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2017 Lexus GX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Lexus GX was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.1

Most critics think that the 2017 Lexus GX has subpar interior materials and doesn’t match up to most of its rivals. However, some reviewers call the cabin upscale with the expected Lexus luxury details. Passenger room is mostly good, but the third row is very small. The front seats are comfortable, and the second row is roomy but not very comfortable. Cargo space is slightly below average for the class. A standard infotainment system functions well, and physical knobs and buttons are marked well and laid out intuitively.

  • Although it isn't a bad place to be, the interior of a 2017 Lexus GX 460 is certainly less impressive than some of its competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "The GX's interior frankly lacks the top-quality materials we've come to expect from Lexus over the years." -- Autotrader (2015)

Seating

The 2017 GX seats seven on three rows of leatherette upholstery. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and 10-way power front seats are also standard. Optional seating upgrades include leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, second-row captain's chairs, a wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, and a power-folding third row.

The GX’s front seats provide enough comfort for most trips, but the second-row seats are rigid and hard. The optional captain's chairs improve second-row comfort somewhat. Passenger room is ample in the front two rows, but the third row’s space is only suitable for children.

The outer seats in the second row have complete LATCH setups, while the middle seat has only a top tether anchor. All the tether anchors are easy to find and easily distinguishable. The lower anchors are too deep in the seat, but it’s easy to maneuver around the hooks to attach the straps.

  • Front seats are plenty comfortable, but the hard and flat second-row bench is noticeably less so. Opting for this year's available second-row captain's chairs should help a little. The dinky third-row seats are suitable for small children only." -- Edmunds
  • The 2016 Lexus GX 460 has 3-row, 7-passenger seating; a 40/20/40-split 2nd-row bench seat and flat-folding 3rd-row seat offer numerous configurations for people and cargo. Front-seat comfort is terrific, the second row is adequate for adults and the third best for children." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The GX 460 provides seating for seven passengers across three rows of seats, although the rearmost row is most suitable [for] children." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 GX are a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, voice command activation, proximity key access, push-button start, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. Optional features include tri-zone climate control, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, smartphone app connectivity, navigation, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic braking, and a wide-view front and side camera system.

The standard infotainment system is easy to use, though it looks out of date compared to systems in other cars in the class. Basic functions are controlled by a plethora of physical buttons and knobs that surround the screen and are clearly labeled and easy to reach.

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  • “There's a traditional and somewhat dated vibe that comes through when you spot the array of large, square buttons that flank the center screen. This old-school feeling doesn't detract entirely from the GX's comfortable and luxurious cabin, though." -- Edmunds
  • … 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, and Lexus' trademark electroluminescent gauges serve as a reminder that this is more than just a Toyota. Also, while 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)
  • "Lexus' latest infotainment system comes with a user-friendly touch screen and auxiliary hard-button controls." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Cargo

The 2017 GX offers a maximum of 64.7 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats folded, which is just below average for the class. The rear door swings open sideways, making it awkward to operate when loading cargo. Transporting long items is possible with a rear window that swings open upward.

  • Folding the second- and third-row seats down creates a cargo hold with 64.7 cubic feet of space, which is a bit underwhelming given the GX's bulk. For comparison, the Land Rover LR4 has 90 cubic feet of space with the seats folded. And in the GX, accessing the rear cargo space is complicated by the fact that the tailgate is hinged on the passenger side, so you open it sideways instead of up and down, which makes it difficult to load the GX from the curb. However, the tailgate does have a convenient lift-up rear glass window that makes it easier to carry long items such as surfboards or lumber." -- Edmunds
  • "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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