Knowing Where to Look: How to Find Out the Package Level from a Picture

This quick guide is for all of the online car-shoppers.  If you’ve ever found yourself browsing through different dealer and 3rd party sites for a specific car with a specific feature but weren’t sure how to tell which vehicle actually had that feature you were searching for then you’ve come to the right place.  We are going to tell you where to look so you can determine the package level on any Lexus GX 460 you find online or see parked next to you at work.

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2017 Lexus GX 460 with Sport Design Package

Any Lexus model will be built slightly different for every region of the United States so you will find a new Lexus GX that was built for a dealership in California to have different options and package level combinations compared to the same year GX built for sale in Texas.  Since we are a Lexus dealership in San Antonio, Texas, this “where to look – package finder guide” is based on vehicles that are commonly found in Texas.  We will point out however ways to tell if any particular vehicle is a “different” build or an exception to some of the rules outlined below.

Good to Know: Features on EVERY GX

Every single 2017 Lexus GX 460 (and GX models from 2014 thru 2017 really) will include the following standard features:

  • Full-Time 4WD with 4.6-liter V8 engine and 301 HP
  • Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS)
  • Back up Camera
  • 7″ Color Touch-Screen
  • Bluetooth with BT audio streaming
  • Sirius XM Radio
  • USB/iPod Connection
  • Moon Roof
  • Homelink
  • Subscription-free HD Data real-time weather and traffic information
  • Single Disc CD/Mp3/WMA player
  • Memory Seats for Driver
  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect and Remote app (for 2016 – 2017 model year)

For the 2014 model year, Lexus changed up the way the Lexus GX was built and available for sale by dividing the model into 3 different “grades”: GX, GX with Premium Package and GX Luxury.  Here’s how to tell which grade-level GX you’re looking at online…

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2017 GX in Starfire Pearl – “starting package” level

Lexus GX – the “starting package” level

The GX pictured above is the first GX grade-level and is considered to be the “starting” package option.  You can tell that this GX is the standard grade level and NOT a premium or luxury just from looking at the wheels.  The standard wheel has 6 spokes that are thick with a lighter finish on the alloy wheel.  If you see a GX with wheels like the one pictured here then you know that you are looking at the starting grade level.

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18″ 6-spoke wheels on standard GX

So what else can you learn about this GX after looking at the wheels?  Well, you already know it is a standard GX so when you look at the interior pictures you should also see the following features:

  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Interior is either Black or Sepia
  • NO Wood Grain

You can still get the standard GX with Navigation and with Heated/Cooled Seats so don’t get thrown off if you see a GX online with Navigation, Climate Seats and Blind Spot Monitor – these features can be found on any grade level GX – where you need to look in order to confirm that you are in fact looking at a standard level GX is the leather wrapped wheel.  If you do not see wood grain then you know this is a standard/starting grade-level GX 460.

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Standard GX 460 with Navigation

GX with Premium Package

The GX 460 with Premium Package is the most commonly built and available GX grade so more than likely when searching for vehicles online, you will see most of the GX vehicle options to have the Premium Package.

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2017 Lexus GX 460 with Premium Package in Starfire Pearl

Want to know the package or grade level GX you’re looking at online or parked next to you?  Just look at the wheels.  The wheels on the Premium GX 460 will look like the ones pictured above – 18″ split-six spoke alloys.

From looking at the wheels, you will know that this Lexus GX 460 also has the following features:

  • Navigation Package
  • Blind Spot Monitor and Park Assist
  • Leather interior that can be either Black, Sepia or Ecru
  • Wood Grain Steering Wheel and Wood Grain trim
  • 3-Zone Climate Control
  • Heated/Cooled Front Seats and Heated Middle Row Seats
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • LED foglamps
  • Can come with either a Bench Middle Row Seat OR Captain’s Chairs (new for 2017)
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18-inch Split-Six Spoke Alloy Wheels on Premium Package GX 460
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Ecru interior, Wood Grain and only 2 adjustable knobs by shift knob tell you this GX is a Premium Package level.

So you’re looking at a Lexus GX with wood grain and an ecru interior.  How can you tell if this GX is the Premium Package or the Luxury model?  Simply look at knobs to the right of the shift knob.  If you only see two, like the GX pictured above, then you will know for certain that this GX is not a luxury model.

GX Luxury Model

The Lexus GX Luxury Model has specific features that will only come on the Luxury model for any GX 460 from 2014 – 2017.  The obvious exterior tell are the wheels since the Luxury GX wheels will have a liquid graphite finish (slightly darker than the premium).  You can also easily tell if you’re looking at a Luxury model GX when you see the 3rd row seats.  All of the Luxury Models will have Power Fold Flat 3rd Row Seating so you will always see the buttons needed to raise and lower the 3rd row seats in the back cargo area.

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Luxury GX with Power Fold Flat 3rd Row Seats

If you see these buttons in the rear cargo area then you know you’re looking at a Luxury model Lexus GX 460 and will also have the following Luxury model features:

  • Mark Levinson Sound
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS)
  • Auto-leveling rear air-suspension
  • Semi-Aniline Leather interior
  • Captain’s Chairs
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Cargo-area tonneau cover
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Heated Steering Wheel button on Luxury Model GX 460
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Adaptive Variable Suspension and Auto-leveling rear air suspension controls on Luxury GX
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Every 2017 Luxury GX will have Captain’s Chairs

** Good to Know… exceptions to the rule

If you are shopping online and look at a 2010 – 2013 GX then you will find the above “rules” do not apply.  Every 2010 thru 2013 GX that was built for sale had a mix of the 3 grades outlined above.  These GX model years were available in 2 model options: Standard GX and Premium GX (which is now called “Luxury”)

2010-2013 Model Year Standard Model GX Features:

  • Navigation Package with Back up Camera and 7″ Color Display
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect
  • Park Assist
  • Power Folding Outside Mirrors
  • 3-Zone Climate Control
  • Power Fold Flat 3rd Row Seats
  • Semi-Aniline Leather
  • Wood Grain
  • Heated 2nd Row Seats
  • Heated/Cooled Front Seats

2010- 2013 Model Year Premium (luxury) Model GX Features:

  • Crawl Control
  • Mark Levinson Sound
  • Rear Seat Entertainment (optional)
  • Pre-Collision System (optional)
  • Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps
  • Tonneau Cover
  • Standard HID Lights
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Illuminated Door Sills
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension

**  Want another quick tip?  You can tell if a Lexus is at least a 2011 model year or newer by checking for the exterior “LEXUS” logo.  If you don’t see one then the Lexus you’re looking at is a 2011 or newer model year.

We’ve covered the best places to look so you can determine the package level on the GX but if you need additional help or have any questions, do not hesitate to call our sales team at 210-816-6000.  You can also check out our inventory online, any time and read the specific descriptions for each model to learn the package level and features found on the vehicle you find at www.lexusdominion.com.

Visual Guide on Where to Look to Determine GX Package Level:

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Where to Look: Wheels
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Where to Look: Steering Wheel
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Where to Look: Center Console
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