Summary, Prices, Specs

By February 18, 2003


Toyota has slowly and deliberately become SUV headquarters for buyers who want quality, durability and reliability in a cargo hauler. Toyota and Lexus, its luxury division, offers more different kinds of sport-utility vehicles than any other manufacturer.

We’ve been hoping for a Lexus that offers more space, style, and power than the RX 300, and this is it. The Lexus GX 470 is a good choice for buyers who want luxury, capability and reliability. Its price far less than the big LX 470. It offers off-road capability not found in the new RX 330 and will go places the big LX 470 can’t go. Equipped with the third-row seat, the GX 470 can carry up to eight people.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:GX470 ($44,925)
Engines:235-hp 4.7-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Transmissions:5-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):ABS, EBD, brake assist, anti-skid system (VSC), traction control, front airbags, side airbags, side curtain airbags, seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters
Safety equipment (optional):none
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Tahara, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):GX 470 ($44,925)
Standard equipment:automatic transmission, 4-wheel drive, power steering, ABS, traction control
Options as tested (MSPR):third-row seat with rear a/c ($2030); tow hitch receiver ($430)
Destination charge:$575
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$47960
Layout:4-wheel drive
Engine:4.7-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):235 @ 4800
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):320 @ 3400
Transmission:5-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:15/18 mpg
Wheelbase:109.8 in.
Length/width/height:188.2/74.0/74.6 in.
Track, f/r:62.2/62.2 in.
Turning circle:N/A
Seating Capacity:8
Head/hip/leg room, f:41.0/55.1/41.8 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:40.4/54.8/36.8 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:36.1/56.4/24.9 in.
Cargo volume:77.5 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:5000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent with lower torsion bar-type double wishbone
Suspension, r:solid axle, four-link with coil springs
Ground clearance:8.3 in.
Curb weigth:4675 lbs.
Tires:P265/65HR-17 M+S
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity:23 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of February 18, 2003.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-331-4331 -