Comparison - Lexus GX 460 Luxury 2015 - vs - Volkswagen Touareg V6 Executive 2017

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Average Price: 
48,958
Updated: 
01 Dec 2016
60,195
Updated: 
02 Dec 2016
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Drive Type: 
Four Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Year: 
2015
2017
Total Seating: 
7
5
Transmission: 
6-speed Shiftable Automatic
8-speed Shiftable Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
yes
yes
Navigation: 
yes
no
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
23.00gals
26.40gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Black Onyx
#333333
Claret Mica
#812328
Fire Agate Pearl
#503D39
Nebula Gray Pearl
#4F5052
Satin Cashmere Metallic
#B4AD9D
Silver Lining Metallic
#BBBDBA
Starfire Pearl
#F6F5EF
Color: 
Black Oak Brown Metallic
#281F1A
Canyon Gray Metallic
#595B58
Dark Flint Metallic
#374142
Deep Black Metallic
#000000
Moonlight Blue
#202E37
Pure White
#FFFFFF
Reflex Silver Metallic
#D8D8D8
Sand Gold Metallic
#A69F95
Reef Blue Metallic
#243551

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

The 2015 Lexus GX can go where few others can.A decade ago, 'tough-truck' luxury was all the rage. But the Lexus GX 460 is strictly a niche product today.

For the U.S. the GX 460 has become an increasingly hard sell. Even as gas prices have continued to trend down, Americans continue to gravitate to more road-bound crossovers with better fuel economy. That said, it offers a luxurious cabin for family-hauling, as well as a full-fledged off-roading four-wheel-drive system for weekend warriors.

Likes
Towing ability
Good front seats, driving position
Useful off-road electronics
Powerful V-8

Dislikes
Side-opening hatch opens away from the curb
Too-light steering
Poor gas mileage
Spongy brake pedal feel
Disappointing, high cargo floor

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The 2015 Lexus GX 460 has a personality that makes it stand apart from most 3-row luxury SUVs. Actually it's more like a split personality that embodies the plush accommodations associated with every Lexus, and the 4-wheel-drive capability to venture where few of its peers would dare. While rivals such as the BMW X5, Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60 and Audi Q7 are tailored for sedan-like on-road performance, the V8-powered Lexus GX has truck-like construction for excellent off-road performance. That makes the GX somewhat of a compromise in the city, where its ride is less forgiving. But for adventure seekers looking for a 7-passenger SUV that's luxurious and rugged – not to mention reliable and a resale champ – the Lexus GX is among the last and best of its kind.

Likes
If you want to crawl over rocks, scale treacherous slopes and tow heavy loads in your 3-row luxury SUV – or at least give the impression you do – nothing outside a Land Rover LR4 will do it better in the $50,000-$60,000 price range. Moreover, the Lexus has excellent resale value.

Dislikes
If the terms "low-range gearing," "locking center differential" and "crawl control" sound like foreign language, you likely won't be using the Lexus GX 460 for serious off-roading. In that case, you'll appreciate the more refined on-road manners and better fuel efficiency of one of its luxury crossover SUV rivals.

By: 
kbb.com

Merging a sturdy chassis and typical Lexus luxury, the GX is a mountain climber in a three-piece suit. A 301-hp 4.6-liter V-8, a six-speed automatic, and a four-wheel-drive system with a locking center differential are all standard and provide the GX its off-road credentials. Inside, plush seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a power-adjustable steering wheel are standard; adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking are optional on the top Luxury trim.
GX460 was the Lexus brand’s third-best-selling SUV (even though the Lexus lineup had only four SUVs). In calendar year 2015, it gathered more buyers than the Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, Infiniti QX80, Land Rover LR4, and Range Rover Sport, and it nearly kept pace with the Mercedes-Benz GL. However, the Acura MDX, BMW X5, and the combined Mercedes-Benz M-class/GLE all outsold the Lexus by a ratio of more than two to one. It has certainly outlasted just about all of its mid-size, truck-based peers. Add in booming sales of other examples of the larger breed—Escalades, Navigators, and such—and the expected demise of the traditional body-on-frame SUV has been slower than anticipated. Blame cheap gasoline.

By: 
caranddriver.com

Although it might be sold alongside pedestrian Jettas, the Volkswagen Touareg looks and feels nearly like a full-on luxury SUV at a (slightly) cut-rate price.

The Touareg is attractive inside and out, but it is very conservative and cautious.

With just one engine on offer, Touareg is down on power compared to rivals. However, it rides and handles very well.

The Touareg's interior is a massive step above other VWs, but not quite luxury-grade.

Expanded availability of Touareg's collision avoidance tech is a plus, but it has not been tested by NHTSA.

Although it lacks some things buyers might expect at this price, the VW Touareg impresses with an overall high-end feel.

At just 19 mpg combined, VW's Touareg pales against many rivals.

