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Used Car: 2013 Lexus GX Review

Review Last Updated: 9/15/14

Test drivers reported that the 2013 Lexus GX blends great off-road capability with a comfortable highway ride, but they said other competitors offer stronger engines and more luxurious interiors.

The 2013 Lexus GX is powered by a V8 engine that reviewers said is underpowered for the SUV’s weight and struggles to get it up to highway speeds. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that some reviewers wished offered quicker downshifts. The 2013 GX earns an EPA-estimated 15/20 mpg city/highway, which is decent for the class. Reviewers thought the Lexus GX generally offers a comfortable, composed ride. However, a few critics noticed some body roll in turns and complained about a lack of steering feedback. The 2013 Lexus GX comes standard with full-time four-wheel drive, and is available with off-roading features like hill descent control. Reviewers were impressed with the 2013 GX’s great off-road performance.

Automotive journalists agreed that the seven-seat 2013 Lexus GX has an attractive, well-assembled interior. Leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats are standard. Heated outboard second-row seats are available. Some critics thought the seats are comfortable and roomy in all three rows, while others found that the rear seats aren’t well-cushioned and don’t have enough space for adults. The Lexus GX comes standard with a USB port, satellite radio, a rearview camera, a power sunroof and dual-zone climate control. Tri-zone climate control, navigation, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson stereo system, a rear-seat entertainment system and a wide-view front and side camera system are available. Most test drivers thought the 2013 GX’s navigation system and climate and audio controls are intuitive and well-placed. The GX offers up to 91.9 cubic feet of cargo space with both rear rows folded, which is low for the class. Test drivers complained about the side-hinged cargo door, which they said makes it difficult to load cargo.

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Other SUVs to Consider

The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser has one of the highest towing capacities in the class, and reviewers said its high-tech off-roading features make it a great performer off the pavement. Test drivers also praised its roomy, comfortable first- and second-row seats and its upscale cabin.

According to reviewers, the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover offers a first-class interior comprised of premium materials and high-tech features. They also liked its quick acceleration and were impressed with the usefulness of the adjustable Terrain Response System for aiding off-road driving.

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