2010 Lexus GX 460 vs. Its Competition

2010 Lexus GX 460 4WD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The GX 460 is one of the last vehicles standing in the new-car market with truck-based underpinnings and mid-size dimensions.

While many other automakers once offered vehicles in this segment, they've all gone to the wayside, replaced by more carlike luxury crossovers.

With its adjustable suspension and KDSS, the GX does handle off-roading without making sacrifices in highway ride quality, and it's among the better vehicles for that.

However the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GL450 have a more confident feel on the road, with the Audi's strength being its beautiful interior, while the GL has such a composed ride and quiet interior.

With their available TDI diesel engines, the GL-Class, Q7, and Touareg are fuel-efficient and great for towing.

The VW Touareg is slightly more off-road-oriented, and doesn't offer a third-row seat, but it's otherwise a stout, impressive vehicle.

Meanwhile, the Jeep Commander offers a package that's similar to that of the GX, with three rows of seating and serious off-road ability.

However the Commander is slightly disappointing inside, with cabin materials that are a bit disappointing and dimensions that leave it short on headroom.

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Quick Specs
8.4
Lexus has succeeded in making the 2010 GX 470 safer, more responsive, and more comfortable, while maintaining its off-road chops. But those who want cargo convenience and versatility will be better off with a crossover.
8.0
The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has dropped some of its ruggedness in favor of the comfort suburban families want—but it's still not quite a rival to luxury-brand utes.
8.8
The 2010 Audi Q7 tames the SUV bad-boy image with subtler looks, diesel fuel economy, and good on-road performance.
7.8
The 2010 Jeep Commander is at home on the trail, although its interior and on-the-road comfort leave a lot to be desired.
9.0
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class' nimble ride and elegant cabin charm the mud right off a Range Rover.
MSRP From    
$51,970$44,450$46,900$31,575$59,950
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V8Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Turbocharged Diesel V6
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
4WD 4-Door4-Door VR6 Sportquattro 4-Door 3.6L PrestigeRWD 4-Door Sport4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Drivetrain    
4-Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
75777
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4-Door SUV4 Door4 Door SUV4 DoorSport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic