Our Opinion - 2023 Lexus Gx Review

Only some mid-size luxury crossovers or SUVs can match the rugged Lexus GX’s off-road ability. It has a unique exterior with a prominent grille and a well-appointed interior. It is equipped with a naturally aspirated V-8 engine, an old-fashioned body-on-frame platform that it shares with the Toyota 4Runner, a conventional automatic transmission with six speeds, a transfer case with two rates, and a center differential that locks in place. All of these components allow it to function adequately. Even though its parts are old and simple, the GX can go farther away from the asphalt jungle than most of its SUV competitors. Now that it has full Off-Road gear, it can do much more. This Lexus can meet your needs if you want a well-equipped SUV that can go off-road. Consider a different option if you only want to drive on paved roads. There are more than a dozen other options in this category, and most are more attractive.

The Lexus GX 460 SUV gets only minor changes for the 2023 model year. Eminent White Pearl is a new exterior color, and the Luxury models now come with a Mark Levinson sound system as standard. Also, the Black Line Special Edition model is back for a second year with improvements, such as a 360-degree camera that has become standard. The Black Line is a step up from the Premium trim level. It will be limited to 3000 units and come in three colors: Obsidian, the brand-new Eminent White, and the Nori Green Pearl finish that is only available on the Black Line.


  • Ability off-road that stands out
  • A large number of popular safety tools


  • Engine sluggish
  • Harsh ride
  • Insufficient fuel efficiency
  • Getting a seat in the third row takes a lot of work.

The only engine available for the 2023 Lexus GX is a 4.6-liter V-8 with 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque. It is not something that the 4Runner with a V-6 engine has. All-wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmission are both parts of the V-8 in the Lexus. The Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System comes standard on all Lexus cars. Its purpose is to make it easier to drive off-road. The GX went from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds during our tests. We tested much faster competitors: a BMW X5 xDrive50i finished the sprint in 4.2 seconds, while an Audi Q7 with the optional V-6 took 6.1 seconds. The GX drives well on regular roads but shines when you take it off-road. Its solid foundations and 8.1 inches of ground clearance make it an excellent choice for people who want a comfortable vehicle in the great outdoors. It can pull up to 6500 pounds, which adds to its versatility.

The GX has driver-assist systems that can help you avoid accidents, such as automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane-departure warning. Among the essential safety features are the following:

  • Pedestrian identification is a standard for automatic emergency brakes.
  • A typical warning to change lanes
  • Standard adaptive cruise control

The last time Lexus completely redesigned the GX was in 2010, which may explain why the interior looks old. Inside, some hard plastics don’t belong in a luxury car like this, but wood and leather also make it look luxurious enough. The seats in the first row are very comfortable and set up high. The chairs in the second row are hard and flat, and the third row is a small area that is best for young children. The GX does a great job of blocking out noise from the road; even at high speeds, the cabin stays quiet. The space behind the second row of seats in this Lexus is 46.7 cubic feet, and the area behind the third row is 11.6 cubic feet. An additional storage space of 64.7 cubic feet is created when the second and third rows are collapsed. This vehicle is less spacious than its competitors, such as the Audi Q7.

The GX won’t be rewarded for being good on gas. The EPA says that this all-wheel-drive SUV only gets 15/19 mpg in the city and on the highway. So, it does better than luxury SUVs like the Lincoln Aviator, which only gets 17/24 mpg with all-wheel drive. During our 200-mile road fuel-economy test, which is part of our extensive testing process, we saw that the GX got 20 mpg.

The GX has a lot of appealing tech features. The base model comes with a nine-speaker sound system and a 10.3-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All models come with SiriusXM satellite radio and Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls. Tech features like an integrated navigation system and a dual-screen entertainment system for the back seats can be added as options. A 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, which is standard on Luxury cars, is one of the optional extras.

The base model of the Lexus GX460 comes with enough standard features to meet the needs of the vast majority of customers in this market. The outside of this SUV has heated, power-adjustable side mirrors with built-in turn signals, automatic LED headlights, daytime running lights, lit running boards, and standard 18-inch wheels. You can find the best position to drive with the power-adjustable steering column and ten-way power-adjustable front seats. Other standard features include:

  • Keyless entry and ignition.
  • Automatic air conditioning with two zones.
  • Faux-leather chairs.
  • A rearview mirror that automatically dims.

All GX SUVs come with driver-assist features like lane-keeping assistance and monitoring for blind spots. Think about getting the complete Off-Road Package, which comes with a gearbox cooler, fuel tank protection, Crawl Control, and Multi-Terrain Select. If you’re going off-road, you can also get a Multi-Terrain Monitor.

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