The paradox of this SUV is that sales numbers are going up, despite that the model is getting older and older. The main reason probably lays in the fact that this model is currently one of a kind in the segment of mid-size SUV. While the rest of the offer includes unibody crossovers only, the GX is a genuine body-on-frame SUV. With such design, it delivers what other models can’t – a combination of excellent off-road performances and a high level of luxury. Therefore, we have no doubt that the Japanese manufacturer won’t hurry with the overhaul and that the 2021 Lexus GX will continue pretty much in the same way.
This means you may count on familiar design characteristics, which are all about strong capabilities, unparalleled reliability ratings and plenty of luxury. We don’t expect to see any particular novelty for the next year, though some additions to the list of standard equipment are always possible.
2021 Lexus GX Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 Lexus GX definitely won’t change. You may count on the design that initially appeared in 2009. The GX is a BoF SUV, which offers excellent rigidity and off-road performances. At the same time, it is refined and luxurious. Of course, there have been some visual updated during this long production cycle. The last one happened recently, for the 2020 model year, which clearly indicates that the redesign won’t come instantly, especially if we consider that Toyota is currently busy with new Tundra and Land Cruiser.
The recent update has brought a couple of interesting novelties. Of course, the most notable is the front end. It now features a new version of the spindle grille, with even more angular shape and new 3D patter. Furthermore, there are new LED headlamps and a couple of more interesting tweaks. For the next year, we don’t expect any particular change, though things like new color options are always possible.
The interior of this SUV is a kind of mixed bag and probably the aspect that shows the biggest signs of aging. The first thing you’ll notice is that the dashboard features a little bit odd dashboard shape, untypical for today’s standards. The truckish look makes it feel outdated. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that the overall quality is actually really impressive. All around the cabin, you can find hi-quality materials and excellent craftsmanship. Also, the dashboard looks pretty opulent, thanks to a long list of standard and optional equipment.
On the other side, the thing you definitely won’t like about this SUV is the amount of legroom in the third row. While the first two rows are spacious and very comfortable, the third one is cramped and almost unusable. The cargo area could be bigger as well. So, we may presume those would be some of the improvements in the future model.
When it comes to standard equipment, there is really nothing to complain about. Unlike most Lexus models that feature a little bit complicated Lexus Remote Touch system, this one comes with a classic touchscreen, which feels more convenient to use. Also, it comes standard with smartphone goodies like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. Furthermore, the list of standard tech goodies includes things like Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio, a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. In more expensive versions, you can also get navigation, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system etc.
When it comes to safety, all models come standard with the Lexus Safety System+ bundle of safety features. This package includes things like lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
2021 Lexus GX Engine
This aspect definitely won’t change, so you may count on a familiar setup. As a super-capable off-roader, the 2021 Lexus GX will continue with standard 4WD, as well as the super-reliable 4.6-liter V8, which is good for about 301 horsepower. The engine comes paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Driving dynamics are okay, though this is definitely the fastest SUV on the market. Still, it is more than capable to satisfy most drivers.
The price you have to pay for the unparalleled reliability is fuel economy, which is pretty poor. You may count on about 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the lowest ratings in the class.
2021 Lexus GX Release Date and Price
Considering that no bigger changes are expected for the next year, we presume that the launch date will be scheduled for late 2020. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect that the 2021 Lexus GX will bring any notable increase. The current model starts at around 53.000 dollars, while the most expensive versions can go over 65.000.