2013 Lexus GX vs. Its Competition

2013 Lexus GX 460
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
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.
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.
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee blurs the SUV-crossover line expertly; better transmissions are at the top of the wish list.
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.
The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg delivers good performance and a luxurious interior--although it's a mainstream brand asking for a luxury-vehicle price.
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4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 4WD2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
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4WD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.0T PremiumRWD 4-Door Laredo Altitude *Ltd Avail*4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC4-Door VR6 Sport
4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
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Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility4 Door
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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