Lexus GX vs. Lexus LX

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, Automotive Editor - October 25, 2018

Full-size luxury SUVs are still some of the most opulent vehicles on the market. While the majority of brands only have one large SUV that puts extravagance first, Lexus offers consumers with two high-end options: the GX and LX. Both SUVs may proudly wear Lexus badges, but they have key differences that make them extremely different machines. Which one should you buy?

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What the GX Gets Right

With a starting price tag of $53,180 (including destination), the 2019 GX 460 isn't exactly affordable by any means, but it's much more affordable than the entry-level LX 570. Prices for the GX 460 start at $53,180, which is $33,945 less than the LX 570 Two-Row that costs $87,125. You could even move up to the GX 460 Luxury, which is the range-topping option for the SUV, and still save money over the base LX 570. The GX 460 Luxury costs $64,580, which is $22,545 less than the base LX 570.

If seating seven passengers is something you're looking to do, the GX is the obvious choice. The SUV comes with a seven-passenger layout as standard. The LX, on the other hand, has a five-passenger seating arrangement as standard. There's a three-row option for the LX, but that starts at $92,125.

What the LX Gets Right

Both the LX and GX come with a V8 engine, but it's the LX's that produces more power. The LX comes with a 5.7-liter V8 that generates 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. The GX's smaller 4.6-liter V8 is rated at 301 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque. And there isn't a big difference in fuel economy, either. With its eight-speed automatic transmission, the LX can get up to an EPA-estimated 13 miles per gallon city, 18 mpg highway, and 15 combined, while the GX is rated at 15/18/16 mpg (city/highway/combined).

The LX has a longer wheelbase than the GX, 112 inches compared to 109 inches, which translates to more interior space. The LX has more front head room, leg room, shoulder room, hip room, rear shoulder room, and rear leg room than the GX. The more spacious interior in the LX also translates to more cargo capacity, as the LX is rated to hold up to 83.1 cubic feet of cargo, while the GX offers you with a total of 64.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

Luxury or Truck-Like Usability?

The Lexus LX is a luxury vehicle that happens to be a SUV, while the GX is a SUV that's luxurious. That may not sound like a big difference, but the LX feels like a bespoke luxury vehicle, as it should for its large price tag. The GX is more utilitarian and truck-like than the soft, cushy character of the LX.

Our Verdict: Lexus GX

If you have the means to afford the Lexus LX, it's the one to buy. It's got the luxury, the more upscale interior design, and high-end features to warrant its nearly six-figure price tag. For everyone else, the Lexus GX's standard seven-passenger layout and more affordable price tag make it the better option. Plus, it's got more than enough luxury for regular use.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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