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. This old-school vehicle is still quiet, powerful and nicely finished inside. Note though, that it is long in the tooth and probably about to be phased out.
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.
Keeping things simple, controls include an easy touchscreen and normal functioning knobs and buttons. Even though the GX has a standard third-row seat, it's way too cramped. Access into this tall vehicle is awkward, as is opening the side-swinging rear door in tight spaces.