2016 Lexus GX Buyer's Guide

By Jason Allan on February 5, 2016 12:50 PM

Still Making 'em Like They Used To

Lexus' most affordable 3-row offering is something of a throwback in the midsize luxury SUV segment: a body-on-frame SUV. Truck-like construction qualifies the Lexus GX among the most capable off-roaders in the segment -- second only to the Land Rover LR4, maybe -- but that capability comes not without compromise. The GX isn't as smooth on the highway or as effortless around town as many of its competitors.

There's one thing ultimately appealing about the GX, however: It's a Lexus. The appeal of proven reliability, low ownership costs and a renowned dealership experience can't be denied.

Driving It

"Ruggedly capable, with a robust fully boxed frame and off-road-oriented full-time 4-wheel-drive system, the GX 460 is less ideal on the pavement where most drivers will use it almost all the time, so do not expect the ride refinement and handling response of those luxury SUVs designed for asphalt rather than boulders. On the positive side, the GX 460's strong 301-horsepower V8 and smooth-shifting 6-speed transmission will not only make it through rugged terrain but also tow trailers up to 6,500 pounds." Find out more in our 2016 Lexus GX full review.

Dynamic Suspension

Because the GX 460 is known for its off-road prowess and its luxurious cabin, the SUV's suspension has to be prepared for everything from twisty roads to deep ruts. The GX's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System improves handling on road and maximizes suspension travel off-road.

Build and Price

Pricing for the GX starts at about $51,000 and tops out at about $69,000. Build and price your own 2016 Lexus GX 460 to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

More Midsize Luxury SUVs

There are 10 other terrific choices in this segment, all of which are appealing for different reasons. Visit our Midsize Luxury SUV Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on all your options.