The Lexus GX 460 is a fully capable SUV. Capable, that is, of taking you down the beaten path or of blazing its own.
Built on body-on-frame architecture, the GX 460 has standard V8 power, 4WD and three rows of pretty luxurious seating for up to seven, even in the base trim.
After all, it IS a Lexus.
Not many changes are happening for the GX 460 coming up in 2018, so year-end 2017 models might be a good option for many buyers.
The engine powering the GX 460 is a 4.6-liter V8 that develops 301 horsepower and 329 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and so is the 4WD system. With that powertrain, the GX460 is rated to tow up to 6,500 pounds, which is plenty to pull all your toys to the beach or camp.
One of the secrets to this vehicle’s dual on-road/off-road personality is its suspension system, which helps reduce body lean without using stiffer springs and dampers. Lexus calls it a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, and it helps the GX 460 feel comfortable both on and off road.
The GX 460 has available crawl control, which is like cruise control for off-roading. If you done much off-road driving, you know that a steady throttle is critical to navigating rough terrain. But it isn’t always easy to maintain a steady throttle when the vehicle is bouncing all over creation. Crawl control eliminates the need for the driver to have a steady foot. All you have to do is steer and brake when needed.
Standard features in the GX 460 include leather upholstery on the heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, 18-inch alloy wheels, a heated mahogany and leather steering wheel, three-zone automatic air, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power moonroof, daytime running lights and automatic LED headlights.
The cabin of the GX 460 is roomy and luxurious with lots of head room and leg room. Real wood trim is well placed in the upscale environment inside this SUV.
Technology and infotainment features include Bluetooth audio and phone, an 8-inch touchscreen, Siri Eyes Free, HD satellite radio and a pair of USB ports. There is also a 110v outlet in the cargo area, which is a great feature for tailgaters.
The rear door of the GX 460 doesn’t rise, but opens like a gate from right to left. The upper glass can be popped open for quick access when there isn’t room to swing the tailgate open. The third-row seats are quite small, but are raised and lowered with the push of a button.
The GX 460 is a fairly large vehicle at 192 inches of overall length. Headroom in front is 38 inches and in the rear, it’s 35.2 inches. Rear legroom is 29.3 inches. Cargo volume is 64.7 cubic feet when everything is folded down. Row two is either a bench seat or captain’s chairs.
On pavement, the GX 460 has a firm ride thanks to its frame and suspension, but it’s not harsh or unpleasant. The V8 engine does a pretty good job of getting the vehicle up to speed. Seats are comfortable for the long haul, and the cabin is quiet with almost no road noise filtering inside.
Push the GX 460 through some hard corners and it will lean surprisingly little for a vehicle of its heft. Braking was good and steering was linear and precise.
When it comes to safety, the GX 460 has not been fully tested by the government nor the insurance industry. But the vehicle has 10 airbags and a host of sophisticated equipment to keep occupants safe. Lexus Enform Safety Connect features automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, an emergency assist button and enhanced roadside assistance.
2017 Lexus GX 460 Luxury
Engine: 4.6-liter V8
Horsepower/Torque: 301/329 lb.-ft.
Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/4WD
Base price: $62,980 ($71,995 with options & freight)
EPA mileage estimates: 15 mpg city/18 mpg highway/16 mpg combined
Estimated highway range: 414 miles