2020 Lexus GX

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2020 Lexus GX Review

The 2020 Lexus GX boasts fantastic off-road capability and a great predicted reliability rating, but little else. A harsh ride and an outdated interior further limit its appeal. The GX does not have an overall score or ranking because it has not been fully crash tested.

Pros & Cons

  • Tremendous off-road capability
  • Exceptional predicted reliability rating
  • Rough ride over paved roads
  • Can struggle to accelerate quickly
  • Outdated interior

New for 2020

  • Revised front grille and standard LED headlights
  • Standard Lexus Safety System+, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert
  • Standard wood and aluminum trim in Premium and Luxury trims
  • Off-road package available with Luxury trim

Research & Ratings

The 2020 Lexus GX is unranked in Luxury Midsize SUVs due to missing safety data. Currently, the Lexus GX's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 47 pieces of research and data.

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.0
Performance: 6.0
Interior: 6.4
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury midsize suvs.
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Reliability:
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Is the Lexus GX a Good SUV?

No, the 2020 GX 460 isn't a very good luxury midsize SUV. It was last redesigned a decade ago and is starting to show its age with an infotainment system that lacks many modern features. While it's a great off-road vehicle, it's truck-like handling doesn't compare favorably to rivals with more comfortable rides. It's base engine is also underpowered, and this SUV delivers poor fuel economy ratings.

That said, none of this matters to Lexus stalwarts, who see a throwback off-roader with fresher styling and think, "Maybe it's time to upgrade."

Should I Buy the Lexus GX?

The GX 460 is one of the few vehicles in the class that's tuned for tackling rough terrain, so it might be worth considering if that's what you're after. If not, we recommend opting for one of its more well-rounded competitors.

The Lexus RX 350 has a richer cabin and a lower base price. The Acura MDX is another good alternative, offering a comfortable ride, superb gas mileage figures, and a lower starting price. Shoppers wanting to hit the off-road trails without all the added luxury should consider the Toyota 4Runner.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Lexus GX?

The current generation of the GX dates all the way back to the 2010 model year, though there have been a few notable changes throughout the years. Lexus refreshed the GX for 2014, updating the exterior styling and introducing a new infotainment system. The 2015 GX gained standard Siri Eyes Free, and the 2017 GX was to first to offer available second-row captain's chairs.

For 2020, the GX gains a revised grille, LED headlights, and the Lexus Safety System+ as standard equipment. This suite of safety features includes forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Lexus also adds an available off-road package for the Luxury trim. It includes a surround-view camera system, a transmission cooler, crawl control, Multi-Terrain Select (with various driving modes), and the Multi-Terrain Monitor, which features cameras under the car. 

Stick with the 2020 GX if those changes are important to you. If not, we recommend 2014-and-newer GX models since they're very similar to newer models and likely less expensive.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 GX, 2018 GX, and 2019 GX reviews to help make your decision. Also 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: 47 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 47 Lexus GX reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This review uses applicable research and data from all GX vehicles in the current generation, which includes the 2010 to 2020 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Does the Lexus GX Cost?

The base 2020 GX 460 starts at $53,000, which is in line with the starting price of many class rivals. The midrange GX 460 Premium starts at $55,790, while the top-of-the-line GX 460 Luxury costs $64,265.

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.

Lexus GX Versus the Competition

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

The Lexus RX 350 costs less than the GX while providing just as many standard features. It also has a comfier ride, almost as much horsepower as the GX, and great fuel economy estimates. The two-row version of the RX has standard seating for only five people, but the three-row RX L model increases seating capacity to seven, matching the GX. The only reason to choose the GX over the RX is for the former's off-road prowess and standard four-wheel drive. Otherwise, the RX 350 is a better all-around choice in the class.

Which Is Better: Lexus GX 460 or Acura MDX?

The Acura MDX is another vehicle in the luxury midsize SUV class that fares better than the GX. It doesn't have the off-road capability of the GX, but its ride is much more comfortable on pavement, and it gets better gas mileage. It also comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are unavailable in the GX. Like the Lexus, the Acura has standard seating for seven, and it's easier on your wallet. The MDX is a better choice in this comparison.

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GX Interior

How Many People Does the GX Seat?

The GX has standard seating for seven people in three rows. Optional second-row captain's chairs decrease the seating capacity to six. The comfortable first and second rows have ample space for adults, but the third row is cramped and best left for children.

GX and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the second-row outboard seats. The upper tethers are easy to access, but the lower anchors are too deep in the seats.

GX Interior Quality

The GX features high-end cabin materials like standard synthetic leather upholstery and available wood and aluminum trim (newly standard in the Premium and Luxury trims), but it suffers from a dated interior design.

