2014 Lexus GX vs. Its Competition

2014 Lexus GX 460
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Lexus GX 460 is a true truck-based, mid-size luxury SUV, making it a rarity on today's market.

Thanks to its adjustable suspension and KDSS, the GX is able to travel off-road just as competently as it cruises down the highway, and it's one of the better vehicles in its class for that duty, too.

The Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GL Class are both more comfortable for on-road driving, and the Audi is especially attractive inside.

Both the Audi and the GL, as well as the VW Tourareg, offer turbodiesel engine options, making them better for towing, too.

The Touareg lacks the third row, but handles off-roading more gracefully than the Q7 or GL, but not as well as the GX.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is another option, also lacking the third row of seats.

It's more affordable than the GX without sacrificing much in the way of refinement, and the Jeep's V-6 is as good as any.

No matter how you slice it, each of these alternatives offer easier loading and more cargo space than the GX, though.

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2014 Audi Q72014 Audi Q7
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (GL63 AMG)2014 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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2014 Volkswagen Touareg R-Line2014 Volkswagen Touareg
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Quick Specs
Few vehicles can boast the 2014 Lexus GX 460's on- and off-road capabilities--but how many luxury car owners go rock-crawling?
There's much to love about the 2014 Audi Q7 and few if any failings; it does everything a three-row crossover vehicle should do, with great elegance and sophistication—and skips the faux-rugged nonsense.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee adds great turbodiesel fuel economy to a resume already blushing with talent.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL may be an expensive way to haul the family around, but it has excellent driving manners and some very sophisticated safety technology, too.
The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg is an expensive way to purchase a mainstream brand's vehicle, but it's more luxurious than many of its mainstream competitors.
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Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Diesel V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
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N/AStandard SUV 4WDStandard SUV 2WDN/AN/A
Style Name    
4WD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.0T PremiumRWD 4-Door Altitude4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC4-Door 3.6L Sport
Four Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySport Utility4MATIC4MOTION
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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