6 Reasons the Old-School Driving Found in the 2023 Lexus GX is Actually Pretty Awesome

How many luxury SUVs offer an old-school V8 engine in 2023? That number is dwindling fast, leaving behind the naturally aspirated performance many of us love. The 2023 Lexus GX not only offers a thundering V8 engine but it’s one of the few luxury SUVs that employs a body-on-frame build. This old-school luxury SUV is part of a dying breed you’ll love to drive.

1. First, how much power does the 2023 Lexus GX offer?

2023 Lexus GX Luxury SUV on the road
2023 Lexus GX Luxury SUV on the Road | Lexus

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Lexus continues to deliver the naturally-aspirated power we love in the GX with a 4.6-liter V8 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain has become so old-school that you almost expect it to offer a manual transmission, but that’s not the case. Regardless, the GX brings standard 4WD, 301 horsepower, and 329 lb-ft of torque to your drive. This impressive SUV can tow up to 6,500 pounds, and it’s perfectly comfortable tackling some of the toughest off-road trails.

2. Speaking of the off-road qualities, what does the Off-Road Package include?

Silver 2023 Lexus GX on an Off-Road Trail
2023 Lexus GX on an Off-Road Trail | Lexus

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The 2023 Lexus GX brings you a potent options package with the trail-riding features you desire. This package includes:

  • A Multi-Terrain Monitor with multiple cameras
  • Transmission cooler
  • Fuel tank protector
  • Crawl Control
  • Multi-Terrain Select with several drive modes

These features make your time on the trails more enjoyable in this off-road luxury SUV.

3. Check out that infotainment screen

Even though the GX is an old-school dinosaur, this luxury SUV brings an impressive 10.3-inch infotainment screen that delivers some amazing features and graphics. You’ll admire the bright appearance of this screen which includes:

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Amazon Alexa
  • 4 USB ports

4. Lexus doesn’t skimp on safety in the 2023 GX luxury SUV

White 2023 Lexus GX Luxury SUV
White 2023 Lexus GX | Lexus

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The 2023 GX includes the Lexus Safety System+, which offers some advanced features that keep you out of trouble on paved roads. This package includes items that ensure you have the necessary alerts and warnings. Some of these features are:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic high beams
  • Adaptive cruise control

5. How stable is the 2023 Lexus GX?

This impressive luxury SUV includes the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which is the standard suspension setup that uses a hydraulic system to transfer fluid from one cylinder to another when driving over uneven road surfaces. This system improves on and off-road performance to ensure you always feel stable and secure during your drive.

Of course, if you want an even more stable ride, the Adaptive Variable Suspension brings electronically controlled dampers into the mix to give you a more sophisticated system.

6. Does the GX come in a darkened, sinister appearance?

2023 Lexus GX Black Line Special Edition in Nori Green Paint
2023 Lexus GX Black Line Special Edition in Nori Green Paint | Lexus

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Yes, check the boxes for the Black Line Special Edition model, and you’ll find dark items for the interior and exterior of the 2023 Lexus GX. The darkened items are:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Boulder Gray NuLuxe seats
  • Black headliner
  • Gray seat stitching
  • Blac matte ash wood trim
  • Nori Green pearl paint (exclusive to this Black Line model)

These six qualities and features of the 2023 Lexus GX could be more than enough for some consumers to put it over the top. Still, some might not need all of these items. Just knowing the GX is a much more traditional body-on-frame SUV wearing a luxury badge is more than enough.

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