2016 Lexus GX vs. Its Competition

2015 Lexus GX
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

As a mid-sized luxury SUV that sits on a truck-based platform, the Lexus GX 460 is a one of a dying breed.

Thanks to its sophisticated suspension, it offers balance of off-road prowess with competent on-road dynamics.

The VW Touareg doesn't come with a third row, but its better on road and also offers off-road capability.

There's also the Jeep Grand Cherokee–also missing a third row–but it offers wonderful on-road dynamics, and strong competencies when it comes to off-roading.

The three-row Mercedes-Benz GLE and Audi Q7 both have the Lexus beat in on-road driving, but neither can go quite as hard when it comes to leaving the pavement.

However, both offer an optional diesel engine, giving them an edge in terms of fuel economy and range.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Lexus GX offers off-road prowess that few buyers really need, but it is comfortable inside and on the road.
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a lot more than first appearances might suggest: a true luxury vehicle, a capable off-roader, and a fuel-efficient diesel highway hauler—potentially all in the same build.
The M-Class gets a new lease on luxury-crossover life as the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class—and it's joined by a swoopy new Coupe variant.
Expensive and fancy for a vehicle from a mainstream brand, the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg is also less expensive than some comparable luxury-SUV options.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded V-8Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class   
N/AStandard SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDN/A
Style Name   
4WD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door 75th AnniversaryRWD 4-Door GLE 3504-Door V6 Sport
Four Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility4MOTION
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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