2021 Lexus GX 460

What’s new

  • New Premium Plus package includes third-row power seats and premium audio
  • Acoustic glass on front side windows
  • Amazon Alexa compatibility
  • Part of the second GX 460 generation introduced for 2010

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive off-road capability in a segment largely without it
  • High seating position provides a good view of the road
  • Easy-to-use interior controls
  • Compromised cargo space and third-row seat
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Poor fuel economy and acceleration
  • Rough ride on broken pavement
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2021 Lexus GX 460 Review

Most SUVs today are designed more for city driving than tackling rocky trails and dirt roads. The 2021 Lexus GX 460 is of a slightly different breed. It's pretty capable of handling those rough-and-tumble duties thanks to a special suspension system that improves wheel articulation in off-road situations. This, in combination with the 4WD system with low-range gearing, maximizes traction when you need it most.

Unfortunately, the GX 460's off-road focus compromises on-road comfort. We like the commanding seating position and user-friendly interior, but the ride is stiff on less-than-perfect pavement. Other downsides include an underpowered and overly thirsty V8 and a lack of cargo room. A few other SUVs, such as the Land Rover Discovery, are better at providing similar capabilities without the loss of utility. Check out our Expert Rating for more of our take on the 2021 GX 460.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

6.8 / 10
The Lexus GX 460 is a bit of a mixed bag. It's as solid and well built as ever, but parts of it are almost comically old. And while the engine is strong and smooth, the braking is poor. Other luxury SUVs have surpassed the GX 460 in almost every way.

How does it drive?

The Lexus GX 460 has much going for it but stumbles in key areas. In routine use around town, the GX can feel lethargic owing to its heavy curb weight and an economy-minded throttle pedal and transmission calibration. Emergency braking performance is also disappointing. The stopping distance from 60 mph is last in class at 139 feet. Thankfully, low-speed handling maneuvers are easy due to its tight turning circle and light steering effort.

The GX has decent on- and off-road handling, but its steering is lifeless and numb. As for going off-road, the GX 460 has a low-range transfer case and a lockable center differential, and the suspension system (KDSS) automatically generates impressive wheel articulation. But ground clearance isn't great, and the overhangs are low. It will be a good choice for second owners willing to add expedition bumpers and a lift kit.

How comfortable is it?

The Lexus GX 460 is supremely quiet, and the ride is generally smooth without being floaty or buoyant. But ripples and patches in the asphalt often create a mild jostling motion that your passengers might find uncomfortable. Also make sure you test out the seats before you sign on the dotted line. Everyone is different, but our entire staff disliked the seats due to the plank-like seat bottoms in all seating positions.

The climate control system's layout is really dated, but to its credit, it works exceptionally well. The front seats are heated and ventilated, and the second-row seats are heated. All three rows have air vents, and those in the second row have their own climate controls.

How’s the interior?

The Lexus GX has a dated-looking interior layout, but it functions well. There's generally abundant space, and a good driving position is easy to find. The high seating position gives a commanding view of the road, but it makes the step up a bit higher than in newer SUVs.

The available parking assist makes maneuvering this vehicle in tight parking areas a breeze, as do the vehicle's excellent sight lines. The exterior mirrors are appropriately sized and welcome in both on- and off-road situations.

How’s the tech?

The GX's infotainment is a mix of capable and infuriating. While the sound system is strong, the audio screen won't stay put and constantly defaults to a summary screen. The GX also feels like a time capsule, with clunky voice controls, old navigation graphics, and no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto support. That's difficult to accept considering the GX's price.

How’s the storage?

The second and third rows of seats may fold flat into the floor, but cargo capacity isn't class-leading. The load deck of this traditional body-on-frame SUV is somewhat high, so anyone of smaller stature will struggle to load heavier objects. The swing-out rear door blocks curbside access. Maximum towing capability is listed at 6,500 pounds, but the tow hitch and wiring are dealer-installed accessories and not factory-integrated.

How economical is it?

In this day and age, even larger SUVs can be somewhat fuel-efficient. The GX's rating of 16 mpg combined (15 city/19 highway) is not good, and our GX 460 test vehicle hovered around those figures, which makes it pretty terrible.

Is it a good value?

The GX 460 oozes quality in terms of materials and workmanship. But the interior looks the better part of a decade old. While the simplicity and layout might appeal to some buyers, most everyone else will likely be put off by the lack of modernity.


It's about as fun to drive as a boxy truck-based SUV can be, which isn't saying much. It's also far more sophisticated and quiet than you'd expect. But it feels a bit straight-laced, stodgy and as old as the hills. Its time has passed.

Which GX 460 does Edmunds recommend?

It may be the most expensive, but we think the top-tier GX 460 Luxury is the way to go. Its adaptive suspension helps improve the ride, and the available off-road package makes it capable off the beaten path.

