The 2022 Lexus GX is one luxury SUV that will get you anywhere you need to go in style, be it school trips, glamping or ascending mountains. The famed body-on-frame construction and a solid rear axle, 4.6-liter V-8, and adjustable suspension system will climb over almost any obstacle in your way, and of course do it in style.
A Black Line Special Edition (our loan vehicle $61,960 including delivery) joined the lineup this year and comes with a host of blacked-out exterior trim, unique 18-inch wheels, a black interior headliner, and black faux-leather upholstery. Other updates for 2022 include a new, larger 10.3-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a parking assistant feature, in-dash navigation, and power-folding heated exterior mirrors. Lastly Lexus‘s sensational Nori Green paint color is now available as an option on the GX for the first time.
The 4.6-liter V-8 generates 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The full-time all-wheel-drive uses an electronically-locking Torsen limited-slip center differential, moving power between the front and rear axles depending on traction needs. However fuel economy is not something to lead with when it comes to the GX. According to the EPA, this all-wheel-drive SUV achieves mileage of just 15/19 mpg city/highway. Lexus‘s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System is standard, and this setup aims to boost traction during off-road adventures. The GX does a great job of keeping road noise out of the cabin, and the interior remains tranquil even when the vehicle is being driven at high speeds. The GX is silky smooth around town but it is in its element when taken off-road. Its sturdy underpinnings and 8.1 inches of ground clearance make this SUV an excellent choice for buyers who need a vehicle that’s at home in the great outdoors. A 6500-pound towing capacity bolsters its versatility.
The base-model Lexus GX460 comes with enough standard features to please most buyers in this segment. All models are equipped with exterior amenities such as automatic LED headlights, daytime running lights, illuminated running boards, and heated power-adjustable side mirrors with integrated turn signals. Ten-way power-adjustable front seats and a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column are on hand to help you find an ideal position behind the wheel. The cabin is also home to standard features such as keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, faux-leather upholstery, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. All GX SUVs come with driver-assistance amenities such as blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance.
The GX offers an appealing range of tech amenities. Base models come with a nine-speaker audio setup and an infotainment system governed by a 10.3-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Standard Bluetooth connectivity facilitates hands-free phone calls, and all models come with SiriusXM satellite radio. The selection of available tech features includes a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system and integrated navigation. The options list also includes a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. High-end trims include a 360-degree camera system, which is optional on lower trims. When it comes to safety several driver assist and active safety features come standard on the GX. These include lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beams, and forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Adaptive cruise control is also standard, but it’s an older version that only works at speeds above 30 mph. However Lane keep assist is not available.
Lexus last gave the GX a full redesign way back in 2010, and this is perhaps one reason for the somewhat dated appearance of its cabin compared to other vehicles in the segment. The GX 460 oozes quality in terms of materials and workmanship. The interior is home to wood and leather that looks appropriately deluxe. Front-row passengers enjoy pleasant accommodations and a lofty seating position, the second-row seats are fine for adults however the third row is a cramped space best left for kids. This Lexus provides 11.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 46.7 cubic feet behind the second. With the second and third rows folded, cargo space jumps to 64.7 cubic feet.
When it comes to warranty coverage, Lexus outpaces luxury rivals such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz with a Limited warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles, a Powertrain warranty of 6 years or 70,000 miles and complimentary maintenance for the first year or 10,000 miles.
The GX struggles to compete with the Q7’s, X7’s, XC90’s, and others around the world. However take it off-road, and it will comfortably out-class them; a Land Rover Defender or Discovery, may keep up but doesn’t have the Lexus reliability. Almost everyone else has nudged their focus to more on-road manners. Don’t mistake the GX460 for a crossover. This is a true SUV, built the old-fashioned way and we like it. On the upside, the GX460 is one of the most off-road-ready luxury SUVs on sale today. A two-speed transfer case, low-speed cruise control, height-adjustable air suspension, multi-terrain traction settings, and underbody skid plates are among its trail-ready accoutrement. However it remains a niche vehicle for drivers who desire rugged capability, luxurious trimmings and are ready for overlanding adventures, factors like practicality or fuel economy.