Lexus GX Overview
Lexus offers the GX in standard and luxury trim levels. All models are four-wheel drive and are powered by a V8 engine. The second-generation model is powered by a 4.6-liter engine rated at 301 horsepower and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. This model gets an EPA-estimated 15/20 mpg city/highway and takes premium grade gasoline.
The Lexus GX has a double wishbone suspension, coil springs and stabilizer bar up front and a 4-link rigid axle, coil springs and a stabilizer bar to the rear. Luxury editions are outfitted with an adaptive variable suspension system with adjustable height control. The GX has a maximum towing capacity of 6,500 pounds.
The GX features traditional body-on-frame construction and seats for seven. The third-row seat can hold two adults in a pinch, but it is best used by young children due to its restricted space. Standard storage capacity behind the third-row seat is tiny, measuring just 11.6 cubic feet. Fold the second- and third-row seats and that capacity increases to 64.7 cubic feet.
Every Lexus GX comes outfitted with the brand’s recognizable spindle grille. LED headlamps, 18-inch six-spoke wheels, color matching running boards, integrated mud guards and a rear spoiler are standard.
Inside, this SUV features 10-way power front seats, split-folding second- and third-row seats, electronic instrumentation, zoned climate control and a nine-speaker audio system. Power accessories, a power tilt and telescopic steering column, a 12-volt outlet, second- and third-row reading lamps and a 120-volt outlet are also included.
The Luxury edition brings in a 17-speaker, Mark Levinson audio system, a rear seat entertainment system and safety features. Those features include a driver attention monitor, lane departure alert, crawl control, automatically adjusting high beams, front and side monitors and a pre-collision system with radar cruise control.
All models come equipped with active front headrests, traction control, stability control and electronic brake-force distribution. This model has an incomplete crash test rating.
Lexus GX customers have a number of vehicles to cross shop in this segment. Competing models include the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. Two-row competitors include the Volkswagen Touareg and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.