Among the typical split personality syndrome that applies to the entire range of Lexus vehicles, the GX460 attempts to offer the best of both comfort and off-road performance. Keep reading. The Lexus GX460 has been on sale since 2010, but that’s not a fact one would notice after just one look at the controversial spindle grille that adorns its front. Plenty worthy of consideration as one of the few body-on-frame luxury SUVs left, the GX460 is equipped with a live-axle and very rugged rear suspension that makes it possible to survive off-road. Overall, this is an SUV that has plenty of Lexus’ known pizazz and is not afraid to flaunt it. Keep reading to know more about this great car.
Grunt & Power
Taking a peek beneath the GX460’s hood will reveal a 4.6-litre V8 that puts out a respectable 301 horsepower and 329 lb.-ft. of torque. Available with only four-wheel drive and with a six-speed automatic transmission, the GX460 is surprisingly impressive on the road thanks to a smooth and refined ride, as well as respectable handling. Off-road adventurists will be happy to know that the GX460 offers ample ground clearance for legitimate off-road adventuring, in addition to the optional Crawl Control feature that allows the driver to climb rugged terrain and steep slopes while focusing solely on the steering – which is to say, without the need to apply the brakes or throttle.
A Luxury SUV From Bumper to Bumper
There are a total of two trim levels in which the GX460 is available, but neither changes the fact that we’re talking about a seven-passenger luxury SUV. Given that this is a Lexus, you’d be right to expect even the base version to be stocked with a long list of standard features, and it is. Just some examples include LED headlights, roof rails, sunroof, 18-inch wheels, rearview camera, faux leather upholstery, iPod connectivity, satellite radio, a nine-speaker audio system with Bluetooth and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment interface. A premium package is optional, and includes a real leather upholstery, parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, three-zone climate control, heated and ventilated seats, Lexus Enform smartphone app integration and navigation system. In other words, a Lexus through and through.
Very Pleasant to Spend Time In
The fact that the GX460 has an upright and boxy exterior design means that spending time in the driver and passenger seats gives you great sightlines. This is especially true as a result of the expansive windshield, low beltlines and wide windows, all of which work together to make the interior feel less claustrophobic. Compared to the newer luxury crossovers and SUVs – some of which offer a more modern-looking matte finish – the glossy wood trim of the GX amplifies its age and gives it a special dose of refinement. Simply Hard to Match …and there are different reasons for this, most notably an impressive mix of refinement, comfort and off-road capability. Add to that Lexus’ legendary bulletproof reliability and you’ve got yourself a pretty robust and sophisticated luxury SUV that is guaranteed to get you noticed both off-road and on it. Overall, the Japanese company doesn’t make bad cars and nowhere is that more obvious than in the case of the pretty great Lexus GX460.