Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 Lexus GX


Lexus did it again! With the steady push toward hybrid and electric vehicles, the 2023 Lexus GX remains powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine. For all car enthusiasts, this is a win, as far as the love of raw horsepower and torque is concerned.

Not only did Lexus provide a powerful engine for this luxury SUV, but it also incorporated a body-on-frame construction that is now rare and comes with the Mercedes-Benz G-car and the Land Rover Defender.

A quick look at the Lexus website reveals that $57,575 gets you a naturally aspirated 4.6-litre. V8 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain is old and you almost expect it to have a manual transmission, but it doesn’t. Lexus figured if it wasn’t broken, why fix it?

Either way, the GX comes standard with 4WD, an engine that produces 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque. This impressive SUV can tow up to 6,500 pounds and is perfectly at home tackling some of the most demanding off-road trails.

The exterior shows off its take on Lexus’ signature modern tapered grille with an hourglass shape. Not to mention his stocky body which has undergone modifications over the years, but which remains recognizable.

This year’s Black Line SE package adds black accents to its wheels, roof rails and shark fin. And instead of red taillights, this edition has clear lights with black inserts.

The package also sits on exclusive 18-inch gloss black wheels which add to the dark accents. Inside the car, you’ll find a black headliner, Boulder Gray NuLuxe trimmed seats, matte black ash wood trim and gray contrast stitching to give it a darker experience.

Let’s take a closer look at the 2023 Lexus GX.

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The 2023 Lexus GX is excellent off-road

2023 Lexus GX all-terrain
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Like most luxury SUVs, the GX is equipped with a standard four-wheel drive (4WD) system with a two-speed transfer case that provides excellent off-road capability. The system has no problem carrying an entire family through some of the worst terrain.

The three-row interior offers the quality and construction you expect from a Lexus: comfortable and luxurious. Some would say the interior is getting a little outdated, but the fact remains that those seats are pretty plush and hold you up well during those off-road dips and turns.

Some of the more common SUVs in this class have more refined driving dynamics and better fuel economy, but few can match the rugged capabilities and proven reliability of the GX. The Land Rover Discovery is its closest competitor among off-road-ready luxury SUVs.

Lexus also offers a luxury trim that sports an all-terrain package with a surround-view parking camera system. It allows you to have a 360 degree view of the car and surrounding obstacles.

Creep control allows you to move at a constant speed in precarious situations, and a skid plate is also installed to protect the underside of the car. The pack also comes with a Multi-Terrain Monitor, which uses under-vehicle cameras to show you what you’re driving on.

The 2023 Lexus GX has two suspension systems to choose from

2023 Lexus GX
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For a smoother ride, the GX comes with its Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) which uses a hydraulic system to transfer fluid from one cylinder to the other when driving on uneven road surfaces.

This system improves on-road and off-road performance to ensure you always feel stable and secure while driving. This is especially useful when cornering at high speed.

If you want even more stability while driving, the Adaptive Variable Suspension adds electronically controlled dampers to bring a smoother, more relaxed ride to the Lexus.

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The 2023 Lexus GX has an upgraded interior

Interior of the 2023 Lexus GX
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Borrowing from the update initiated in the Model 2022, the 2023 GX has a functional interior. Loaded with a 10.3-inch touchscreen dominating the center stack, the design brings a slightly updated feel to the model. The system supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa and Bluetooth, which is a leap into the future for GX models.

The infotainment interface features a large touchscreen with mostly user-friendly controls and a few functional physical knobs and buttons. Navigation and voice commands, on the other hand, are not as easy to use. The remote touchpad for controlling the infotainment system is similar to a laptop trackpad and is difficult to use while driving.

On the sound side, 17 speakers Marc Levinson Premium audio system specially designed for Lexus is on board the SUV. Three-zone automatic climate control is also among the features available for the 2023 GX.

Cargo space is adequate on the 2023 Lexus GX

2023 Lexus GX rear view
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In this luxury SUV, the second and third rows of seats fold flat into the floor, but the cargo bed in this traditional body-on-frame SUV is a bit high, so anyone short will struggle to load heavier objects. This challenge also raises the question, where does your luggage go when you have a car full of people?

The tailgate also doesn’t flip up like a traditional hatch. Instead, it swings on the side hinges, causing it to open like a car door. This, combined with the somewhat high lift height, makes it difficult to load and unload cargo, although you can open the rear windshield to drop smaller items.


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