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2019 Lexus GX Review

The 2019 Lexus GX ranks near the bottom of the luxury midsize SUV class. While it’s a proficient off-roader with superb towing capabilities, many shoppers may be put off by its trucklike handling, dated cabin design and infotainment system, and small cargo hold.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-road capability
  • High maximum towing capacity for the class
  • Dated cabin design
  • Unimpressive acceleration
  • Stiff ride

Is the Lexus GX a Good SUV?

The 2019 Lexus GX 460 is an oddball in the luxury midsize SUV class. Buyers looking for the poshest cabin, state-of-the-art technology, a relaxing ride, and decent fuel economy won’t be satisfied with this vehicle. However, the GX feels capable and planted in most off-road situations, and it can tow more than some of its rivals. For a combination of lavishness and brutishness, the GX is decent. For most everything else, it’s worth skipping.

Should I Buy the Lexus GX?

If you’re after the ruggedness and off-road prowess of the Toyota 4Runner, but want something more upscale, the Lexus GX is a good pick. With its body-on-frame construction, it combines the ride and feel of a pickup truck with a dash of elegance. However, if you’re looking for something more typically luxurious, consider the Lexus RX 350 or Audi Q7.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Lexus GX?

The 2019 GX is part of a generation that debuted for the 2010 model year. Most shoppers should consider a 2014 model or newer. For 2014, Lexus refreshed the GX, giving it updated exterior styling and a revamped infotainment system. Siri Eyes Free became standard in 2015 models, and second-row captain’s chairs became available in the 2017 GX. There have been few other updates since then. If these recent changes aren’t important to you, consider saving money by purchasing an older model.

To learn more about older models, read our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Lexus GX 460. If you decide one of them is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles. 

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We Did the Research for You: 43 Reviews Analyzed

By researching Lexus GX reviews, our hope is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this sedan in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 43 Lexus GX reviews. This Lexus GX review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2010 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Lexus GX Cost?

The base Lexus GX has a base price of $52,155. That’s fairly typical for the class and in line with the Land Rover Discovery and Acura MDX Hybrid. The GX Premium starts at $54,725, and the top-of-the-line Luxury trim has a base MSRP of $63,555. That’s more affordable than the starting price of some class rivals, such as the Audi Q8 and Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

Lexus GX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Lexus GX 460 or Lexus RX 350?

Between the Lexus GX and RX, the Lexus RX 350 is a better choice in most ways. The base RX 350 would save you around $8,600 compared to the base GX. It has an opulent cabin, a capable V6 engine, and great fuel estimates. The RX 350 also provides a smoother ride and more standard safety features than the GX. The base RX is a 2-row SUV that seats five, but a 3-row RX L is available. On the other hand, the GX is a much better off-roader. If that is important to you, go with the Lexus GX. Otherwise, choose the RX.

Which Is Better: Lexus GX 460 or Acura MDX?

The Acura MDX is an appealing luxury midsize SUV with few clear weaknesses. Like the Lexus, it has standard third-row seating, but it provides a smoother ride, more safety features, and a slightly larger cargo hold, both in total and behind the rear seats, compared to the GX. The MDX also features standard leather upholstery and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On top of that, you can get the MDX with Technology package trim and still save around $2,900 compared to the base GX. Unless you want the Lexus' off-road capability, go with the Acura.

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Lexus GX Interior

How Many People Does the GX 460 Seat?

The base GX seats seven people on standard synthetic leather upholstery. Power-adjustable front seats are standard too. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, heated second-row outboard seats, power-folding and reclining third-row seats, and a heated steering wheel are available. Opting for second-row captain’s chairs reduces seating capacity to six.

The front seats are comfortable, but like many 3-row SUVs, space shrinks towards the back. The second row has enough space for adults to sit comfortably during short trips, but it becomes more uncomfortable the longer you're back there. Legroom in the third row is tight.

GX and Car Seats

The GX 460 has two full sets of LATCH connections and a third tether in the second row. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats, making it hard to connect them.

GX Interior Quality

The GX has handsome interior styling. Perforated leather and wooden accents in higher trims give a luxurious feel. However, this is an aging vehicle, and its cabin feels less modern than rivals' cabins.

GX Cargo Space

This SUV has 11.6 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats. Folding them down opens 46.7 cubic feet of space. With all the rear seats down, there’s a total of 64.7 cubic feet of storage. That’s smaller than what many rivals offer, including the Infiniti QX60 and the 2-row Mercedes-Benz GLE. The GX's cargo door is hinged on the right side rather than on the roof, like in most SUVs, which can make loading cargo tricky in some situations.

GX Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard in every GX are an 8-inch touch screen, Amazon Alexa, Siri Eyes Free, satellite radio, HD Radio, a nine-speaker stereo, a 120-volt household-style power outlet, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a moonroof. Upgrades include the Lexus Enform App Suite, a navigation system, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium stereo, and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system.