Lexus GX 460 models

The 2021 Lexus GX 460 is a three-row luxury SUV that's available in three trim levels: base, Premium and Luxury. Each one is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine (301 horsepower, 329 lb-ft of torque) paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive.

The base GX comes reasonably well equipped. Standard features include:

  • Seating for up to seven passengers
  • LED headlights
  • Lexus' Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System for improved off-road performance
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Four USB ports (two up front, two in the rear)
  • Driver aids
    • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
    • Lane departure alert (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
    • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)

The midtier Premium trim includes all of the base model features and adds:

  • Lexus' Enform communications system
  • Integrated navigation system
  • Amazon Alexa integration
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated outboard second-row seats
  • Parking sensors
  • LED foglights
  • Automatic windshield wipers

Options on the Premium trim include:

  • Second-row captain's seats
  • 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system
  • Power-folding third row

The top-grade Luxury trim builds off the Premium trim, adding:

  • Self-leveling adaptive air suspension
  • Heated wood-trimmed steering wheel
  • Upgraded leather upholstery
  • Standard power-folding third row

Options include:

  • Surround-view camera (gives you a top-down view of the GX 460 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Off-Road package
    • Includes surround-view camera
    • Crawl control for improved off-road driving
    • Adjustable off-road drive modes
    • Fuel tank protection
    • Transmission oil cooler

Consumer reviews

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    Our experts’ favorite GX 460 safety features:

    Lane Departure Alert
    Warns you when you begin drifting out of your lane.
    Pre-Collision System
    Warns you about stopped or suddenly slowing vehicles ahead, then helps you apply full braking force or applies the brakes for you.
    Driver Attention Monitor
    Studies your actions behind the wheel to determine whether you're acting drowsy or distracted, then warns you accordingly.

    Lexus GX 460 vs. the competition

    Lexus GX 460 vs. Land Rover Discovery

    The Discovery is a much newer and more modern vehicle than the decade-old Lexus. While it lacks a V8 engine, the Discovery's supercharged V6 is more powerful than the GX's V8. The Land Rover is also available with a torquey and relatively fuel-efficient diesel engine. It's much more comfortable and refined on the road.

    Compare Lexus GX 460 & Land Rover Discovery features

    Lexus GX 460 vs. Toyota Land Cruiser

    The Land Cruiser, despite wearing a Toyota badge rather than a Lexus logo, is significantly more expensive than the GX. Like the Lexus, it's an old platform that, while updated over the years, feels behind the times in terms of refinement. The Land Cruiser's interior is more spacious than the GX's, but it's not as well appointed. Both are about equal when it comes to off-road capability, though the Land Cruiser's larger size makes it a bit harder to maneuver.

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    Lexus GX 460 vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee

    The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the Swiss Army knife of SUVs. If you want a comfortable but capable off-roader, check out the Trailhawk trim. If you care more about on-road comfort and tech, there's the Summit trim. And if you really want to show off and let everyone know you mean business, there's the wild Trackhawk trim with its 707-hp supercharged V8. It's not as luxurious or roomy as the GX, but it's also much less expensive.

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    Is the Lexus GX 460 a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 GX 460 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 6.8 out of 10. You probably care about Lexus GX 460 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the GX 460 gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the GX 460 has 11.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Lexus GX 460. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 Lexus GX 460?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Lexus GX 460:

    • New Premium Plus package includes third-row power seats and premium audio
    • Acoustic glass on front side windows
    • Amazon Alexa compatibility
    • Part of the second GX 460 generation introduced for 2010
    Learn more

    Is the Lexus GX 460 reliable?

    To determine whether the Lexus GX 460 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the GX 460. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the GX 460's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Lexus GX 460 a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Lexus GX 460 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 GX 460 and gave it a 6.8 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 GX 460 is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Lexus GX 460?

    The least-expensive 2021 Lexus GX 460 is the 2021 Lexus GX 460 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $53,100.

    Other versions include:

    • 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $53,100
    • Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $64,365
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    What are the different models of Lexus GX 460?

    If you're interested in the Lexus GX 460, the next question is, which GX 460 model is right for you? GX 460 variants include 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A), and Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A). For a full list of GX 460 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 Lexus GX 460

    2021 Lexus GX 460 Overview

    The 2021 Lexus GX 460 is offered in the following submodels: GX 460 SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A), and Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A).

    What do people think of the 2021 Lexus GX 460?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Lexus GX 460 and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 GX 460.

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    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2021 Lexus GX 460?

    2021 Lexus GX 460 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)

    The 2021 Lexus GX 460 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $57,745. The average price paid for a new 2021 Lexus GX 460 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A) is trending $2,578 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the 2021 Lexus GX 460 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A) is 4.5% below the MSRP.

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