Lexus GX vs. Toyota 4Runner

2021 Lexus GX

Looking at the Lexus GX vs. the Toyota 4Runner, drivers in White Plains, Yonkers, or Scarsdale, New York, maybe thinking about which SUV to choose.

Our team at Lexus of White Plains decided to compare the two models to see which one ranks higher in terms of capability, performance, and safety features.

Read on to learn more about each one, and contact us today for more information!



Lexus GX vs. Toyota 4Runner: Capability

2021 Lexus GXThe capability of both models is quite similar. Both offer plenty of off-road enhancements that will ultimately deliver a smoother ride. One of these features includes Multi-Terrain Select, which allows drivers to adapt to the different surfaces they may find themselves on. While the Toyota 4Runner offers four different terrain selections, the Lexus GX steps it up with five different options, allowing you even more adaptability.

The GX and 4Runner both have towing potential, but one model is going to get you a good deal more. While the 4Runner is impressive with its ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds, the GX really shines with up to 6,500 pounds of towing capability. That extra 1,500 pounds can really make a difference when it comes to deciding what to bring along, and can give you greater flexibility.


Lexus GX vs. Toyota 4Runner: Performance

Observing the engines of both vehicles, you’ll notice some differences right off the bat. For starters, the Lexus GX engine is a 4.6-liter V8 while the Toyota 4Runner’s is a 4.0-liter V6.

While the Lexus GX engine produces 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, the Toyota 4Runner will only get you 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque.

The Lexus engine is also paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the Toyota engine has a 5-speed. While a small difference, having even slightly more choices can be appealing to many drivers.

Also important to note is that the Lexus GX comes standard with full-time 4-wheel drive. The Toyota 4Runner, on the other hand, only offers this standard on certain trim levels. On the lower trims, you’d have to settle for standard front-wheel drive or choose a 4X4 engine that will get you part-time all-wheel drive.


Lexus GX vs. Toyota 4Runner: Safety

2021 Lexus GXTurning to safety, the systems on both of these vehicles are comparable. Through both the Lexus Safety System+ on the GX and the Toyota Safety Sense™ system on the 4Runner, you’ll have access to the following features:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Intelligent High Beams

The Lexus GX, however, offers even more with its standard Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Trailer Sway Control. The Toyota 4Runner, unfortunately, doesn’t offer these as either standard or as upgrades.

Another feature that is available on the Lexus GX is the Intuitive Parking Assist. With this feature, your vehicle will use sensors to warn you of objects that may be in front of or behind your vehicle as you move at slow speeds. It comes standard on two trim levels and is available on the base trim. While the Toyota 4Runner offers a similar feature with its front and rear parking assist sonar, it’s only standard on two high-end trims and not available on the others.

Yet another important safety feature to highlight is the airbags. In the Lexus GX, you’ll get 10 standard airbags to protect you and your passengers. The Toyota 4Runner, on the other hand, only offers eight.


Test Drive a Lexus GX Today!

With its upgraded safety offerings, full-time 4-wheel drive, and superior towing capability, the Lexus GX definitely wins out when compared to the Toyota 4Runner.

Drivers in White Plains, Yonkers, or Scarsdale, NY, who would like to take the Lexus GX for a test drive are invited to contact us at Lexus of White Plains today to set up an appointment!