Jones Auto Centers Compares 2022 Ford Explorer VS 2022 Lexus GX Near Verde Valley, AZ

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2022 Ford Explorer

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2022 Ford Explorer

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2022 Lexus GX

Safety Comparison

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The Explorer has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The GX doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Explorer (except Base/XLT/Limited/Timberline) offers an optional Reverse Brake Assist that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The GX doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Explorer uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The GX uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Explorer and the GX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Explorer its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2021, a rating granted to only 74 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GX has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 12 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Explorer’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The Explorer has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The GX doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

Engine Comparison

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The Explorer’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6 hybrid produces 17 more horsepower (318 vs. 301) than the GX’s 4.6 DOHC V8. The Explorer ST/Platinum/King Ranch/Timberline’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 99 more horsepower (400 vs. 301) and 86 lbs.-ft. more torque (415 vs. 329) than the GX’s 4.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Explorer turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Lexus GX:

Explorer

GX

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.8 sec

21.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

7.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.7 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

89 MPH

Top Speed

125 MPH

111 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Explorer gets better mileage than the GX:

MPG

Explorer

RWD

3.3 V6 Hybrid

27 city/28 hwy

Platinum 3.3 V6 Hybrid

25 city/26 hwy

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

3.0 turbo V6

18 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.3 V6 Hybrid

23 city/26 hwy

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

3.0 turbo V6

18 city/24 hwy

GX

AWD

4.6 DOHC V8

15 city/19 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Explorer Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GX doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stop lights the Explorer’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. If the conditions warrant or the driver wishes, the system can be manually disabled at any time for the duration of a trip. The GX doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Explorer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GX doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Explorer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GX:

Explorer

Explorer ST

GX

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.3 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.8 inches

12.3 inches

The Explorer stops much shorter than the GX:

Explorer

GX

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Explorer’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GX (275/45R21 vs. 265/60R18).

The Explorer’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GX’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Explorer offers optional 21-inch wheels. The GX’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the Explorer can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The GX doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For superior ride and handling, the Ford Explorer has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Lexus GX has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Explorer’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The GX doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Explorer’s wheelbase is 9.3 inches longer than on the GX (119.1 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 4.5 inches wider in the front and 4.5 inches wider in the rear than on the GX.

The Explorer ST 4WD handles at .86 G’s, while the GX pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Explorer ST 4WD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the GX (26.4 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Explorer’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the GX’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Explorer Timberline has a greater minimum ground clearance than the GX (8.7 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Explorer to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The Ford Explorer may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 800 pounds less than the Lexus GX.

Unibody construction lowers the Explorer’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The GX uses body-on-frame design instead.

The front grille of the Explorer uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The GX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Explorer Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The GX doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Explorer XLT 4WD is quieter than the GX (40 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Explorer has 23 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GX (152.7 vs. 129.7).

The Explorer has 2.7 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, 2.7 inches more front hip room, 6.4 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 4.9 inches more rear legroom, 3.9 inches more rear hip room, 4.6 inches more rear shoulder room, 3.7 inches more third row headroom, 2.9 inches more third row legroom and .1 inches more third row shoulder room than the GX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the GX.

Explorer

GX

Behind Third Seat

18.2 cubic feet

11.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

47.9 cubic feet

46.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87.8 cubic feet

64.7 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Explorer easier. The Explorer’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 31.1 inches, while the GX’s liftover is 33.8 inches.

The Explorer’s cargo area is larger than the GX’s in almost every dimension:

Explorer

GX

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

20.8”/49.8”/83.9”

9.8”/39”/75”

Max Width

59”

54.6”

Min Width

48.1”

43.4”

Height

33.7”

35.5”

The Explorer’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The GX’s swing out door blocks loading from the passenger’s side.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Explorer has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The GX doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Explorer’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The GX’s parking brake has to be released manually.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer’s available exterior PIN entry system. The GX doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Explorer’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The GX’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Explorer’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The GX’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

The Explorer ST/Platinum offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the GX.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Ford Explorer (except Base/XLT) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The GX doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Explorer’s optional Active Park Assist 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The GX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Explorer is less expensive to operate than the GX because typical repairs cost much less on the Explorer than the GX, including $578 less for a starter, $227 less for fuel injection, $134 less for a fuel pump, $400 less for a timing belt/chain and $143 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Explorer will be $4406 to $16582 less than for the Lexus GX.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Ford Explorer outsold the Lexus GX by almost seven to one during the 2021 model year.

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