Pros
Over-engineered feel inside and out
Composed, refined driving experience
Rarity; you won't see yourself coming or going

Cons
Mercedes money, VW warranty
Light on high-tech options
No third row

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The only thing missing from the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is a luxury badge. If you appreciate a well-crafted cabin and lots of convenience and luxury features, you'll surely enjoy the Touareg. But this level of refinement doesn't come cheap

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is largely unchanged, though the base Sport trim level gets the previously optional Technology package as standard equipment this year. Also, the previous Lux trim level is now referred to as the Wolfsburg Edition.

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg's V6 engine can feel strained during hard acceleration, and many rival crossovers are notably quicker. On the bright side, the eight-speed automatic transmission provides almost imperceptible upshifts along with responsive downshifts on demand. In general, the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is pretty enjoyable to drive. It has responsive steering with plenty of road feel, and it stays stable and secure when you're going around turns. Luckily, none of this means it's uncomfortable on the highway. It's also quiet, smooth and confident over bumpy roads, all of which contribute to its luxury feel.

The Touareg is similarly competent off-road thanks to a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. That system makes up for most of the capability gap with competitors that have traditional low-range gearing. With a respectable amount of ground clearance and a compliant suspension, the Touareg powers over washboard roads and light-duty trails without breaking a sweat.

Pros
Classy interior is near-luxury; impressive handling when going around turns; high towing capacity could be useful for large trailers; huge amount of standard features

Cons
Pricier than the typical crossover SUV; no third-row seat available; limited cargo capacity; unremarkable performance from V6 engine.

By: 
edmunds.com

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is the German brand's flagship SUV, but its $50,000 starting price makes it as awkward a fit in its segment as its name is to pronounce (try "tour-egg"). Ostensibly this 5-passenger SUV is more luxurious than a Ford Edge or Jeep Grand Cherokee but not quite as fancy as a BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE or even its cousins the Audi Q5 and Q7, and Porsche Cayenne. In reality, we'd recommend just about any competitor over the Touareg. This VW SUV has much going against it beyond a high price and aging platform. The Touareg's brightest aspect -- a strong and efficient diesel engine -- is gone due to VW's emissions-cheating scandal, leaving a tired and overburdened V6 as its only motivation.

A year after the hybrid powertrain was put out to pasture, the once-loved diesel option is gone, too, in the wake of VW's scandal. Base models get active safety features and driving aids like active cruise control, automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring. The mid-trim Wolfsburg model replaces the Lux trim.

Pros
Reasons to buy a Touareg in light of far better rivals are few. But this VW does offer some premium appeal and active safety features even in its base model, and there's no arguing that it is ruggedly handsome and offers confident traction on snow and dirt thanks to its full-time all-wheel-drive system.

Cons
The Touareg offers only one engine, and its $50,000-plus starting price is hardly a value. You can do far better in everything ranging from a Ford Edge or Lincoln MKX to a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lexus RX or Mercedes-Benz GLE.

By: 
kbb.com

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg ranks 20 out of 22 Luxury Midsize SUVs. The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg offers a compelling mix of standard equipment, refinement, and advanced safety features. However, subpar engine performance moves this Volkswagen toward the bottom of the class.

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Volkswagen Touareg has a score of 7.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 51 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg offers a compelling mix of standard equipment, refinement, and advanced safety features. However, subpar engine performance moves this Volkswagen toward the bottom of the class.

"The only thing missing from the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is a luxury badge. If you appreciate a well-crafted cabin and lots of convenience and luxury features, you'll surely enjoy the Touareg. But this level of refinement doesn't come cheap." -- Edmunds

"Unlike most other Volkswagen models, which have become less expensive and less sophisticated in order to gain mass-market appeal, the Touareg midsize SUV is a genuine luxury... -- Left Lane News

“Reasons to buy a Touareg in light of far better rivals are few. But this VW does offer some premium appeal and active safety features even in its base model, and there's no arguing that it is ruggedly handsome and offers confident traction on snow and dirt thanks to its full-time all-wheel-drive system.” -- Kelley Blue Book

Pros
Plenty of standard advanced safety features
User-friendly infotainment system

Cons
Underpowered V6 engine
High starting price for a nonluxury brand

By: 
cars.usnews.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Premium Unleaded
Premium Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
15.00mpg
17.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
20.00mpg
23.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
32
24
Cylinders: 
8
V
6
V
Engine Size/Displacement: 
4.60L
3.60L
Torque: 
329ft-lbs
at 3 500rpm
266ft-lbs
at 2 500rpm
Horsepower: 
301hp
at 5 500rpm
280hp
at 6 200rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Turning Circle: 
41.40Feet
39.00Feet

