2014LexusGX 460 Review By Mike Hanley

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Lexus GX

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By Mike

The Lexus GX 460 gets modern styling for the 2014 model but this luxury SUV still has a feel in the way it drives and accommodates

The GX holds up to seven in three of seats and comes standard a Low-range four-wheel-drive system for (or simply difficult) driving With its body-on-frame construction, the GX is one of two SUVs in Lexus’ lineup, the being the flagship LX 570.


its all-new front-end look, are new clear-lens taillights for 2014. The GX also offers a revised system and newly available features, like a blind warning system and rear alert. To see how the 2014 GX compares the 2013 model, click or see how the GX’s specs compare to the Rover LR4, Mercedes-Benz and Audi Q7 here .

The GX starts at (all prices include a destination charge). Our test car was an Luxury trim, which at $61,625. The significantly higher tag includes features like an suspension with rear mahogany wood trim in the a heated steering wheel, second-row seats, a power-folding row, semi-aniline leather and three-zone automatic climate Our GX also had a $1,145 Mark surround-sound system, which the as-tested price to $62,770.

Exterior Styling

It’s to miss the new GX whether you’re right next to it or across a lot. The defining feature is hourglass-style grille, which has incorporated across the brand’s of cars and SUVs.

In typical tradition, the grille is gigantic; it from the hood all the way to the bottom of the bumper. It’s a daring some might say gaudy and it your attention in a way few SUVs do. The aggressive shape is quite a from the rest of the SUV, has relatively reserved looks.

How It

You’re reminded of the GX’s SUV construction the moment you start It’s not hard to get accustomed to the size, but the amount of brake and low-speed body roll are a from the era of SUVs past. You don’t encounter it that anymore, especially in the luxury

Once you get up to midrange and highway however, the driving experience into something more The ride is comfortable, if a little and the GX tracks with a secure whether the roads are clear or There’s a switch on the center for the adaptive suspension with Sport and Comfort settings, but differences are slight; Sport up the suspension a little and provides road feel, while softens the ride some.

The GX’s sole engine is a 4.6-liter V-8 that works a six-speed automatic transmission, and the is tasked with moving 5,200 pounds of SUV. The GX feel underpowered, but it’s to plan your high-speed so you have plenty of space to them. On the highway, the GX cruises at 70 mph and the cabin is relatively quiet.

The GX an EPA-estimated 15/20/17 mpg city/highway/combined. The which has a new supercharged V-6 for 2014, is 14/19/16 mpg, while the V-8 ML550 also gets an 14/19/16 mpg. The Q7 offers a gas V-6, and its estimated gas mileage is mpg. According to the trip in the GX, I got 18.8 mpg during a 158-mile that included a lot of highway It was quite cold when I the SUV, though, and that may adversely affected gas mileage. gas is required.

If you drive anywhere civilized, the GX’s true will go unused most of the but certain situations make you what this SUV can do. The Chicago was digging out from more a foot of snow when I the GX, but with 8.1 inches of ground and standard full-time four-wheel driving around on unplowed streets and alleys was a non-issue. The GX plowed ahead and made its own

Interior

It’s a bit of a climb the driver’s seat, but standard boards make things Large windows enhance especially when checking blind spots.

The GX’s upscale materials include mahogany wood trim and leather upholstery, but vast of silver-colored trim put a damper on the luxury vibe. It covers the of the dashboard and center console and is out of place in a $60,000-plus SUV.

The seats offer a large-leather-recliner of comfort, but the second row isn’t for adults. The seat slides and backward and also reclines, but the cushions are close to the floor, so you sit your knees angled up and have a lot of thigh support. another reminder of the GX’s platform, a design that’s not as space-efficient as the unibody construction in crossovers.

The second row has a passenger-side walk-in to make third-row access but the third row is small and really fit for children.

Ergonomics Electronics

Lexus models have the automaker’s Remote Touch which features a mouse-like that operates a cursor on a screen, but the GX still uses a setup. It might not be as high-tech as Touch, but it’s easier to while driving. The touch-screen’s screen is now configurable and can show up to different system features, but I like to see physical fan-speed added to the center control so you don’t have to use the touch-screen to adjustments.

Lexus GX

Bluetooth streaming is standard, and it was easy to pair my with the multimedia system. quality over Bluetooth is However, another editor who playing music from his through a USB port had trouble the connection to work.

Cargo

With all three rows of in place there’s only cubic feet of cargo but that’s still more the LR4 (9.9) and Q7 (10.9) offer. The third row nearly touches the window, leaving a shallow for luggage that’s not very Folding the third row increases space to 46.7 cubic and with the second row also there’s 64.7 cubic The LR4 (90.3) and Q7 (72.5) both more maximum cargo The 60/40-split second-row backrest is which makes it easy to but hard to raise particularly the section.

The GX is one of the few SUVs that still has a gate instead of a liftgate. it doesn’t go up in the air, shorter might find a swing easier to close, but this makes it harder to load when parked on a street. on the passenger side, the wide opens to the curb and forces you to around it to get to the cargo area, could be a problem if there’s a car behind you. The GX’s ground clearance and body-on-frame mean you have to clear a cargo floor when luggage, too.

Storage include a deep center bin and large cupholders. A large manual takes up most of the box, however.

Safety

The GX been crash-tested by the Insurance for Highway Safety or the National Traffic Safety Administration as of writing.

Optional safety include a blind spot system with rear alert, lane departure a wide-view camera system to help you see around blind and a forward-collision warning system monitors the driver’s focus and mild autonomous braking and front-seat seat-belt cinching.

For a full list of safety check out the Features Specs .

Value in Its Class

Once true luxury SUVs are a breed as automakers turn to crossovers to give shoppers on-road driving dynamics and gas The GX’s capability in extreme is impressive, but so is that of its main the Land Rover LR4, offers a more refined experience overall for similar

If you can live without real SUV though, one of the models from the and expanding luxury crossover might be a better match for everyday driving needs.

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