Once again, it’s time to start looking for your next ride, and your eye has been caught by two SUV’s by Lexus – the GX 460 and the LX 570. Both look like a good vehicle, but you know you want to have a lot of carrying capacity – and you tend to need all the space you can get.
If space is what you’re looking for, the LX 570 is the best choice. Not only is it significantly larger than GX, but it also has a larger maximum carrying capacity at 81.3 cubic feet compared to the 64.7 cubic feet of the GX.
Both the LX and GX seem rather similar at first glance, but they are both very distinctively their own vehicle. While the LX overall is larger than the GX, size isn’t always everything. If you’re not looking for the biggest vehicle out there, the GX is also a good option, and is more affordable than the LX.
Lexus LX 570
The luxury SUV Lexus Lx 570 made its first appearance in 2007 and is the third generation of the LX line, the LX standing for “luxury crossover.” The “X” also marks that the LX is part of the Lexus SUV line. At an $86,830 base price, the LX is Lexus’ largest and most expensive luxury SUV. It measures at 200 inches long, 78 inches wide, 75.2 inches high, and has a wheelbase of 112.2 inches.
But don’t think that the price is too exorbitant! When you look at what the LX has to offer compared to the GX, you can understand the price differential. You just have to determine for yourself if that extra $30,000 is worth it to you. Even though you definitely are getting what you pay for, $30,000 is still a good chunk of cash.
An important factor to take into consideration when purchasing a vehicle is passenger capacity. Do you have a large family? Are you part of a carpool group for your kid’s soccer team? The nice thing about the LX is that it has options for all needs when it comes to passenger capacity.
The base price comes with two rows and a five-passenger capacity. However, if you need more space than that, you can opt for the three-row model, which raises the passenger capacity to 8. This will raise the base price to $92,675.
And if you’re worried about that eating into your carrying capacity, never you fear! While having all the seats in use will provide you with less cargo capacity, if you need to load a lot of lumber from your local home improvement store and you don’t have extra passengers, your maximum carrying capacity with the seats down – for both the two and three-row models – remains at 81.3 cubic feet. While this may not be as large as other vehicles on the market, it is significantly larger than the GX.
When the seats are up, this extra space can really be felt by the passengers, which can be really nice if you are a taller, larger person. Hurray for extra legroom! In the two row model, the extra space translates to a quarter inch extra head space in the front row compared to the GX, an inch and a quarter more legroom in the front row and a quarter inch more in the second, and five-and-a-half inches extra shoulder room in the front, with almost 2 inches in the second row. If you tend to get claustrophobic and cramped in the car, this may be something to take into account.
But the size isn’t the only difference between the LX and the GX when it comes to the interior. The LX is overall a more “cushy” car comparatively. It contains less plastic than the GX and more fine wood trims. It is lined with more plush materials, providing for a more comfortable ride. It even has a newer and larger infotainment screen, which measures at 12.3 inches, which makes it look more up-to-date than the GX’s eight-inch infotainment screen.
If you’re into outdoor adventures, you’ll be pleased to know that with an all-time four-wheel drive, this vehicle is ready for your off-roading escapade. Or, if that is less of your style, the LX also has a towing capability of up to 7000 pounds. So whether you want to go boating, tug a trailer with all your camping supplies, or even take a small camper out for the weekend, this will do the job. Admittedly, a larger truck more suited to towing may do the job better, but if you’re not in the market for one of those, this will also work.
With 403 pound-feet of torque and a horsepower of 383, the LX has a slightly faster acceleration than the GX. It can go from zero to sixty miles per hour in 7.3 seconds, half a second faster than the GX, which is in all likelihood, not that big of a deal.
When it comes down to fuel economy, this SUV doesn’t fare too well. Its fuel economy gives twelve to sixteen miles per gallon, which is slightly worse than the GX’s fuel economy. However, it does have a larger gasoline tank of 24.6 gallons. This means that you can get anywhere from 295.2 to 393.6 miles out of your vehicle between each fill-up, depending on how optimally you drive.
Lexus GX 460
The second model in the GX line, the Lexus GX 460 first appeared in China in November 2009. At a $53,450 base price, it is more economically affordable for those on a tighter budget than that of the LX. It is 192.1 inches long, 74.2 inches wide, 74.2 inches high, and has a wheelbase of 109.8 inches. With a smaller wheelbase than the LX, it will also have a better turn radius if you need to pull a quick U-turn.
The nice thing about the GX is that it automatically comes with 7 seats – no need to pay a premium to have enough seats for your entire family. With two seats in the front and middle rows and a bench seat in the back to provide three additional seats, there are plenty of seats for everyone.
Like the LX, the seats can be folded in to provide you with a maximum of 64.7 cubic feet of space. While this is less space than LX, if you don’t need to load your vehicle to the brim frequently, then this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
The GX also has a decent tow capability, able to tow up to 6,500 pounds. While this is 500 pounds less than the LX, there are still plenty of things that will still fall within the realm of possibility to tow. While like the LX, a vehicle specifically designed to tow may be the better option, the GX is still a viable option. So go on that boating trip! Go help your brother move with a U-Haul trailer! You’ve got the capability!
The GX has a 329 pound-foot torque and a horsepower of 301. It can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 7.8 seconds. Half a second difference from the LX is really not enough of a difference to be all the noticeable, so if you’re looking at acceleration, don’t let that be your deterrent to buying a GX as opposed to an LX.
The fuel economy is another thing that the GX has going for it. At least, when compared to the LX. Compared to the rest of the market, the 15/19 miles per gallon is nothing to brag about, but it is comparatively better to LX’s 12/16 miles per gallon. With a nineteen-gallon tank, you can go 285 to 361 miles before needing a refuel.
Though, I wouldn’t recommend you take your tank all the way to empty to refuel. That’s just asking for trouble. You don’t want to be stranded on the side of the road because you wanted to get every drop before you added a more gas.
At the End of the Day…..
If you’re looking more for practicality than luxury, then the GX is the choice for you. While both are good vehicles, the extra price paid for is where the LX gets its “L.” However, the LX also provides extra space as well as luxury, and if you have the extra cash on hand, this may be something you want to take into consideration.
Overall, there is no wrong answer. You just have to find the best fit for you based on your needs. And if you find that the extra things that the LX provides just isn’t worth the extra money, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with chosing the more affordable choice of the Lexus GX 460.