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7.7

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
Safety: N/A
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2015 Lexus GX Review

Aside from its excellent off-road capabilities, user-friendly cabin technology, and strong reliability rating, the 2015 Lexus GX is less well-rounded than its luxury midsize rivals.  

Pros & Cons

  • Strong off-road capability
  • Straightforward interior technology
  • Lackluster cabin materials
  • Awkward side-hinged cargo door
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Lacking engine power at high speeds

2015 Lexus GX Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus GX a Good Used SUV?

For daily driving, the 2015 Lexus GX 460 isn't a particularly good choice. Its engine produces sluggish highway acceleration and uses lots of fuel. Its tall, boxy shape mean it’s harder to handle than its luxury midsize rivals. Additionally, the cabin is less luxurious than those of competitors, and there isn't much cargo space for the class. However, if you need a reliable vehicle for off-road adventures, the GX's standard four-wheel drive and other all-terrain features make it a great option.

Used 2015 Lexus GX Performance and Interior

Powering the four-wheel-drive 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 EPA estimates that the 2015 GX 460 earns 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Those are below-average estimates, even for a pump-thirsty class. The GX has composed handling for a 3-row SUV, though some competitors are more agile. The GX is at its best on unpaved roads, however, thanks to its excellent off-road abilities, electric locking center differential, and two-speed transfer case.

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Inside, the Lexus GX features solid construction. Its cabin materials, on the other hand, aren’t as upscale as those found in rivals. This SUV can hold seven people across three rows, and the seats in the first two rows are comfortable and roomy. However, the third row is cramped for anyone but children – a common complaint in this class. With a maximum of 64.7 cubic feet, the Lexus GX offers little cargo space compared to its rivals. Additionally, accessing that space is made difficult by the side-hinged rear door.

The 2015 Lexus GX 460 comes equipped with Bluetooth, two USB ports, Siri Eyes Free for iPhone, and an 8-inch touch-screen display. Available features include a Mark Levinson audio system, navigation, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, and a number of advanced safety features. The GX 460's navigation and infotainment systems are both user-friendly.

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Used 2015 Lexus GX Prices

The price of a used 2015 Lexus GX 460 ranges from about $41,800 for the base model to around $48,800 for the GX 460 Luxury trim. Prices vary depending on the SUV's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus GX?

The 2015 Lexus GX has an excellent projected reliability score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, placing it among the best vehicles in the class – and on the market as a whole.

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How Safe Is the GX?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have provided crash test scores for the 2015 GX. Standard active safety equipment includes a rearview camera. Some used models may come with lane departure warning, parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, or blind spot monitoring.

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Should I Consider Another Used GX?

The 2015 GX is included in the SUV's second generation, which began production with the 2010 model and includes the 2017 model year. If you’re looking to save a bit of money and purchase an earlier model year, remember that the GX went through an exterior refresh in 2014. The 2015 model has the standard Siri Eyes Free system, but the two models don’t differ much otherwise.

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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's standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, 10-way power front seats, a reclining and sliding second row, a proximity key with push-button start, a power moonroof, satellite radio, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, an 8-inch touch screen, and dual USB ports.

The GX Premium model adds mahogany wood trim, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, three-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, and navigation. The GX 460 Luxury trim includes perforated leather upholstery, a power-folding third row, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive and rear air suspension systems to enhance ride comfort. The GX Luxury trim is also available with a Mark Levinson premium surround sound stereo, a rear-seat entertainment system, and power-folding outside mirrors.

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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2015 Lexus GX and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus GX or 2015 Lexus LX?

The Lexus LX 570 is a luxury large SUV that shares many of the GX 460’s traits: poor fuel economy, cramped third-row seats, an excellent reliability score, and strong off-roading capability. However, the LX has premium cabin materials and provides a lot more luxury than the GX. Additionally, the LX has more than 18 cubic feet of extra cargo space and a highway-ready V8 engine. 

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

The Toyota 4Runner is an affordable midsize SUV that offers little more than its strong off-road performance. The 4Runner can only seat five in two rows, and its interior features poor-quality materials and a complicated infotainment system. Additionally, its transmission is outdated, its handling is clunky, and it gets a lower predicted reliability rating. Unless you want an inexpensive off-road vehicle, the GX is the better buy.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus GX or 2015 Acura MDX?

If you spend most of your time on the pavement, go with the Acura MDX. Its V6 engine provides brisk acceleration while consuming less fuel than most of its rivals, and it has spry handling. We also named the MDX our 2015 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money.  Additionally, the MDX offers more than 2 cubic feet of additional cargo room over the GX.

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