Buyer's Guide

2021 Lexus Gx
Select a Different Model (3 Available): 460
Fuel Economy $ 15 / 19 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 65/65 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 7/6
Horsepower 301@5,500
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2021 Lexus GX MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Off-road capability
  • Smooth, isolated ride quality
  • Rich interior

Cons

  • Stone age infotainment
  • Limited cargo and interior space
  • Poor fuel economy

Alongside the more car-like RX, Lexus sells the old-school GX SUV with standard three-row seating. The current-gen GX debuted way back in the 2010 model year, and it shares a platform with the Toyota 4Runner. A facelift for 2020 integrated modern Lexus design language, but 2021 only brings minor feature changes. The GX competes with other luxury three-row SUVs including the Land Rover Discovery, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.

What's New

  • Heated wood steering wheel now available
  • Power-folding third-row seats on GX Premium Plus
  • Rear seat entertainment system no longer available
  • Amazon Alexa compatibility

What We Think

The aging GX offers a unique experience among the three-row SUV space. Its old-school naturally aspirated V-8 and full-time 4WD make it much more capable off-road than car-based competitors, even if the GX's approach, breakover, and departure angles can't match more focused off-roaders.

Luxurious high-quality materials and a smooth, isolated ride quality remind the driver that this is a Lexus, not a Toyota. That said, the infotainment system is positively archaic—it doesn't even offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto—and interior space is limited. The third row is only suitable for the smallest of passengers, and cargo space with all seven seats in place is laughable.

The GX's conventional V-8 and six-speed automatic provide acceptable acceleration and smooth shifts, but fuel economy is far below that of the segment leaders. If you prioritize off-road capability and a smooth ride over interior space and a modern powertrain, the GX isn't a bad pick.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Buyers' only powertrain option is a combination of a 4.6-liter V-8, six-speed automatic and proper four-wheel drive. With 301 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque, the standard V-8 will help the big GX hustle to 60 mph in a quick 6.9 seconds. Fuel economy is less impressive. The GX 460 is EPA-rated at 15/19 mpg city/highway.

Safety

The GX comes standard with a host of driver-assist active safety features. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are included on all models.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Every GX includes space for seven across three rows of seating. Legroom is acceptable in the first and second rows at 41.7 and 34.1 inches, but the 29.3 inches of space offered in the way back are acceptable only for small children. The third row encroaches on cargo volume, too; capacity measures a pitiful 4.6 cubic feet with all the seats in use. With the third and second rows folded down, that volume expands to 46.7 and 64.7 cubic feet, respectively.

Technology

We've complained before about the Lexus touchpad-controlled infotainment system, and the GX is no exception. The display is an 8.0-inch touchscreen unit, and you're stuck with the Lexus interface for media and navigation because Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available.

Key Competitors:

  • Land Rover Discovery
  • BMW X5
  • Lincoln Aviator
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

2021 LEXUS GX SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V8 4.6 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (A760F)
Trim
460
Class
Luxury Utility
Horsepower
301@5,500
Standard MPG
15/19
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
7/6
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
70,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
72
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$1000 Lexus announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible current owners. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$2500 Lexus announces a Retail Cash on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$0 0.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Lexus announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Lexus announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$2000 Lexus announces a Lease Cash on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021