2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury Review: A Good Family SUV

You can never really appreciate a vehicle’s capabilities until you have to put them to use. I got to experience all of the 2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury’s capabilities within the span of a week.

2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury Overview

2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury

The 2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury is a good family SUV. I wouldn’t call it one of the best, but it’s more than capable of running errands around town or taking a road trip.

While I had my loaner vehicle, I drove from Houston to Dallas with my family of 6. It was a pleasant drive and everyone fit comfortably. The only thing I didn’t like about this SUV was the poor gas mileage.

2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury Exterior

2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury

I like the exterior styling of the Lexus GX 460 Luxury. It is refined with a touch of aggressiveness.

2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury

I really like the paint job (Atomic Silver) with the optional Sport Design Package that includes 19-inch Dark Gray Metallic wheels, a unique lower grille surround, front and rear spoiler bumpers, chrome detail side mirrors, scarlet taillights, and a dark gray exhaust tip.

2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury grille

Other standard Luxury features include triple-beam LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, illuminated running boards, and roof rails.

2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury Interior

2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury interior

Although the interior is roomy and comfortable, it is a bit dated. I would expect a bit more from a vehicle that has Luxury in its name.

It lacks the technology of other Lexus SUVs such as a large touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Audio, or Lexus’ newer Dynamic Voice Command.

The third row lets you carry more passengers but it comes at a price. When you raise the seats for the third row, you lose almost all of your trunk space.

On our road trip to Dallas, I was barely able to load two duffel bags into the trunk. We had to place the rest of our bags throughout the cabin.

2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury Performance

2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury

I was a bit underwhelmed by the SUV’s ride. It was a bit firm for my liking and the acceleration was lackluster with its 301 horsepower 4.6-liter V8 engine.

However, it did better when I had to take it offroad and deal with other obstacles.

When I returned from Dallas, I took a trip to Galveston.

When we arrived at the beach, I was a bit surprised by the state of the parking area. It was full of deep ruts and covered in mounds of seaweed and rocks.

However, I was unfazed. The Lexus GX 460 Luxury’s ability to handle rutted roads is rooted in its high-strength body-on-frame construction.

The Lexus GX 460 Luxury’s final performance test came during a rainstorm later in the week.

In Houston, thunderstorms can form within a few minutes and dump several inches of rain on the city causing flash floods.

I was caught in one of those severe storms on the way home one day. I don’t typically pay much attention to windshield wipers, but the ones on the Lexus GX 460 Luxury’s made me take notice because they quickly removed the water so I was able to see.

When I approached the entrance of my neighborhood, I noticed several cars stalling on the street. The main street to my neighborhood was flooded and few people could make it through.

Once again, I laughed at the obstacle before me, and easily navigated the floodwaters.

2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury Safety

2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury rear

The Lexus GX 460 Luxury comes equipped with Lexus Safety System+ with Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent High Beams, and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. The GX also has Blind Spot Monitor w/ Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Final Thoughts on the 2021 Lexus GX Luxury

The 2021 Lexus GX Luxury SUV is a good vehicle in need of an update. If Lexus can upgrade the technology, improve the gas mileage, add more trunk space, and make the ride a bit smoother, then the Lexus GX Luxury will be a great vehicle.

2021 Lexus GX Luxury Pros

  • Stylish exterior
  • Comfortable interior
  • Off-road capabilities

2021 Lexus GX Luxury Cons

  • Poor gas mileage
  • Outdated technology
  • No trunk space when using the third row

Base Price –  $64,659

As tested – $71,255

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