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2013 Lexus GX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Lexus GX was new.


Interior: 7.4

The 2013 Lexus GX’s cabin receives mixed reviews from critics. Most agree that assembly quality is top-notch, but one questions the appearance of fake metal trim in the cabin, and another says that the GX’s cabin doesn’t feel as luxurious as the cabins in other Lexus models.

  • "Along with the impeccable finish quality found inside any Lexus, the 2013 GX 460 offers comfy accommodations for up to seven and class-leading cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior of the GX 460 is upscale and assembled with precision, though the overall opulence factor isn't quite as high as we've come to expect from other Lexus products." -- Edmunds
  • "GX 460's interior is nicely assembled, and most materials are of the quality you'd expect in a luxury-brand vehicle. The one area we've had some debate is the faux-metal trim. Some of our testers like its appearance, while others think it looks like inexpensive painted plastic." -- Consumer Guide


The 2013 Lexus GX can seat up to seven people in three rows. Leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats are standard, as is a power-folding third-row seat. Heated outboard second row seats are available.

One reviewer says the GX’s cabin is a comfortable place for seven occupants. However, other reviewers mention that the middle-row seats, while spacious, are not all that comfortable due to low, flat seat cushions. One critic says the third row doesn’t offer much space and is not a comfortable place for adults to sit.

  • The 60/40-split-folding rear seats and power-folding third-row seats help add convenience for most everyday suburban affairs, though we've found the second-row seats are rather hard and flat, and hence not particularly comfortable." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2nd row has decent space for adults, but a low cushion means there's not much thigh support. The middle spot is no prize, since it has thinner padding due to the driveshaft hump on the floor. On the passenger side, the 2nd-row seat tips and slides to create better access to the 3rd-row seat. It's best suited to kids back there though, as the space is too skimpy for adults to be comfortable." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Along with the impeccable finish quality found inside any Lexus, the 2013 GX 460 offers comfy accommodations for up to seven and class-leading cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

The 2013 Lexus GX comes standard with a nine-speaker stereo, a six-disc CD changer, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a backup camera, a power sunroof and dual-zone climate control. Features available as options or included in the Premium trim include tri-zone climate control, navigation, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson stereo, a rear-seat entertainment system and a wide-view front and side monitor system.

One critic says the number of controls on the center stack gives a cluttered appearance, but most reviewers agree that the stereo and climate controls are easy to use and intuitively placed. Reviewers also like that the navigation system is easy to use.

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  • "Large, clearly lit instruments are easy to read, and nearly all the other controls are logically marked and handy to use. The navigation system isn't too hard to master, but sunshine can make it hard to see what's displayed on the screen." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The lengthy features list translates into a somewhat busy-looking control panel, but these controls are easy to use thanks to intuitive placement. The gauges are easily read, as is the optional navigation system." -- Edmunds
  • "The GX 460's available touch-screen navigation system, though lacking Lexus' latest technology, includes an intuitive interface along with SiriusXM traffic, weather, sports and stocks to satisfy your mobile-infotainment needs." -- Kelley Blue Book


The 2013 Lexus GX offers a maximum of 91.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity. This figure falls short of the cargo capacity of rivals like the Cadillac Escalade, which offers up to 108.9 cubic feet of space. Behind the second row of seats there is 46.7 cubic feet of cargo space, and behind the third row there is 11.6 cubic feet.

Reviewers gripe about the GX’s cargo door. Rather than a traditional top-hinged liftgate, the GX has a side-hinged door that swings to one side, which critics say complicates loading cargo into the back. One reviewer does note that the glass rear window is hinged at the top, which makes it a bit easier to load smaller cargo items into the back. Another critic says that storage space within the cabin itself is unimpressive.

  • "In place of a versatile rear lift gate, the GX continues to use an outmoded barn-door-style, side-hinged rear door that can complicate loading and unloading cargo at the curb or in tight garages." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Rather than having a typical lift gate, the GX 460 comes with a swinging rear cargo door hinged on the passenger side. The design complicates curbside loading, though a flip-up rear window allows for the stowing of smaller and lighter packages." -- Edmunds
  • "GX 460's swing-out rear cargo door is hinged on the passenger side, which isn't very handy when you've parallel parked next to a curb. Helping matters somewhat is the small hydraulic rod that holds it open at any angle. A top-hinged opening rear window helps a bit too. In-cabin storage is nothing special." -- Consumer Guide

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