2024 Lexus GX, One of the Best Cars

2024 Lexus GX, One of the Best Cars


2024 Lexus GX First Drive Review: Is It Better or Just Boxier?

Today’s garage queen SUVs are tomorrow’s overlanders. Let’s see if this one is any good.

Listen up, 2024 Lexus GX garage queens: Your time is coming. Survive a few years’ worth of Whole Foods treks, and one day, someone might take you to the trails. The 2024 GX isn’t just a crossover with trucky energy; it’s special. Before another Lexus changed how we think of modern luxury SUVs, the GX’s body-on-frame construction used to define the space.

Now, after 15 years, the GX is back. Finally redesigned, the 2024 Lexus GX grows in every dimension. It’s more powerful and has tons more torque from a downsized V-6 engine. This thing’s heavier than before, too, but oh my, have you swiped through these photos? Those chiseled features project an adventuresome spirit even if some GXs never escape suburbia.

The contrast between the GX’s reputation as an off-road-ready machine and as a large Lexus SUV leads us to this moment: How well does the new one serve both worlds?

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The GX Finds A Niche In 2024

Finally, Lexus has a real three-row luxury crossover in its lineup. We’re not talking about the enormous LX or the GX, but the TX. That soft-roader is designed for on-road, family duty and allows the GX to get a little wilder in its niche as a luxury off-roader with an available third row.

To build confidence, the 2024 GX has standard full-time four-wheel drive and a Torsen locking limited-slip center differential. Ground clearance has improved to 8.7-8.9 inches, and you can now tow up to just over 9,000 pounds, depending on trim. Maybe don’t try that with a TX.

How It Drives

Where the 2024 GX really impresses is how civilized it makes the entire experience. Both on- and off-road and across most trims, the new GX is a very everyday-livable ride. With 349 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque from a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V-6, the GX never feels sluggish. Smooth and quiet is more like it. The throttle and brake pedal are easy to modulate, making for easy stops and starts.

Lexus estimates a 0-60-mph time of 6.5 seconds, which is a full second quicker than a 2022 GX460 we’ve tested. Yet on the road, the new 2024 GX550 is clearly not tuned for quick starts, and it’s better for it.

Body-on-frame SUVs aren’t known for great ride quality, but on the roads in and around Tucson, the GX exceeded our admittedly low expectations. Among the 2024 Lexus GX’s six trim levels—Premium, Premium+, Luxury, Luxury+, Overtrail, and Overtrail+—the Overtrail trims ride the best, followed by the Premium trims, which roll on 20-inch wheels. We like the flashy 22s on the Luxury trims, but the ride suffers a bit, especially over sudden road imperfections.

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Heading Off-Road

The 2024 GX Overtrail trims fortify the GX’s foundations with tech and killer 33-inch all-terrain tires matched with 18-inch wheels. We hate to see such capability wasted on any SUV, but we must admit the GX Overtrail looks awesome cruising around town.

Once the GX Overtrail leaves the city, it should make out just fine thanks to its electronic locking rear differential, adaptive variable suspension (also standard on Luxury+), and Multi-Terrain Select with six drive modes including Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow, and Rock. As with the similarly large competition, you’ll want to watch your corners to avoid scratching the paint when your off-roader can cost more than $80,000.

Compared to the old GX, articulation has also improved because of the Overtrail’s Electronic-Kinetic Dynamic Suspension system. On a challenging trail, the new GX will keep its tires in contact with the ground (before hanging a wheel in the air) for longer than would the previous model. With that and Crawl Control Assist together, this off-roader makes it simple to alter how much effort you want to expend before letting the SUV’s tech do most of the work.

Off- and on-road, there’s just enough steering feel to be helpful but not distracting, and we always felt confident. When Liberty Magazine previously off-roaded a 2024 GX prototype on more extreme trails, we came away impressed. The same is true for the production model, though an old Jeep CJ with beefy tires mocked us followed us on some of the less extreme trails.

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The Rest? A Mixed Bag

Inside, the 2024 Lexus GX’s design is understated, but there’s no mistaking the quality of almost everything in the first and second rows. Best of all, this applies to the entire 2024 GX range down to the base Premium. The picture changes the farther back you go, though.

The third-row armrests feel more Toyota Land Cruiser than Lexus GX, although the sightlines are great through those blocky side windows. Too bad the floor is so high and access is compromised, but remember the TX now complements the GX in the three-row SUV space. The GX’s Premium and Luxury trims get a third row while the Overtrail doesn’t.

