Big luxury capable off-road: 2014 Lexus GX 460 — Wheels

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Big luxury capable off-road: Lexus GX 460

David Dewhurst

Big luxury capable off-road: Lexus GX 460

Posted: Friday, 25, 2014 2:00 am

Luxury utility vehicles — once a of roadways — have become rare. About a decade ago gas prices spiked drivers considering their vehicle through the prism of high bills. Big utes reverted to they’d always been — a specialty class, for those who to carry people, haul or tow — sometimes all at once.

The luxury end of segment counts Lexus its suppliers. The company fields two premium SUV’s: the LX 570 and GX 460. I tested the GX in the Luxury trim with an as-tested price of over $61,000.

The GX is the smaller of the two Lexus models, still quite sizable. The GX 460 stands just over 6 tall, stretches 16 feet and tips the scale at 5,340

This is a face-lift year, as to a full makeover. From the the changes are more noticeable the typical freshening, because the SUV has the latest model in the lineup to on Lexus’ signature “spindle” Centered between oversized headlights, it’s a distinctive new on a traditional angular body. The new end is balanced by redesigned taillamps and bumper. Restyled 18-inch rims perk up the profile

Taller than many who drive or ride in it, the GX provides boards as standard equipment to passengers a leg up for easier access. if, like me, you’re large of you’ll find there’s for just a toehold.

The boxy of the GX pays dividends inside ample headroom. Switchgear is easy to spot and access. some items (like the steering wheel control) are to spot. Many controls are absorbed into the main that sits atop the stack. This makes everyday actions (like the HVAC fan speed) slower they would be with a point of access.

The GX has the three-quarter blind spots typical of to offset this liability, provides oversize outside mirrors and a Blind Spot system, which is standard on trim models and optional on and Premium trim levels.

The 10-way power seats in should suit most any passenger. There’s also room in row two, where the are split 40/20/40, and slide and aft to adjust legroom. The third row of is best suited to kids, to the reduced amount of space the knees-up position, and the nimbleness in getting in and out of the way-back. Maximum capacity is 64.7 cubic — not especially large for a large

Access to the rear cargo is via side-swinging door. Hinged on the side, the design is less than a top-hinged liftgate be because opening it impedes loading if you’re parked in quarters.

One powertrain is offered: a 4.6-liter V-8 to a six-speed automatic transmission. The is rated at 301 horsepower and 329 lb.-ft. of Acceleration is comfortably quick for its — 7.8 seconds from 0-60 Gas mileage is predictably discouraging: 15 mpg 20 mpg highway by EPA’s estimates, premium fuel recommended. towing capacity for the GX 460 is 6,500 trailer sway control is a new for 2014.

On dry pavement, the GX is a smooth It feels stable at normal though this is a large SUV a high center of gravity and is none too sporty. Steering is to allow easy movement in quarters, but doesn’t offer a lot of to the driver.

The standard four-wheel-drive system is a setup, with a lockable Torsen center differential and a transfer case. Power is 40 front/60 rear, with adjustments based on wheel Ground clearance and angles of break over, and departure are worthy, though few vehicles of size and sticker price are to be called upon to do so.

A variety of electrics are on hand (hill-start downhill assist control, control, and four-wheel active control) for situations where is compromised. More to the point for drivers, the GX would be unfazed by streets and other winter

Price and packaging revisions for favor buyers: Standard and package content is up, while year’s starting price is (9 percent) less than the model.

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