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The 2021 BMW X4 is widely regarded as one of the sexiest SUVs in its class. Its turbocharged engine, roomy and opulent interior and harmonious handling make it desired by many but possessed by few. But what happens when it goes up against the 2021 Lexus GX, a large SUV with titan towing capacity, a smooth riding experience, and the best tech that money can buy?
Design & Style
The Lexus GX is an exceptionally versatile sport utility vehicle that is fully capable of operating off-road. It can seat a maximum of seven passengers and has a boxy exterior with very few curves. It has one of the biggest grilles ever seen on an SUV, and its spindle is pinched with nineteen inch alloy based wheels. The cabin is rich in buttons and switches with one screen and multiple upholstery options including brown leather or ivory vinyl.
The BMW X4 takes the opposite design approach. Whereas the Lexus GX is boxy and angular, the X4 is curvy and smooth with a sloping roofline. It too sits on nineteen inch wheels and the unpainted trim and chrome seen in previous editions have been replaced by darkened details with colorful body panels that look great. The seats are powered and provide pure relaxation.
Technology & Safety
The BMW X4 comes with a comprehensive suite of safety countermeasures. These include numerous airbags, automated emergency brakes, cruise and lane control and sensors which can automatically navigate the vehicle on certain roads to lower driver fatigue. Luxuries within its cabin include seats that can be heated or cooled depending on the season, climate control, premium audio, and wifi with smartphone compatibility.
The Lexus GX is equipped with ten airbags, lane departure notifications, emergency automated brakes which recognize pedestrians, blind area monitoring and cruise control which is adaptive. However, unlike the BMW X4, it does not offer any kind of hands off operation to relieve drive fatigue. Luxuries within its cabin include a sound system from Mark Levinson, climate control and powered seats that are ventilated, but it lacks both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which is surprising.
The Lexus GX is equipped with a V8, 4.6 liter engine that can generate 301 horsepower which is wedded to an automatic six speed gearbox. Those that purchase the BMW X4 M Competition will get a turbo 6 engine that can generate 503 horsepower, with the ability to blaze from zero to sixty in under 4 seconds.
The Bottom Line
Aside from the fact that the BMW X4 completely demolishes the Lexus when it comes to performance, the GX is also mired by inferior handling, a lousy tailgate, it guzzles too much fuel, and the third row is too small for adults. This makes the BMW X4 the winner.
Ready to Schedule a 2021 BMW X4 Test Drive Today?
At Competition BMW of Smithtown, we give you a chance to experience the pure thrill of driving a 2021 BMW X4 for yourself. Come and visit us today or give us a call at (888) 734-3331 to schedule a test drive. Our dealership staff is always on standby to assist you, and we look forward to serve you in the best way possible.