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2011 Lexus GX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Lexus GX was new.


Interior: 8.2

The GX’s cabin stands out for luxurious, high-quality materials. Reviewers find the controls easy to use, but say the sheer number of them can be daunting at first.

  • "The understated cabin has very good fit and finish, with mostly quality materials and soft-touch surfaces." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The cabin is as sumptuous as ever, with high-quality materials everywhere you look and touch along with generous fillets of wood trim and metallic accents." -- Edmunds
  • "For some, there might be too much technology crammed into the GX 460. The dashboard, center stack and steering wheel are an absolute riot of buttons, with knobs and sliding panels that hide more buttons and knobs." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "The metal-look control knobs are satisfying to see and operate." -- Automobile Magazine


Reviewers are impressed with the GX's ability to seat seven passengers in three rows. However, while the first-row seats are the ultimate in comfort, some say the second row lacks padding. The Third row is best for kids.

  • "The GX 460's cabin faces the challenging mission of accommodating seven passengers in three rows while making one and all feel like lotto winners. The effort is a success in the first row where the instrument panel glows with polished wood, elegantly simulated metal, and enough electronic gadgets to overwhelm a Best Buy clerk. Other occupants suffer with insufficient padding to support them comfortably on a long trip.” -- Automobile Magazine
  • “Five adults will fit inside without rubbing too many shoulders. The flat-bottom second-row seats aren't that comfortable given the price range, but room for toes, knees and heads is more than adequate and at least the second-row seat folds flat for useful cargo loading." -- Edmunds
  • "But while the rear seats are great at folding, they're rather thinly padded and flat. The front passengers ride on thrones, while everyone in back gets bleacher seating with modest legroom." -- Popular Mechanics

Interior Features

The 2011 Lexus GX comes fully loaded with standard features and luxurious touches. The base model is well equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a nine-speaker Premium Sound System, XM Satellite Radio, a USB port and Bluetooth capability. A rearview camera is also standard.

The Premium model adds three-zone automatic climate control, power-folding outside mirrors, a perforated leather-trimmed interior, heated steering wheel and heated middle-row outboard seats.

Available features include a hard-drive based navigation system and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. For the most part, reviewers say the GX 460’s interior features work fine. A few complain about confusing controls.

  • "The instrument cluster is a delightful array of three liquid-crystal displays and four glowing needle and digit gauges. Scrolling through the menu allows displaying such useful info as which way the front wheels are pointing." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "As with any Lexus, the cabin is a hush-hush environment and fit and finish are first rate, save for the faux metal trim on the dash, which is sculpted to look like it was milled from a billet slab yet appears a bit chintzy." -- Car and Driver
  • "With its muted use of wood trim, brilliantly illuminated instrument cluster, ‘machined steel bar’ plastic trim and elegant upholstery, the GX 460's cockpit certainly has its charms and delights. But there's got to be a better way of packaging all the controls. And shedding some of the more esoteric features would tone things down." -- Popular Mechanics


The GX provides a maximum 91.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third rows folded down. But if you’re using the second and third rows for people, the GX’s cargo space is extremely limited, with only 11.6 cubic feet of space. The versatile seats are a plus, however. The second row reclines, slides and folds down. Even better is the power fold-flat third row, which folds down at the touch of a button.

While reviewers acknowledge that the cargo space in the GX 460 is generous, they complain about the cargo door. Instead of opening upwards, it swings open from the driver’s side. Reviewers say this complicates loading and unloading. To make up for it, the GX’s rear glass opens separately from the door, so owners can drop a few items in the rear quickly.

  • "Another concern is access to the cargo hold. The GX's cousin-Toyota's 4Runner-has a simple roof-hinged hatch with a roll-down rear glass. But here the door swings open on a right-side hinge, which exposes users to traffic. In addition, attaching a trailer severely restricts the door's opening angle." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The GX's cargo door still opens with the handle on the left side, opening to the right; the problem with this style of door is that when the vehicle is parked by a curb and someone is unloading gear, they have to walk all the way around the open door (and closer to traffic). If it opened right to left instead, anyone who got something out of the cargo area would be better shielded from other vehicles on the road." -- Truck Trend

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