Lexus GX vs LX

The Lexus GX and the Lexus LX are SUVs that offer the best of both worlds. They combine class-leading luxury with true off-road capability, a feat that few full-size SUVs have been able to pull off.

Based off the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and Toyota Land Cruiser, both of these SUVs are truck-based (body-on-frame) SUVs⁠—the same construction used in most serious off-roaders like the Jeep Wrangler or Mercedes G-Wagen.

Of course, they get the full Lexus treatment, meaning fancy styling, lavish interiors and more features.

A quick glance tells us the LX is more expensive and is available as either a 5-seater or 8-seater, whereas the GX is only sold as a 7-seater. But what else separates these two SUVs? Let’s take a closer look.

Quick Summary

The Lexus GX and Lexus LX are both capable 4x4s that are based off the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and Toyota Land Cruiser, respectively. The LX offers a higher level of luxury and slightly better performance, though most buyers will find it hard to justify the additional cost.

Lexus GX vs LX: Price

The GX and LX are positioned next to each other in the Lexus SUV range, but the price difference between their base models is steep⁠—$33,480.

The base 2021 GX 460 starts at $53,100, while the range-topping GX 460 Luxury model starts at $64,365. The other option is the GX 460 Premium, which sits between the two and costs $56,190.

Being the most expensive SUV Lexus offers, the 2021 LX doesn’t come cheap. It starts at $86,580 for its LX 570 Two-Row model, while the LX 570 Three-Row starts at a whopping $91,580 and easily breaches the $100k mark when you throw in some optional extras.

Lexus GX seating layout
The Lexus GX (shown) can accommodate up to 7-seater across all models. The Lexus LX can be purchased as a 5-seater or 7-seater.

Lexus GX vs LX: Size

Despite both belonging to the “full-size SUV” vehicle size class, the Lexus LX is significantly bigger than the GX.

The Lexus GX is 192.1 inches long, 74.2 inches wide, and 74.2 inches high, with a wheelbase of 109.8 inches.

The Lexus LX, on the other hand, is 200 inches long, 78 inches wide, and 75.2 inches high, with a wheelbase of 112.2 inches. These bigger exterior dimensions also make it 870 pounds heavier than the GX.

The LX is also larger on the inside. In the 1st row, it offers 0.3 inches more headroom, 1.2 inches more legroom, and 5.6 inches more shoulder room than the GX, while in the 2nd row, it offers 1.8 inches more shoulder room and 0.3 inches more legroom. The LX’s 3rd row is also substantially roomier than that of the GX. Of course, if you opt for the two-row LX, these figures will be slightly different.

For cargo, when the 2nd and 3rd-row seats are folded down, the LX can offer up to 81.3 cubic feet of cargo volume while the GX offers 64.7 cubic feet.

Lexus GX vs LX: Exterior and Interior Design

The Lexus GX and LX have exteriors that are very different to the spaceship-like bodies of the UX, NX and RX. They are typical boxy 4×4 designs, with give them superior approach and departure angles for off-roading.

Regardless of whether you choose the GX or LX, the angular spindle front-grilles and triple-beam LED headlamps make sure everyone knows you’re driving a Lexus. While the differences in head and tail light designs are significant, it’s the larger body of the LX and its bigger 20”/21” wheels that really helps you distinguish it from the GX.

Once you get inside, the differences become even more apparent. Both of them depart from the modern and daring interior that you find in the Lexus RX Crossover, and go for something a little more conventional and rugged.

Lexus GX interior
Lexus LX interior

The interior of the LX is simply much nicer than that of the GX (pretty understandable when you consider it costs over $30,000 more). It’s lined with plusher materials, less plastic and makes more use of premium quality wood trims. It also feels much more up-to-date thanks to its newer instrument panel and 12.3-inch infotainment screen which makes the GX’s older 8-inch system look ancient.

Lexus GX vs LX: Power and Fuel Economy

All the models of the Lexus GX are driven by a naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8 gasoline engine rated at 301 horsepower and 329 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The power and torque is delivered to a full-time 4WD system.

According to Lexus, this powertrain takes the GX from 0-60mph in 7.8s and gives it a towing capacity of 6,500 pounds.

Meanwhile, the Lexus LX gets a more powerful, naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V8 engine that generates 383 horsepower and 403 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine pairs with an 8-speed automatic transmission and it also sends its output to a full-time 4WD system.

All this means the LX can tow up to 7,000 pounds and it requires just 7.3 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.

Despite the LX having a bigger engine, its fuel economy is very comparable to that of the GX. Neither vehicle performs well in this department; the LX manages 13/18/15 mpg (city/highway/combined) and the GX manages a slightly better 15/18/16 mpg.

Lexus LX side view

Lexus GX vs LX: Interior Features

Both SUVs also offer luxurious and well-equipped interiors, but the more expensive LX has the upper hand.

The 2021 base GX 460 model offers NuLuxe® leatherette seat trim, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, 10-way power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support and driver-seat memory settings. The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Siri® Eyes Free and Bluetooth connectivity is a little dated, but does the job.

The GX 460 Premium and GX 460 Luxury add features like pure leather interior upholstery, 2nd-row captain’s chairs, a wood and leather-trimmed dashboard and center console, heated and ventilated front seats, an upgraded three-zone automatic climate control system, and much more.

The 2021 Lexus LX is offered in LX 570 Two-Row or LX 570 Three-Row models, both of which are similarly equipped. Their standard 12.3-inch touchscreen and optional heads up display give the LX a big technological edge over the GX.

