The Lexus GX 470 is a good choice for buyers who want luxury, build quality and off-road capability. It's smooth and powerful on the road and can go nearly anywhere off the pavement. The cabin is trimmed in quality materials and features good ergonomic function. It's roomy and comfortable and can accommodate up to eight people when equipped with the optional third-row seat. Plus, there's the Lexus reputation for quality, durability and reliability. If your driving takes you off the pavement or deep snow is part of your annual driving, the Lexus GX 470 is an excellent choice.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Jim McCraw is based in the Detroit area.
Model Line Overview
Lexus GX 470 ($46,635)
263-hp 4.7-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 with variable valve timing
Safety equipment (standard):
front airbags: front passenger side-impact airbags; side curtain head-protection airbags with rollover sensing; seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters; ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution; Vehicle Stability Control anti-skid system; traction control; tire-pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):
4 years/50,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Lexus GX 470 ($46,635)
leather upholstery; bird's-eye maple trim; automatic climate control w/air filtration; 11-speaker AM/FM/cassette w/auxiliary input jack and six-CD changer in center console; rear-seat audio system; heated, power front seats w/driver's-side memory; reclining split/folding middle-row seats; overhead console w/map lights and storage; HomeLink universal transceiver; cruise control; power moonroof w/retractable sunshade; power windows w/auto up-down feature and pinch protection; rear quarter swing-out windows w/privacy glass; power tilt/telescopic steering column w/automatic tilt-away; steering wheel-mounted audio controls; floor mats; dual illuminated vanity mirrors; electrochromic rearview mirror w/compass; remote keyless entry; first aid kit; tool kit
Options as tested (MSRP):
third-row seat with rear air conditioner ($2,030); tow hitch receiver ($50); navigation system with Mark Levinson Audio ($3,250); rear seat DVD entertainment system ($1,650)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
4.7-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 with variable valve timing
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
263 @ 5400
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
323 @ 3400
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
77.5 cu. ft.
independent, double-wishbone with coil springs, anti-roll bar, variable-rate shock absorbers
solid axle with air springs, anti-roll bar, variable rate shock absorbers
vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, electronic brake-force distribution
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of August 28, 2006.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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