Comparison - Lexus GX 460 Luxury 2017 - vs - Toyota Highlander Limited 2016

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Average Price: 
56,059
Updated: 
01 Dec 2016
37,651
Updated: 
02 Dec 2016
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Drive Type: 
Four Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive
Year: 
2017
2016
Total Seating: 
7
7
Transmission: 
6-speed Shiftable Automatic
6-speed Shiftable Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
no
yes
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
23.00gals
19.20gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Black Onyx
#111112
Claret Mica
#611919
Fire Agate Pearl
#503D39
Nebula Gray Pearl
#4F5052
Nightfall Mica
#1A2D51
Silver Lining Metallic
#BBBDBA
Starfire Pearl
#DDDBDD
Color: 
Alumina Jade Metallic
#979797
Blizzard Pearl
#FBF8F9
Creme Brulee Mica
#A5A49B
Midnight Black Metallic
#3B3A41
Nautical Blue Metallic
#4A495D
Ooh La La Rouge Mica
#90646C
Predawn Gray Mica
#434043
Shoreline Blue Pearl
#313C4D
Silver Sky Metallic
#868A93

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

The 2017 Lexus GX ranks 22 out of 22 Luxury Midsize SUVs. The 2017 Lexus GX ranks near the bottom of the luxury midsize SUV class. If you want a luxury SUV with off-road capabilities (and standard four-wheel drive), then the GX is one of the few midsize choices that will meet your criteria. It also comes standard with seating for seven. In most other respects, however, you’re better off looking at most other vehicles in the class.

Pros
Excellent off-road abilities
Intuitive technology features

Cons
Low fuel economy estimates
Timid acceleration
Unremarkable cabin materials

By: 
usnews.com

For an old-school SUV, the Lexus GX acquits itself quite well.Underneath its sharply-styled body and high-end interior, the Lexus GX 460 hides a utilitarian frame and a suspension shared with the foreign-market Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.
Why's that important? The Prado, which is unrelated to the Land Cruiser sold at Toyota dealers in the United States, is a serious work truck designed for farmers in Australia and peacekeepers in Somalia. That helps explain some of its compromises—but despite its high step-in and quirky tailgate, the Lexus GX 460 does a lot of things very well.

Pros
Truck-based solidity
Smooth and strong V-8 engine
Plush ride quality
Comfortable interior
Off-road ability

Cons
Side-opening hatch opens away from the curb
Too-light steering
Poor gas mileage
Spongy brake pedal feel
Compromised cargo area

By: 
thecarconnection.com

Lexus has added the Sport Design package to the 2017 GX 460, which includes some different wheels, a different front grille and additional exterior chrome trim pieces. Second-row captain's chairs are a new feature for the GX 460.

Pros
Capable off-road performance requires little effort from the driver
Plenty of luxury features and cabin amenities.

Cons
Poor acceleration and fuel economy from the V8 engine
Uncomfortable standard second-row bench seats
Inconvenient side-swinging rear cargo door
Relatively ponderous handling around turns.

By: 
edmunds.com

Comfortable and pleasing to drive, the 2016 Toyota Highlander is a no-brainer pick for a three-row family crossover. It also earns our top rating

Regardless of trim level, the Highlander stands out by virtue of its spacious and comfortable cabin. Second-row seating is a choice of three-across bench seating or captain's chairs with a side table. The refined V6 and smooth six-speed automatic transmission deliver effortless acceleration and make the Highlander one of the quickest big crossovers around. There are also plenty of contemporary tech tools and smartphone-integrated services, anchored by an 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen display in the higher trim levels

The Highlander packs enough goodness that we've made it one of our top picks for a three-row crossover this year. But it's not the only model worth checking out. The Highlander's main rival, the Honda Pilot, is fully redesigned this year and is more upscale and carlike than in prior years. The Ford Explorer is also updated this year and offers a similar range of prices and features plus a strong turbocharged V6 option. There's also the handsome-looking Dodge Durango or the three-row Hyundai Santa Fe, the latter of which stacks up nicely against the Highlander across the board. All of them are competent family vehicles, but the Highlander certainly earns its well-deserved reputation for all-around goodness
pros
Refined interior appointments
Quiet, compliant ride
Smooth and strong V6 engine
Seating for up to eight, functional cabin design.

cons
Lackluster four-cylinder engine
Third-row seat isn't as roomy as those in some other top rivals

By: 
edmunds.com

The 2016 Toyota Highlander isn't all that exciting to look at or to drive, but it's very versatile and handsome enough to be a great minivan alternative

The Highlander may look a little more rugged than it has in the past; yet it's still more closely related to Toyota's cars than to its rugged trucks like the 4Runner. The Highlander stands as a more civil, family-friendly alternative to the 4Runner or a more spacious alternative to the RAV4

In its latest generation, the Highlander lineup has become a little more truck-influenced from the outside, with the maw-like grille and exaggerated wheel wells and sills offering more than a faint hint of rugged cues. Inside, the cabin is all car, although there are a few fine details borrowed from Toyota's trucks, some Teutonic-themed dash action, and a pleasing jumble of lines and textures.

