Summary, Prices, Specs

By September 21, 2012


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 report after his test drive of the Lexus GX near Del Mar, California.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Lexus GX 460 ($53,445); Premium ($58,240)
Engines:4.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8
Transmissions: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
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Tahara, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Lexus GX 460 Premium ($58,240)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):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)
Destination charge:$875
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$66715
Layout:four-wheel drive
Engine:4.6-liter V8
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):301 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):329 @3500
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:15/20 mpg
Wheelbase:109.8 in.
Length/width/height:189.2/74.2/73.8 in.
Track, f/r:62.4/62.4 in.
Turning circle:38.1 ft.
Seating Capacity:7
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.0/56.5/41.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:40.2/55.2/34.1 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:35.2/43.1/29.3 in.
Cargo volume:91.9 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:6500 Lbs.
Suspension, f:double wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:4-link rigid axle, control arms, adjustable air springs, stabilizer bar
Ground clearance:8.1 in.
Curb weigth:5340 lbs.
Tires:265/60R18 M&S
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/disc w ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:23.0 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of September 21, 2012.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-255-3987 -