2011 Lexus GX 460 vs. Its Competition

2011 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.

However, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is all-new for 2011, and now has top-notch performance and refinement—at a lower price than the Lexus.

2011 Lexus GX 460 4WD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2011 Lexus GX 460
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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2011 Lexus GX 470 is refined, comfortable, and ready for off-roading or towing; cargo versatility is sorely lacking compared to other SUVs, though.
8.6
With a diesel option and a softer silhouette, the 2011 Audi Q7 does its part to tame the SUV bad-boy image.
8.6
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one capable, good-looking crossover—and a welcome sign of life from Chrysler.
9.0
A nimble ride and elegant, tough styling help the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class charm the mud right off a Range Rover.
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.
MSRP From    
$53,045$46,250$30,215$60,950$44,450
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V8Gas Supercharged 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 Laredo4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 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    
4-Door SUV4 Door SUVSport Utility VehicleSport Utility4 Door
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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