The 2021 Lexus GX Is an Expensive Toyota Land Cruiser Prado That we Can Actually Get in the States

After a week in the 2021 Lexus GX 460, I’ll say I haven’t found it nearly as abysmal as many other auto critics. Like similar Toyota SUV models, the Lexus GX is nice, solid, and handles off-road with composure. However, I can’t help but compare it to the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado that we don’t get here in the states.

While the 2021 Lexus GX 460 is nice, it’s a lot more expensive than a 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. In fact, Cars Guide shows pricing for the Prado in Australia that starts at $59,840 AU. This is significantly less in USD.

For example, according to Currency Rate, $59,840 in Australian dollars is $45,729.73 in US dollars. The 2021 Lexus GX 460 starts at $53,250. After having tested a 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado last year in Costa Rica, I’ve been able to aptly compare the two. And my verdict is that the 2021 GX is an expensive Land Cruiser Prado.

The 2021 Lexus GX 460

My Luxury trim tester with an off-road package and upgraded wheels retails for $71,255. It’s quite decadent for a capable off-road vehicle. The adjustable air suspension and different drive modes make this a formidable driving companion for an array of situations. The 2021 Lexus GX 460 is powered by a strong V8 engine. This means it’s a little more thirsty than some of the luxury SUV competition.

a 2020 lexus GX 460 off-road
Lexus GX 460 | Lexus

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It’s probably not the luxury SUV for you if you don’t want to spend much time at the gas pump. In addition, while it’s composed and quiet, it’s still not exactly the urban carpooler I’d recommend to someone looking to haul passengers and gear primarily on city streets. It serves more purposes than looking great in a school pickup line.

The 301 horsepower V8 powers all four wheels, but the 2021 Lexus GX 460 doesn’t offer standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. In fact, I found the software in the 2021 Lexus NX to be far more advanced than what equips the GX 460. Overall, though, it’s an SUV I can appreciate. Car seats go in and out easily, off-road capability adds some fun factor, and it feels a little posh to drive around.

Is the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado on the same platform?

The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is one of Toyota’s global outgoing SUV models. It shares its platform with the 2021 Lexus GX 460, but we can’t get the Prado here in the states. I got a taste of the forbidden fruit when I drove the Land Cruiser Prado in Costa Rica about a year ago. It’s far more utilitarian in style but still offers upper range trims with luxury appointments.

a 2-door Toyota Prado driving in the country
Land Cruiser Prado 2-door | Toyota

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Two of the coolest features of the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado are its two-door model and diesel engine. Of course, neither of these options are available in America on the Lexus GX. The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser is a workhorse SUV designed to handle the toughest terrain and a heavy workload. It’s a bit more brawny than the sophisticated Lexus off-roader. Still, these models are wildly similar and do in fact share the same platform.

According to Automobile Magazine, the North American 2021 Toyota 4Runner SUV shares underpinnings with both of these models as well. All are renowned off-roaders. However, the Land Cruiser Prado is the only one of the three that offers a sweet 2-door model and a diesel engine.

After testing both the Prado and the GX 460 I think it’s safe to say that this Lexus SUV is a more expensive version of the global Land Cruiser Prado. But we can actually get the Lexus GX in the U.S. In fact, unless you travel abroad, it’s virtually the closest we North American drivers can get to driving the foreign Toyota SUV.