Alchemy was an ancient practice aimed at producing precious metals from common ingredients, and Lexus has perfected the formula. Using the Toyota Sequoia as a solid foundation, Lexus has revised the GX for 2014.
Though now wearing the spindle grille seen across the Lexus portfolio, other subtle updates, such as LED lighting and new wheels, serve to differentiate it from previous models. Paint quality and body panel fit are best in class with more attention to detail than the competition. A fold-flat second row and Texas-sized tailgate make the GX one of the more useful SUVs on the market.
The interior is where the GX 460 rises above the rest. With an incredibly well insulated cabin, minor annoyances like traffic or low flying aircraft are tuned out. Mahogany accents are combined with acres of leather and machined aluminum. No sharp edges or cheap plastics could be found.
Having the outside world removed from the equation allows the Mark Levinson audio system to guarantee reference level perfection on the road. Seventeen speakers deliver 7.1 channels of aural stimulation. No other SUV has such a system. The 8” display is loaded with the familiar Lexus Enform suite of useful apps. HD Radio, real-time traffic and weather are seamlessly integrated into the navigation system.
An adjustable air suspension isolates the body from the road for a smooth ride. Sitting behind the wheel may cause you to wax nostalgic, as Lexus has had the same 4.6L 301 HP V8 for years. With 119 less horsepower than the Escalade, the GX is less about acceleration and more about aesthetics. Fuel mileage tops out at 20 mpg on the highway, with a combined rating of 17. These results earn it a score of 3 out of 10 for greenhouse gas emissions by the EPA.
The window sticker on our GX topped out at $62,770. Considering the interior refinement and quality of materials, that is a fair price. We enjoyed our week with the GX, and if you value style above speed, it may be your next SUV.