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.
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|2012 Lexus GX 460Browse Used Listings||2012 Audi Q7Browse Used Listings||2012 Jeep Grand CherokeeBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mercedes-Benz GL ClassBrowse Used Listings||2012 Volkswagen TouaregBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Supercharged Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Turbocharged Diesel V6||Gas V6|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|4WD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium Plus||RWD 4-Door Laredo Altitude||4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC||4-Door VR6 Sport|
|4-Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|4-Door SUV||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||4 Door|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift|