2016 Lexus GX 460

Pros: Impressive build quality; off-road and towing capabilities; absorbent ride; luxurious interior

Cons: Fuel economy; handling and on-road driving dynamics don’t match crossover-SUV competitors; high step-in height complicates entry and exit for shorter occupants

 

CG Says: The Lexus GX is essentially unchanged for 2016. Newly available Lexus Enform Service Connect collects maintenance information, while Lexus Enform Remote allows certain functions to be controlled by a smartphone. Car-type crossovers are more popular than traditional body-on-frame SUVs today, so this V8-powered Lexus with serious off-roading hardware really goes against the grain. If you need to tow a trailer or will use the off-road capability of this SUV, the GX 460 deserves consideration. If you’re mainly looking to commute, you’d probably appreciate the more car-like driving experience–and better potential fuel economy–of the Acura MDX, Buick Enclave, or Lexus’s own RX 350.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 7
Drive Wheels 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer Lexus
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Base: $50,780
Luxury: $62,155

Base Engine
4.6-liter V8
Horsepower
301
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
20

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2016 Lexus GX 460