Power-adjustable front seats are standard. Options include genuine leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, and a power-reclining and folding third row.

GX Cargo Space

The GX has less cargo space than many of its rivals. You'll find 11.6 cubic feet of room behind the third row, 46.7 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 64.7 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. Also keep in mind that the cargo door is hinged on the right side instead of the roof, which may make it difficult to load cargo in certain spaces.

GX Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The GX has an easy-to-use infotainment system with both a touch screen and physical controls, but the graphics and overall layout look dated. Plus, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration technology are unavailable.

Standard features include Amazon Alexa, an 8-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio, a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Options include navigation, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, and the Lexus Enform App Suite.

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GX Performance

GX Engine: Just OK

The GX comes standard with a 301-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The GX has enough power for your daily commute, but it can be slow to accelerate, especially at high speeds.

GX Gas Mileage: Don't Expect Much

The 2020 GX 460 gets 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, which is poor for the class.

GX Ride and Handling: Best Driven Off-Road

Tuned for off-road driving, the Lexus GX feels at home on unpaved roads. It's outfitted with standard four-wheel drive, and there's an available off-road package that improves capability. It adds a transmission cooler, a surround-view camera system, the Multi-Terrain Monitor with cameras beneath the SUV to spot any potential hazards, crawl control, and Multi-Terrain Select with various driving modes.

Unfortunately, it feels less at home on paved roads, where the GX struggles to provide a smooth ride over uneven surfaces. Its handling is clumsy, and the steering is short on feedback from the road.

GX Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the GX has a maximum towing capacity of 6,500 pounds. This is one of the highest tow limits in the class.

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GX Reliability

Is the Lexus GX Reliable?

The 2020 Lexus GX has a stellar predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Lexus GX Warranty

The GX is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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GX Safety

GX Crash Test Results

At the time of writing, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have crash tested the 2020 GX.

GX Safety Features

In addition to a rearview camera, the new 2020 GX comes loaded with standard safety features. Every model comes with lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, and a driver attention monitor are available.

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GX Dimensions and Weight

The GX is roughly 16 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 5,100 to 5,200 pounds.

Where Is the Lexus GX Built?

Lexus builds the 2020 GX in Japan.

Which Lexus GX Model Is Right for Me?

The GX comes in three trims: base, Premium, and Luxury. All models come with a V8 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive.

The base trim has plenty of features to satisfy most shoppers, including a solid list of infotainment equipment and a slew of standard safety technology. To get the available second-row captain's chairs, you'll have to step up to the Premium trim or higher. For the most lavish cabin materials and an upgraded suspension system, opt for the Luxury trim.

Lexus GX 460

The base GX 460 trim starts at $53,000 and comes with synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, push-button start, a moonroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The standard infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, nine speakers, Amazon Alexa, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports.

This Lexus also comes standard with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and the Lexus Safety System. This suite of safety tech includes lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

The Navigation package ($1,555) adds navigation and the Lexus Enform App Suite with smartphone apps like Yelp and iHeartRadio. Front and rear parking sensors ($500) and heated and ventilated front seats ($640) are also available.

Lexus GX 460 Premium

The GX 460 Premium trim (MSRP: $55,790) adds the contents of Navigation package as well as heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, wood and aluminum trim, LED fog lights, tri-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Second-row captain's chairs ($3,115) are also available.

Lexus GX 460 Luxury

Starting at $64,265, the GX 460 Luxury trim adds an adaptive auto-leveling suspension, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats, a heated steering wheel with wood trim, and power-reclining and folding third-row seats.

An optional Off-Road package ($1,570) adds the Multi-Terrain Monitor, Multi-Terrain Select, a surround-view camera system, crawl control, and a transmission cooler. A dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system is also available for $1,985.

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 2020 Lexus GX is a vehicle worth considering if off-road capability is your priority. It's outdone in almost every other way by a slew of competitors offering better bang for your buck.

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

  • Combining the luxury of Lexus with the off-road capabilities of today’s best body-on-frame wilderness crawlers has always been the Lexus GX’s mission. The 2020 Lexus GX 460 carries on with this mission despite an aging platform and drivetrain." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • There's no denying the GX is showing its age, but it has also shown to be a reliable model—just like its cousins, the Prado and 4Runner." -- Motor Trend
  • The GX's off-road capabilities are undeniable, especially if you opt for the available adaptive suspension. That same adaptive suspension gives the GX impressive handling around curvy mountain roads. And while it looks a bit dated on the inside, the Lexus' interior is easy to get used to, with a simple layout and controls. Given the available plethora of excellent, well-rounded luxury SUVs, it's hard to recommend such a single-minded rig." -- Edmunds (2019)
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