ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Most luxury SUVs have evolved into pampering on-road transport for their well-heeled buyers, backing away from off-road prowess and their truck-based roots. So does that make the Lexus GX a dinosaur? Not necessarily. Sure, nothing is "crossover" or "car-based" in this old-school vehicle. Consider the GX a Toyota 4Runner that was sent to finishing school, earning straight-A's when it was there.
Impressive off-roading capability is emphasized over the ungainly everyday handling agility. At least it remains secure when pushed to its limits. But what you're likely to experience on your commute is a very comfortable ride, which combined with a plush and very quiet interior contribute to a high level of refinement. The silky smooth 4.6-liter V8 engine delivers quiet, effortless punch but 17 mpg is unimpressive these days, falling short of its natural competitors. Despite being built on a truck-based frame, tow ratings fall short of many unibody "car-based" competitors.