The Lexus GX series was introduced into Lexus’s lineup as a mid-size crossover SUV over 20 years ago and remains available through today, with a redesign for the 2024 model year. The GX is known for its unique styling and for having the features consumers expect from SUVs, including towing. But what is the towing capacity of a 2024 Lexus GX?
The 2024 Lexus GX has a towing capacity of up to 8,000 across all model years and trim levels.
There’s a bit more to know about 2024 Lexus GX towing capabilities which we’ll cover in today’s guide.
2024 Lexus GX Towing Capacity
The 2024 Lexus GX can tow 8,000 pounds across all trim levels and configurations.
Refer to the chart below to find how much your 2024 Lexus GX can tow.
|2024 Lexus GX Trim Level||Towing Capacity|
|Premium||6,990 lbs / 3,170 kg|
|Premium+||6,990 lbs / 3,170 kg|
|Luxury||8,000 lbs / 3,628 kg|
|Luxury+||8,000 lbs / 3,628 kg|
|Overtrail||8,000 lbs / 3,628 kg|
|Overtrail+||8,000 lbs / 3,628 kg|
You can also read our guide on what makes a vehicle towing capacity to learn all the aspects that go into it.
Here’s a video showing the Lexus GX being put to a real-world towing test:
2024 Lexus GX Braked Vs. Unbraked Towing Capacity
All vehicles have different towing capacities based on whether or not you’re towing a trailer that has trailer brakes installed.
Trailer brakes allow the trailer to stop faster than if only the vehicle is using its brakes, allowing the vehicle to tow more weight, so braked towing capacity will always be higher than unbraked towing capacity.
2024 Lexus GX Braked Tow Capacity: up to 8,000 lbs.
2024 Lexus GX Unbraked Tow Capacity: 3,500 lbs.
2024 Lexus GX Towing Capacity Factors
There are a few factors that affect the Lexus GX tow capacity.
Lexus specifies that you should only use a weight distributing hitch if you’re towing something over 5,000 pounds.
Additionally, Lexus specifies that you should use a trailer sway control device when towing a trailer weighing over 2,000 pounds.
The Overtrail and Premium trims can tow more than the Luxury trim level for the 2024 Lexus GX.
Number of Passengers
A big factor in calculating your vehicle’s towing capacity is how many passengers you’re carrying, which directly calculates into the vehicle’s GCWR.
This is true of all vehicles, not just the Lexus GX, so always take into consideration the total load of your passengers and gear in addition to what you’re towing.
2024 Lexus GX Tow Package Info
Does The 2024 Lexus GX Have A Tow Package?
Lexus offers a few GX towing package options which are purchased separately from each other:
- Receiver Tow Hitch
- Trailer Ball
Lexus GX Recommended Equipment
Lexus recommends using a sway control device with sufficient capacity when towing a trailer weighing over 2,000 lbs.
Lexus also requires a weight distributing hitch when towing anything over 5,000 lbs.
Can You Install A Trailer Hitch On a Lexus GX?
If you plan on towing anything with your Lexus GX, you’ll need a tow hitch and wiring harness.
Depending on what you’re towing, you’re going to need a ball mount (aka a trailer ball hitch) so you can attach items for towing.
Make sure to get the right trailer ball size that matches your hitch and trailer.
Lexus GX Tow Hitch
Trailer hitches come in different hitch classes, which are rated for different vehicle sizes and weight limits.
The Lexus GX can use a Class 2 or Class 3 hitch.
Lexus GX Trailer Hitch Installation
Always follow the manufacturer’s directions and use proper safety precautions.
Here’s a great video walkthrough on a Lexus GX trailer hitch installation:
Lexus GX Trailer Hitch Installation Cost
If you’re considering having a tow hitch added to your GX, expect to pay between $100 and $200 to have a tow package professionally installed (excluding the cost of the tow hitch and wiring harness).
If you’re handy and looking to save money, you can install the trailer hitch and wiring harness yourself.
Hitch Receiver Vs Rear Step Bumper Towing
Some vehicles allow for bumper towing, which means you can mount a tow hitch ball directly on the bumper instead of installing a tow hitch to the vehicle’s frame.
Can I Bumper Tow With a Lexus GX?
The Lexus GX stock bumper is not rated for bumper towing, so you’ll need to install a frame-mounted hitch like the one we listed earlier in this guide or an aftermarket bumper with a hitch ball on it.
Does My Lexus GX Have A Tow Package?
You can start by looking under the rear bumper of your GX to see if you notice a trailer hitch or trailer ball.
That will give you a good indication of if you have a tow hitch already installed on your GX.
Another way to research this is by checking the paperwork that came with your vehicle or taking it to a local dealer to see what’s installed.
Make sure to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) handy if you call the dealer so they can look up the exact specs and whether or not your vehicle has any towing packages or features installed on it.
We’ve gathered all data represented here from the official 2024 Lexus GX Owner’s Manuals on Lexus’s website and have checked all data thoroughly for accuracy.
Having said this, we still recommend you refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual yourself before towing with your 2024 Lexus GX.