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in Luxury Large SUVs

MSRP: $49,085 - $60,715
Invoice: $45,159 - $55,857
MPG: 15 City / 20 Hwy
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Lexus GX Interior

Some test drivers report that the 2014 Lexus GX 460's cabin is well-built and has materials that are appropriate for the class. However, others mention that material quality falls short of that of rivals like the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class, as well as the materials in some other Lexus vehicles. Critics also question the use of fake metal trim, saying it looks cheap.

  • "Save for the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class, materials quality is on par with other midsize luxury SUVs." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In particular, the dashboard doesn't look or feel like it belongs in a vehicle costing more than $50,000. Still, everything seems screwed together reasonably well, and Lexus's trademark electroluminescent gauges serve as a reminder that this is more than just a Toyota." -- AutoTrader
  • "Inside, the GX 460 delivers what one would expect of a Lexus - fine leather upholstery, wood trim and elegant lines, albeit integrated into a more upright, truck-like design than most of the luxury brand's other models." -- Left Lane News
  • "GX 460's interior is nicely assembled, and most materials are of the quality you'd expect in a luxury-brand vehicle. The one area we've had some debate is the faux-metal trim. Some of our testers like its appearance, while others think it looks like inexpensive painted plastic." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The interior of the GX 460 is upscale and assembled with precision, though the overall opulence factor isn't quite as high as we've come to expect from other Lexus products." -- Edmunds (2013)

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Seating

The GX 460 seats up to seven people in three rows. Leatherette upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats and heated outboard second-row seats are optional. Most test drivers say the front seats are comfortable, spacious and offer a commanding view of the road. Still, some critics complain that the GX 460 feels a bit narrow and that taller drivers may not have enough headroom. Reviewers report that the second-row seats aren't especially comfortable, noting a flat bench and insufficient cushioning.

  • "Along with the impeccable finish quality found inside most Lexus models, the GX 460 offers comfortable accommodations for up to seven and class-leading cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Its tall, slim build may work well for tight off-road trails, but it also makes the GX feel a bit claustrophobic, as if it hasn't yet expanded to its full width." -- AutoTrader
  • "Speaking of the third row, I was able to fit into the rearmost seats, but I doubt I'd want to spend too much time back there. There is plenty of room for the front and middle-row occupants, though." -- Autoblog
  • "After negotiating the high step-in, occupants will find plenty of space and a commanding seating position. GX 460's standard power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel and power-adjustable seats should allow any size driver to find a comfortable set up. About the only complaint up front is that headroom can get tight for the very tall." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The 60/40-split-folding rear seats and power-folding third-row seats help add convenience for most everyday suburban affairs, though we've found the second-row seats are rather hard and flat, and hence not particularly comfortable." -- Edmunds (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features on the GX 460 include a backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, two USB ports, an 8-inch touch-screen display, HD Radio and satellite radio. Optional features include navigation, lane departure warning, a rear-seat entertainment system and tri-zone automatic climate control.

Test drivers note that while there are a lot of buttons on the dashboard, they’re all clearly marked and easy to use. They also report that the gauges are easy to read and the navigation system has a quick learning curve, but note that the 8-inch display screen can wash out in bright sunlight.

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  • "Also, while the GX 460's central control panel has a lot of buttons, they're clearly marked in large white type, so there are no ergonomic snafus to report." -- AutoTrader
  • "Large, clearly lit instruments are easy to read, and nearly all the other controls are logically marked and handy to use. The navigation system isn't too hard to master, but sunshine can make it hard to see what's displayed on the screen." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The lengthy features list translates into a somewhat busy-looking control panel, but these controls are easy to use thanks to intuitive placement. The gauges are easily read, as is the optional navigation system." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The GX 460's available touch-screen navigation system, though lacking Lexus' latest technology, includes an intuitive interface along with SiriusXM traffic, weather, sports and stocks to satisfy your mobile-infotainment needs." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

Cargo

The GX 460 offers 64.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which falls short of the cargo space of many SUVs in the class. Reviewers mention that the GX 460's side-hinged rear cargo door is more awkward to open than a traditional liftgate. Still, some auto journalists appreciate that the top-hinged glass window panel allows them to load smaller items without swinging the entire cargo door open.

  • "GX 460's swing-out rear cargo door is hinged on the passenger side, which isn't very handy when you've parallel parked next to a curb. Helping matters somewhat is the small hydraulic rod that holds it open at any angle. A top-hinged opening rear window helps a bit too. In-cabin storage is nothing special." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "In place of a versatile rear liftgate, the GX continues to use an outmoded barn-door-style, side-hinged rear door that can complicate loading and unloading cargo at the curb or in tight garages." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "Rather than having a typical liftgate, the GX 460 comes with a swinging rear cargo door hinged on the passenger side. The design complicates curbside loading, though a flip-up rear window allows for the stowing of smaller and lighter packages." -- Edmunds (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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