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2021 Lexus GX

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2021 Lexus GX Review

The 2021 Lexus GX is an excellent off-road vehicle, but it doesn't excel at much else. The GX does not have an overall score or ranking because it has not been fully crash tested.

Pros & Cons

  • Superb off-road prowess
  • Solid amount of standard safety tech
  • Dated cabin design
  • Poor fuel economy estimates
  • Slow acceleration
  • Firm ride

Research & Ratings

The 2021 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 49 pieces of research and data.

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Critics' Rating: 6.0
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 6.7
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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Is the Lexus GX a Good SUV?

No, the 2020 GX 460 isn’t a very good luxury midsize SUV. It's an excellent off-road vehicle, but the ride can be too firm on paved roads. The GX also suffers from some body lean when cornering, leisurely acceleration, and poor fuel economy estimates. Inside, the Lexus has refined cabin materials, but its styling is outdated.

Why You Can Trust Us: 49 Reviews Analyzed

To give you a complete overview of the 2021 GX – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 49 Lexus GX reviews alongside performance specs, interior dimensions, and more.

This 2021 GX review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2010.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we never accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an outside firm manages the ads on our site.

Should I Buy the Lexus GX?

If you're looking for a luxury vehicle that's fit for off-roading, the GX is up your alley. If that's not your top priority, we recommend shopping around. Both the Lexus RX 350 and Acura MDX cost less while providing a more upscale cabin and better gas mileage figures.

Compare the GX, RX 350, and MDX »

2020 vs. 2021 Lexus GX: What's the Difference?

Lexus adds Amazon Alexa and two extra USB ports to the 2021 GX. Otherwise, the 2020 and 2021 models are nearly identical.

Compare the 2020 and 2021 GX »

The GX hasn't been fully redesigned since the 2010 model year. Here are the key changes for the Lexus GX over the last few years:

  • 2017: second-row captain's chairs became available
  • 2018: no major changes
  • 2019: no major changes
  • 2020: gained standard Lexus Safety System+ and LED headlights, as well as an available Off-Road package
  • 2021: Amazon Alexa and two USB ports added to standard features list

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 GX, 2019 GX, and 2020 GX reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Lexus GX Cost?

The 2021 Lexus GX starts at $53,100, which is about average for a luxury midsize SUV. The GX Premium starts at $55,890, and the GX 460 Luxury starts at $64,365.

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

Lexus GX 460 vs. Lexus RX 350

The Lexus RX 350 is a more well-rounded luxury midsize SUV than its corporate sibling. For one, the RX boasts a more comfortable ride over rough pavement and great fuel economy estimates. In addition, the RX has just as many safety and infotainment features as the GX, but it adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Neither of these smartphone integration systems are available in the GX. The RX comes standard with seating for five people, but the RX L model increases seating occupancy to seven, which matches the standard GX. Unless you’re looking for off-road capability, you’ll likely prefer the RX to the GX.

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Lexus GX 460 vs. Acura MDX

The Acura MDX is also a better pick than the GX. The MDX has seating for up to seven people and about the same amount of passenger and cargo room as the GX. The Acura comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which you can't get in the Lexus, and it has better fuel economy estimates and a smoother ride. There are few reasons to buy a GX over an MDX.

Compare the GX 460 and MDX »

Compare the GX 460, RX 350, and MDX »

GX Interior: Comfortable but Dated Interior

GX Cargo Space

With 11.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the third row up, 46.7 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 64.7 cubic feet with the second row folded, the GX has less cargo room that most competitors. Also, the side-hinged liftgate may make it harder for you to load and access cargo. The saving grace is that you can flip up the glass on the cargo door to load items quickly.

How Many People Does the GX Seat?

The GX has seating for up to seven people in three rows. Models with the optional second-row captain's chairs seat up to six people. The first two rows offer a substantial amount of head- and legroom for adults, and both rows feature comfortable and supportive seats. The third row doesn’t have much legroom, however, and its seats could use more support.

GX and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the second-row outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the middle second-row seat. There aren’t any LATCH connections for the third row.

GX Interior Quality

The GX's interior quality is great, but its interior design isn't as up to date as those of some class rivals.

This Lexus comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. A wood and leather-trimmed heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, semi-aniline leather trim, and power-reclining and folding third-row seats are available.

