2013 Lexus GX Review
Reviewers say the 2013 Lexus GX blends great off-road capability with a comfortable highway ride, but other luxury large SUVs offer better engine choices and more opulent interiors.
The GX is powered by a V8 engine that test drivers say is adequate around town, but doesn’t offer quite enough power for highway speeds. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and reviewers generally agree that it shifts smoothly, though some notice that the transmission is reluctant to downshift when more power is needed at higher speeds. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 15/20 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class. Reviewers are impressed with the Lexus GX’s off-road capability, as well as its comfortable ride on pavement. Still, some note that its steering isn’t all that communicative, and its tall size makes it prone to noticeable body lean through turns, as well as a fair amount of nose dive during braking.
Reviewers say the 2013 Lexus GX’s cabin features great build quality and nice materials overall, though a few critics think the design and materials’ quality aren’t as opulent as they could be. Some note that the second- and third-row seats in the seven-seat GX aren’t particularly comfortable, citing low, flat cushions. The GX comes with an abundance of standard features, including a nine-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a backup camera and dual-zone climate control. Optional features include tri-zone climate control, navigation, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson stereo, a wide-view front and side monitor system and Lexus’ Enform infotainment system. Reviewers are generally pleased with the GX’s interior climate and stereo/navigation controls, saying they’re logically placed and easy to use.
- "If you need an SUV capable of tackling the roughest terrain, but yearn for a luxurious cabin outfitted with upscale amenities and versatile seating, the 2013 Lexus GX 460 will meet your demands. And value-driven consumers will appreciate the GX's exceptional build quality and strong resale value." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Not many vehicles can pull off being tough and well-mannered at the same time. But Lexus has been doing this for a while now, and the 2013 Lexus GX 460 is its latest sport-utility vehicle that manages to be supremely talented in both areas." -- Edmunds
Other SUVs to Consider
The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class impresses reviewers with its high-quality interior and refined driving dynamics. They also like its available engine choices, which range from a diesel engine to gas-powered V8 options.
The Cadillac Escalade is highly ranked for its comfortable ride and powerful V8 engine. The extended-wheelbase ESV model offers much more overall cargo space than the GX, and the Escalade earns great safety and reliability scores.
Details: 2013 Lexus GX
The 2013 Lexus GX seats seven and has standard four-wheel drive. A 4.6-liter V8 and six-speed automatic transmission are standard on all models. The GX comes in two trims: base and Premium. The Premium trim adds interior technology and safety features. The GX was last redesigned for the 2010 model year, and since it hasn’t changed much since then, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2010 to 2013.