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2019 Lexus GX Review

The 2019 Lexus GX finishes near the bottom of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. It's a great off-roader with a high predicted reliability rating, but it simply isn't as spacious, modern, or athletic as most competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-road capability
  • Terrific predicted reliability rating
  • Dated cabin design
  • Unimpressive acceleration and stiff ride
  • Subpar cargo capacity
  • Nightmarish gas mileage

7.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.4
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 6.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.2
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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2019 Lexus GX Overview

Is the 2019 Lexus GX a Good Used SUV?

Despite its rankings, the 2019 GX is a good used luxury midsize SUV. It gets decent power from its engine, provides cozy seating in its first two rows, and earns an outstanding predicted reliability rating.

Unfortunately, there are many areas where the GX could use improvement. Its acceleration lacks urgency, and it gets terrible fuel economy ratings. Its ride is so stiff that some people may find it uncomfortable. The GX's cabin looks outdated, and the tech features – while generally easy to use – feel like they're bordering on obsolescence.

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How Much is the 2019 Lexus GX?

Based on listings for the 2019 Lexus GX, the average list price is $43,437. Prices range from $52,505 to $63,905 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Lexus GX Cost to Own?

The 2019 GX’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $39,050, or $7,810 per year. That’s above average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Lexus GX: What's the Difference?

The 2017 GX, 2018 GX, and 2019 GX are all virtually identical since Lexus made no significant updates to the GX for the 2018 or 2019 model years.

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Here are the key changes for the Lexus GX over the last few years:

  • 2015: Siri Eyes Free added to standard features list
  • 2016: Lexus Enform Remote smartphone integration became available
  • 2017: second-row captain's chairs made available
  • 2018-19: no major changes

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 GX, 2017 GX, and 2018 GX reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Lexus GX?

The 2019 Lexus GX has a stellar predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five.

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2019 Lexus GX Recalls

There have been 1 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP Recall Date: 11/03/2020
  • Summary: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2018-2019 4Runner, 2019-2020 Avalon, 2019 Corolla Hatchback, 2017-2019 Highlander, 2018-2020 Camry, 2020 Corolla, 2018-2019 Land Cruiser, 2017-2020 Tacoma, 2019-2020 RAV4, 2019-2020 Sequoia, 2017-2020 Sienna, 2019-2020 Tundra, 2018-2020 Lexus ES350, 2017 Lexus GS200t, 2017-2019 Lexus GS350, 2019 Lexus GS300, 2018-2020 Lexus LC500h, 2019-2020 Lexus LS500, 2018-2019 Lexus GX460, 2017 Lexus IS200t, 2019 Lexus IS300, 2019 Lexus IS350, 2018-2020 Lexus LC500, 2018 Lexus LS500, 2019 Lexus LS500h, 2018-2019 Lexus LX570, 2017 Lexus RC200t, 2019 Lexus RC300, RC350, 2017 and 2019-2020 Lexus RX350, 2018-2020 RX350L, 2019 Lexus UX200, 2018-2019 Lexus NX300 vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 1525742
  • Consequence: If the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump assembly with an improved one, free of charge. Interim notices informing owners of the safety risk were mailed beginning November 23, 2020. Owners will receive a second notice when the remedy becomes available. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371 or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 20V-012. Toyota's number for this recall is 20TA02. Lexus' number for this recall is 20LA01.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 20TA02, 20LA01
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V682000

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Which Used Lexus GX Trim Is Right for Me?

The GX 460 is available in three trim levels: base, Premium, and Luxury. Each trim has a V8 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive, and third-row seating. The base trim is decently equipped, making it a good pick. Shoppers looking for more safety features or an auto-leveling air suspension for increased off-road capability need to move all the way up to the Luxury trim.

When new, Lexus offered a lot of options for the 2019 GX. You may be able to find Lexus GX models with features in addition to those listed here.

