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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Lexus GX460 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Audi Q7 doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.
The GX460 has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Q7 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The GX460 Luxury’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the GX460 and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the GX460 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
The Q7’s redline is at 6800 to 7000 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The GX460 has a 5800 RPM redline.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the GX460 has a 130-amp alternator. The Q7’s standard 120-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the GX460’s reliability 29 points higher than the Q7.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Audi is ranked 7th.
The GX460’s 4.6 DOHC V8 produces 53 more horsepower (301 vs. 248) and 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (329 vs. 273) than the Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The GX460’s 4.6 DOHC V8 produces 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (329 vs. 325) than the Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.
The GX460 stops shorter than the Q7:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the GX460 has larger tires than the Q7 (265/60R18 vs. 255/55R19).
The Lexus GX460’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Audi Q7 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The GX460 has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Q7, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Q7 don’t even offer run-flats.
The GX460 has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Q7 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.
The GX460 Luxury has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The GX460’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Q7 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
The GX460’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the Q7’s (55% to 45%). This gives the GX460 more stable handling and braking.
The GX460 is 7.5 inches shorter than the Q7, making the GX460 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The GX460 has 1.6 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more third row legroom and 5.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the GX460’s middle row seats recline, and the GX460 Luxury’s third row seats also recline. The Q7’s third row seats don’t recline.
The GX460’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q7.
Third Seat Folded
46.7 cubic feet
37.5 cubic feet
The GX460 has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Q7 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.
The GX460’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the right swing out door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Q7’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.
The GX460’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q7’s (6500 vs. 4400 pounds).
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the GX460 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q7 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
Consumer Reports rated the GX460’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Q7’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”
The GX460 has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the GX460 is less expensive to operate than the Q7 because it costs $261 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the GX460 than the Q7, including $232 less for a muffler, $117 less for front brake pads, $244 less for a starter, $330 less for fuel injection, $608 less for front struts and $179 less for a timing belt/chain.
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