Based on the same underlying platform as the Toyota 4Runner, the Lexus GX features the luxury brand’s signature spindle-style grille design and unique bodywork paired with a V8 engine, standard four-wheel drive, and a deep layer of refinement. As smooth and silky as the materials and controls might be, the Lexus GX demonstrates significant off-roading capability. The downside is less athletic handling on pavement. Also, the GX offers a third-row seat, but it is unfriendly to adults, takes up all of the cargo space, and positions any children you might place there uncomfortably close to the SUV’s side-hinged tailgate. You’re better served by folding it down and forgetting about it.