Other features include a standard semi-aniline perforated leather-trimmed interior with exotic wood trim, a 14-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar and driver memory settings, a four-zone automatic climate control system, a standard heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel and an available cool box in the center console.


Choosing between the GX and LX is like choosing between apples and oranges.

The average buyer looking for a true Lexus 7-seater 4×4 and not a regular Crossover SUV will want to start by looking into the GX. It’s rugged, decently specced and much more affordable.

But the LX is the true Lexus king of the off-road. It’s based off the Toyota Land Cruiser (as opposed to the Land Cruiser Prado which the GX is based off) and has a much more luxurious interior to boot.

If off-roading capabilities aren’t important to you, The Lexus RX and RX hybrid are also worthy of consideration. With modern exteriors and a unibody construction, they offer a comfier ride and better handling on tarmac.

Comparison Table

2021 Lexus GX2021 Lexus LX
Engine4.6L V8 Gas5.7L V8 Gas
Horsepower301 hp @ 5500 rpm383 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque329 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm403 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Transmission6-Speed Automatic8-Speed Automatic
DrivetrainFour-Wheel DriveFour-Wheel Drive
Steering TypeRack-PinionRack-Pinion
Rear Wheel SizeP265/60HR18P285/50VR20
Front Wheel SizeP265/60HR18P285/50VR20
Turning Diameter (ft.)38.1-
Fuel Economy
MPG/MPGe - Hwy1916
MPG/MPGe - City1512
MPG/MPGe - Combined1614
Gas Tank Size (gallons)19.024.6
Cruising Range - Hwy (miles)361.0393.6
Size and Weight
Height (in.)74.275.2
Length (in.)192.1200.0
Max Width (in.)74.278.0
Wheelbase (in.)109.8112.2
Interior Dimensions
Seating Capacity75
Front Seat Leg Room (in.)41.742.9
Front Seat Head Room (in.)38.038.3
Front Seat Hip Room (in.)56.558.8
Front Seat Shoulder Room (in.)55.461.0
Rear Seat Leg room (in.)34.134.4
Rear Seat Head Room (in.)40.438.9
Rear Seat Hip Room (in.)55.258.5
Rear Seat Shoulder Room (in.)57.359.1
Third Row Leg Room (in.)29.3-
Third Row Head Room (in.)35.2-
Third Row Hip Room (in.)43.1-
Third Row Shoulder Room (in.)54.5-
Infotainment Features
HD RadioStandardStandard
MP3 PlayerStandardStandard
WiFi HotspotNot AvailableNot Available
Satellite RadioStandardStandard
Bluetooth ConnectionStandardStandard
Entertainment SystemNot AvailableNot Available
Premium Sound SystemNot AvailableNot Available
Auxiliary Audio InputStandardStandard
Smart Device IntegrationOptionalStandard
Hard Disk Drive Media StorageNot AvailableNot Available
Interior Trim
Cloth SeatsStandardStandard
Vinyl SeatsStandardStandard
Leather SeatsStandardStandard
Premium Synthetic SeatsStandardStandard
Bucket SeatsStandardStandard
Leather Steering WheelStandardStandard
Woodgrain Interior TrimNot AvailableStandard
Comfort Features
Rear A/CNot AvailableStandard
Seat MemoryStandardStandard
Seat-MassageNot AvailableNot Available
Keyless EntryStandardStandard
Keyless StartStandardStandard
Cruise ControlStandardStandard
Multi-Zone A/CStandardStandard
Power LiftgateNot AvailableStandard
Climate ControlStandardStandard
Head-Up DisplayNot AvailableNot Available
Power Mirror(s)StandardStandard
Automatic ParkingNot AvailableNot Available
Navigation SystemOptionalStandard
Power Driver SeatStandardStandard
Cooled Rear Seat(s)Not AvailableOptional
Hands-Free LiftgateNot AvailableNot Available
Heated Rear Seat(s)Not AvailableOptional
Remote Engine StartNot AvailableNot Available
Cooled Front Seat(s)OptionalOptional
Heated Front Seat(s)OptionalStandard
Power Passenger SeatStandardStandard
Remote Trunk ReleaseNot AvailableStandard
Heated Steering WheelNot AvailableOptional
Adaptive Cruise ControlStandardStandard
Navigation from TelematicsNot AvailableNot Available
Universal Garage Door OpenerStandardStandard
Steering Wheel Audio ControlsStandardStandard
Safety Features
Brake AssistStandardStandard
Night VisionNot AvailableNot Available
Rear Parking AidStandardStandard
Traction ControlStandardStandard
Stability ControlStandardStandard
Blind Spot MonitorStandardStandard
Cross-Traffic AlertNot AvailableStandard
Lane Keeping AssistStandardNot Available
Tire Pressure MonitorStandardStandard
Lane Departure WarningStandardStandard
Knee Air BagStandardStandard
Driver Air BagStandardStandard
Seatbelt Air BagNot AvailableNot Available
Passenger Air BagStandardStandard
Rear Head Air BagStandardStandard
Rear Side Air BagStandardStandard
Front Head Air BagStandardStandard
Front Side Air BagStandardStandard
Basic4 Years / 50,000 Miles4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion6 Years / Unlimited Miles6 Years / Unlimited Miles
Drivetrain6 Years / 70,000 Miles6 Years / 70,000 Miles
Maintenance1 Years / 10,000 Miles1 Years / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years / Unlimited Miles4 Years / Unlimited Miles