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2013 Lexus GX 460 vs. Its Competition

 
2013 Lexus GX 460
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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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7.4
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The 2013 Lexus GX 460 plays to a niche audience, as a luxury SUV for those who need serious towing ability and body-on-frame ruggedness combined with Lexus refinement; but there are too many factors limiting its appeal for normal family use.
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The 2013 Audi Q7 is a premium, lavishly-appointed three-row utility vehicle with great on-road manners and capability, plus towing ability--without the off-road style or pretense.
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The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee blurs the SUV-crossover line expertly; better transmissions are at the top of the wish list.
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The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class is a pricey way to go, but it's a luxury family wagon with great fuel economy and road manners, and some thoughtful new safety and luxury features to boot.
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The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg delivers good performance and a luxurious interior--although it's a mainstream brand asking for a luxury-vehicle price.
MSRP From    
$53,795$46,800$27,695$62,400$43,945
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V8Supercharged Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 4WD2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
4WD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium PlusRWD 4-Door Laredo4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC4-Door VR6 Sport
Drivetrain    
4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
77575
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility4 Door
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift
 
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