Everything Wrong With Consumer Reports’ Most Reliable Luxury Midsize SUV

The 2022 Lexus GX is Consumer Reports’ most reliable luxury midsize SUV model. It may be reliable, but the GX is far from perfect. In fact, the luxury midsize SUV model has several problem areas.

How reliable is the 2022 Lexus GX?

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The 2022 Lexus GX got a 5/5 predicted reliability score from Consumer Reports. Though the 2022 BMW X5 got the highest overall score, its predicted reliability rating is only 3/5. The GX is the only luxury midsize SUV model with an overall score above 80 to get a perfect reliability score.

The Lexus GX’s title of the most reliable luxury midsize SUV is no surprise to fans of Japanese automaker Toyota. Toyota has been producing long-lasting SUV models for decades, from the Toyota Land Cruiser to the Toyota 4Runner. The Japanese automaker’s SUV models tend to last over 200,000 miles. According to Iseecars.com, the average new vehicle is only kept for 8.4 years, which equates to roughly 113,400 miles. The Lexus GX is built to last, but it is outranked by other Lexus and BMW SUVs for a reason. The GX is unique, and that may not be a good thing depending on your tastes.

The Lexus GX lacks the comfort and practicality that its rivals offer

A gray 2022 Lexus GX luxury midsize SUV is driving off-road.
The 2022 Lexus GX | Lexus

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One of the most common gripes that consumers have with the 2022 Lexus GX is cargo space. The GX features a third row, yet when passengers use the third row, the luxury midsize SUV is suddenly very cramped. The 2022 Lexus GX has 64.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the seating area. The BMX X5 has a whopping 72.3 cubic feet with the seating area.

Cramped cabin aside, the rear seats are also uncomfortable compared to rival luxury midsize SUVs. The Lexus GX is considered to be a luxury SUV, but it’s seriously lacking when it comes to the creature comforts that SUVs of this caliber normally feature.

Car and Driver gave the 2022 Lexus GX a 5/10 overall rating. In comparison, the segment-leading BMW X5 got a 9.5/10 overall score as well as an Editor’s Choice award. The difference between the two SUVs is night and day when it comes to comfort. So, why would anyone be interested in the Lexus GX over any other luxury midsize model?

The 2022 Lexus GX has a trick up its sleeve

A gray 2022 Lexus GX luxury midsize SUV.

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Sure, the 2022 Lexus GX isn’t as comfy or refined as other vehicles in its segment. It may be cramped for a three-row SUV as well. The GX has its shortcomings, but it’s capable of something that most of its segment isn’t: off-roading. The 2022 Lexus GX, like many midsize Toyota models, is a capable off-road vehicle.

It has 8.1 inches of ground clearance. The GX is built to handle trails and challenges off-road while providing many of the luxuries that you can only find in final trim mainstream SUVs. When you look into buying a 2022 Lexus GX, you come for the reliability and off-roading prowess, and you stay for the creature comforts.

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