Many moons ago, when the world was young, SUVs barreled across the landscape as the proudly uncouth beasts that they were. Fuel economy and handling were as nonexistent as any semblance of on-road comfort. Truck frames and truck powertrains sat underneath truck-derived sheetmetal. The only leather to be found on these rigs was on the boots of the grizzled cowboy behind the wheel.
The menagerie that is the current automotive marketplace has made those days obsolete...mostly. Though most modern SUVs have gravitated toward lavish appointments and docile road manners, there's still a few holdouts who seem to subscribe to yesterday's rough-and-tumble philosophy. One of those is the 2019 Lexus GX. Though it wears styling that seems to be in line with the rest of the Lexus lineup, underneath it's all uncompromised off-roader, which regrettably shows through in its truckish ride, sloppy handling, and penchant for fuel. Admirable capability saddled with unfortunate flaws – such is the song sung by the 2019 Lexus GX.