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7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
Safety: N/A
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2014 Lexus GX Review

The 2014 Lexus GX – also known as the GX 460 – is better for adventurers than it is for commuters. It is more rugged than your average luxury SUV, providing better off-road capability and less upscale cabin materials than rivals. 

Pros & Cons

  • Capable off road
  • Smooth ride on uneven surfaces
  • Uncomfortable second row
  • Cumbersome side-hinged cargo door
  • Low fuel economy for the class

2014 Lexus GX Overview

Is the 2014 Lexus GX a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 Lexus GX isn’t your typical luxury midsize SUV. It’s not as refined as rivals when it comes to cornering composure, ride comfort, and interior materials. Its uncomfortable second row and complicated cargo door also make it less practical for families. However, the GX is quite capable for off-roading. 

A 301-horsepower V8 engine gives the Lexus GX 460 decent power, but it could use more oomph on the highway. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, but it can hesitate to downshift when you need more power. Fuel economy is low for a luxury midsize SUV, at 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. On smooth roads, the GX 460 has a comfortable ride, though it’s not as supple or composed as other Lexus vehicles. It also has a significant amount of body lean. The Lexus GX is more capable off road than most competitors. It easily tackles dirt and rock trails with its standard four-wheel drive and electronic locking center differential.

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The Lexus GX 460's cabin material quality is mostly appropriate for a luxury SUV. Still, some interior trims and finishes fall short of expectations, and a few competitors have nicer quality. The GX seats seven. Its front row offers comfort, space, and a commanding view of the road. The second row, however, needs more seat cushioning. Cargo space measures 64.7 cubic feet, which is on the small side for the class. The side-hinged liftgate isn’t as easy to use as the more common top-hinged SUV cargo doors found in competitors.

The 2014 GX comes standard with a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, two USB ports, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. Audio and climate controls are nicely organized on the center stack.

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Used 2014 Lexus GX Prices

Used 2014 Lexus GX 460 models start at close to $32,400 and climb to just over $56,000. Exact prices depend on the location, mileage, and condition of each vehicle. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Lexus GX?

The Lexus GX 460 has a great reliability score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, so it should require less maintenance and repairs than most other cars on the road.

How Safe Is the GX?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash tested the 2014 Lexus GX.

A rearview camera is standard. There are a number of available active safety features: park assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and pre-collision braking.

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Should I Consider Another Used GX?

The 2014 model is part of the GX's second generation, which launched in 2010 and includes the 2017 model year. It received refreshed exterior styling and an upgraded multimedia system in both 2013 and 2014. Before you consider another model, check out our photo gallery to ensure you like the previous look.

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Which Used Lexus GX Is Right for Me?

There are three Lexus GX trims: 460 (base), Premium, and Luxury. The GX 460 comes with Bluetooth and dual USB ports. The GX Premium model adds mahogany wood trim, heated and ventilated front seats, tri-zone auto climate control, leather upholstery, and an easy-to-use navigation system. The GX 460 Luxury lives up to its name: it adds perforated leather seats with a diamond-cut design, a power-folding third row, and adaptive and rear air suspension systems to enhance ride comfort. You also get a premium Mark Levinson stereo and a rear-seat entertainment center.

Check your local Lexus dealer for certified pre-owned GX models. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 33 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Our used car reviews and rankings are based on a number of data sets, including reliability ratings, crash test scores, and total ownership costs. We gathered and analyzed 33 pieces of data on the Lexus GX 460 to help you determine if it's the model for you.

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2014 Lexus GX and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Lexus GX or 2014 Lexus LX?

The Lexus LX and GX both have good off-road capability. They look alike, but there are small differences between the two. The LX is a more expensive luxury large SUV, while the GX is a lower-priced luxury midsize SUV. Naturally, seating capacity is different – the GX seats seven and the LX seats eight. The LX also has a more upscale interior, a stronger engine, and extra space for those who need it. It does have a higher starting price than the GX, but it’s worth it if you can afford it.

Which Is Better: 2014 Lexus GX or 2014 Audi Q7?

If you want a lot more luxury in your SUV, the Audi Q7 delivers where the Lexus GX falls off. Inside, the Q7 is made with first-rate materials, and its first- and second-row seats provide all-day comfort. The Q7 also comes with a few standard features that the GX doesn’t, including rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. The Q7 costs several thousand dollars less than the GX. Still, both SUVs will disappoint those looking for an engaging driving experience.

Which Is Better: 2014 Lexus GX or 2014 Lexus RX?

The RX 350 is smaller than the GX; it only offers five seats. As a smaller vehicle, the RX is easier to maneuver. Its soft suspension absorbs road imperfections, making it a comfortable daily driver. It also has more luxurious cabin materials and a perfect reliability rating. The RX costs less than the GX, and it won our 2014 Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money and 2014 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for Families awards. Unless you need the extra space of the GX, go with the RX.

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