Lexus GX470 First Drive – Review – Car and Driver

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If tall is good in a sport-utility then way tall should be

If you think of the GX470 as a gussied-up and Toyota 4Runner, you’re right. But the gussying and gilding are so that this mid-sizer less a truck than a on stilts.

As SUVs go, this dimensions are right at the top end of the middle close to the Acura MDX and Mercury in length, and about halfway them in width.

The gussying up starts with the of its roof by three inches and with an optional third row of (only two rows are available in the The MDX and the Mountaineer both have rows as standard equipment, but because they are relatively back there, don’t the same of the GX470. Unlike the this is a body-on-frame design; crowds the interior noticeably also 2.3 inches narrower). it has a live axle in back, the Mountaineer’s frame construction, means that the necessarily floor (for axle eats seriously into

I intended the space for elementary-school said chief engineer Hoshi, although he hopes will find it tolerable for trips.

If they’re less five foot three, Hoshi, ever the optimist, three sets of three-point


Whereas the raised roof was necessary to gain sufficient overhead for a third row, says cathedralesque headroom is part of Lexus luxury. So is a view of the world around; the front seats jack you up off the floor. The 4Runner is sportier, he so its driver should sit low.

Despite the higher roofline and generous ground clearance inches minimum), Hoshi the center of gravity of the GX is 1.2 inches than that of the old 4Runner. The is also substantially wider, by 2.9 in front and 3.3 inches in back. resistance is greatly enhanced, he so much so that he wanted to films of the GX undergoing stability Toyota management nixed idea figuring, probably that trial lawyers have the last word on topic no matter how diligent the

Interestingly, some of the Lexus raises the center of gravity, at marginally. It has a thicker windshield and glass to reduce cabin Altogether, the GX470 carries 44 additional pounds of sound compared with the 4Runner, commendable results. At highway we hear only a ruffle of the and some singing from the treads. That’s all that’s Hoshi says, when else is hushed.

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