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2015 Lexus GX Review

The 2015 Lexus GX has a good reliability rating and formidable off-road capability, but a wheezy engine and a low-rent interior sink this SUV to the bottom end of the competitive luxury midsize SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Above-average reliability rating
  • Great off-road capability
  • Underpowered engine
  • Poor fuel economy
  • So-so interior quality
  • Cramped third row




Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 5.6
Interior: 5.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Lexus GX Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus GX a Good Used SUV?

The three-row 2015 Lexus GX is not a great luxury midsize SUV, especially compared to the rest of the class. It struggles to get up to highway speeds despite having a V8 engine under the hood, and its everyday handling is nothing to write home about. Interior quality doesn’t make the grade for a luxury SUV, and most rivals offer more passenger and cargo space. There are a few positives, however. Like most Lexus vehicles, the GX boasts a solid reliability rating and admirable off-road abilities.

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How Much Is the 2015 Lexus GX?

Based on about 400 listings for the 2018 Lexus GX on our site, the average list price is around $38,200. Prices range from about $33,000 to $44,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Lexus GX Cost to Own?

The 2018 GX's five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $33,300, or around $6,660 per year. That’s a little above average for a luxury midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New GX?

Both the 2015 and the 2019 Lexus GX models belong to the same generation. There are few differences between model years that would warrant buying the newer model, especially considering the money you will likely save. The 2019 GX starts at $52,000 and climbs north of $70,000, while the 2015 model has an average price just over $38,000. Available captain's chairs and smartphone integration are the most notable items you may find in the 2019 that you won’t in the 2015.

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There are no new luxury midsize SUVs that are close in price to a used 2015 GX. If you can stretch your budget to about $40,000, however, you can buy a 2019 Lincoln Nautilus. Starting at 40,340, the Nautilus is an all-new SUV that replaces the 2018 Lincoln MKX. It has a high-end interior that should satisfy luxury vehicle shoppers. You'll also get modern features that Lexus doesn't offer, such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The main downside to the Nautilus is that it only seats five – two less than the GX. If you can live without the extra seats, the Lincoln is worth a look.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus GX Is Best?

The 2015 Lexus GX is part of a generation that began with the 2010 model year. Changes for 2015 include standard Siri Eyes Free smartphone control, and the Enform infotainment system gained a couple of extra apps. Before buying, however, have a look at the 2017 GX. It has available captain's chairs in the second row, as well as available smartphone integration.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus GX?

The 2015 Lexus GX has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Lexus GX Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one recall for the 2015 Lexus GX that addresses the passenger front airbag, which may explode and potentially cause serious injury.

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Which Used Lexus GX Model Is Right for Me?

There are three Lexus GX trims: 460 (base), Premium, and Luxury. All models have a V8 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive.

The GX 460's standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, a moonroof, a 120-volt household-style power outlet, a nine-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start.

The Premium model adds genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, front and rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The GX Luxury gains a power-folding third row, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive and rear air suspension systems to enhance ride comfort. The Luxury trim is also available with a 17-speaker, Mark Levinson premium surround-sound stereo, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a package of driver assistance features.

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What Does Lexus' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lexus offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to six years or unlimited mileage. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus CPO vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles. Every CPO Lexus must pass a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like loaner cars, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Lexus has the best CPO program in the industry.

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How Safe Is the GX?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2015 GX.

A rearview camera comes standard in the 2015 GX. Automatic high beams, lane departure warning, driver attention monitoring, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a pre-collision system, a surround-view parking camera, and front and rear parking sensors are available.

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2015 Lexus GX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus GX or 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class only has seating for five, and it can't match the GX's reliability rating. However, the Benz is the better vehicle in nearly every other way. It has one of the nicest interiors in the luxury midsize SUV class, with a premium look and feel. While the GX is only available with a weak V8 engine, the M-Class has a lineup of powertrains that range from capable to downright hellacious. The average price for the M-Class is several thousand dollars lower than that of the GX, though projected annual costs for fuel, maintenance, repairs, and insurance run a bit higher. Still, the Benz is the better value.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus GX or 2015 Toyota 4Runner?

The 2015 Toyota 4Runner is an affordable midsize SUV that offers little more than strong off-road performance. The 4Runner can only seat five in two rows, and its interior is plagued with poor-quality materials and a complicated infotainment system. Additionally, it has an outdated transmission, clunky handling, and a lower predicted reliability rating than the GX. Unless price is your top concern, the GX is the better buy.

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2015 GX Performance

How Does the 2015 Lexus GX Drive?

Powering the 2015 Lexus GX 460 is a 301-horsepower V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. When getting up to highway speeds, the GX feels sluggish, but there's good power for cruising around town. The transmission can occasionally be slow to downshift.

The GX has composed handling for a three-row SUV, though some competitors are more agile. The GX is at its best on unpaved roads, though, thanks to its standard four-wheel-drive system, sturdy body-on-frame construction, and off-road goodies like an electric locking center differential and a two-speed transfer case. This Lexus can handle rocky trails and is more capable when the road ends than most other luxury SUVs in its class. 

Does the 2015 Lexus GX Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 GX gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Those figures are low for a luxury midsize SUV.

2015 Lexus GX Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Lexus GX can tow up to 6,500 pounds.

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2015 GX Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 GX Seat?

This SUV can hold seven people across three rows, and the seats in the first two rows are comfortable and roomy. However, third-row seating is cramped for anyone but children – a common complaint in this class.

Synthetic leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Available features include genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row outboard seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Lexus GX?

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the GX's second-row outboard seats and an upper tether on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The only hiccup you may find is that the lower anchors are too deep in the seat cushions.

2015 Lexus GX Features

The 2015 GX comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and two USB ports. A moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 120-volt household-style power outlet, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start are also standard.

Available features include tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium surround-sound stereo, and a rear-seat entertainment system. The GX 460's navigation and infotainment systems are both user-friendly.

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2015 Lexus GX Dimensions

Lexus GX Cargo Space

There is has a maximum cargo volume of 64.7 cubic feet, which is a little below average for the luxury midsize SUV class.

2015 GX Length and Weight

The Lexus GX is 16 feet long. It has a curb weight of 5,128 or 5,179 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 6,600 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Lexus GX Built?

Lexus built the 2015 GX in Japan.

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