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2017 Lexus GX Review

The 2017 Lexus GX sits at the back of the luxury midsize SUV class. Its V8 engine is sluggish, and the second row seats are firm and uncomfortable. It does, however, earn an above-average predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-road abilities
  • Intuitive technology features
  • Low fuel economy estimates
  • Timid acceleration
  • Unremarkable cabin materials




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Lexus GX Overview

Is the 2017 Lexus GX a Good Used SUV?

At best, the three-row 2017 Lexus GX 460 is an unexceptional luxury midsize SUV. Its interior design and cabin materials barely make the grade for a Lexus – or a luxury SUV for that matter – and its fuel economy is below average for the class. Still, it handles off-roading much better than most competitors, and it has an easy-to-use infotainment system. However, there are so many luxury midsize SUVs, and most of them are better.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 38 professional evaluations for this 2017 Lexus GX review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Lexus GX?

Our site has more than 180 listings for the 2017 GX, with prices ranging from about $46,000 to roughly $55,000. The average price is about $49,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Lexus GX Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Lexus GX are estimated to be about $33,108. That’s below average for a luxury midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New GX?

A 2018 Lexus GX has a starting price of $52,155, which is about $2,460 more than the average price of a used 2017 GX. There are no significant upgrades for the 2018 model, so choosing the average-priced GX will get you a better-equipped vehicle for less.

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Rather than purchasing a 2018 GX, however, consider two other new luxury midsize SUVs that cost about as much as the average 2017 GX. The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is a 2-row SUV that earned our 2018 Best Car for the Money award. Its starting price is about $6.200 lower than that of the 2017 GX. The three-row 2018 Acura MDX starts at $44,200 and earned our 2018 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money for its combination of quality and value.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus GX Is Best?

Little has changed since the Lexus GX was refreshed inside and out for the 2013 model year. The 2014 GX received an updated multimedia system, while the 2015 GX made Siri EyesFree a standard feature. For the 2016 GX, the Enform smartphone app became available. Second-row captain chairs became available for 2017 models. The sweet spot is the 2015 model, which will save you money without sacrificing much regarding available features.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Lexus GX?

The 2017 Lexus GX has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Lexus GX Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Lexus GX has one recall, which concerns a passenger-side airbag that may not inflate. Make sure this recall is resolved before purchasing the GX.

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Which Used Lexus GX Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Lexus GX is available in three trim levels: GX 460, GX 460 Premium, and GX 460 Luxury. The base model is well equipped and will satisfy most buyers. It comes standard with leatherette upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, voice command activation, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.

The Premium trim adds leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, and navigation. The Luxury trim includes a power-folding third row, a wood- and leather-trimmed heated steering wheel, a premium leather-trimmed interior, and an adjustable suspension.

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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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2017 Lexus GX. A rearview camera comes standard. Available features include a surround-view parking camera, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic braking.

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2017 Lexus GX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus GX or 2017 Acura MDX?

The 2017 Acura MDX ranks in the middle of the luxury midsize SUV class, but that’s more than enough to outclass the low-ranking 2017 GX. The MDX strikes the right balance between a comfortable ride and sporty handling. The GX can easily go off-road, though, while the MDX is no more capable than most other all-wheel-drive SUVs. Like the GX, the MDX has standard seating for seven, but the MDX has more cargo space than the GX. Overall, the Acura is a better SUV than the Lexus.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus GX or 2017 BMW X5?

The 2017 BMW X5 ranks in the top-third of luxury midsize SUVs. It has excellent performance for the class, with a lineup of several powerful engines and athletic handling that might make you feel like you’re in a much smaller vehicle. Compare that with the 2017 GX’s engine that is frequently overwhelmed and its body that leans through curves. The X5’s interior fit and finish is also much better than what you’ll find in the GX. The Lexus has standard seating for seven, but a third row is available on some X5 models. For most shoppers, the BMW is the clear winner.

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2017 GX Performance

How Does the 2017 Lexus GX Drive?

The 2017 GX tackles off-road challenges confidently with standard four-wheel drive and a limited-slip differential that maintains great traction on most surfaces. However, the on-road driving experience is lackluster. The GX is a body-on-frame vehicle (it’s built on a truck platform). Consequently, it’s unstable on twisty roads and displays notable body roll.

Under the hood of the 2017 Lexus GX is a 301-horsepower V8 engine that might sound powerful, but feels sluggish and underpowered in many driving situations due to the SUV’s heavy weight. The GX has adequate acceleration from a stop, but you’ll notice a lack of power if you’re trying to come up to full speed or pass other cars on the highway. The standard sequential-shift, six-speed transmission lets you do the shifting, or you can leave it in automatic mode.

Does the 2017 Lexus GX Get Good Gas Mileage?

According to EPA estimates, the 2017 Lexus GX returns 15 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. Those values are on the lower end of the class.

2017 Lexus GX Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2017 GX has a towing capacity of 6,500 pounds.

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2017 GX Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 GX Seat?

The 2017 Lexus GX seats seven. That capacity drops to with the available captain’s chairs, which are available on some models. The front seats provide a satisfactory level of comfort even on long trips. However, the second-row seats are firm and uncomfortable, and the third row is too small for anyone but children.

Standard seating features include 10-way power-adjustable front seats; reclining, sliding middle-row seats with 40/20/40-split seatback; and fold-flat third-row seats. Heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row outboard seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lexus GX?

The 2017 GX has complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the second row’s outboard seats, with a middle-seat tether anchor. There are no anchors in the third row. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the GX’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. All of the top tether anchors are easy to locate. The lower anchors are hidden a little deep in the seat cushions, but there should be enough room for you to move around and attach the child seat to the anchors.

2017 Lexus GX Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, voice command activation, a 12-volt power outlet in the center instrument cluster, a 120-volt household-style power outlet in the rear cargo area, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. Navigation is available.

The GX’s standard infotainment system is easy to use. Physical buttons and knobs surround the touch screen and are clearly labeled to make it easy to adjust common functions, which is welcome news for anyone who has struggled with a frustrating technology interface. However, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are notable omissions of the GX’s features list.

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2017 Lexus GX Dimensions

Lexus GX Cargo Space

The 2017 GX offers 64.7 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats folded down, which is a little below the class average. One awkward feature is the GX’s cargo door. Instead of lifting it up like in most SUVs, it’s hinged on the side and swings open, which could make loading cargo awkward in certain situations. A positive is that the window of the rear door can open independently, which lets you carry longer items through the open window.

2017 GX Length and Weight

The 2017 GX is 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,130 to 5,198 pounds. The gross vehicle weight rating is 6,600 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Lexus GX Built?

Lexus manufactured the 2017 GX in Japan.

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