Off-road-ready hardware; compliant ride; standard 3-row seating; plenty of luxury and technology features
Uncomfortable second- and third-row seats; cumbersome on-road handling; unremarkable interior quality; low fuel economy
Essentially unchanged, the 2015 GX now comes standard with Siri Eyes Free voice-command technology for Apple devices.
If your heart's set on a GX, you might as well go for the top-of-the-line Luxury model with the optional Mark Levinson audio system. It's not a stellar value, but you'll be glad you sprang for the Luxury's standard features and that killer Levinson stereo.
The 2015 Lexus GX 460 comes in three trim levels: base, Premium and Luxury.
The base GX 460 ($50,410) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, a sunroof, keyless entry with push-button ignition, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, 10-way power front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, driver memory functions, electroluminescent gauges, a rearview camera, a trip computer with a 4.2-in display, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth (for both phone and audio), Siri Eyes Free voice-command functionality, and a 9-speaker audio system with an 8-in touchscreen display, a 6-CD changer, satellite radio and iPod/USB connectivity.
The Premium ($55,120) adds niceties such as high-gloss 18-in wheels, LED headlights, mahogany interior trim, perforated genuine leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, tri-zone climate control with a smog sensor, a wood and leather steering wheel, voice controls and enhanced Bluetooth. This model also has a hard-drive-based navigation system that features Lexus Enform, which lets you either plan trips from home using a Lexus-exclusive online search called eDestination or leverage your smartphone for this purpose with the downloadable Enform mobile app.
The Luxury ($62,040) boasts exclusive 18-in liquid graphite wheels, an adaptive air suspension, power-folding auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, semi-aniline leather upholstery, a power-folding third-row seat and a cargo-area tonneau cover.
Some of the higher trims' standard features are optional on lesser models. Available on the Luxury model only are a 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, a dual-screen rear entertainment system, and wide-view front and side parking cameras. Additional options include dynamic cruise control and Crawl Control for automated low-speed off-roading.
In terms of versatility, we found that the GX's standard third-row seat is mounted low, so longer-legged passengers will likely have their knees in their faces. The second row isn't particularly supportive or comfortable, either. If you plan to use more than two rows on a regular basis, we recommend purpose-built people carriers such as minivans or the Ford Flex with EcoBoost.
Cargo capacity in the GX measures just 11.6 cu ft. behind the third-row seat. Power-fold that seat into the floor, and you'll have a more reasonable 36.5 cu ft. With the second-row seatbacks folded down, the GX can haul a healthy 91.9 cu ft. However, the GX's unusual cargo door is hinged on the passenger side, which means that it opens toward the curb on American roads -- not the most convenient design for curbside loading.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
2015 BMW X5 -- Boasting superior handling along with an available third row, the X5 is the driver's SUV in this class, but don't even think about it if you're the off-roading type.
2015 Ford Flex -- Neither Lexus nor Ford would put the Flex in the same category as the GX, but with the optional 365-hp EcoBoost V6 under the hood, the luxurious Flex outdoes the Lexus in almost every way unless you're heading for the trails.
2015 Land Rover LR4 -- The surprisingly affordable LR4 impresses with its sumptuous interior, muscular V8 and adult-friendly 3-row seating. Naturally, its off-road performance is beyond reproach.
Used Audi Q7 -- With its standard 3-row seating and premium ambiance, the big Audi is a natural foe, and certified pre-owned pricing could save you thousands compared to a new GX.