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Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
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2016 Lexus GX Review

The 2016 Lexus GX finishes near the bottom of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. While this Lexus has some strong attributes – like great off-roading ability – it lags behind the rest of its class in most areas.

Pros & Cons

  • Great off-road ability
  • High reliability rating
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Low-rent cabin materials
  • Feels underpowered at highway speeds
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Less cargo utility than some rivals

2016 Lexus GX Overview

The Lexus GX isn't a great used SUV. While it's a class leader in off-road ability and has a high reliability rating, it lags behind many classmates when it comes to power, handling, fuel economy, and interior quality. In short, most class rivals are equal to or superior than the Lexus in several areas.

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How Much Is the 2016 Lexus GX?

Based on the more than 275 listings for this vehicle on our site, you can expect to pay between $40,000 and $53,500 for a used 2016 Lexus GX. The average list price for a GX on our site is around $46,000. What you pay will depend on the condition, mileage, features, and location of the used GX you select.

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How Much Does the 2016 Lexus GX Cost to Own?

The 2016 GX's five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are projected to be a little under $31,000. Five-year estimates for luxury midsize SUVs vary widely, but the GX’s are about average. Some class rivals have five-year costs that are significantly higher, while others are significantly lower.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New GX?

With an average price of around $46,000, a used 2016 Lexus GX will save you about $6,000 compared to the starting price of a 2018 GX. There aren't a lot of differences between the 2016 and 2018 models. They have the same engine, similar driving dynamics, and similar fuel economy estimates. Inside, the 2018 model feels more upscale and offers second-row captain's chairs. Otherwise, it’s similar to the 2016 in terms of space and features availability. There's just not enough of a difference to justify the 2018 model’s higher price.

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If you're looking for a new luxury midsize SUV that's a better deal than the 2016 GX, you should look at rivals like the Volvo XC90, Acura MDX, and Lexus RX 350. All three have starting prices of under $47,000. The MDX drives well and offers plenty of features, making it a good all-around SUV. The XC90 provides one of the most opulent and comfortable cabins in the class. The RX 350 finishes right near the top of the class rankings, and it has a lower starting price than almost every competitor.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Lexus GX?

The 2016 GX has a reliability score of four out of five, which is above average for the industry and equal to or better than the reliability ratings of almost every other luxury midsize SUV.

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2016 Lexus GX Recalls

There are currently no safety recalls on the 2016 Lexus GX.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus GX Is Best?

The 2016 GX is part of a generation that began with the 2010 model and includes the 2018 model. The 2015 model was the first to come standard with Siri Eyes Free, and the 2016 model introduced the Lexus Enform Remote infotainment controller. Otherwise, there are few differences between the 2014, 2015, and 2016 GXs.

All model years of the current GX generation have roughly the same overall score. Because they’re all similar in terms of quality, you shouldn’t limit your shopping to one model year. You can save a lot of money by going with an older GX.

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Which Used Lexus GX Model Is Right for Me?

The Lexus GX 460 comes in three trims: base, Premium, and Luxury. The base trim has dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a rearview camera, and Lexus' Enform infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. The Lexus GX Premium adds leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control, wood trim, park assist, navigation, and infotainment voice commands. The GX Luxury gets you a couple more standard active safety features, like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, as well as a standard power-folding third row and an adaptive suspension.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lexus GX Warranty

Lexus has one of the best CPO programs on the market. 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 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program. Infiniti offers about the same CPO coverage, but every other automaker’s program is inferior.

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How Safe Is the GX?

The 2016 Lexus GX was not crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A rearview camera comes standard in the GX. Available safety features include lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, wide-view front and side cameras, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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2016 Lexus GX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus GX or 2016 Lexus RX?

The RX 350 is another luxury midsize SUV from Lexus. There are two fewer seats in the RX, but its smaller dimensions make it easier to maneuver in tight spaces than the GX. It's also a better companion on paved roads because its soft suspension glides over rough patches. The Lexus RX has higher-quality cabin materials and a slightly higher reliability score than the GX as well. Unless you need the GX’s extra seating capacity or off-road prowess, the RX is the better SUV.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus GX or 2016 Acura MDX?

The seven-seat Acura MDX may not be able to tackle rugged terrain, but it's the better choice for everyday driving. Its V6 engine has plenty of power and delivers some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class. Additionally, the MDX is one of the more agile luxury midsize SUVs, and you can adjust its driving mode to fit your preferences. The MDX has more available safety and tech features than the GX, including pedestrian-sensing brakes and adaptive cruise control. The 2016 MDX also has outstanding safety scores.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus GX or 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

If you want a powerful off-roader that offers lots of luxury inside, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is your best bet – as long as you only need five seats. It can tackle a variety of surfaces, thanks to its standard full-time four-wheel drive, an adjustable air suspension, and Land Rover's Terrain Response system. It's just as impressive on paved roads, delivering a cushioned ride and minimal body lean. Additionally, the Range Rover Sport has a lineup of powerful engines, including a fuel-efficient turbodiesel V6.

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2016 GX Performance

How Does the 2016 Lexus GX Drive?

The 2016 GX comes with a 301-horsepower V8 engine. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine won't really impress anyone, and it sometimes feels underpowered on the highway.

The GX is one of the best off-road vehicles in the class, but that off-road prowess comes at the cost of on-road smoothness. This Lexus doesn't have as smooth a ride as class rivals, and other luxury SUVs handle better as well.

Does the 2016 Lexus GX Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Lexus GX gets 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Those are below-average ratings for the class.

2016 Lexus GX Towing Capacity

The Lexus GX can tow up to 6,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2016 GX Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 GX Seat?

The 2016 GX seats seven. The front-row seats are comfortable and inviting. The second-row seats aren't quite as spacious, but they're still adult-friendly. The third-row seats are too small for most adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Lexus GX?

The GX has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the GX's system an Acceptable rating (the second highest) for ease of use.

2016 Lexus GX Features

Standard features in the 2016 Lexus GX include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker audio system, two USB ports, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.

Available features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system, an upgraded infotainment system with navigation, and the Lexus Enform Remote infotainment controller.

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2016 Lexus GX Dimensions

Lexus GX Cargo Space

The 2016 GX has 64.7 cubic feet of cargo space with both the middle and rear rows folded. The tailgate swings open to the side instead of opening upward like most SUVs. Power-folding third-row seats are available.

2016 GX Length and Weight

The 2016 Lexus GX is about 16 feet long and has a curb weight of between 5,130 and 5,199 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Lexus GX Built?

The 2016 Lexus GX was built in Tahara, Japan.

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