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in 2012 Luxury Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $39,760 - $43,483
Original MSRP: $53,245 - $58,040
MPG: 15 City / 20 Hwy
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2012 Lexus GX Interior

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The 2012 Lexus GX’s cabin stands out for its luxurious, high-quality materials. Reviewers find the controls easy to use, but say the sheer number of them can be daunting at first. Keep in mind that while the front seats are supremely comfortable, the second and third rows are less so.

  • "The understated cabin has very good fit and finish, with mostly quality materials and soft-touch surfaces. Testers are divided on some of the trim. Some say the satin metal-look trim is handsome, others say it's not very convincing.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "There's not much in the GX 460 interior that feels cheap. Indeed, most switchgear feels fluid-damped, and nearly everything around you is padded or soft-touch.” -- Autoblog

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Seating

The 2012 Lexus GX can seat up to seven, with a middle-row bench seat that seats three and a third row that seats two. However, while the first-row seats are suitably comfortable for a luxury SUV, some say the second row lacks padding and legroom, especially in the middle seat. As in most truck-based SUVs, the third row is best for kids. The base GX 460 comes standard with leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats that are heated and ventilated, and a power-folding third row. Upgrading to the Premium trim will add heated middle-row outboard seats and upgraded leather upholstery.

  • "The GX 460's seats could be upholstered in fetid banana leaves and they'd still be all-day comfortable.” -- Autoblog
  • "Decent leg, head, and foot space in the 2nd row, though the seat is too low for best thigh support. The middle rider sits on a hard cushion over the drive-shaft hump. The passenger-side 2nd-row seat slides and tilts forward to ease 3rd-row access, though those seats are cramped and uncomfortable for anyone but kids.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 2012 Lexus GX comes loaded with standard features and luxurious materials. The base model is well-equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker premium sound system, satellite radio, Bluetooth capability and a rearview camera. The Premium model adds three-zone automatic climate control, power-folding outside mirrors, a heated steering wheel and adaptive headlights. Available features include a hard-drive based navigation system and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

For the most part, reviewers say the GX 460’s interior features work fine, though some say the button-heavy dash can be confusing.

  • "Big electro-luminescent gauges are easy to read, and most controls are within easy reach. The navigation system is easy enough to learn, but its screen can wash out in some bright-sunlight conditions.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The most annoying traits are the reliance on the touchscreen for even every day controls, and a tailgate that swings open to the right instead of opening like a hatch. The less than practical rear door reveals the veritable lack of storage space when all three rows of seats are in use, as well.” -- Autoblog
  • "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 2012 Lexus GX provides a maximum 91.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third rows folded down, and 46.7 cubic feet of space with just the third row stowed. But if you’re using the second and third rows for passengers, the GX’s cargo space is extremely limited, with only 11.6 cubic feet of space. Reviewers appreciate the power-folding third row and the fact that the second row reclines and slides front and back. Test drivers complain about the cargo door, which swings open from the driver’s side rather than opening upward. Reviewers say this complicates loading and unloading. To make up for it, the GX’s rear glass opens separately from the door, so owners can drop a few items in the rear quickly.

  • “With the 2nd- and 3rd-row seats folded, the rear cargo area is generous. GX 460's swing-out rear door opens from the driver's side, which can complicate curbside access. However, it also includes a top-hinged opening rear window and a hydraulic prop rod in place of door-hinge detents. The prop rod holds the door open at any angle--a nice feature in tight quarters.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "There's less interior space in this latest generation GX, down by at least 17 cubic feet to 130. It wasn't capacious before, and it's less so now, though it's mostly a problem for third-seat riders and the cargo space that disappears when the last row is in use.” -- Autoblog