New 2023 Lexus GX (Overview). HIGHS
– Off-roading moxie, well-appointed cabin space, feature-rich base model.
– A gas guzzler, mediocre acceleration, cramped third-row seating.
– The Lexus GX is essentially a Toyota 4Runner with luxury appointments and a V-8 instead of a V-6, which means it feels old and creaky until you take it off-road.
The Lexus GX 460 is a bit of a mixed bag. It’s as solid and well built as ever, but parts of it are almost comically old despite updates over the years. And while the engine is strong and smooth, the braking is poor. Other luxury SUVs have surpassed the GX 460 in almost every way.
Impressive off-road capability in a segment largely without it
High seating position provides a good view of the road
High floor and side-hinged cargo door can make it hard to load cargo
Poor fuel economy and acceleration
Rough ride on broken pavement
– What’s new
The Black Line Special Edition model gets a 360-degree camera system
The Luxury trim is now equipped with a Mark Levinson audio system
Part of the second GX 460 generation introduced for 2010
The Lexus GX 460 is an old-school luxury SUV. And that’s not just because it’s basically the same vehicle introduced way back in 2010, but also because it has an older style body-on-frame architecture and a non-turbocharged V8 engine, which are rare in today’s luxury SUV market. However, those attributes, along with a full-time four-wheel-drive system and a clever suspension, give the GX 460 impressive off-road capability. And beyond its off-road prowess, it’s a well-built SUV inside and out, boasting a quiet interior with easy-to-use controls.