One literally huge highlight is the Dynamic Sky Panorama Glass Roof, which may be one of the very best glass roofs on the market at any price and on any car. Stretching 43.5 inches back from the first row, the glass roof doesn’t open but does pretty much everything else. It’s exclusive to the GX550 Luxury+ and has no central pillar interrupting the glass, but there is a cover. If you want some rays but not all of them, try the dimming function.

All of this is solid stuff, but we wonder if there’s enough interior design flair. We had a 2021 Land Rover Defender for a year and, although the materials weren’t all soft, the interior felt special starting with the exposed magnesium crossbeam across the dash.

The Real Competition

The Defender, our 2021 SUV of the Year, is the Lexus GX’s number one target. We can see why: The Land Rover also offers a third row, luxury, and the promise of no-limits off-road exploration. Another thing these two charming SUVs share? Sub-20-mpg city fuel economy, a detail that increasingly feels at odds with off-roading specifically for new luxury SUV buyers. When you’ve got the cash to drive something better for the very land you’re exploring, why not consider it?

Here, we’re talking about the electric and better-for-humans Rivian R1S. For not much more money, the Rivian works for both sides of the Lexus GX’s dual-purpose mission. It’s a premium three-row SUV with a 352-mile range at the GX’s fully loaded price point in the low $80,000 range. The GX manages a range of 359 miles and can’t refuel at home like the Rivian can, although road trips will be easier thanks to quick gas fill-ups.

The R1S is much quicker, and if you’re curious whether electric cars can survive on the trails, trust us on that: We took a Rivian 7,686 miles off-road.

Maybe that’s not for you—after all, Lexus has stood for reliability longer than Rivian has existed. And it’s not just the Lexus letters spread across the GX550’s tailgate, but the very fact that it’s a GX. First with the original GX470 and then the GX460, this model has developed a reputation as a great foundation for those who want to go overlanding—or look like they do.

In the face of compelling competition, the new GX550 is a huge improvement. While we still wonder whether the mpg hit is worth it for drivers who’ll rarely put a tire off-road, there’s no doubt this special 4WD SUV is a good complement to the TX in the Lexus lineup.

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2024 Lexus GX550 Specifications
Base Price $64,250-$81,250
Layout Front-engine, 4WD, 5-7-pass, 4-door SUV
Engine 3.4L/349-hp/479-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6
Transmission 10-speed auto
Curb Weight 5,600-5,700 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 112.2 in
L x W x H 197.1 x 83.2 x 75.4-76.2 in
0-60 MPH 6.5 sec (mfr est)
EPA RANGE, COMB 359 miles
On Sale Now


  • Capable off road
  • Smooth operator
  • 9,096-pound towing capacity


  • Terrible fuel economy
  • Hard materials in third row
  • Ride could be better on available 22s


2024 Lexus GX Starting at $64,250

  • HIGHS: Punchy turbo V-6 powertrain, high maximum towing capacity, Overtrail models are tailor-made for off-roading.
  • LOWS: Abysmal fuel-economy estimates, third row is best left for small kids, getting the best capability means going without the third row altogether.
  • VERDICT: With a premium cabin, available third-row seating, and a host of optional advanced off-road gear, the 2024 Lexus GX is an SUV with dual personalities.


The Lexus GX, the brand’s mid-size, off-road SUV, has been overdue for a redesign, and it’s finally happened for the 2024 model year. Riding on an all-new platform with an updated powertrain and a load of more modern features, the new GX550’s rugged appearance is about the only thing that ties it to its outdated forbear. The new model’s boxy, Land Cruiser-inspired exterior looks like it will age well—a good thing since the GX has a history of lengthy product cycles.

The 2024 GX550 rides on the same body-on-frame platform as the Toyota Sequoia and the Toyota Tundra and will be available with a twin-turbo V-6 powertrain—offered with and without hybrid assist—rather than the V-8 of the outgoing model. It slots into the Lexus SUV lineup between the flagship LX luxury off-roader and the TX SUV, the latter of which is similar in size but focused more on interior space and on-road refinement.

What’s New for 2024?

The GX is one of Lexus’s oldest nameplates and is admired by off-roading enthusiasts, so Lexus is smart for continuing to offer it with a host of terrain-tackling hardware. We expect to see the GX550 in Lexus showrooms in early 2024.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The price of the 2024 Lexus GX starts at $64,250 and goes up to $81,250 depending on the trim and options.


