The 2018 Lexus GX is a mid-size truck-based three-row luxury crossover. With its rugged underpinnings the GX is a capable off-roader and an excellent vehicle for towing as well. The standard V-8 provides smooth power delivery, but also gulps fuel pulling the heavy GX, managing only 16 MPG combined. The GX slots above the car-based Lexus RX and below the full-size truck-based Lexus LX in the brand’s lineup and is loosely based on the Toyota 4Runner. Prices start at an MSRP of $53,150.
Pros: Rugged Truck-Based Platform, Comfortable, Commanding View of Road, Off-Road Capable, Towing Capacity
Cons: Cramped Interior (Especially Third Row), Less Efficient Than Car-Based SUVs, Outdated Interior
Looks Best In: Claret Mica exterior/Ecru interior
Competition: Audi Q7, Range Rover Sport, BMW X5, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLE
Summary: The 2018 Lexus GX is capable and comfortable. As one of only a select few luxury truck-based SUVs available, it has the off-roading chops to handle traverses and mountain roads with ease. The GX is a stylish indulgence, but if off-roading doesn’t matter and you’ll need to regularly use the third-row then more practical options abound, like the Acura MDX or Lexus’s own RXL.
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