In a world flooded with gargantuan luxury SUVs with mitigated off-road credentials, the GX remains a breath of fresh air -- it remains equally at home on the open range as it is on the open road. Lexus's recipe calls for an astounding amount of off-road prowess with an impeccably luxurious cabin, and the result is, as others have mentioned, nothing short of a verifiable competitor to the Land Rover LR4.
Still, I'm a little puzzled why certain features, like the multi-terrain select and the multi-terrain view (a nifty camera system that displays obstacles near your front wheels and rockers), don't make their way into the North American model. I know not everyone needs locking differentials and the like (hence the fact that the car-based RX handily outsells the truckish GX), let alone the capacity to crawl over boulders. Still, in my mind, that's an increasingly rare characteristic -- and one Lexus should build up, not strip out.
On another note, I need to praise this audio system -- Lexus has incorporated Mark Levinson systems into a number of its most recent models, but the one in the GX carried more presence, more clarity than others (even the LS). I dare say it'd make Mark Levinson himself (who is no longer with his namesake firm) quite proud.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer