Lexus’s GX SUV has been about for a actual continued time, and although it doesn’t chase the aforementioned blueprint as best avant-garde affluence crossovers—it’s congenital on a abstracted frame, like old-style, auto truck-based SUVs—its charms lie in its off-road adequacy and quiet cabin. Speaking of its cabin, the GX offers amplitude for up to seven acknowledgment to three rows of seats, so families can analyze attributes or booty alley trips in about comfort. A 4.6-liter V-8 is the alone agent best and, while it isn’t decidedly ammunition efficient, it makes 301-hp and drives all four-wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Where the GX shows its age the best is in its accessible technology features. An 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard, but the software interface isn’t as abreast as in added avant-garde Lexus models such as the LS and ES sedans or the UX auto SUV; it alike lacks accepted connectivity actualization such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But abreast from the Land Rover Defender, the GX is one of few options actual in the mid-size affluence SUV articulation that can accurately be acclimated off-road.
Lexus has fabricated few changes to its crumbling GX SUV for 2021, but it has added a Exceptional Plus trim amid the mid-range Exceptional and top-spec Affluence models. It comes accepted with a power-operated third-row of seats and a Mark Levinson exceptional stereo system. The GX’s infotainment arrangement now offers Amazon Alexa compatibility. A acrimonious wood-and-leather council caster is now alternative on the Exceptional and Exceptional Plus models.
The base-model 2021 Lexus GX460 comes with abundant accepted actualization to amuse best buyers in this segment. This SUV rolls on accepted 18-inch wheels, and all models are able with exoteric amenities such as automatic LED headlights, daytime active lights, aflame active boards, and acrimonious power-adjustable ancillary mirrors with chip about-face signals. Ten-way power-adjustable advanced seats and a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping council cavalcade are on duke to advice you acquisition an ideal position abaft the wheel. The berth is additionally home to accepted actualization such as keyless access and ignition, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, faux-leather upholstery, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. All GX SUVs comes with driver-assistance amenities such as blind-spot ecology and lane-keeping assistance.
The 2021 Lexus GX continues to action aloof one engine: a 4.6-liter V-8 that generates 301 application and 329 lb-ft of torque. This powerplant is teamed with a six-speed automatic manual and all-wheel drive. Lexus’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension Arrangement is standard, and this bureaucracy aims to addition absorption during off-road adventures. During our testing, the GX cruised from aught to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. We’ve activated battling models that are abundant quicker, however. An Audi Q7 with the accessible V-6 fabricated the dart in 6.1 seconds, and a BMW X5 xDrive50i covered the aforementioned ambit in a bare 4.2 seconds. The GX exhibits almost bland administration on paved streets, but it is in its aspect aback taken off-road. Its athletic underpinnings and 8.1 inches of arena approval accomplish this SUV an accomplished best for buyers who charge a agent that’s at home in the abundant outdoors. A 6500-pound towing accommodation bolsters its versatility.
The GX won’t win any awards for ammunition economy. According to the EPA, this all-wheel-drive SUV achieves breadth of aloof 15/19 mpg city/highway. That puts it able-bodied abaft battling affluence SUVs such as the Lincoln Aviator, which gets 17/24 mpg aback able with all-wheel drive. During our time with the GX, we empiric breadth of aloof 20 mpg during our 200-mile artery ammunition abridgement test—which is allotment of our absolute analysis regimen.
Lexus gave the GX its aftermost abounding redesign all the way aback in 2010, and this is conceivably one acumen for the somewhat anachronous actualization of its cabin. The autogenous is home to copse and covering that looks appropriately deluxe, but there are additionally some adamantine plastics that assume out of abode in a agent in this amount range. Front-row cartage adore affable apartment and a aerial basement position, but the second-row seats are decidedly collapsed and hard, and the third row is a awkward amplitude best larboard for kids. To its credit, the GX does a abundant job of befitting alley babble out of the cabin, and the autogenous charcoal agreeable alike aback the agent is actuality apprenticed at aerial speeds. This Lexus provides 11.6 cubic anxiety of burden amplitude abaft the third row and 46.7 cubic anxiety abaft the second. With the additional and third rows folded, burden amplitude all-overs to 64.7 cubic feet. This is beneath allowance than you’ll get in battling models such as the Audi Q7 (14.2 cubic anxiety abaft the third row, 35.7 cubic anxiety abaft the second, and 69.6 cubic anxiety abaft the first).
The GX offers an ambrosial ambit of tech amenities. Abject models appear with a nine-speaker audio bureaucracy and an infotainment arrangement absolute by an 8.0-inch touchscreen. Accepted Bluetooth connectivity facilitates hands-free buzz calls, and all models appear with SiriusXM accessory radio. The alternative of accessible tech actualization includes a dual-screen rear-seat ball arrangement and chip navigation. The options account additionally includes a 17-speaker Mark Levinson complete system.
The 2021 Lexus GX hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS). However, this SUV comes able with driver-assistance actualization that can advice you abstain accidents. Key assurance actualization include:
When it comes to assurance coverage, Lexus outpaces rivals such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
2020 Lexus GX460 Luxury
VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 6-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE AS TESTED $72,330 (base price: $65,290)
ENGINE TYPE DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, anchorage ammunition injectionDisplacement 281 in3, 4608 cm3Power 301 hp @ 5500 rpmTorque 329 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic
CHASSIS Suspension (F/R): ascendancy arms/live axleBrakes (F/R): 13.3-in vented disc/12.3-in vented discTires: Dunlop Grandtrek AT23, 265/55R-19 109V M S
DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 109.8 inLength: 192.1 inWidth: 74.2 inHeight: 73.8 inPassenger volume: 130 ft3Cargo volume: 12 ft3Curb weight: 5266 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS Rollout, 1 ft: 0.3 sec60 mph: 7.2 sec100 mph: 20.7 secRolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.5 secTop gear, 30–50 mph: 3.7 secTop gear, 50–70 mph: 5.1 sec¼-mile: 15.6 sec @ 90 mphTop acceleration (governor limited): 111 mphBraking, 70–0 mph: 188 ftRoadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.76 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY Observed: 15 mpg75-mph artery driving: 20 mpgHighway range: 460 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY Combined/city/highway: 16/15/19 mpg
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