Friday, 25 September 2020

2021 Lexus GX Review

2021 Lexus GX


Lexus's GX SUV has been around for a very long time, and although it doesn't follow the same formula as most modern luxury crossovers—it's built on a separate frame, like old-style, pickup truck-based SUVs—its charms lie in its off-road capability and quiet cabin. 

Speaking of its cabin, the GX offers space for up to seven thanks to three rows of seats, so families can explore nature or take road trips in relative comfort. 

2021 Lexus GX

A 4.6-liter V-8 is the only engine choice and, while it isn't particularly fuel efficient, it makes 301-hp and drives all four-wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Where the GX shows its age the most is in its available technology features. 

An 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard, but the software interface isn't as up-to-date as in more modern Lexus models such as the LS and ES sedans or the UX subcompact SUV; it even lacks common connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

But aside from the Land Rover Defender, the GX is one of few options remaining in the mid-size luxury SUV segment that can legitimately be used off-road.

2021 Lexus GX

What's New for 2021?

Lexus has made few changes to its aging GX SUV for 2021, but it has added a Premium Plus trim between the mid-range Premium and top-spec Luxury models. 

It comes standard with a power-operated third-row of seats and a Mark Levinson premium stereo system. The GX's infotainment system now offers Amazon Alexa compatibility. A heated wood-and-leather steering wheel is now optional on the Premium and Premium Plus models.

2021 Lexus GX

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The base-model 2021 Lexus GX460 comes with enough standard features to please most buyers in this segment. 

This SUV rolls on standard 18-inch wheels, and 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. 

2021 Lexus GX

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 comes with driver-assistance amenities such as blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance.

2021 Lexus GX

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 2021 Lexus GX continues to offer just one engine: a 4.6-liter V-8 that generates 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque. This power-plant is teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. 

Lexus's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System is standard, and this setup aims to boost traction during off-road adventures. The GX cruises from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. 

2021 Lexus GX

However. An 2021 Audi Q7 with the available V-6 does the sprint in 6.1 seconds, and a BMW X5 xDrive50i covers the same distance in a scant 4.2 seconds. The GX exhibits relatively smooth handling on paved streets, 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.

2021 Lexus GX

Fuel Economy

The GX won't win any awards for fuel economy. According to the EPA, this all-wheel-drive SUV achieves mileage of just 15/19 mpg city/highway. That puts it well behind rival luxury SUVs such as the Lincoln Aviator, which gets 17/24 mpg when equipped with all-wheel drive.

2021 Lexus GX

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Lexus gave the GX its last full redesign all the way back in 2010, and this is perhaps my reason for the somewhat dated appearance of its cabin. 

The interior is home to wood and leather that looks appropriately deluxe, but there are also some hard plastics that seem out of place in a vehicle in this price range. 

2021 Lexus GX

Front-row passengers enjoy pleasant accommodations and a lofty seating position, but the second-row seats are surprisingly flat and hard, and the third row is a cramped space best left for kids.

To its credit, 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. 

2021 Lexus GX

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. 

This is less room than you'll get in rival models such as the Audi Q7 (14.2 cubic feet behind the third row, 35.7 cubic feet behind the second, and 69.6 cubic feet behind the first).

2021 Lexus GX

Infotainment and Connectivity

The GX offers an appealing range of tech amenities. Base models come with a nine-speaker audio setup and an infotainment system governed by an 8.0-inch touchscreen. 

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.

2021 Lexus GX

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The 2021 Lexus GX hasn't been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 

However, this SUV comes equipped with driver-assistance features that can help you avoid accidents. 

Key safety features include:

  •  Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  •  Standard lane-departure warning
  •  Standard adaptive cruise control
  • 2021 Lexus GX
    Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

When it comes to warranty coverage, Lexus outpaces rivals such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

  •  Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  •  Power-train warranty covers 6 years or 70,000 miles
  •  Complimentary maintenance is covered for 1 years or 10,000 miles.
  • 2021 Lexus GX


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