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2019 Lexus GX Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2019 Lexus GX was new.


Performance: 6.4

The 2019 Lexus GX 460 is one of the best off-roaders in the class, but its on-road driving dynamics are stiffer than those of other luxury vehicles. It has a high towing capacity for this segment, but its engine power and acceleration are merely adequate.

  • "The GX 460 is generally smooth and airy without being floaty or buoyant. But ripples and patches in the asphalt often create a mild jostling motion and head toss as if elements of the suspension are too taut and won't let the system relax." -- Edmunds
  • "Because of its rigid chassis and off-road-oriented suspension, the 2017 Lexus GX 460 won't ride or handle like a sporty luxury sedan, and for this it makes no apologies. The rugged fully-boxed frame, big tires and full-time 4-wheel-drive setup make the GX 460 deliver a rather truck-like driving experience with steering that is sometimes slow to respond to input." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The sole engine in the GX is a 4.6-liter V8 that produces 301 horsepower. It is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. With estimates of 15 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway, this Lexus trails class rivals in fuel economy.

While its engine is energetic enough for this vehicle's 6,500-pound towing capacity, the heavy GX delivers lackluster acceleration. It’ll get you around town or the highway just fine, but it won’t thrill you in the same way that some rivals may. The transmission shifts smoothly but slowly.

  • "The GX 460 has much going for it but stumbles in key areas. Its transmission and gas pedal calibration get in the way of the willing V8." -- Edmunds
  • "If you're looking for a boulevard cruiser, you might want to look at a crossover SUV like the Mercedes-Benz GLS. But in areas where a luxury SUV is needed to work, the GX's 301-horsepower V8 and smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic have what it takes to tackle the most stubborn off-road obstacles and provide up to 6,500 pounds of trailer-towing tenacity." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Acceleration from the mandatory V8 is adequate, though it's unusual to see a V8 these days with such a low hp rating, and you'll feel the lack of juice at higher speeds." -- Autotrader (2015)

Handling and Braking

This SUV shines off road, aided by its trucklike build and available features such as crawl control, traction control, and hill-start assist control. On the road, its ride is stiff but not harsh. Most class rivals provide smoother rides and nimbler handling than the GX. Four-wheel drive is standard.

  • "The suspension system gives it nimble handling, but the steering is lifeless and numb." -- Edmunds
  • "On the move, the GX 460 is a mixed bag. Its tall, slim build works well for tight off-road trails but also makes the GX feel a bit claustrophobic. That feeling doesn't inspire confidence in corners, where the GX could hardly be more out of its element. In a straight line, however, the soft ride and excellent noise suppression create a pleasant cruising experience. Potholes are often barely noticeable thanks to the long-haul off-road-ready suspension." -- Autotrader (2017)

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