There aren't many vehicles left on the market that do what the GX 460 does--with true truck-based underpinnings and mid-size dimensions.
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.
But the Audi Q7 or Mercedes-Benz GL Class (which was just redesigned) both are more confident and comfortable, with the Audi boasting an especially attractive interior.
With their available clean-diesel engines, the GL-Class, Q7, and Touareg are all far more fuel-efficient yet 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.
Another good option is the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which has top-notch performance and refinement, at a much lower price than the Lexus, especially for the Jeep's good V-6 version.
In each case, these vehicles have a more versatile layout and more cargo space (as well as easier loading) than the GX and its wrong-side-opening hatch.
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|15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Supercharged Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Turbocharged Diesel V6||Gas V6|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD||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||4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC||4-Door VR6 Sport|
|4-Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||4 Door|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift|