2020 Lexus LX 570 vs. 2020 Porsche Cayenne

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Safety

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The LX 570’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Cayenne doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Lexus LX 570 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Porsche Cayenne has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The LX 570 has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the LX 570 and the Cayenne have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the LX 570 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Porsche covers the Cayenne. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Cayenne ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 26 percent more Lexus dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the LX 570’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the LX 570’s reliability 37 points higher than the Cayenne.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked second.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Porsche vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Porsche is ranked 11th.

Engine

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The LX 570’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 48 more horsepower (383 vs. 335) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (403 vs. 332) than the Cayenne’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lexus LX 570 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Cayenne requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The LX 570 has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cayenne E-Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The LX 570 has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Cayenne’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 23.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The LX 570 has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the LX 570 has larger standard tires than the Cayenne (275/50R21 vs. 255/55R19).

The LX 570’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cayenne’s standard 55 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LX 570 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Cayenne.

The LX 570 has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Cayenne, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The LX 570’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the Cayenne’s (53.6% to 46.4%). This gives the LX 570 more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the LX 570’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Cayenne’s (38.7 feet vs. 39.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the LX 570 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Cayenne (8.9 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the LX 570 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The LX 570 has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Cayenne can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the LX 570 easier. The LX 570’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the Cayenne’s liftover is 31 inches.

The LX 570’s cargo area is larger than the Cayenne’s in almost every dimension:

LX 570

Cayenne

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

15.6”/46”/66.8”

n.a./39.6”/74.9”

Max Width

56”

42”

Min Width

40”

42”

Height

43”

30.4”

The LX 570’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Cayenne’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Payload

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The LX 570 has a higher standard payload capacity than the Cayenne (1280 vs. 1104 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The LX 570 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The LX 570’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Cayenne.

If the windows are left open on the LX 570 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Cayenne can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the LX 570 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Cayenne only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the LX 570 has standard extendable sun visors. The Cayenne doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Lexus LX 570 Three-Row offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Cayenne doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The LX 570 has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the LX 570 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the LX 570 will cost $125 less than the Cayenne over a five-year period.

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