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2016 Lexus GX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Lexus GX was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.0

The 2016 Lexus GX 460's cabin has good build quality, according to some reviewers, but several note its materials don't feel as premium as those in competitors. Test drivers say the first- and second-row seats offer plenty of room, though the third row is best left to children. Most auto writers say the infotainment system is easy to operate, and the center stack controls are clearly marked and intuitively arranged. The GX has less cargo room than most competitors, and most critics report its side-hinged cargo door makes it difficult to load when parked curbside.

  • "The GX's interior frankly lacks the top-quality materials we've come to expect from Lexus over the years. In particular, the dashboard doesn't look or feel like it belongs in a vehicle that costs more than $50,000. Still, everything seems screwed together reasonably well." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • Inside, the GX 460 delivers what one would expect of a Lexus - fine leather upholstery, wood trim and elegant lines, albeit integrated into a more upright, truck-like design than most of the luxury brand's other models." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "It's hard to find fault with the quality of the soft leather and genuine wood trim that are standard in the top-of-the-line Luxury model, but the switch from leather to leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery in the base model could be seen as being somewhat low-rent for a vehicle in this price range." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Save for the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class, materials quality is on par with other midsize luxury SUVs." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

Seating

The 2016 Lexus GX seats seven people in three rows and comes standard with leatherette upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats and a power-telescoping steering wheel. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats and a heated steering wheel are optional. Reviewers say the front seats are comfortable and roomy and that it is easy to find a good driving position. A few critics report that the second-row seats are less comfortable but still offer plenty of space. Only children can comfortably sit in the third row, testers agree.

  • Front-seat comfort is terrific, the second row is adequate for adults and the third best for children." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Front seats are plenty comfortable, but the hard and flat second-row bench is noticeably less so. The third-row seats are suitable for children only." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Speaking of the third row, I was able to fit into the rearmost seats, but I doubt I'd want to spend too much time back there. There is plenty of room for the front and middle-row occupants, though." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "After negotiating the high step-in, occupants will find plenty of space and a commanding seating position. GX 460's standard power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel and power-adjustable seats should allow any size driver to find a comfortable set up." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Lexus GX include a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker audio system, two USB ports, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, a rearview camera and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. Optional features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, a wide-view front and side camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, an upgraded infotainment system with navigation and Lexus Enform Remote, which lets you remotely control some vehicle functions with your smartphone.

The infotainment system is easy to use, according to critics, though some say the screen can be hard to see in bright sunlight. Most reviewers report that while the GX 460's dashboard has lots of buttons, they're intuitively arranged and well-labeled. A few auto writers note that Lexus hasn't incorporated some of its newest tech features into the GX, like the Remote Touch controller or customizable gauges, which makes the cabin feel dated.

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  • "Lexus' latest infotainment system comes with a user-friendly touch screen and auxiliary hard-button controls." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "[W]hile the GX 460's central control panel has a lot of buttons, they're clearly marked in large white type, so there are no ergonomic snafus to report." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "As aged as the GX's powertrain feels, its cabin doesn't do much to modernize the SUV either. Being an older platform, Lexus has left out modern technology like its Remote Touch Control and its configurable gauge cluster." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • 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 (2013)

Cargo

With the second- and third-row seats folded, the 2016 GX 460 has 64.7 cubic feet of cargo room, which is below average for a luxury midsize SUV. According to reviewers, it's difficult to load the GX when parked along a curb because the cargo door swings to the side rather than overhead like most liftgates. Power-folding third-row seats are available.

  • "[The cargo space] … is a bit underwhelming given the GX's bulk. Accessing that space can be complicated in curbside loading situations by the swing-out rear door that's hinged on the passenger side. However, the gate includes a convenient, lift-up rear glass window that makes it easier to carry long items like surfboards or lumber." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "In place of a versatile rear liftgate, 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 (2013)
  • "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 (2013)

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