I don't plan to have six kids or ever find myself needing an eight-passenger van or SUV very often in my lifetime. In the rare instance I do (and if money were no option), the 2021 Lexus 570 would be at the top of my list. For budget conscious buyers, Chevy is the king of the eight-passenger category offering the Tahoe, Suburban and Traverse. There are also other sensible options with the GMC Yukon, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander; however, the LX is your only option if want all the toppings 'n sides and then some.
Underneath the sophisticated body styling and kush interior, the LX 570 is more or less a Toyota Land Cruiser with the same thirsty 5.7-liter V8, wheelbase, double-wishbone front suspension and five-link coil rear that's capable of off-road environments. But let's be honest who the hell is going to off-road a brand-new Lexus LX, especially when it starts at $87,605, with this top-of-the-line, limited-edition Inspiration Series surpassing the six-figure mark after taxes and fees.
Only 500 of these baller haulers will be sold exclusively in Black Onyx or Eminent White Pearl (our tester was white and looks like a big fluffy marshmallow, but we loved it!). Every accent you can think of is either black or smoked, from the front grille, window trim and roof rails, to the door handles, lights, badges and 21" wheels.
Inside the Inspiration Series, the list of special goodies continues, which includes the black and red leather upholstery, 19-speaker, 450-watt Mark Levinson sound system (this thing bumps!), four-zone climate control (yes, four!), dual rear TVs, color heads-up display and my personal favorite, the "cool box," which acts as a mini-fridge located within the armrest compartment.
Does anyone really need all these extravagant features in an eight-passenger SUV? Having test-driven it and picked up seven of my friends, let's just say there wasn't one person who wasn't impressed. I must've heard, "ultimate road trip car" or "ultimate family-mobile" a dozen times. Yes, it's overkill, and it's pricey with an MSRP of $99,310, but to own one of 500 LX 570 Inspiration Series and able to chauffer your family and friends in luxury that's priceless.
THAT NEW CAR SMELL
2021 Lexus LX 570 Inspiration Series
STICKER $99,310 MSRP
POWER 383hp, 403 lb-ft of torque
ENGINE 5.7-liter V8 engine with VVT-i
DRIVETRAIN 8-speed automatic transmission; Torsen limited-slip center differential with electronic-locking center differential
FOOTWORK & CHASSIS Front: Independent, height-adjustable double-wishbone-type with coil springs, electronically controlled shock absorbers and stabilizer bar; Rear: four-link, height-adjustable with coil springs, electronically controlled shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
BRAKES 13.9" front, 13.5" rear ventilated rotors
WHEELS & TIRES 21x8.5" five-spoke black alloy wheels; 275/50R21 tires
AT THE PUMP 12/16/14 mpg (city/hwy/comb)
0-60MPH 7.3 seconds
TOP SPEED 137 mph
CURB WEIGHT 6,000 lb
TOWING CAPACITY 7,000 lb