The Lexus GX is one of the best SUVs for exploring the road less traveled. A detailed off-road package helps it stand out in a segment where most of its rivals target city-based drivers. As such, if you spend all your miles on unpaved roads, the Lexus is a no-brainer.
Need proof? Check out the stock tires your GX came with. While the brand may differ, almost every trim of this vehicle of the past few years comes with factory-installed all-terrain tires. This indicates that this luxury SUV is mainly designed for backcountry driving.
That said, not everyone who drives this luxury SUV is an off-roader. There are people who like flaunting this vehicle’s bold exterior, fronted by a massive grille, in the asphalt jungle most of us call home. Such individuals would be better served by all-season tires.
Whether you use this SUV for off-roading or prefer enjoying its spacious and tech-laden cabin on paved streets, this article has you sorted. We’ll rate and review the eight best tires for Lexus GX that won’t just meet but exceed most of your driving requirements.
Best All-Terrain Tires
Multiple off-road-specific features – Four Wheel Active Traction (4WAT), Multi-Terrain Select Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System – justify the installation of all-terrain tires, especially if you spend most of your time behind the wheel on rough terrains.
#1. Falken Wildpeak AT3W
The Falken Wildpeak AT3W is a popular choice among Lexus GX owners who spend most of their time driving in the backcountry.
A puncture-resistant sidewall means that this model’s rubber is less likely to get chipped, nicked, or punctured than many of its peers. Plus, the sidewall has pores. This is great news, as heat dissipation through the pores minimizes the risk of blowouts.
The step-down etching on the tread delivers more good news. These small, raised features on the rubber work by digging into the ground, enhancing this tire’s grip and lowering the risk of slippage. Hence why this model offers excellent traction in mud, sand, and gravel.
Want to fully exploit your GX’s excellent towing capability? The AT3W’s support ramps give you another reason to go for it. These wedges support the AT3W from the sides to help it haul heavy loads. Plus, they prevent flat spots if this tire remains unused/parked for long periods.
To further sweeten the deal, Falken backs this model with a 55,000-mile treadwear warranty. This indicates that the average American driver could get four years out of it.
- Offers superior traction on broken roads
- Surprisingly low noise levels for an all-terrain tire
- Can fully complement the GX’s excellent towing capability
- Isn’t as highway-friendly as other all-terrain tires
#2. General Grabber APT
The General Grabber APT is one of those all-terrain tires that offer a refined ride on the highway without sacrificing off-road prowess.
On dry roads, this is a very capable tire. Not only does it make sure that your Lexus gets enough traction each time you accelerate harder. But this tire also needs shorter distances to stop. As a result, you can expect it to reduce the GX’s notoriously long stopping distances.
Moreover, strong outside shoulders ensure more direct handling and increased steering response than you mostly get from tires in this category. The result? This tire doesn’t take too long to respond to steering inputs, while its straight-line tracking is also exceptional.
A combination of staggered circumferential grooves and full-depth sipes lowers the risk of aquaplaning, making it one of the best tires for rain. In fact, having driven this tire at highway speeds through deep water puddles, I can vouch for its excellent wet performance.
Lastly, while it may struggle when going through deep mud, the Grabber APT won’t face many problems rolling over hard-packed surfaces (dirt and gravel). A 60,000-mile treadwear warranty on all sizes means you won’t have to replace this model anytime soon.
- Offers short braking distances on the highway
- Deals well with bumps and softens them up
- Steering response and handling are pretty good for a winter tire
- Not the most ideal choice for extreme off-roading
#3. Continental TerrainContact AT
One of this tire’s best qualities is that it offers a super smooth ride, regardless of whether you’re driving on freshly laid tarmac or bumpy roads. Multiple design elements (which I won’t name here to keep things simple) ensure that the vehicle’s cabin remains super quiet.
Another area where this tire shines is high-speed stability. The amount of lateral grip this model offers will make quick lane changes seamless. Similar good things can be said about its cornering grip, so the risk of understeering or oversteering around bends is nonexistent.