Pros
Wide range of powertrains
Flexible second row
Easy third-row access
Good connectivity

Cons
Design is better, but still bland
Just-adequate powertrains
Somewhat busy dash design
Hybrid only delivers if you drive gingerly

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The Toyota Highlander's reasonable price and ample list of advanced safety features make it one the best value propositions in the class. You won't find any other midsize SUV at its roughly $30,000 price point with this many active safety features. On top of that, its interior is made with upscale materials, and the ride is hushed

the Highlander's driving dynamics are comfortable but dull. It’s base four-cylinder engine is unusual for the class, as most rivals have a standard V6. You can add a V6 engine to the Highlander, but you’ll pay about $1,400 to do so. With its base engine, the Highlander’s fuel economy is above average for the class. You’ll get even better gas mileage with the optional V6 engine. If you want a better driving experience and a more potent engine in the base model, look to the Honda Pilot. There’s a modest $35 difference in price between it and the Highlander, and the Pilot handles much better through turns. You’ll also get the V6 engine standard – just not the active safety features. And if you’re a fan of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, the Pilot has them in all but the base trims. You can’t get either with Toyota – at any trim level

Pros
Lots of standard active safety features
Above-average fuel economy
Comfortable and quiet on the highway

Cons
Dull performance and handling
Cramped third-row seat

By: 
cars.usnews.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Premium Unleaded
Regular Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
15.00mpg
19.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
18.00mpg
25.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
32
24
Cylinders: 
8
V
6
V
Engine Size/Displacement: 
4.60L
3.50L
Torque: 
329ft-lbs
at 3 500rpm
248ft-lbs
at 4 700rpm
Horsepower: 
301hp
at 5 500rpm
270hp
at 6 200rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Turning Circle: 
41.40Feet
38.70Feet

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: 
yes
yes
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
no
no
Side view Camera: 
no
no
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 guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation)*
Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
192.10in
191.10in
Width: 
74.20in
75.80in
Height: 
73.80in
70.10in
Ground Clearance: 
8.10in
8.00in
Front Track: 
62.40in
64.40in
Rear Track: 
62.40in
64.20in
Wheel Base: 
109.80in
109.80in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
38.00
39.50
Rear Head Room: 
40.40
39.60
Front Leg Room: 
41.70in
44.20in
Rear leg room: 
34.10in
38.40in
Front Hip Room: 
56.50in
57.10in
Front Shoulder Room: 
55.40in
59.30in
Rear Hip Room: 
55.20in
57.10in
Rear Shoulder room: 
57.30in
59.60in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
64.70cu.ft
83.20cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
6500lbs
5000lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
11.60cu.ft
13.80cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
21.00degrees
18.00degrees
Angle of Departure: 
23.00degrees
23.10degrees
Curb Weight: 
5199.00lbs
4354.00lbs

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
4 one-touch power windows
Heated mirrors
4 one-touch power windows

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
no
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
Multi-level heating passenger seat
Multi-level heating driver seat
Height adjustable driver seat
Bucket front seats
8 -way power driver seat
Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
Leather
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
folding rear seatback
Manual folding bench third row seats
Rear ventilation ducts with fan control
Reclining rear seats

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
Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
Leather steering wheel
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
Turn signal in mirrors

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
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
12 total speakers
3 Months of provided satellite radio service
USB connection
Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
Adjustable speed sensitive volume control
Satellite radio w/real time traffic satellite radio

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
yes
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
More in Glass and Roof: 
Privacy glass
Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
Intermittent rear wiper
Roof rack
Remote sunroof operation
Manual sunshades for rear side windows
Intermittent rear wiper
Privacy glass
Power glass sunroof
Variable intermittent wipers
Roof rack
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
18 x 7.5
19 x 7.5
Wheels more: 
Fullsize matching spare tire
All season tires
Underbody mounted spare tire
Temporary spare tire
Underbody mounted spare tire
All season tires
Chrome-clad wheel covers
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
265.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
60
Diameter: 
R18
Width: 
245.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
55
Diameter: 
R19

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
solid rear 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
Emergency Service*
Remote anti-theft alarm system
First Aid Kit
Glass Breakage Sensor
VIP RS3200 Plus Security System
Glass Breakage Sensor
Post-collision safety system
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation

Options

Packages: 
Preferred Accessory Package
Driver Support Package w/Mark Levinson Premium Audio
Protection Package
Preferred Accessory Package
Protection Package
Exterior Options: 
Door Edge Guards
Wheel Locks
Exhaust Tip
Paint Protection Film
18" F-Sport Wheel Upgrade
Mudguards
Alloy Wheel Locks
Paint Protection Film
Rear Bumper Applique
Rear Bumper Applique
Drop Hitch Receiver
Rear Bumper Protector
Special Color
Cross Bars
Cross Bars and Side Rails
Towing Receiver Hitch w/Wire Harness
Door Edge Guards
Rear Bumper Protector
Body SIde Molding
Running Boards
Clear Paint Protection - Hood Package
Clear Paint Protection - Door Package
Accent Stripe
Body Side Moldings
Running Boards
Interior Options: 
Cargo Mat
Dual-Screen Rear Seat Entertainment System
Cargo Net
Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio
Rear Seat Entertainment System (RSES)
Key Gloves
All-Weather Floor Mats and Cargo Liner
Carpet Mats w/Lipped Cargo Mat
Carpet Floor Mats and Cargo Liner
Wireless Headphones
Cargo Net
Carpet Floor Mats and Carpet Cargo Mat
Retractable Cargo Cover
Cargo Cover
Rear-Seat Blu-Ray DVD Entertainment System
2nd Row Captain's Chairs
Carpet Floor Mats, Carpet Cargo Mat, All Weather Floor Mats
10" Overhead DVD Player (moonroof vehicles)
Connectivity Package (4 Piece)
Carpet Mats w/Lipped Cargo Mat

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Black, leather
#393939
Ecru, leather
#ADA794
Sepia Leather, leather
#4A4542
Color: 
Ash, cloth
#7D7C7C
Black, cloth
#282828