There are plenty of physical controls accompanying the straightforward infotainment system. While it works fine, it feels dated. For instance, neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto is available, and the graphics are antiquated by modern standards.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?  

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Lexus GX Performance

GX Engine: So-So Acceleration

Every GX features a 4.6-liter V8 engine that makes 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard.

The engine delivers OK power, but it doesn’t feel robust compared to rivals. The transmission’s slow downshifts add to the GX’s ho-hum performance.

GX Gas Mileage: Gas Guzzler

This Lexus gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the lowest ratings in the class.

GX Ride and Handling: Better Off Road Than On

With its trucklike build, standard four-wheel drive, and available features such as crawl control, the GX tackles off-road terrain better than most crossover SUVs. It also feels stiffer than other luxury vehicles when driving on the road, and most of its rivals have more balanced handling.

GX Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Lexus GX can tow up to 6,500 pounds.

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Lexus GX Reliability

Is the Lexus GX Reliable?

As of this writing, J.D. Power has not evaluated the 2019 Lexus GX 460 for predicted reliability.

Lexus GX Warranty

Lexus covers the GX with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Lexus GX Safety

GX Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2019 GX. That's common for luxury vehicles. 

GX Safety Features

A rearview camera comes standard in every GX. Available safety features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, a wide-view front and side camera, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and a driver attention monitor.

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Which Lexus GX Model Is Right for Me?

The GX 460 is available in three trim levels: base, Premium, and Luxury. Each trim has a V8 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive, and third-row seating. The base trim is decently equipped and available with a few options, making it a good pick. However, shoppers looking for more safety features or an auto-leveling air suspension for increased off-road capability would need to move all the way up to the Luxury trim.

Lexus GX 460

The base Lexus GX 460 starts at $52,155. It features an 8-inch touch screen, Amazon Alexa smartphone integration, Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio, satellite radio, a nine-speaker sound system, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and alloy wheels.

Lexus offers this trim with the Navigation package for $1,555. As the name suggests, it adds a navigation system, as well as the Lexus Enform App Suite, which includes smartphone connectivity apps such as iHeartRadio, Slacker, and Yelp. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are available for no cost. Other options include front and rear parking sensors for $500, heated and ventilated front seats for $640, and F-Sport style alloy wheels for $1,500.

Lexus GX 460 Premium

The Lexus GX 460 Premium has an MSRP of $54,725. It adds the features of the Navigation package, along with leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

You can get second-row captain’s chairs for $4,795.

Lexus GX 460 Luxury

With its base price of $63,555, the Lexus GX 460 Luxury features an adaptive auto-leveling suspension, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, semi-aniline leather upholstery, second-row captain’s chairs, fold-flat third-row seats, and a heated steering wheel with wood trim.

Lexus offers the Luxury trim with a Driver Support package for $4,340. It adds a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium surround-sound system, a pre-collision warning and braking system, a driver attention monitor, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, a wide-view front and side camera, and crawl control. The Mark Levinson stereo is available for $1,145. You could also get a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system for $1,970.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

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The Final Call

The Lexus GX is a great vehicle for travelling off road in style. Fans of pickup trucks in a luxury SUV’s clothing will appreciate the GX’s firm ride and rugged four-wheel drive. On the other hand, those simply looking for a cruiser with an elegant interior, a refined ride, and the latest tech features should consider other options. The Toyota 4Runner may be an appealing choice for those looking for the GX’s off-roading abilities but wanting to save a little cash.  

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Lexus GX 460 is a vehicle with two purposes. … Underneath, it's a serious off-roader with a body-on-frame chassis and all the hardware it needs to travel rocky trails. However, according to the badges on the outside and the interior trimmings, it's a luxury three-row family hauler. Unfortunately for the GX 460, Lexus had to make a lot of compromises along the way to join these two purposes into one vehicle. … Given the available plethora of excellent, well-rounded luxury SUVs, it's hard to recommend such a single-minded rig." -- Edmunds
  • The 2017 Lexus GX 460 luxury midsize SUV is reassuringly old-school. This is a tough, go-anywhere kind of vehicle, featuring truck-like construction and standard all-wheel drive with a dual-range transfer case. Naturally, the GX also feels civilized. Thanks to a soft suspension, fancy features and standard 3-row seating, it can function as a high-end family vehicle. It's perhaps surprising Lexus didn't use richer interior materials in this costly conveyance, but the smooth V8 engine provides some consolation. Don't expect precision handling in corners, though. The GX is happiest when pointed straight ahead." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "With a leather-lined interior as well as robust body-on-frame construction, the GX 460 is Lexus' answer to those seeking a cushy SUV that can still perform off-road when necessary." -- Left Lane News (2018)
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