  • Lexus GX 460: The base Lexus GX 460 features an 8-inch touch screen, Amazon Alexa, Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio, satellite radio, a nine-speaker sound system, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and a rearview camera.
  • Lexus GX 460 Premium: The Lexus GX 460 Premium adds navigation, the Lexus Enform app suite, leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • Lexus GX 460 Luxury: The Lexus GX 460 Luxury gains an adaptive auto-leveling air suspension, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, semi-aniline leather upholstery, second-row captain’s chairs, fold-flat third-row seats, and a heated steering wheel with wood trim.

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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 2019 GX. This is common among luxury vehicles.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Wide-view front and side camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring

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2019 Lexus GX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Lexus GX 460 or 2019 Lexus RX 350?

The 2019 Lexus RX 350 sits at the opposite end of the GX in our luxury midsize SUV rankings because it's a much better vehicle. The RX 350 has an opulent cabin and a capable V6 engine, and it gets great gas mileage. The RX 350 provides a smoother ride and more standard safety features than the GX. The base RX is a two-row SUV that seats five, but a three-row RX L is available. The GX's only real advantage over the RX in this matchup is its off-road prowess.

Which Is Better: 2019 Lexus GX 460 or 2019 Acura MDX?

The 2019 Acura MDX stands above the GX in our rankings. Like the Lexus, the MDX has standard third-row seating, but it provides a smoother ride, more standard safety features, and a slightly larger cargo hold. Also, the MDX features standard leather upholstery and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, neither of which are available in the GX. Aside from off-road ability, the Lexus has no real advantages over the Acura.

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2019 GX Performance

How Does the 2019 Lexus GX Drive?

All GX models feature a V8 engine, but don't expect this Lexus to radiate power. Acceleration is merely adequate, and it can feel labored with a full complement of passengers or when towing heavy cargo. The six-speed automatic transmission hesitates to downshift at times, exacerbating the acceleration issue.

This Lexus rides stiffly, which some people may find uncomfortable. Handling is composed but hardly agile. However, the GX shines when you head off road, and features like crawl control and traction control help it tackle challenging terrain.

  • Engine: 301-horsepower 4.6-liter V8
  • Drivetrain: four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Lexus GX Get Good Gas Mileage?

If you're interested in horrible fuel economy ratings, then you'll love the GX. It gets 15 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway, which are the worst ratings in the luxury midsize class.

2019 Lexus GX Towing Capacity

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

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2019 GX Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 GX Seat?

The 2019 GX seats seven people in three rows. The cabin features plenty of premium materials, including wood trim and perforated leather, but it isn't as stylish or modern as rival interiors. The first two rows of seats are comfortable and provide ample head- and legroom for adults, but the third-row seats are best left for children (the same is true of many other three-row SUVs).

Standard seating features:

  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • Genuine leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Second-row captain's chairs
  • Heated second-row outboard seats
  • Power-folding third-row seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Lexus GX?

The 2019 GX has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the second-row outboard seats and an upper tether for the second-row middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The tether anchors are easy to find, but the lower anchors are set too deeply in the seats.

2019 Lexus GX Features

The infotainment system isn't as modern as those found in rivals. The touch screen's graphics look antiquated, and the GX doesn't offer smartphone connectivity features like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which are available in many rivals. However, the controls are straightforward and easy to find, so the system is fairly user-friendly.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Amazon Alexa, HD Radio, satellite radio, a nine-speaker stereo, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free
  • Available infotainment features: navigation, a 17-speaker premium stereo, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, and the Lexus Enform App Suite
  • Additional standard features: a moonroof, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Additional available features: tri-zone automatic climate control

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2019 Lexus GX Dimensions

Lexus GX Cargo Space

This Lexus has a smaller cargo hold than many other three-row luxury midsize SUVs, with 11.6 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 46.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total of 64.7 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down.

2019 Lexus GX Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet
  • Curb weight: 5,130 to 5,198 pounds
  • GVWR: 6,600 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Lexus GX Built?

Lexus built the 2019 GX in Japan.

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