2021 Lexus GX 460 Reviews

2021 GX 460 New Car Test Drive

The following review is for a 2020 Model Year. There may be minor changes to current model you are looking at.

Introduction

Seating up to seven passengers across three rows, the 2020 Lexus GX just might be the most capable off-road vehicle that looks at home parked in front of a swanky restaurant or upscale mall. Only a Land Rover Range Rover matches its rugged, yet plush, personality. For buyers who pay attention to image, the spacious luxury SUV could be an enticing choice ? even if they never take advantage of its prodigious off-pavement prowess. 

Mildly revised front-end styling, including the huge “spindle” grille, marks the 2020 model. Lexus has also streamlined the GX lineup. Some serious off-road components, previously standard on top trim levels, are now available in an extra-cost Off-Road package. 

Newly standard active safety technology includes automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, as well as blind-spot monitors. A revised Sport Design appearance package includes taller wheels and snappy styling details, which seems to contrast with the GX's rugged nature. 

Each GX makes use of a 4.6-liter V-8 engine that generates 301 horsepower and a muscular 329 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission works with a 2-speed transfer case in the standard four-wheel-drive layout. The GX is built with a separate body and frame, and a solid rear axle with coil springs. A load-leveling rear suspension is optional. 

Simply stated, the GX sucks up plenty of premium gasoline, though fuel consumption is slightly better for 2020. The EPA rates the GX at 15 mpg city, 19 highway, and 16 combined. 

Making more active safety technology standard finally brings the GX up to date for passenger safety. Previously, such features were limited to top trim levels. The GX includes forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warnings, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control. 

Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has crash-tested the GX, but the latter agency did declare ease of child-seat use “Acceptable.”. 

Lineup

Lexus offers the GX in three trim levels: Base, Premium, and Luxury. Prices include a $1,025 destination charge. 

The base GX 460 starts at $54,025 and is equipped with 10-way power front seats, a nine-speaker audio system, synthetic leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, four USB ports, 18-inch wheels, and a moonroof. 

Stepping up a notch, the $56,815 GX 460 Premium adds heated and cooled front seats, navigation, grey wood accents, LED fog lights, parking assist, heated second-row seats, and three-zone climate control, plus the option to select leather, second-row captain's chairs, and the Off-Road package. 

Heading the trio, the aptly-named GX 460 Luxury costs $65,290. It comes with soft semi-aniline leather seat upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a power-folding third row, grey machined 19-inch wheels, and an adaptive suspension with automatic rear-leveling air suspension. 

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