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
yes
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
no
yes
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
no
yes
Side view Camera: 
no
yes
On steering wheel: 
Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
More in Convenience: 
Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
Roadside Assistance
Destination Download*
Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
Keyless Ignition
Driver Assisted Parking Assist
Electric Power Steering
Cooled Storage Compartment
Extended Cabin Heating

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
192.10in
188.80in
Width: 
74.20in
76.40in
Height: 
73.80in
68.20in
Ground Clearance: 
8.10in
7.90in
Front Track: 
62.40in
65.00in
Rear Track: 
62.40in
66.00in
Wheel Base: 
109.80in
113.90in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
38.00
39.60
Rear Head Room: 
40.40
38.90
Front Leg Room: 
41.70in
41.40in
Rear leg room: 
34.10in
36.70in
Front Hip Room: 
56.50in
58.30in
Front Shoulder Room: 
55.40in
59.80in
Rear Hip Room: 
55.20in
57.40in
Rear Shoulder room: 
57.30in
56.70in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
64.70cu.ft
64.00cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
6500lbs
7716lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
11.60cu.ft
32.10cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
21.00degrees
26.00degrees
Angle of Departure: 
23.00degrees
26.00degrees
Curb Weight: 
5179.00lbs
4696.00lbs

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
yes
yes

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
Reverse tilt dual mirrors provides curb view when vehicle in reverse
Heated Mirrors
2 One-Touch Power Windows

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
Multi-level heating passenger seat
8 -way power driver seat
Multi-level heating driver seat
Height adjustable driver seat
Premium leather
Bucket front seats
Height adjustable passenger seat
Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
Passenger seat with power adjustable lumbar support
8 -way power passenger seat
10-way power passenger seat
Multi-level heating driver seat
Bucket front seats
Height adjustable driver seat
Leatherette
10 -way power driver seat
Height adjustable passenger seat
Multi-level heating passenger seat
Ventilated Driver Seat
Ventilated Passenger Seat
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Rear Seats Features: 
Split-folding rear seatback
Reclining rear seats
Power folding split-bench third row seats
Rear ventilation ducts with fan control
Folding with storage center armrest
Split-folding rear seatback
Rear ventilation ducts
Reclining Rear Seats
Folding center armrest
Heated

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Front stabilizer bar
Front stabilizer bar
Rear Suspension: 
rear stabilizer bar
rear stabilizer bar
Suspension Info: 
Front independent suspension
Four-wheel independent suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Heated steering wheel
Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
Turn signal in mirrors
Leather and wood steering wheel
Extended cabin heating
Leather steering wheel
Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
Turn signal in mirrors
Cooled storage compartment

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
yes
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
yes
More Entertainment: 
Mast antenna
3 Months of provided satellite radio service
Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
Adjustable speed sensitive volume control
9 total speakers
USB connection
3 Months of provided satellite radio service
Speed sensitive volume control
10 total speakers
Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
Memory card slot
620 Watts Stereo Output
Dynaudio Premium Brand Speakers

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
no
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
More in Glass and Roof: 
Privacy glass
Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
Intermittent rear wiper
Roof rack
Remote sunroof operation
Privacy glass
Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
Roof rack
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
18 x 7.5
21 X 9.5 In
Wheels more: 
Fullsize matching spare tire
All season tires
Underbody mounted spare tire
Fullsize non-matching spare tire
Inside mounted spare tire
All season tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
265.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
60
Diameter: 
R18
Width: 
275.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
45
Diameter: 
R21

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Front ventilated disc brakes
Ventilated front disc brakes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
rear ventilated disc brakes
rear ventilated disc brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Post-collision safety system
Airbag Deployment Notification*
Glass Breakage Sensor
Stolen Vehicle Tracking/Assistance
LED headlamp
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Remote anti-theft alarm system
Dual front and dual rear side-mounted airbags
Brake drying
Self-leveling headlights
Post-collision safety system
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Turn signal mirrors
Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp
Rear center 3-point belt
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Pre-Collision Safety System
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
Cornering Lights

Options

Packages: 
Preferred Accessory Package
Driver Support Package w/Mark Levinson Premium Audio
Exterior Options: 
Door Edge Guards
Wheel Locks
Exhaust Tip
Paint Protection Film
Tow Hitch w/Ball Mount
18" F-Sport Wheel Upgrade
Roof Rack
Roof Edge Spoiler
Splash Guards
Trailer Hitch Extras
Interior Options: 
Cargo Mat
Mark Levinson Audio
Cargo Net
Smart Access Key Gloves
Rear Seat Entertainment System (RSES)
Wireless Headphones
All-Weather Floor Mats
Roadside Assistance Kit
Rubber Mat Kit
Luggage Net
First Aid Kit

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Black, leather
#313131
Ecru, leather
#BFB9A6
Sepia, leather
#514C49
Color: 
#101010
Black Anthracite, leatherette
#B4A599
Cornsilk Beige, leatherette