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MSRP: $49,085 - $60,715
Invoice: $45,159 - $55,857
MPG: 15 City / 20 Hwy
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Lexus GX Review

The 2014 Lexus GX ranks 7 out of 9 Luxury Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Lexus GX, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Test drivers say the 2014 Lexus GX 460 is fairly capable off-road and has a comfortable ride on pavement, but lacks the handling prowess and luxurious interior materials found in many of its more recently-redesigned rivals.

The 2014 Lexus GX 460 comes with a V8 engine that not all critics think has enough power, especially for highway driving. The standard six-speed automatic transmission is praised by most test drivers for its smooth shifts, but some critics mention that it is hesitant to downshift when more power is needed. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 15/20 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to the fuel economy of most other V8-powered SUVs in the class. Ride quality is praised by test drivers, who note that the GX 460 handles road imperfections and speed bumps with ease. Most reviewers agree that handling isn't the GX 460's strong suit, noting unwanted body lean through turns. Reviewers say that the GX 460 is better-suited to off-roading than many of the more car-like SUVs in the class. Auto journalists say the GX 460's steering is well-weighted but feels numb, and that the brakes are strong but the brake pedal is a tad too touchy.

According to some reviewers, the GX 460 has good interior build quality and is trimmed with materials that are appropriate for the class. However, others say that the materials seem cheap for a vehicle from a luxury brand. Critics write that the seven-seat GX 460's front seats are comfortable, spacious and provide a commanding view of the road, but they note that the middle-row seats are uncomfortable. Many also report that the GX 460's side-hinged rear cargo door is cumbersome to open compared to the liftgates found on many rivals. Auto journalists write that the GX 460's navigation system is easy to learn, and that buttons on the center stack for stereo and climate controls are intuitively laid out. The GX 460 comes standard with a backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio and satellite radio. Optional features include navigation, lane departure warning, a rear-seat entertainment system and tri-zone automatic climate control.

  • "Of course, Lexus has made sure that the GX feels at home in civilization, too. Thanks to a soft suspension, a slew of fancy features and standard 3-row seating, the GX can certainly play the part of a high-end family vehicle. We're surprised that Lexus didn't use richer interior materials in this expensive SUV, but the mellifluous V8 engine provides some consolation. Just don't expect carlike handling in corners. The GX is an old-school SUV that's happiest when it's pointed straight ahead." -- AutoTrader
  • "Slotted in between the popular RX crossover and the fullsize LX 570, the GX 460 is positioned in somewhat of an odd segment. On one end sit luxury crossovers like the Infiniti QX60, Mercedes GL-Class and Audi Q7, ready to tackle the daily driving and maybe some occasional gravel roads, while on the other end, the GX and Land Rover LR4 are more traditional SUVs with the ability to go a little deeper into the wilderness." -- Autoblog
  • "Though their numbers have rapidly diminished due to the popularity of the crossover, there still exist a few traditional, truck-like SUV models that can claw their way through treacherous trails and over steep hills - if that's the capability that you need, or would just feel safer knowing that you have, then you should give the GX 460 a close look." -- Left Lane News

Other SUVs to Consider

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class earns reviewer praise for its high-quality interior and refined driving dynamics. The diesel-powered GL 350 also gets significantly better fuel economy than the GX 460.

An all-wheel drive Acura MDX is priced a bit less than the GX 460, and reviewers love its luxurious and comfortable cabin. The MDX also gets better fuel economy, and test drivers praise the MDX for its comfortable ride, balanced handling and powerful V6 engine.

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Details: 2014 Lexus GX 460

The 2014 Lexus GX 460 seats seven and has standard four-wheel drive. A 4.6-liter V8 and six-speed automatic transmission are standard. There are three trims: base, Premium and Luxury. The GX 460 receives some minor updates this year but hasn't been significantly redesigned since 2010. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 to 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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