If affordable affluence is what you’re after, a used Lexus GX is worth a look. The Lexus GX shines brightest for its exceptional off-roading capabilities and reliability. And if you’re shopping for a remarkably good deal, you’ll want to consider the 2015 GX, which is one of the most reliable midsize SUVs to buy, according to Consumer Reports.
Why Consumer Reports recommends the 2015 Lexus GX
Based on a recent survey, Consumer Reports recognized the 2015 GX as one of the most reliable five-year-old midsize SUVs. CR affectionately calls this GX as the “4Runner that went to finishing school” because of its polished driving dynamics on and off-road. While reviewers often criticize newer GX models for being outdated, the 2015 version is old-fashioned in a good way.
CR likes that there’s “nothing crossover or car-based” about the 2015 GX and calls it a straight-A model. The GX is equipped with full-time four-wheel drive and Lexus’ torque-sensing limited-slip center differential. This system provides a low range for off-roading, the differential that can be locked electronically. When appropriately outfitted, the GX can go up to 6,500 pounds.
Driving the 2015 GX
All GX models feature the same 301-horsepower, 4.6-liter V8 linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. For the most part, this V8 and six-speed make for a winning combination. But since the GX is an off-road-oriented model, it’s not necessarily the most practical choice for everyday drives.
As CR notes, handling isn’t one of the GX’s strong suits. It can feel clumsy turning corners. And like other SUVs its size, the GX has a low fuel economy rating; it gets a combined 17 mpg. Even so, GX’s buttery smooth V8 and overall braking performance is admirable.
Interior elements and options
GX’s comfortable, quiet cabin can accommodate up to seven passengers across its three rows. Many drivers will be happy with the base GX 460 model, which comes with synthetic leather upholstery and driver memory seat functions. Standard infotainment features include Bluetooth connectivity, a simple eight-inch touchscreen, and Siri Eyes Free. There are also two other GX trims to consider if you want more amenities.
The Premium trim adds genuine leather, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated second row. This trim also has a navigation system and upgraded Bluetooth. The top-of-the-line Premium model will appeal to those who want active safety features such as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
Past recall actions
Overall, the GX is a reliable luxury SUV that has average ownership costs for its class. However, it is important to know that there were three NHTSA recall actions on the 2015 GX. The first two were for its airbags, and the other for its fuel system. These recalls don’t have to be deal-breakers, though. Make sure that the auto dealer properly addressed these potential trouble spots before you buy.