Off-road-appropriate hardware; compliant ride; standard 3-row seating; plenty of luxury and technology features
Uncomfortable seats in the second and third rows; cumbersome on-road handling; unremarkable interior quality; low fuel economy
The subscription-only Lexus Enform Remote and Lexus Enform Service Connect systems are now available. See the 2016 Lexus GX models for sale near you
If it has to be a GX, then go for the Luxury model with the optional Mark Levinson audio system. It's not exactly a bargain, but the Luxury's generous amount of standard features and fabulous Levinson sound will compensate. Find a Lexus GX for sale
The 2016 Lexus GX 460 premium midsize SUV comes in base and Luxury trim levels.
The base GX 460 ($51,730) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, roof rails, LED low-beam headlights, keyless entry with push-button ignition, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel with automatic tilt away, 10-way power front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, driver's seat memory functions, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, electro-luminescent gauges, a rearview camera, slide/recline second-row seats, a trip computer with a 4.2-in display, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 120-volt outlet in the cargo area, 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.
A Premium package adds high-gloss 18-in wheels, LED fog lights, a 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, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, 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 ($63,105) includes all of the above, plus an adaptive air suspension, power-folding/auto-dimming exterior mirrors, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a heated steering wheel, semi-aniline leather upholstery, a power-folding third-row seat and a cargo area tonneau cover.
The Luxury model is also eligible for a 330-watt/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.
Cargo capacity measures 11.6 cu ft. behind the third-row seating. If you power-fold that row into the floor, you'll have a more reasonable 36.5 cu ft. With the second-row seats folded down, the GX can haul a healthy 91.9 cu ft. However, the unusual cargo door is hinged on the passenger side, so it opens toward the curb on American roads, which is 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|
2016 BMW X5 -- With superior handling and an optional 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.
2016 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.
2016 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 exemplary.
Used Audi Q7 -- With standard 3-row seating and premium appointments, this model is a logical alternative. Certified pre-owned pricing could save you thousands when compared with a brand-new GX.