in 2010 Luxury Midsize SUVs

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Used Car: 2010 Lexus GX Review

Review Last Updated: 8/10/12

Shoppers who need an extra-capable family hauler should like the 2010 Lexus GX, but those who don’t need its towing or off-road abilities will probably be better off with a luxury crossover instead.

The 2010 Lexus GX is ranked:

When it was new, car reviewers said the 2010 Lexus GX 460 offers a great combination of interior luxury and heavy-duty performance. Test drivers loved its compromise between off-road abilities, towing utility and upscale family-friendly features. It was redesigned for 2010 with an updated cabin design, features like power-folding third-row seats and more interior tech. The GX’s list of standard features is better than most, and includes a nine-speaker stereo system with Bluetooth audio streaming, heated and cooled 10-way power-adjustable front seats and wood trim. Optional features when it was new include HID headlights with headlight washers and leather upholstery. The 2010 GX also gets better fuel economy than the 2009 model and most of its truck-based competitors, though at 15/20 mpg city/highway, it’s still not exactly a fuel sipper. In general, shoppers looking for a used luxury SUV with seven seats and off-road ability should be happy with the GX.

Most reviewer complaints centered on the GX’s basic premise, saying that most shoppers will be better off trading some of the GX’s capabilities in favor of the greater performance, comfort and fuel economy of a car-based crossover. “Most traditional SUV owners rarely, if ever, take to off-road trails,” noted Edmunds in 2010. In most cases, shoppers who want seven seats, an upscale interior and all-wheel drive will get along just fine with a crossover. But those who need towing capacity and true off-road brawn should find that the 2010 Lexus GX works for them.

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Other Cars to Consider

Shoppers who want a family SUV that’s more fun to drive than the Lexus GX should consider the highly-ranked 2010 Acura MDX. The MDX is a seven-seat luxury crossover with great handling, plenty of power and an upscale cabin. It can’t tow or handle rugged off-road conditions like the GX, and its reliability rating isn’t as good as the Lexus’, but the MDX gets better fuel economy and is easier to maneuver in small spaces.

You should also consider the 2010 Lincoln MKT. Introduced for 2010, the MKT has a roomy third row of seats and family-friendly features like an available refrigerated console in the second row. Plus, the MKT is easier to drive than the GX and comes at a lower price. If you don’t need the Lexus GX’s off-road abilities, you may like the Lincoln MKT.

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