The Lexus GX 460 offers excellent control over rugged terrain. It's a traditional SUV, built on the same truck-based architecture as the rugged Toyota 4Runner, with a suspension and drive system designed for the rough stuff. Inside it's luxurious. On the road it's quiet. While not as soft and smooth on bumpy roads as a car-based crossover SUV, such as the Lexus RX, the GX is no buckboard on the highway. The 4.6-liter V8 generates plenty of power and the GX is loaded with safety features.
John Stewart filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drive of the Lexus GX near Del Mar, California.
Model Line Overview
Lexus GX 460 ($53,445); Premium ($58,240)
4.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8
6-speed automatic with sequential shift capability
Safety equipment (standard):
10 air bags including dual front and side airbags; driver and front passenger knee airbags; second-row seat-mounted side airbags, and roll-sensing side curtain airbags covering all rows; Active front seat headrests; Vehicle Stability Control (VSC); Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS); Brake Assist; Active Traction Control (A-TRAC); four-sensor Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) system; 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions; child seat anchors; child safety locks
Safety equipment (optional):
Pre-Collision System (PCS); Dynamic Radar Cruise Control; Driver Attention Monitor and Lane Departure Alert (LDA); Adaptive Front Lighting System with Intelligent High Beams; Intuitive Parking Assist; Wide-View Front and Side Monitors; crawl control
4 years/50,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Lexus GX 460 Premium ($58,240)
leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, wood and leather trim, 10-way power heated front seats with memory, split 40/20/40 reclining heated second-row seats, split 50/50 folding third-row bench seat, AM/FM/6CD audio with nine speakers, rearview camera, power moonroof, power windows, power locks, cruise control, 12-volt power outlet, remote keyless entry, anti-theft alarm, intermittent rear wiper, 18-inch aluminum wheels; automatic HID projector-beam headlights, auto-tone control audio, cargo tonneau, Adaptive Front Lighting System, auto tilt-down mirrors, heated steering wheel, Adaptive Variable Suspension
Options as tested (MSRP):
Wideview Front and Side Monitor/Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Crawl Control, Driver Attention Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, and Intelligent High Beams ($3,170); Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Package ($3,930); Intuitive Park Assist ($500)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
301 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
91.9 cu. ft.
double wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
4-link rigid axle, control arms, adjustable air springs, stabilizer bar
vented disc/disc w ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of June 01, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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