It's easy to appreciate the shapely sheetmetal of the Lexus GX, the oh-so-soft leather seating and the advanced technology that includes subscription-free, real-time traffic and weather information. But guide this 3-row SUV to the nearest trailhead and you'll find something else. Beyond a luxury people-mover and Best Resale Value champ, the Lexus GX is a legitimate off-roader that can embarrass lesser crossover SUVs when the pavement ends.
The key to the GX's ability to not just haul a family of seven, but to haul them almost anywhere, is its full-time 4-wheel drive, powerful V8 engine, and sophisticated off-road features such as Crawl Control and a suspension system that adapts to varying terrain. Oh, and it can tow, too, allowing you to bring along up to 6,500 pounds of fun.
While most buyers of the redesigned 2014 Lexus GX won't immediately go playing in the mud, it's good to know their luxury machine is more than capable. In reality, driver and passengers will be more inclined to take advantage of the amenities offered in the GX, such as a 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, tri-zone climate control and app-enabled Enform multimedia suite. Those more concerned about safety can take confidence in the Lexus' host of features that include blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and a system that monitors for driver inattentiveness.
The 2014 Lexus GX offers a lot of luxury for the money with a starting price of just under $50,000, and its top residual values mean you'll recoup a nice chunk when it's time to sell.
Whether you want to be on a mountaintop or at the front of the valet line, the tough-yet-luxurious Mercedes-Benz G-Class will get you there.
The Infiniti QX60 delivers with premium accommodations for seven, safety technology that sees where you can't, and respectable fuel economy.
Get the best price and be more prepared with your free, no-obligation price quote