The Lexus GX SUV is a strange camp in the automotive world. It’s a well-decorated off-roader, but the Lexus is also a fairly pricey luxury SUV rarely actually used for off-roading anymore. To make matters more strange, it is a known fact that these pricey SUVs are woefully outdated.
The 2021 Lexus GX is big, clumsy, terrible on gas, has a thousand-year-old transmission, and, until now, had a positively ancient infotainment system. However, Lexus has finally given the mighty GX some upgrades and brought it a few steps closer to the 21st century.
There is a major change coming to the 2022 Lexus GX
Reports say that the 2022 Lexus GX is getting an entirely new center stack, a piece that was outdated 10 years ago. Crowing this new center stack is a freshly redesigned 10.3-inch infotainment screen.
Thankfully, Lexus has done away with its horribly outdated Enform system. The new display is finally updated with other Lexus model setups and has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa integration from the factory. The rest of the controls have also been updated, but in true Lexus (Toyota) form, the GX will still have a CD player.
What other updates are coming for the 2022 Lexus GX?
Although many updates are needed for the Lexus GX, the new center stack and infotainment are among the biggest in terms of customer satisfaction. However, there are some other cool updates included in the 2022 Lexus GX.
As the photos show, the GX is getting cool new colors added to the lineup. Aside from the pictured Nori Green, there is also a Black Line special edition based on the Premium GX460.
The gussied up Black Line special edition includes blacked-out 18-inch wheels, a smoked grille surround, black front, and rear bumper accents, garnet red tail lamps, black roof rails, and body-colored door handles. The Black Line GX isn’t just to make you feel like the newest member of Men in Black; it also has the standard features; intuitive parking assist, navigation, and power-folding heated.
Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s bad
The Lexus GX is an old model; 12-years-old, to be exact. But, just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s actually quite the contrary. Off-road enthusiasts still hunt the earlier, cheaper models for building overland rigs and mudding trucks.
Not only is the GX a great off-road rig, but it is also great on roads. Consumer Reports is infamously harsh toward body-on-frame off-road SUVs. These trucks tend to be uncomfortable, loud, bouncy, and all-around rough. CR prioritizes things like comfort, safety, and reliability above basically everything else.
The 2021 Lexus GX scored an impressive 79/100 from CR for excelling in all three areas. Somehow, the GX is rugged and tough enough to be thrashed off-road while still comfortable and safe for everyday on-road driving. This is fairly unheard of.
Although the GX has always been outdated and rough around the edges, customers still love them for their rugged reliability off-road and reliability on-road. Now that the GX sees some much-needed improvements, the truck is getting a little more expensive. The new starting price for the 2022 Lexus GX is $54,950. If it feels a bit more in touch with modern times, we think Lexus will see plenty of customers willing to shell out a little extra.