2010 Lexus GX 460 Test Drive — Popular Mechanics

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Lexus GX 460

2010 Lexus GX 460 Test

SAN DIEGO, Calif.#151;Something about the new GX 460 seems archaic. It is old-school, rugged in a world where luxury SUVs have for being just tough to lug home a gallon of Rocky from the Safeway. It has a full frame and a solid rear like a 1968 International Scout. At its soul the V8-powered GX 460 is as and capable as any Toyota Land That’s really no surprise like the Toyota 4Runner. the GX 460 is a of the Land Cruiser Prado. But the 4Runner appears brutish and for adventure, the GX 460 doesn’t look it wants to get dirty, ever. it’s overstuffed with luxuries and gadgets to keep from ever peering out the Does that mean the GX 460’s substantial virtues are under an avalanche of who-asked-for-it

November 23, 2009 12:00 AM

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How closely related is the GX 460 to the new 4Runner? they both ride on the 109.8-inch wheelbase and the slight in other specifications can be attributed to differences in bumper, roof and wheel design. The outgoing GX 470 on a 109.8-inch wheelbase too. is not the case of a vehicle growing

However, it is a vehicle that’s heavier. According to Lexus, the GX 470 weighed in at a full-figured 4871 while the base 2010 GX 460 is an 5305 pounds. That’s a increase.


Fortunately, the GX 460 is blessed with a heart. The GX 470’s iron-block 4.7-liter DOHC V8 has been by the new, all-aluminum 1UR-FE V8 DOHC V8 (which is not, the same 4.6-liter V8 installed in cars). Featuring continuous valve timing and a thirst for or better fuel (but not direct injection), the new engine is at 301 hp at 5500 rpm and 329 lb-ft of peak at 3500 rpm. That’s a improvement over the outgoing 263-hp at 5400 rpm, but a modest bump up from the old 323 lb-ft of peak torque at rpm.

Strangely though, the GX engine lags 9 hp behind the identical 4.6-liter V8 installed in the Toyota Tundra pickup. and the engine is rated to operate on fuel. Intake and exhaust-system are the likely power thieves

The sole transmission behind new engine is the same six-speed used in the Tundra equipped the 4.6-liter V8 and a step up from the used in the GX 470. It shifts so that its operation is effectively The full-time all-wheel drive has an electronically controlled two-speed case and a locking center The standard 265/60R18 mud-and-snow aren’t particularly aggressive by standards, but the drivetrain makes effort to help them traction.

Considering the amount of the GX 460’s engine must that it achieves an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the and 20 mpg on the highway is surprising, if not impressive. And the GX 460 is to tow up to 6500 pounds when with the correct hitch.

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The suspension uses double in front with a solid on coil springs located by links in back—hardly exotic But it’s complemented by a four-wheel Variable Suspension (AVS) and, on the rear wheels, Height Control (AHC). both seem to work enough, but the star here is the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension (KDSS) used on the off-road Trail version of the 4Runner.

The system manages the connection of the bars to the GX 460 through the use of electronically hydraulic cylinders at the points the bars would otherwise mount to the frame. Extending the has virtually the same effect as the stabilizer bars and increasing travel when the going hairy.

So that’s the substance and of the GX 460. The sizzle comes in the

For some, there might be too technology crammed into the GX The dashboard, center stack and wheel are an absolute riot of with knobs and sliding that hide more and knobs. Of course there’s a system, redundant audio switches for scrolling through displays, more switches tell the all-wheel-drive system to do, and, optional in Premium-grade a package that bundles a monitor, lane-departure alert intelligent high-beam headlamps and a radar-based cruise control You don’t have to be a Luddite to be by the tsunami of tech, but if you are one you’ve got a start.

Really, how intelligent do need to be?

With its muted use of trim, brilliantly illuminated cluster, machined steel bar trim and elegant upholstery, the GX cockpit certainly has its charms and But there’s got to be a better way of packaging all the And shedding some of the more features would tone down.

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