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2012 Lexus GX 460 vs. Its Competition

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2011 Lexus GX 460 4WD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View
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The GX 460 is one of the last vehicles standing in the new-car market with truck-based underpinnings and mid-size dimensions, and it frankly is brilliant regarding some of its mission and horribly with other parts.

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.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was redesigned last year, and it now has top-notch performance and refinement—at a lower price than the Lexus.

All of these vehicles have a more versatile layout, and easier cargo loading ability; if that's what matters, the GX's side-opening hatch and high cargo floor can be deal-breakers.

2011 Lexus GX 460 4WD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2012 Lexus GX 4602012 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.0L TDI Premium Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi Q72012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT82012 Jeep Grand Cherokee2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class 4MATIC 4-door 4.6L Side Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class2012 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door TDI Lux *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View2012 Volkswagen Touareg
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The 2012 GX 460 is a good pick for those who need the serious towing ability of a body-on-frame SUV, along with the refinement of a Lexus. But gas mileage is dismal, and it has some pretty critical packaging flaws that limit its usefulness.
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The 2012 Audi Q7 has what upscale suburban families want: a lavish interior, a cabin full of premium features, and performance and ride that are very carlike--plus serious towing ability if and when you need it.
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The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee only gets better this year with the addition of the SRT8's thundering HEMI V-8.
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With rugged styling, fairly nimble handling and diesel economy, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class can charm the mud right off a Land Rover Range Rover.
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The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg offers refined powertrains, excellent interior comfort, as well as a luxurious feel--although it carries a luxury-class price tag for a mainstream brand.
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Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Supercharged Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
4WD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium PlusRWD 4-Door Laredo Altitude4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC4-Door VR6 Sport
4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4-Door SUVSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility4 Door
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift
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