The Lexus GX is a large SUV. Introduced in 2003 as the GX 470, it was renamed the GX 460 when the second-generation model was introduced in 2010. The numerical model name corresponds to this SUV’s engine size.
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.