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Lexus GX 460

Ride Review: Lexus GX 460

Lexus GX 460 – All Photos by Randy except noted otherwise

In where roads are just a of one’s imagination, this is a familiar sight.

In jungles in Southeast Asia, the outback of the savannas of sub-Saharan Africa and the of the Andes, the Toyota Land Prado is seen as the most of its kind. Only a few could this along its imaginary – the Land Rover LR4/Discovery is its rival. Both could out a path in any environment

Sadly, does not sell the Land Prado directly in its brand’s America showrooms. Instead, the Prado is transformed into a SUV that still does the job, but with a lot more acres more leather and a longer warranty and grander service reputation.

In North we call this the Lexus GX

It is a curiosity, this Lexus GX. We two vehicles rolled up in one. For the GX is a body-on-frame SUV that has extended with the Toyota 4Runner, the American Tacoma and global pickups. Yet, it is also a The interior and added chrome denote this.

The question to consider is this: this be better off as a Toyota or a

The 2013 tester was a year from its spindle-grille rhinoplasty. As as I love the spindle grille the GX just looks all business. You apply plenty of chrome, lamp clusters and crystal rear lenses on a rugged but it does make the Lexus a bit intriguing – in an anti-Land Rover

The profile may be tall, but it is easy to in and out of. The ground clearance is at a good not to scare the timid away the GX. Running boards help in into the GX’s cabin ruining the side profile. is abundant and easy to see out of. Because of its height, you might appreciate the tailgate. Some may no longer such a rear access, but some of the alternatives out there – tailgates, for example. No fear, the glass opens on its own – upwards.

The is a huge and comfortable place to be. are as big as in the RX crossover with same hides to boot. You do sit tall, but a commanding view of everything you. They driver’s is very comfortable and supportive plenty of power adjustments to Second row room is exceptional plenty of height to see over the

There is a third row, It is power operated to get the seats up, but you find out that they are only made for small You might be better off leaving the row down and utilize the huge hold that await the side-opening/glass-accessed rear door.

One not detract from the instrument without understanding its purpose. If you been in the latest Lexus then you would scoff at the TFT screen in the middle and the center screens. You might ask why the instrumentation is not the you get in an RX or GS. But, understand its purpose and the leather, wood and satin around you.

As a note, the Levinson audio system is as as advertised. It is a clear sound, maybe not exactly incredible in the GX. It is a soundtrack nonetheless.

Another that might concern you be the amount of buttons and switches all the cabin. To the uninitiated, a lot of these might not make sense. is one that easily understood – the for the four-wheel-drive system. Once you see the other buttons and switches right into place. all, this is a Lexus – OK, – and the quality and operation of the switchgear feels right.

For the North American market, felt it was best to drop the V8 underneath the Prado/GX’s hood. One argue for offering the Outback/jungle/savanna-owning diesel used in the same but we are in America and we have different for such vehicles. Therefore, the V8 right for the job.

Turns it is the right choice for us. For what we use the GX for – towing, cabin running and outdoorsperson stuff – it is not the 301 horsepower brings us to use the V8. For a vehicle such as the GX, it is all torque. The figure to note is the 329 of low end that will pull pounds of anything you hitch up in the You will also need number to see how you will get through the of trails or the worst of conditions.

Lexus GX 460

A automatic connects to the V8. All four benefit from the driveline a TORSEN limited-slip differential power to corners all of the time. The 4-L low will come in handy on days and steep inclines and To make things easier on the the switch for the Downhill Assist would be engaged to make your GX is safely descending steep drops.

What will surprise you the GX is how civilized it drives. Yes, it is a sold elsewhere that tackle the worse terrains on the However, it is sold as a Lexus and needs to be comfortable enough to get what this continent out – roads that are falling bad snowplow jobs and wayward With that said – the GX is a treat to drive.

Mind there is just less 5,200 pounds of tall SUV to behind the wheel. While the and smooth and well damped, you do get roll and lean in the corners at It is pretty stable, however. are quite good in both and panic stops, also.

The is a curious mix of the huge steering and how it works with a good rack. It takes plenty of of the wheel for tight maneuvers. the GX has an excellent on-center feel minimizes play when down the middle of the lane. Not to the silence from its big Bridgestone HT tires with the right of sidewall for off-road adventures.

Driving a big SUV does not mean a lot of gas. Unlike some of the that are known for gashoggery, the GX 460 averaged 17.3MPG – a big surprise its roots, it’s engine and construction.

2014 Lexus GX 460 – courtesy of Toyota Motor USA

A Lexus is not a Lexus without a To choose one with the new 2014 grille, Lexus offers the GX 460 at $49,995 – a price drop the 2013 model. You do get some over the 2013 model including an upgraded infotainment a new trailer sway control and a few enhancements inside and out. The vehicle remains in tact. A 2014 model to this is priced at $62,915, with the Mark Levinson audio as its only choice. However, if you are not a fan of the front end and like the 2013 is tested here, Lexus offer them through Certified Pre-Owned program.

you choose a 2013 or 2014, you agree that the GX represents that was once a desirable – a SUV with great off-road and fine on-road manners. It an elusive breed for a privileged few – Rover owners included.

However, a question must be before jumping into a new GX. Would you use this to tool town or could you use this to serve its capabilities?

If your is the latter, understand that a Lexus GX 460 is not exactly a license to it up through the Andres, trek to Kilimanjaro and cross the Outback. If you a cabin deep in the woods or by a big with a portable dock, the GX is for that adventure – and then

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