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2018 Lexus GX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Lexus GX was new.


Interior: 7.2

Inside, the 2018 Lexus GX features top-notch build quality and an appealing array of premium materials. Its trucklike personality appears throughout, as evidenced by its chunky cockpit styling and side swinging tailgate. Passenger comfort and cargo space are decent, but many rivals surpass the GX in both areas.

  • 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. On the upper trim levels, many interior surfaces are covered in authentic wood trim or soft leather, making for an upscale environment. On the base trim, items such as imitation-leather upholstery (a nice way of saying vinyl) detract a bit from the experience, especially for a vehicle in this price range." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • The interior frankly lacks the top-quality materials that have become a Lexus hallmark 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 well put together, and the electroluminescent gauges serve as a reminder that this is more than just a fancy Toyota." -- Autotrader (2017)


The GX comes standard with NuLuxe upholstery (Lexus' synthetic leather), 10-way power-adjustable front seats, a second-row bench seat with a 40/20/40 split, and a third-row bench seat with a 50/50 split. Second-row captain's chairs are available (reducing passenger capacity to six). Other seating options include perforated leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a power-folding third row.

For child safety seats, the second row has two sets of lower anchors on the outboard seats. The hardware is mostly easy to use, though it's recessed a bit deep in the seat cushions. The three sets of tether anchors in the second row are uncomplicated.

The most relaxing seats in the GX are up front. There's enough space for adults to ride in the back seat, and while you can slide and recline these seats, it isn't very comfortable for a full day of driving. Legroom is stingy in the third row, even for a vehicle this size.

  • Plenty of leg- and headroom up front. Middle-row headroom is generous, and legroom is fine if the driver is shorter than 6-foot-3, but the rear doors crowd your elbows. The third row is tight, but it's larger than expected. The back is best for kids and short trips only." -- Edmunds
  • Front-seat comfort is terrific, the second row is adequate for adults and the third best for children." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The standard third-row seat is mounted low, so longer-legged passengers will likely have their knees in their faces. The second row isn't particularly supportive or comfortable, either. For anyone planning to use more than two rows on a regular basis, purpose-built people carriers such as minivans or the Ford Flex with EcoBoost could be a better choice." -- Autotrader (2017)

Interior Features

The standard infotainment system in the 2018 GX 460 is composed of an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, a 120-volt power outlet, Siri Eyes Free, a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and HD Radio. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, and a rearview camera also come in the base trim.

Optional features include tri-zone climate control, navigation, smartphone integration via the Enform App Suite, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system, and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system. Forward collision warning, automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, a driver attention monitor, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, and a wide-view front and side camera system are also available.

An abundance of redundant controls accompany the relatively straightforward infotainment system, and though the center stack is a bit overcrowded, the buttons are clearly labeled. As a whole, the system feels dated.

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  • The sound system is strong, with numerous audio sources to choose from. But the GX feels like a time capsule, with clunky voice controls, dated graphics, and no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto support. Desirable active safety aids are only offered on the highest grade in an option package." -- Edmunds
  • While the central control panel has many buttons, they're clearly marked in large white type, so there are no ergonomic missteps." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "Instrumentation is easy to see and controls easy to reach but there are lots of them; the instrument panel's center stack contains the sound and climate systems and in the center console are controls for the 4-wheel-drive system. It's all finished impeccably." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)


The GX 640 has less cargo room than most vehicles this size. With every seat folded, it has a maximum capacity of 64.7 cubic feet. The cargo hold is also quite diminutive when the third row seat is in place. The tailgate opens to the side, blocking access from the curb. However, it also features a flip-up window, which means you can load small cargo without opening the tailgate itself.

  • The tall roof and fold-flat seats make a decent-sized cargo hold whether the middle row is up or down. But there's minimal space behind the third row, and the way it all folds into the floor makes for a high load deck. The side-hinged rear door is hinged on the wrong side, blocking curbside access." -- Edmunds
  • The unusual tailgate is hinged on the passenger side, so it opens toward the curb on American roads. Not the most convenient design for curbside loading, but it does have a flip-up window." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • Some may like, some may dislike the rear door; it's a side-opening arrangement, hinged on the right, which can make loading from curbside awkward and is inconvenient when carrying long stuff home from the lumberyard. On the other hand, for loading luggage or groceries you don't have to lean in over a swing-down tailgate." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017) 

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