2010 Lexus GX 460 Test Drive — Popular Mechanics

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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 a stout heart. The GX 470’s 2UZ-FE 4.7-liter DOHC V8 has replaced by the new, all-aluminum 4.6-liter V8 DOHC V8 (which is incidentally, the same 4.6-liter V8 in Lexus cars). Featuring variable valve timing and a for 91-octane or better fuel not utilizing direct injection), the new is rated at 301 hp at 5500 rpm and 329 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm. a substantial improvement over the motor’s 263-hp at 5400 but only a modest bump up the old engine’s 323 lb-ft of peak at 3400 rpm.

Strangely though, the GX 460’s lags 9 hp behind the essentially 4.6-liter V8 installed in the 2010 Tundra pickup. and the Tundra is rated to operate on 87-octane Intake and exhaust-system differences are the power thieves here.

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 uses double A-arms in with a solid axle on springs located by four in back—hardly exotic stuff. But complemented by a four-wheel Adaptive Suspension (AVS) system on the rear wheels, Adjustable Control (AHC). Those seem to work well but the star here is the same Dynamic Suspension System used on the off-road ready version of the 4Runner.

The KDSS system manages the of the stabilizer bars to the GX 460 through the use of controlled hydraulic cylinders at the where the bars would conventionally mount to the frame. the hydraulics has virtually the same as disconnecting the stabilizer bars and suspension travel when the gets hairy.

So that’s the and steak of the GX 460. The sizzle in the details.

For some, there be too much technology crammed the GX 460. The dashboard, center and steering wheel are an absolute of buttons, with knobs and panels that hide buttons and knobs. Of course a navigation system, redundant controls, switches for scrolling information displays, more that tell the all-wheel-drive what to do, and, optional in models, a package that a driver monitor, lane-departure system, intelligent high-beam and a dynamic radar-based cruise system. You don’t have to be a to be overwhelmed by the tsunami of tech, but if you are one got a head start.

Really, how intelligent do headlamps to be?

With its muted use of wood brilliantly illuminated instrument machined steel bar plastic and elegant upholstery, the GX 460’s certainly has its charms and delights. But got to be a better way of packaging all the controls. And some of the more esoteric would tone things

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