Alongside the more car-like RX, Lexus sells the old-school GX SUV with standard three-row seating. The current-gen GX debuted way back in the 2010 model year, and it shares a platform with the Toyota 4Runner. A face-lift for 2020 integrated modern Lexus design language, but 2021 only brings minor feature changes. The GX competes with other luxury three-row SUVs including the Land Rover Discovery, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.
The aging GX offers a unique experience in the three-row SUV space. Its old-school naturally aspirated V-8 and full-time 4WD make it much more capable off-road than car-based competitors, even if the GX's approach, breakover, and departure angles can't match more focused off-roaders.
Luxurious high-quality materials and a smooth, isolated ride quality remind the driver that this is a Lexus, not a Toyota. That said, the infotainment system is positively archaic—it doesn't even offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto—and interior space is limited. The third row is only suitable for the smallest of passengers, and cargo space with all seven seats in place is laughable.
The GX's conventional V-8 and six-speed automatic transmission provide acceptable acceleration and smooth shifts, but fuel economy is far below that of the segment leaders. If you prioritize off-road capability and a smooth ride over interior space and a modern powertrain, the GX isn't a bad pick.
Buyers' only powertrain option is a combination of a 4.6-liter V-8, six-speed automatic and proper four-wheel drive. With 301 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque, the standard V-8 will help the big GX hustle to 60 mph in a quick 6.9 seconds. Fuel economy is less impressive. The GX 460 is EPA-rated at 15/19 mpg city/highway.
The GX comes standard with a host of driver-assist active safety features. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are included on all models.
Every GX includes space for seven across three rows of seating. Legroom is acceptable in the first and second rows at 41.7 and 34.1 inches, but the 29.3 inches of space offered in the way back are acceptable only for small children. The third row encroaches on cargo volume, too; capacity measures a pitiful 4.6 cubic feet with all the seats in use. With the third and second rows folded down, that volume expands to 46.7 and 64.7 cubic feet, respectively.
We've complained before about the Lexus touchpad-controlled infotainment system, and the GX is no exception. The display is an 8.0-inch touchscreen unit, and you're stuck with the Lexus interface for media and navigation because Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available.
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