The pandemic hasn’t hindered the release of many luxury SUVs this year. Large SUVs such as the 2021 Lincoln Navigator, 2021 BMW X7, 2021 Infiniti QX80, 2021 Land Rover Range Rover, and the 2021 Cadillac Escalade are just some of the luxury vehicles that were launched this year and are part of the list of 2021’s Best Large Luxury SUVs. However, among all the large SUV models that were introduced to the market today, more attention has been given to the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser and the 2021 Lexus LX 570.
The LX 570, as we all know, is a product of the subsidiary of Toyota Corporation, Lexus. Though Toyota is not a luxury brand like Lexus, both LX 570 and the Land Cruiser represent both of their respective brands top-of-the-line SUVs.
The Toyota Land Cruiser has been here way ahead of its corporate sibling, the Lexus LX 570. The LC as we all know is known as the ultimate off-roading SUV, with its impressive all-terrain abilities and its reputation as one of the most reliable and durable vehicles in the world. It is so well-loved that some owners hardly ever sell their old LCs. Up to now, second-hand Land Cruisers still enjoy a good market value in the used vehicles market. Additionally, this popular Toyota SUV is easy to maintain with its affordable car parts and can be outfitted with a wide array of aftermarket accessories like the Firestone Ride-rite air springs to improve its off-roading capability.
The Land Cruiser may have a cult following among SUV fanatics, however, the LX 570, also doesn’t disappoint with its luxurious design, powerful engine, and off-road features. So why do critics love to compare the two? Let’s do a brief comparison.
The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser only offers a three-row option. Its base model is priced at $85,665 while the Lexus 570’s three-row 4wd is more expensive at $91,830. The LX 570’s 2-row option is already priced at $86,830, with a price difference of more than $1100 than the LC’s 3-row base model.
Exterior and Interior Styling
When it comes to the exterior styling it all comes down to personal preference, The new Toyota Land Cruiser has a conventional masculine grille while the latest LX 570 has a modern and sleeker, Lexus Spindle grille. When it comes to exterior lighting, I believe the LX 570 is the winner with its all-around LED lights, while the turn signals of the new Land Cruiser just makes use of incandescent bulbs.
The interior of the LC is way simpler compared to the LX with its leather seats and small touches of wooden trim on its dashboard that’s made of textured hard plastic. While the LX’s interior is surrounded by soft leather including the leather seats and has noticeably more wooden trims all over, including the doors and the dashboard. Though both SUVs front seats are adjustable and offer lumbar support, the LX stands out with its adjustable thigh support on its driver seat. When it comes to its third-row seats, both are pretty much the same, however, the LC’s option to tuck away the third-row seats can just be done manually while the LX third-row seats can be put aside with just a power button.
Both the new Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus 570 carry a powerful, 5.7L V8 Gas engine. The LC carries out 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque while the LX has a horsepower of 383 and offers 403 lb-ft of torque. Expect both SUVs to be gas guzzlers because of their powerful engines.
The new LX 570 and the Land Cruiser are both known for their exceptional off-roading capabilities. The 2021 Land Cruiser, a legend when it comes to its all-terrain power, features a four-wheel drive paired with a two-speed transfer case that goes with a locking center differential, a feature that comes in handy when it comes to emergency situations that require an impressive pulling power. Additionally, the LC also comes with exceptional stock suspensions and an 8.9-inches ground clearance ideal for challenging terrains such as high-waters and rocky roads.
The LX 570 might be too luxurious to be taken seriously as a competent off-roading rig, but this 4WD showcases features like an adjustable suspension for higher or lower ground clearance, a center differential lock, and an inside-rear brake locker, which are all handy in exciting trail adventures. With optional modifications such as off-roading suspensions and all-terrain wheels and tires, we can all agree that the LX can be an even more capable rig.
In conclusion, we can all say that both the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser and the Lexus LX 570 are exceptional vehicles. The Land Cruiser is favored by more car enthusiasts because of its good-standing reputation as an ultimate all-terrain vehicle. It also helps that Toyota is a brand synonymous with durability and practicality. The Land Cruiser is cheaper to maintain and modify with its readily-available car parts and accessories like mud tires, truck rims and heavy-duty off-roading bumpers.
While its counterpart, the 2021 Lexus LX 570, caters to a more high-end clientele that has a sophisticated taste in vehicles. The Lexus brand is synonymous with luxury. Sadly, when we think of an all-terrain vehicle, we envision it to have a more rugged styling. The LX 570’s luxurious interior and exterior design despite its impressive off-roading features make it hard for avid off-roaders to take it seriously as a competent off-roading rig.
So which is the better SUV? Only the consumers can judge. At the end of the day, it’s all a matter of lifestyle and preference. If you are into luxury, you can easily choose to buy the LX 570. But if you are a utilitarian, the LC might be your choice. Some may say that the LX 570 is just an embellished version of a Toyota Land Cruiser. We cannot deny that the Land Cruiser, a legend to the automotive industry, has a lot of similarities with the LX 570.