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2009 Lexus GX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Lexus GX was new.


Interior: 7.9

The 2009 Lexus GX seats up to eight with a somewhat cramped available third-row seat. The cabin stands out for luxurious, high-quality materials. However, reviewers said it lacks some features that were offered by competitors.

  • "The cabin has excellent fit and finish and mostly top-notch materials. A few interior plastics disappoint at these prices." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Despite this SUV's creeping age, the interior remains as plush as any, with Bentley-quality leather seats, genuine bird's-eye-maple trim, and a tilting-and-telescoping wheel slathered in leather and wood and stitched as tightly as a Spalding baseball." -- Car and Driver
  • "Here's where the GX 470 really shines. From its supple leather seating to its beautiful wood-trimmed dash, everything inside the GX says premium all the way." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It really is a great, rich-looking cabin, with plenty of leather surfaces." -- The Auto Channel


Reviewers were impressed with the GX's ability to seat up to eight. However, unless you need space for the kids, they recommended forgoing the available third row in favor of more cargo space.

  • "Plenty of leg, head, and toe space in the 2nd row, though the seat is too low for best thigh support. The middle rider sits on a hard cushion over the driveshaft hump. Children are the best match for the cramped, hard-to-access 3rd row." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Though you can opt to seat eight, we think you're better off with four and a usable cargo hold." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The GX's third row was another thing that left me scratching my head. Technically there's seating for three people back there, but only three very small people would be comfortable. In fact, I couldn't even tell there was a center seat in the third row because it was so small. There wasn't much legroom because the second row didn't slide forward." -- Mother Proof

Interior Features

The 2009 Lexus GX comes fully loaded with standard features and luxurious touches, but lacks some features that were offered by competitors.

  • "Some luxury features found on some competitors' vehicles are not available on the GX 470. These include automatic tri-zone climate control, an extra-large sunroof, power liftgate, blind spot sensors, adaptive headlights and ventilated front seats. Other shortcomings include third-row seats that don't fold flat into the floor and a rear cargo door that swings to the curb instead of upwards." -- Edmunds
  • "Big electro-luminescent gauges are easy to read. The climate controls are a stretch for some of our testers. The navigation system is easy enough to learn, but its dashtop screen washes out in bright conditions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The stereo and rear entertainment systems in the GX felt either dated or thrown in. The audio system had a cassette player. Wow. The optional navigation system had a nice-looking color touch-screen that made managing audio systems and Bluetooth connections easy. There was an AUX port for plugging in MP3 players, but no USB port. The AUX port was at the bottom of the center stack, which meant the cord was exposed. Since there's nowhere to stash your iPod, things got messy between all the cords and chargers." -- Mother Proof


Reviewers found the GX's cargo capacity sufficient, and said it was even better without the available third-row seat.

  • "The optional 3rd-row is split. Its sections stow against the sidewalls and must be removed for best utility -- all are very clumsy. Generous space with the 2nd row folded, but the load floor is not flat. Cargo liftover is low, but GX 470's swing-out rear door should open from curbside and have roll-down glass. Plus, the cargo door is held open by an awkward metal bracket that must be locked by hand and is often dirty with road grime. Small-item storage is subpar." -- Consumer Guide
  • "My main complaint about the third row was the way it folds. The seat is split 50/50 and each seat folds to the side instead of down into the floor. It took folding, hooking and strapping each seat to stow the third row; once it's stowed, visibility out the rear side windows is completely zero. I'd have loved to have kept the third row in place, but then there's very little cargo space. I managed to carefully stack a modest grocery run back there, but when I got home and opened the cargo door, the bags toppled out. Not cool." -- Mother Proof

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