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in 2010 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $32,807 - $35,941
Original MSRP: $51,970 - $56,765
MPG: 15 City / 20 Hwy
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2010 Lexus GX Interior

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The GX’s cabin stands out for luxurious, high-quality materials. Reviewers find the controls easy to use, but say the sheer number of them can be daunting at first.

  • "The cabin is as sumptuous as ever, with high-quality materials everywhere you look and touch along with generous fillets of wood trim and metallic accents." -- Edmunds
  • "For some, there might be too much technology crammed into the GX 460. The dashboard, center stack and steering wheel are an absolute riot of buttons, with knobs and sliding panels that hide more buttons and knobs." -- Popular Mechanics
  • “The overall look of the center stack and center console area is cleaner and more elegant than before. All of the controls are easy to use, and liberal use of sound deadening material makes the cabin pleasantly quiet." -- Truck Trend
  • "The metal-look control knobs are satisfying to see and operate." -- Automobile Magazine

First- and Second-Row Seats

Reviewers are impressed with the GX's ability to seat seven passengers in three rows. While the first-row seats are the ultimate in comfort, some say the second row lacks padding.

A leather-trimmed interior is standard, though Premium models upgrade to perforated Semi-aniline leather. Heated and ventilated front seats are included on all models, and the Premium model also gets heated middle-row outboard seats. The heated seats and upgraded leather are available on the base model as part of the Comfort Plus Package.

  • "The GX 460's cabin faces the challenging mission of accommodating seven passengers in three rows while making one and all feel like lotto winners. The effort is a success in the first row where the instrument panel glows with polished wood, elegantly simulated metal, and enough electronic gadgets to overwhelm a Best Buy clerk. Other occupants suffer with insufficient padding to support them comfortably on a long trip.” -- Automobile Magazine
  • “Five adults will fit inside without rubbing too many shoulders. The flat-bottom second-row seats aren't that comfortable given the price range, but room for toes, knees and heads is more than adequate and at least the second-row seat folds flat for useful cargo loading." -- Edmunds
  • "The front seats couldn't possibly be better shaped or more comfortable." -- Popular Mechanics

Third-Row Seats

The GX’s third row isn’t a comfortable place to be unless you’re a child. However, this is a typical complaint for three-row SUVs in this class.

  • "In the third row, despite the fact that you're sitting over the rear axle (which keeps your knees high), legroom has gotten a lot better." -- Truck Trend
  • "Access to the third row is a tight scrunch on the right side only and the kids sentenced to those seats are likely to feel they've been punished for bad behavior." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Headroom increases slightly overall, but legroom is less in all regards, particularly in the rearmost seats, which are nearly pressed against the rear glass and are best left to the munchkins of the family; they're probably the only ones that can climb back there without hurting themselves, anyway." -- Car and Driver
  • "But while the rear seats are great at folding, they're rather thinly padded and flat. The front passengers ride on thrones, while everyone in back gets bleacher seating with modest legroom." -- Popular Mechanics

Interior Features

The 2010 Lexus GX comes fully loaded with standard features and luxurious touches. The base model comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a nine-speaker Premium Sound System, XM Satellite Radio, a USB and iPod port and Bluetooth capability.

The Premium model adds three-zone automatic climate control, power-folding outside mirrors, a Perforated Semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, heated steering wheel and heated middle-row outboard seats.

An HDD Navigation System including voice commands is optional on either model. 

  • "The instrument cluster is a delightful array of three liquid-crystal displays and four glowing needle and digit gauges. Scrolling through the menu allows displaying such useful info as which way the front wheels are pointing." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "As with any Lexus, the cabin is a hush-hush environment and fit and finish are first rate, save for the faux metal trim on the dash, which is sculpted to look like it was milled from a billet slab yet appears a bit chintzy." -- Car and Driver
  • "With its muted use of wood trim, brilliantly illuminated instrument cluster, ‘machined steel bar’ plastic trim and elegant upholstery, the GX 460's cockpit certainly has its charms and delights. But there's got to be a better way of packaging all the controls. And shedding some of the more esoteric features would tone things down." -- Popular Mechanics

Cargo

The GX provides a maximum 64.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third rows folded down, which is less than last year’s model offered. If you’re using the second and third rows for people, the GX’s cargo space is extremely limited. The versatile seats are a plus, however. The second row reclines, slides and folds down. Even better is the power fold-flat third row, which folds down at the touch of a button.

  • "Another concern is access to the cargo hold. The GX's cousin-Toyota's 4Runner-has a simple roof-hinged hatch with a roll-down rear glass. But here the door swings open on a right-side hinge, which exposes users to traffic. In addition, attaching a trailer severely restricts the door's opening angle." -- Automobile Magazine
  • “The third row now can fold flat electrically, and the second row can slide fore and aft as well as recline. The rear glass also can be opened separately from the side-hinged hatch, which is good because swinging out the big rear door in tight confines or with a trailer in tow likely will result in a trip to the body shop." -- Car and Driver
  • "It's also worth noting that overall cargo capacity is down considerably. In the GX 470, the third-row seats could be taken out, leaving up to 49.7 cubic feet of space. Fold the GX 460's third-row seats and it only opens up 17 cubic feet of space. Space behind the third row is down from 13.2 cubic feet to 4.2 cubic feet." -- Edmunds
  • "The GX's cargo door still opens with the handle on the left side, opening to the right; the problem with this style of door is that when the vehicle is parked by a curb and someone is unloading gear, they have to walk all the way around the open door (and closer to traffic). If it opened right to left instead, anyone who got something out of the cargo area would be better shielded from other vehicles on the road." -- Truck Trend
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