Lexus GX Interior
Most find the Lexus GX's interior luxurious and upscale. The 2008 model is a five-seater with the option of seating three more in a combination of ample room and the customary Lexus standard features.
To auto writers from Edmunds and elsewhere, "the GX 470's interior is overwhelmed by the luxury shoved inside it."
Auto writers agree the 2008 Lexus GX provides a comfortable, luxurious space for its passengers. When speaking of the seating, Edmunds proclaims that the Lexus "covers most anything any human might touch in supple, perfectly stitched leather," while U.S. News' Rick Newman calls the GX 470 "plush and forgiving inside."
Other reviewers are impressed with the Lexus GX's family-car capabilities. When calling the GX "space-efficient," Auto Mall USA also opines that "the second row bench seat is roomy, comfortable and easy to get into" and finally concludes that with all the space, "a family of four with a big dog will feel right at home."
Seating for five is standard, but the GX can seat up to eight with the optional third-row seat -- a source of contention in most reviews. A popular opinion among auto writers is simply to leave this option off in favor of extra storage room. As Kelley Blue Book notes, "Though you can opt to seat eight, we think you're better off with four and a usable cargo hold."
As Road and Track summarizes, "Like any other Lexus, the GX's interior is luxuriously furnished...all the gauges are large and easy to read, and they reside in a smoothly sculpted instrument cluster." Car and Driver notes that "despite this SUV's creeping age, the interior remains as plush as any, with Bentley-quality leather seats, genuine bird's-eye-maple trim, and a tilting-and-telescoping wheel slathered in leather and wood..."
The 2008 Lexus GX comes fully loaded with standard features that include maple trim for the steering wheel, shift knob and front and rear center consoles. Steering wheel controls are provided for the audio system and phone. New for 2008 is an interior metallic finish on the front doors and speakers, says Cars.com.
HomeLink is displayed in a control panel between the driver's and passenger's sun visors and can control remote entry to garages and entry gates and even turn home lights on and off. The GX also features power door locks, auto-dimming inside rearview and heated outside mirrors, and 10-way power seats for the driver and front passenger.
Stereo and Entertainment
The standard audio system for the 2008 Lexus GX has a six-disc, single-feed CD changer with 11 speakers that "sounds great," according to AutoWeek. However, drivers also have the option of upgrading to the 240-watt Mark Levinson audio system, which comes with 14 speakers, automatic sound levelizer, and in-dash, single feed six-disc DVD/CD autochanger and provides "excellent sound quality," according to The Auto Channel. Another option is the rear-seat DVD system. As Kelley Blue Book and several others say, "The GX 470's available rear-seat DVD system keeps the kids (and grown ups) happy."
The Lexus GX's navigation system is part of the option for the Mark Levinson audio system and includes a voice-activated DVD navigation system with a backup camera and Bluetooth technology.
U.S. News' Rick Newman is also fond of the 2008 Lexus GX's family-friendliness, especially kids' storage space. As he says, "there are multitudes of storage nooks for their stuff."
Reviews categorize the GX's cargo space as sufficient. Car and Driver calls it "practical," with folding seats and the option to remove or fold the third seat, while Auto Mall USA compares the SUV's more than 77 cubic feet for cargo room to its class. "At one time we would have said that this is not a lot of cargo space for a mid-size SUV," the reviewer writes. "Now...the GX 470 doesn't look so bad by comparison. The Mercedes-Benz M-Class offers only 72.4 cubic feet, almost 10 feet less than the previous generation, BMW X5's offers just 62 cubic feet."