Putting the 2024 Lexus GX550 to the Test in Its Element

Putting the 2024 Lexus GX550 to the Test in Its Element

The all-new 2024 Lexus GX sees a major refresh of its bold yet sophisticated styling. With revised front and rear fascias that are somehow both sharper yet smoother, GX Meaningful progress has been made in the evolution of its iconic presence on the road.

Continuing its renowned flexibility, the GX retains its highly practical third-row seating for up to 7 passengers. Folding the third-row flat enlarges the cargo opportunities exponentially for those epic weekend adventures or Costco runs.

Powering this luxurious SUV’s refined progress is a powerhouse 4.6-liter V8, tuned by Lexus’ master engineers to produce a robust 310 horses and 327 lb-ft of torque. Its deep bellow hints at the pleasures still to unfold with the twist of your right wrist.

Matching muscle to motion is an 8-speed automatic transmission, designed for smooth shifts and maximizing the potent V8’s talents whether merging onto the freeway or towing a boat up the canyon roads.

When the going gets rough, depend on the GX’s part-time four-wheel drive system and low-range gearing to conquer even the trail less traveled with surefooted tenacity. Its torque-biasing center differential distributes power precisely to all four wheels.

With a towing capacity of 6500 pounds, the GX proves its brawn, hauling everything from jet skis to horse trailers with authority. Owners will feel confident with a GX watching over heavy loads on long road trips.

On paved roads, the GX552s steady demeanor and composed triple-chamber air suspension absorb bumps into memory. It corners with an athlete’s fluidity, never betraying its substantial expedition-ready physique.

Rides do not get much more serene – the GX’s tuning engineers have wrought a buttery-smooth experience over all terrains, letting passengers relax in luxury while isolating them from imperfect pavement and dirt paths.

Putting the 2024 Lexus GX550 to the Test in Its Element

The driver maintains absolute control thanks to the GX’s light yet communicative steering and linear, predictable braking feel engineered for confidence-inspiring competence lap after lap.

While three-across seating in the back may challenge taller adults, the optional power-folding third row folds flat with the push of a button for added cargo practicality when needed.

For second-row passengers, a sliding feature concealed within the seat’s luxury upholstery allows easy access to the rear seats. No need to climb over – just slide and glide into comfortable seclusion.

With all three rows seating up to 7, there’s still a useful 15.8 cubic feet of cargo room. Fold the third row flat and the capacity more than doubles to 43.6 cubes, accommodating most recreational gear with flying colors.

The refined Lexus craftsmanship permeates the cabin. Optional semi-aniline leather upholds the benchmark for tactile luxury and durability through decades of enjoyment. Pamper yourself daily.

The intuitive command starts with the standard eight-inch central display. With widescreen convenience, this touchscreen puts all key functions at your fingertips from audio to climate to navigation.

Optionally upgrading the digital instrument cluster to a massive 12.3-inch screen immediately immerses the driver in big data, from 3D maps to performance telemetry. Gaze upon it all in vivid clarity.

Safety takes center stage, with the full gamut of Lexus Safety System+ either standard or available. From pre-collision braking to evasive steering assist, peace of mind comes bundled with pleasure.

The available air suspension and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) independently control each corner, reading the road ahead and adjusting continually for optimal comfort and control whatever obstacles you care to face.

Standard features prove comprehensive with safety tech like a rearview camera with integrated backup sensors. Negotiating tight parking spots is a breeze in the big GX.

For serious towing or off-road missions, the Towing Prep Package adds a transmission cooler and heavy-duty alternator and battery. Meanwhile, air suspension raises the ante with additional ground clearance for rocky trails.

With its weathered good looks and the underpinnings to back them up, the GX embraces the great outdoors. Leave the city streets to smaller vehicles – this pioneer lives for nature’s untamed wilds.

Lower the air suspension to maximize its 10.0 inches of ground clearance (11.0 with TRD Off-Road Package), then select from 5 configurable Multi-Terrain drive modes like Deep Snow and Mud & Sand. Conquer all!

An electronic limited-slip rear differential intelligently apportions power to the wheel with the most traction. Combined with the multi-mode 4WD system, even mud wagons named Jeep fear its off-road capabilities.

Low-speed off-road precise maneuvering is simplified via the available Crawl Control system. Like training wheels for dirt-bashing, it modulates throttle and brakes so you can focus on steering over boulders.

First-class comfort includes refrigerated ventilated front seats with optional heat for winter romps. The massaging function revives sore muscles in style after a long day conquering terrain.

Panoramic glass vistas and a heated steering wheel keep the chill away on frosty mornings. Open your eyes to spectacular above-treeline landscapes in comfort.

Tested: The 2024 Lexus GX550 In the Right Place at the Right Time

When entertainment is needed, the available Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound system and rear entertainment system delight all passengers. Crank it up for some off-road jam sessions!

With a reasonable $68,950 starting price, the GX 460 proves a luxurious family hauler. Options can climb high but you get Lexus prestige and capability for the Money anyway.

Our loaded GX 550 stickered for $78,680 but seems worth every dollar – and then some – for the pleasure of its refined power and go-anywhere attitude. You pay your money and have fun!

Around town sip 16 mpg city or highway, but know that its proud V8 does not what modern trends might dictate. There is a soul in its fuel-sipping 308-horse heart.

As with all Lexus products, you purchase not just leather and alloy, but a reputation for legendary reliability, high resale, and the lowest long-term cost of ownership. It’s a five-year vacation!

The GX’s classic lines and understated styling have changed little with the years. This time-proven design maintains its appeal with grace through decades of sun-worship and muddy adventures. Elegance is forever.

Packed with features usually reserved for luxuries that cost thousands more, the GX 460 delivers immense practicality and luxury for the Money. It’s simply a tremendous family value.

Whether towing a camper into the Rockies or shuttling the whole soccer team, the spacious GX efficiently serves a wide range of lifestyles with ample seating and storage. The perfect active family SUV!

On road trips across states its ride smooths out bumps while its handling stays flat and controlled through curves. Logging miles in the GX feels more like quality family time than roughing it.

When civilization ends and the dirt begins, no other three-row luxury SUV inspires as much off-road touring confidence. The trail is its playground – follow it anywhere in incomparable Lexus style.

From toddler seat to roof rack, the GX carries passengers, cargo, and gear for a full life well lived. Say goodbye to compromises – with its flexible interior, all their stuff just fits.

Its stout chassis shields occupants from impacts while isolating them from road noise. Around every corner, the driver finds light yet communicative feedback and trusty poise. Safety and feel in perfect balance.

Where pavement stops, the GX merely smiles and shifts into low range. This is a vehicle that seeks out life’s adventures, not one that timidly sticks to sidewalks. Sand, snow, and rock offer no challenge.

Passing maneuvers require only a dab of throttle – 310 stallions surge ahead with an eagerness that hints at the GX’s heritage as nature’s thoroughbred. Civilization need not tame it.

Among luxury off-roaders, none match the proven ruggedness and go-anywhere attitude of the Lexus GX. As at home in the desert as the suburbs, it reinvented the world-class luxury SUV for the modern adventurer.