The fact that it’s M+S (Mud and Snow) rated means that this model won’t struggle for traction in mild winter conditions. However, it is not the best tire for snow-laden roads.
Need more reasons to decide in favor of this tire? The fact that it comes with a 6-year/60,000-mile treadwear warranty should win you over. After all, all-season tires (from Michelin, no less) have received similar backings from their manufacturer.
- Comes with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Adequate lateral grip to allow for quick lane changes
- Works superbly on wet and icy roads
- Not the best all-terrain tire for snow-laden roads
#4. Michelin LTX A/T 2
The LTX A/T 2 is the perfect example of a middle-of-the-road all-terrain tire.
Michelin developed this product so that it could meet the requirements of the average truck driver in North America. One who does a lot of highway driving throughout the week and hits the trail on the weekend. I’d say that it’s 80% for paved roads and 20% for off-roading.
Provided you can stay mindful of this balance and use this tire accordingly, the LTX A/T2 won’t disappoint. In fact, it may even surprise you with its performance in a few key areas.
One of which is dry performance. Independent reviews confirm that tires boost one of the shortest braking distances in the category, making it one of the safest tires around. The same reviews have praised its highway stability, which one comment rated as ‘stellar’.
Another is wet grip and traction. A wide void area and multiple sipes help this tire offer incredible hydroplaning resistance. The sipes also help it cut through inches of standing water. As a result, if you live in an area where it rains a lot, the LTX A/T seems a no-brainer.
However, since it isn’t the most aggressive off-road tire, traction on unpacked snow, mud, and loose dirt will be lower than forceful all-terrain tires.
- Boasts incredibly short braking distances
- Works excellently on wet surfaces
- Surefooted cornering performance on the highway
- May struggle for traction on unpacked snow
Best Mud-Terrain Tires
Mud-terrain tires are a non-negotiable requirement for those Lexus owners who love driving through a muddy trail or rocky terrain. These tires won’t just prevent wheel spin and slippage. They may also increase your GX’s ground clearance, thus shielding its underbody from damage.
#5. Toyo Open Country AT III
Although not a mud-terrain tire, the Open Country A/T III is one of the best tires for those who do extreme off-roading with their Lexus GX.
Mainly because the sidewalls on this tire come with their own lugs. Experienced off-roaders know that these biters enhance traction on loose surfaces when the tire is run at reduced air pressure while also offering commendable grip on the sides of muddy ruts.
If your trail includes rocks and other sharp objects, this tire won’t suffer any catastrophic losses of tread blocks. The sidewalls will also remain clear of any gouges, bearing testament to the cut- and chip-resistant tread compound Toyo has equipped this model with.
Even if your travel leads you into dune formation, this tire won’t protest. It will continue to provide the level of traction needed to take you from point A to point B without digging straight down.
One final thing you may want to note about this tire before making up your mind is that it carries the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) symbol. Tires with this rating offer reduced stopping distances on snow, especially compared to those carrying the M+S marking.
- Offers commendable traction on loose terrains
- Comes with the 3PMSF symbol
- Poses superior resistance to cuts, chips, and punctures
- Won’t provide the best fuel economy
#6. Pirelli Scorpion All-Terrain Plus
The Scorpion All-Terrain Plus is another excellent option if you exhaust all of your miles on loose surfaces such as mud, dirt, and sand.
Mainly because of the all-new tread pattern. Featuring a high-void area with independent tread blocks and deep grooves, the tread pattern is all about improving traction on surfaces where other tires struggle for grip.
A cut- and chip-resistant tread compound is another crucial off-road feature in this tire’s armory. The reason I deem this feature a must-have for off-roading is that it enhances this model’s durability, especially when you’re driving on rocky surfaces.
Self-cleaning is another area where this tire shines. Multiple conical stone ejectors ensure that all the stones that enter the tread grooves get evacuated within a short period of time. This, in turn, minimizes the risk of stone drilling and, by extension, punctures.
However, there are limitations to what this tire can do. Notably, driving through deep mud isn’t its forte, with our top pick faring much better in the gooey substance.
