Even though it lived on as the redesigned Lexus GX460 after being discontinued in 2009, the GX470 was still a pretty impressive luxury SUV in its own right. Keep reading to know more about this car.
The Lexus GX470 was first introduced in 2003 and was the company’s flagship luxury SUV for a number of years as a vehicle that continued the tradition of being highly refined and equipped while superbly comfortable and quiet at the same time. It was a top-tier SUV in every sense of the term thanks to a refined interior, smooth V8 engine and three rows of seating. Additionally, it could also go further off-road than many suspected, but all of that wasn’t enough for it to survive. It was discontinued after 2009 and transformed into the GX460. Keep reading.
Oldie, but a Goodie
During the height of its glory, the GX470 was loved for its traditional frame body, upscale interior and superior off-road abilities. Power-wise, it originally included only one trim level and its 4.7-litre V8 generated 235 horsepower. In 2005 that number was upgraded to 270, but testing procedures changed in 2006 and that resulted in a downgrade of the GX470’s horsepower to 263. Throughout its lifetime, it was only offered with a full-time four-wheel-drive system complete with low-range gearing, as well as a five-speed automatic transmission.
Hi-Tech for Off-Roading
As time progressed and buyers became increasingly impressed with its off-road prowess, the GX470 began arriving with a number of different features designed to assist its off-road excursions. Examples include Rear Adjustable Height Control (AHC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC). As early as 2004, the GX470 incorporated an optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which enhanced handling under different conditions on- and off-road by automatically adjusting the front and rear stabilizer bars. At the same time, safety upgrades were seen on the GX470 such as an optional rear back-up camera system for vehicles with the navigation system installed, a tire-pressure monitoring system, and roll-sensing feature for the side curtain airbags.
Catering to Lexus Tradition
Owners typically expect luxury and refinement from Lexus vehicles and this was also true in the case of the GX470 despite its off-roading potential. In order to cater to the wishes of the market, the SUV offered lustrous wood on the steering wheel and dashboard, as well as fine leather on the seats. In 2005, a Sport trim joined the lineup and remained until the 470 went out of production. Voice commands for the navigation, audio systems and climate control were added the same year, as well as Bluetooth compatibility and an upgraded navigation system with better graphics.
As Reliable as it Gets
The Lexus GX470 is one of the most reliable vehicles you can buy and many past owners appreciate its truck-like handling and rugged four-wheel drive abilities. In addition to its outstanding off-road chops, seating for seven and luxury accommodations, its price tag is also pretty impressive. If you happen to be on the market for a cushy SUV that can still get you to that remote mountain cabin without getting stuck halfway there, definitely consider the GX470. On one hand, yes – it’s a used car not in production anymore. But on the other – you simply get so much reliable car for your hard-earned money.