Having been introduced for model year 2010, the current-generation Lexus GX is quite an old vehicle. And it continues this way into the 2020 model year, although the three-row SUV gets a few key updates.
First up are the design changes. The 2020 Lexus GX dons an updated version of the brand’s signature spindle grille, with a new 3-D pattern inside. Complementing the bolder mouth are new triple-beam LED headlights. Inside the cabin, Premium and Luxury models receive new Gray Sapele wood with aluminum trim. A new interior color theme available in the lineup is Rioja Red with a black headliner. On the tech front, there are now a total of four USB ports.
Luxury models are available with a new Off-Road package, which includes crawl control, transmission cooler, fuel tank protector, and multi-terrain select, which offers different driving modes for different surfaces including loose rocks, mud and sand, and moguls. Also included are the Multi-Terrain and Panoramic View monitors, which will prove handy while navigating off-road obstacles. These monitors provide a view of the front, rear, side, and now underneath the vehicle on the navigation screen.
Lexus Safety System+ is now standard on all versions of the GX. This package includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, intelligent high beams, and high-speed adaptive cruise control. Some of these safety features were previously offered only on top-trim models.
The 2020 Lexus GX still has the same engine: a 4.6-liter V-8 making 301 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque. In a 2017 First Test, the SUV hit 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. While the powertrain and interior design can use an update, the GX boasts a comfortable ride and strong off-road capability despite its age, we noted.