- Good traction on mud and sand
- Decent self-cleaning properties
- Surprisingly quiet for an all-terrain tire
- Not the best option for deep mud
Best All-Season Tires
All-season tires offer many benefits their counterparts from other categories cannot even dream of. Think of extended tread life, excellent fuel economy, and serene ride quality. You might want to opt for these tires if you mostly drive your Lexus GX on paved roads.
#7. Michelin CrossClimate SUV
The CrossClimate SUV is one of Michelin’s flagship touring tires for SUVs, crossovers, and trucks. Small wonder, then, that it offers what it offers.
The first of which is reliable performance 365 days a year. A high-grade silica tread compound makes sure that this tire is as useful on dry roads as in the rain. In fact, if you’re being careful and the weather isn’t too harsh, the CrossClimate SUV can come in handy in the snow, too.
Another is the state-of-the-art water evacuation system. Unlike many all-season tires, the CrossClimate SUV doesn’t just rely on circumferential grooves to eject water. It also employs lateral grooves for the same task, thereby delivering incredible traction on wet surfaces.
The third area where this tire beats its competition is snow performance. Thanks to self-locking grooves and perfectly floating tracks – features its predecessor lacked – the CrossClimate SUV boasts one of the shortest braking distances on snow and ice of any tire in this category.
While an average (for an all-season tire) treadwear warranty may prove to be a deal-breaker, it need not be the case. After all, the mileage guarantee isn’t set in stone. With careful driving, there’s a very good chance that this tire may last longer than the 50,000-mile rating.
- Superb wet handling
- Sure-footed performance on snow and ice
- Low rolling resistance for improved fuel economy
- Average treadwear warranty
#8. Bridgestone Alenza AS Ultra
The Bridgestone Alenza AS Ultra is one of those tires that aren’t as famous as they should be.
One of the main reasons why it isn’t as renowned as its peers is its young age – the Alenza AS Ultra was only released in October 2021. This makes it a newborn compared to most popular A/S tires, many of which have been around for well over a decade.
Yet its young age also gives it an advantage. The Alenza AS Ultra comes with technologies that weren’t around when its established peers were being developed. Think of the QuietTrack Technology, which enables it to offer a whisper-quiet ride on the highway.
That is not all it would do, though. A lower-than-average (compared with fellow all-season tires) rolling resistance means it will also help you enjoy fuel savings. That, too, while offering an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty, one of the highest of any truck tires.
Yet there are areas where this tire could do better. The first of which is its asking price, which is significant enough to give you second thoughts about its purchase. Another is the tendency of its ride quality to drop off the road, though every A/S tire shares this flaw.
- Backed by a class-leading 80,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Offers remarkable dry, wet, and light snow performance
- Provides a serene and noise-free ride on the highway
- Doesn’t come cheap
Best Winter Tires
Dedicated winter tires are a must-have if your area receives more than its fair share of snowfall. While all-season tires can keep you safe during light snow, only tires specifically developed for harsh weather will keep you safe when the penny has dropped.
#9. Continental VikingContact 7
Start with a rubber that remains flexible in sub-zero temperatures. This important property goes a long way in making this tire an absolute road-gripper in harsh weather conditions.
Another is the ability to offer enhanced traction on unpacked snow. A unique tread pattern helps this tire trap snow between the treads. The resulting snow-on-snow contact generates friction, thereby making sure that this tire doesn’t get bogged down in snow-laden roads.
Still another is superior aquaplaning resistance, which has been made possible by the numerous grooves and sipes dotting its tread. Additionally, all the tread blocks you see on this tire are interlinked, helping the VikingContact 7 offer decent stability at highway speeds.
Cornering grip and traction are other areas where this tire amazes. There is more than enough of both for hard cornering and aggressive acceleration.
- One of the best tires for unpacked snow
- Superb grip and traction on wet roads
- Offers plenty of response through the steering wheel
- Comfort and noise may take a hit in specific scenarios
Unlike the Lexus GX, the above tires don’t divide opinions. All of the models reviewed above are excellent at what they are supposed to do. As a result, regardless of the tire you’d pick from our list, significant improvements in ride quality would follow.