GX Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The GX comes with an easy-to-use infotainment system that includes an 8-inch touch screen and features physical buttons – lots of them – to control things such as climate and audio settings. However, the touch screen's graphics and the overall layout look dated, and the system lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are found in most rivals.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, nine speakers, Amazon Alexa capability, voice command, Bluetooth, four USB ports, and HD Radio
  • Available infotainment features: navigation, the Lexus Enform App Suite, and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control and push-button start
  • Other available features: tri-zone automatic climate control

For more information, read What Is Amazon Alexa Auto?

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GX Performance: Great Off Road, OK On

GX Engine

The Lexus GX is powered by a 301-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The GX has plenty of power to get you where you need to go, but you may wish for more muscle at higher speeds. The vehicle also takes a while to accelerate at times.

GX Gas Mileage

The GX has some of the worst gas mileage estimates among luxury midsize SUVs. It gets just 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.

GX Ride and Handling

When the roads are smooth, so is the GX's ride. But when the road turns bumpy, this Lexus' ride can be jarring. Additionally, its handling is cumbersome.

This SUV's focus is on off-road capability. Four-wheel drive is standard, and the GX 460 Luxury trim can be equipped with an off-road package that comes with a transmission cooler, crawl control, and a Multi-Terrain Monitor, which uses cameras to give you a view of the terrain under the vehicle. It also comes with Multi-Terrain Select, which has driving modes for rocks, mud, and sand.

GX Towing Capacity

The GX can tow up to 6,500 pounds when properly equipped, which is among the highest towing capacities in the class.

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GX Reliability

Is the Lexus GX Reliable?

At the time of writing, the 2021 Lexus GX does not have a predicted reliability rating, but models in this generation typically score very well for predicted reliability.

Lexus GX Warranty

The Lexus 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

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2021 GX.

GX Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Lane departure alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert

Available advanced safety features:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • LED fog lights
  • Surround-view parking camera system

Read more about safety »

GX Dimensions and Weight

The GX is roughly 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,126 to 5,192 pounds.

Where Is the 2021 Lexus GX Built?

Lexus builds the 2021 GX in Japan.

Which Lexus GX Model Is Right for Me?

The 2021 Lexus GX comes in three trims: GX 460, GX 460 Premium, and GX 460 Luxury. The base trim is a solid pick for most shoppers because it comes with a slew of comfort, safety, and infotainment technology. All models feature a 301-horsepower V8 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive.

Lexus GX 460

The base GX 460 starts at $53,100 and comes with an 8-inch touch screen, nine speakers, Amazon Alexa capability, voice command, Bluetooth, four USB ports, and HD Radio. Other standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and push-button start. Standard active safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

A package with navigation and the Lexus Enform App Suite costs an additional $1,555. You can add front and rear parking sensors for $500 and heated and ventilated front seats for $640.

Lexus GX 460 Premium

Starting at $55,890, the GX 460 Premium trim adds navigation, the Lexus Enform App Suite, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, and LED fog lights.

Second-row captain's chairs ($3,115) are optional. A Premium Plus package ($4,485) contains a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system as well as power-reclining and folding third-row seats.

Lexus GX 460 Luxury

The top-of-the-line GX 460 Luxury (MSRP: $64,365) gains semi-aniline leather interior trim, heated power-folding outside mirrors, and an adaptive auto-leveling suspension.

A Sport Design package ($2,020) adds sporty interior and exterior accents and heated second-row captain's chairs. An Off-Road package costs $1,570 and adds a surround-view parking camera system, crawl control, a transmission cooler, a Multi-Terrain Monitor, and Multi-Terrain Select. Individual add-ons include a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system ($1,145) and a surround-view parking camera system ($800).

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.

See 2021 Lexus GX specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2021 Lexus GX boasts great off-road capability, but it falls short of most of its luxury midsize SUV rivals, which offer more comfortable rides, updated technology, better fuel economy, and larger cargo areas.

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. With a series of upgrades for the 2020 model year Lexus hopes to keep the GX 460 compelling in a sea of ever-improving off-road luxury SUVs." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)
  • "If you're just looking for deluxe three-row transport, however, the GX 460 falls short. Nearly every other competitor is more comfortable to drive and features more powerful and fuel-efficient engines." -- Edmunds (2020)
  • "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 (2020)
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