

Here’s our side-by-side comparison of the 2017 Lexus LX 570 and the 2017 Infiniti QX80:

Safety

Lexus LX 570

Because Lexus doesn’t mess around when your family’s safety is at hand, it has equipped the new LX 570 with advanced safety features – standard on every model. That means you won’t pay extra for any safety features, including the advanced pre-collision system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, which can spot objects in the way and stop the car on its own. It’s often that split-second of reaction time that can lead to major damage, so this system could save lives. Additionally, the LX 570 has a blind-spot monitor, lane-departure warning, dynamic radar cruise control, 10 airbags, and an alert system that automatically sends for help in the event of a collision.

Infiniti QX80

The QX80 has driver assistance technologies, but the Driver Assistance Package – which includes blind-spot monitor and lane-departure warning – will cost extra. Additionally, while the Infiniti SUV has a pre-collision warning system, it does not have automatic braking. Other safety features on the QX80 include front and rear parking sensors and a backup collision intervention system for further parking assistance.

Features

Lexus LX 570

Each model of the 2017 LX 570 has four-zone climate control, power moonroof, tilting/telescoping steering wheel, 14-way adjustable driver’s seat, leather interior, and 12.3-inch widescreen display in the center stack for displaying navigation and entertainment. The three-row, seven-seater also has power-operated third-row seating that can flip up for cargo space with a flat floor, or shift forward or backward for added space without losing passenger capacity.

You’ll also love the infotainment system with Lexus Remote Touch, AM/FM/CD, HD radio, Bluetooth, USB input, and a 9-speaker audio system. There’s also the option to upgrade to the 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, rear entertainment system with dual 11.2-inch screens, built-in refrigerated box in the center console, heated and ventilated seats, and wood and leather trim.

Infiniti QX80

The 2017 QX80 has leather seating, three-zone climate control, moonroof, tilting/telescoping steering wheel, and surround view camera. For entertainment, it has AM/FM/CD, USB port, Bluetooth, and a Bose audio system. It also comes with a one-year subscription to Infiniti’s telematics and concierge services. Available features include leather and wood accents, rear entertainment with 7-inch monitors, and 22-inch wheels.

Engine and Body

Lexus LX 570

The 2017 LX 570 is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 383 horsepower (and uses it efficiently) and 402 lb-ft of torque. Each model has all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission.

You’ll notice that the Lexus SUV handles very well for a ute its size, handling corners and curves with grace. Luxurious as the ride feels, it has a body-on-frame chassis like a full-size truck would, as well as a three-mode independent suspension setup that gives it the ability to handle any terrain.

Infiniti QX80

The 2017 QX80 has a 5.6-liter V8 engine that makes 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive will cost you extra, and the engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission.

While the Infiniti ute handles well on the road and has a similar body-on-frame construction, it lacks the suspension to seem confident off the pavement, so this one’s for city slickers only.