The GX has two personalities: luxury on-roader or trail-conquering off-roader. For buyers who plan to spend the majority of their time on asphalt, we’d suggest the Luxury trim, as it classes up the GX550’s interior with plenty of nice-to-have features, including semi-aniline leather upholstery, 10-way adjustable front seats with massage, heat, and ventilation, illuminated door sill plates, and second-row window shades. It also comes with larger 22-inch wheels which better fill the GX’s large wheel wells for a more upscale look.

For the same price, the Overtrail+ trim provides a more rugged appearance and more capability for off-roading, but the compromise is that it eliminates the GX’s third row of seats and some of the luxury items listed above. But if you’re planning outdoor adventures, it is worth consideration.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

A twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V-6 engine is standard in the GX550. At 349 horsepower, the blown V-6 makes more power than the previous generation GX’s V-8. A 10-speed automatic is also standard and all models come with four-wheel drive.

Overtrail and Overtrail+ trims are decked out with more off-road goodies than the standard trims, including 18-inch wheels with 33-inch All-Terrain tires, an aluminum skid plate, an adaptive suspension system with more wheel articulation, a crawl-control feature, and selectable drive modes for differing terrains. On the road, performance is plentiful and the GX550 feels punchy off the line. Steering is crisp and the GX’s handling is appropriate for the tall, boxy SUV that it is, but the Lexus truly shines off-road.

Outward visibility is excellent, which is especially handy when navigating tight trails. We had the chance to try out the Overtrail model’s advanced off-road tech during our initial test drive of the GX550 and came away impressed.

The transfer case allows the driver to select the low-range gearset without locking the center differential, which allows for a tighter turning radius, and the Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (E-KDSS ) can disconnect the front or rear anti-roll bars independently of one another to help improve stability and reduce head-toss.

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Towing and Payload Capacity

The GX550 can tow up to 9096 pounds, which is far more than crossover rivals such as the Audi Q7 and the BMW X5. A towing capacity for the upcoming hybrid powertrain has not been revealed.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Despite downsizing from a V-8 to a twin-turbo V-6, fuel economy doesn’t improve much over the 2023 model’s EPA estimates, which came in at 15 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. Lexus is estimating 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for the nonhybrid model. When we get a chance, we’ll take the new GX550 on our 75-mph highway route and update this story with real-world fuel economy test results. For more information about the GX’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Despite the GX’s rugged exterior styling, luxurious environs await you inside. Faux- or genuine- leather upholstery is available in a variety of colors, and Overtrail variants offer faux-suede accents in a dark green shade. Premium and Luxury trims offer three rows of seats with space for up to seven with the standard second-row bench; a pair of captain’s chairs is optional and brings the seating capacity down to six.

The Overtrail models are strictly two-row affairs with seating for up to five. The GX’s third row offers the option of power controls. A cooled storage bin, a head-up display, and a digital key fob are all available as optional extras.

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Infotainment and Connectivity

All GX models come with a 14.0-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a separate 12.3-inch digital gauge display that can be reconfigured to show a variety of information to the driver. Most models come with six USB-C ports throughout the interior, but Overtrail and Overtrail+ models get just four; a wireless smartphone charging pad is optional. A 10-speaker stereo is standard but audiophiles can upgrade to a 21-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The GX comes equipped with driver-assistance features that can help you avoid accidents. The safety gear includes automated emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane-departure warning. For more information about the GX’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Standard adaptive cruise control with a lane-centering feature


Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

When it comes to warranty coverage, Lexus outpaces rivals such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

  • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 6 years or 70,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 1 year or 10,000 miles


2024 Lexus GX550
Vehicle Type: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-, 6-, or 7-passenger, 4-door wagon

Premium, $64,250; Premium+, $69,250; Overtrail, $69,250; Overtrail+, $77,250; Luxury, $77,250; Luxury+, $81,250

twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement: 210 in3, 3445 cm3
Power: 349 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 479 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

10-speed automatic

Wheelbase: 112.2 in
Length: 197.1
Width: 78.0-78.7 in
Height: 75.4-76.2 in
Passenger Volume*, F/M/R: 56-59/51-52/34 ft3
Cargo Volume*, Behind F/M/R: 77/40-46/10 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 5600-5750 lb
*Overtrail model is two rows only.

60 mph: 6.5 sec
1/4-Mile: 15.3 sec
Top Speed: 109 mph

Combined/City/Highway: 17/15/21 mpg


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Author: Mohammed A Bazzoun

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