The 2022 Lexus GX sports one of the oldest platforms left in the luxury SUV segment. Its bones date back to 2012 when it was last “all-new”. Now, we’re going to take it on a 2,000-mile road trip to find out if it’s still a worthy contender. What do you want to know about it?
The GX 460 packs a 4.6-liter V8 under the hood and develops 301 hp (224 kW) and 329 lb-ft (445 Nm) of torque. It sends that power through a six-speed automatic transmission and then to all four wheels. It sports a body-on-frame chassis but also an adjustable suspension and serious off-road parts. If that sounds like a Toyota 4Runner to you, you’d be right as the two share many components.
Despite all of those seemingly archaic and truck-like qualities, this is still a high-end Lexus with a price tag north of $60,000. It promises to be comfortable, quiet, and spacious. But can it truly compete with other SUVs in the same price bracket that have been updated more recently?
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Vehicles like the Genesis GV80, the Volvo XC90, and the Mercedes-Benz GLE all feature similar starting prices. They’re also much newer and much more fuel efficient by comparison. The Lexus has more to worry about than just direct competitors at this level though.
SUVs like the Hyundai Palisade, the Lincoln Aviator, and the Cadillac XT6 also want a piece of the market shared with the GX. On paper, these challengers all provide things that the GX doesn’t. For instance, its 6,800-pound towing capacity is one of the lowest in the segment. So with that in mind, we’re anxious to see how well it handles a full cabin and a couple of days of grueling road trip fun. We plan to take it to a couple of off-road trails as well.
What should we test? What do you want to know about one of the last luxury SUVs with a non-hybridized V8 under the hood? Let us know in the comments below.