2020 Lexus GX Review

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2020 Lexus GX Overview

The Lexus GX, with its truck-based construction, soldiers on into 2020 with some interesting feature updates. It competes against midsize luxury crossovers from Land Rover as well as car-based class leaders such as the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.

For 2020, the GX gets a new standard spindle grille and new triple-beam LED headlights. Three trim levels are available: Base, Premium, and Luxury. Standard features on the Base trim include synthetic leather upholstery, a reclining and sliding second row, keyless entry and start, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Heated and ventilated front seats are optional on the Base trim and standard on higher trims. Higher trims also unlock options like premium upholstery, LED fog lights, heated second-row seats, adaptive and air suspension upgrades, and the Sport Design Package, which includes second-row captain’s chairs and exclusive styling details. This year’s interior updates include a new Rioja Red color combination and Gray Sapele wood trim, which come standard on the Premium and Luxury trims.

The GX’s powertrain, a 4.6-liter V8 engine rated for 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque, carries over unchanged. It's matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It’s a thirsty combination, requiring premium fuel and yielding 15 mpg city, 18 highway, and 16 combined. A full-time 4-wheel-drive (4WD) system comes standard. This combination can tow 6,500 lbs, enhanced with trailer-sway control. For 2020, Lexus offers an all-new off-road package, available only on the Luxury trim. It consists of a multi-terrain camera, a panoramic camera, a transmission cooler, crawl control, and multi-terrain selectable driving modes.

Standard tech features include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 9-speaker audio system, Siri Eyes Free, and Amazon Alexa. Navigation is optional on the Base trim and standard on Premium and Luxury. Two additional USB ports and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system are also available.

The Lexus Safety System+ package is newly standard for 2020. It includes pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert, automatic high beams, and radar cruise control. Options include a multi-view camera system, a driver-attention monitor, and reversing sensors.

The Lexus GX 460 is a niche vehicle in a segment that is increasingly mainstream, but new tech features and performance options help increase its appeal.

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Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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